The Portland Metro People’s Coalition aims to build the collective power of all communities here, particularly those historically denied resources, justice and democratic control over their own lives. We need a government that is transparent, accountable and run by the people to secure economic and social justice and a healthy and environmentally sustainable city, county and metro. To make this vision a reality we intend to engage with the political process from an independent base of power. Our goal is to strengthen popular movements striving for a just, egalitarian and liberatory society for all.
We urge all grassroots groups in our region to join us!
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