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Chris Henry for Portland City Council

As a candidate for Portland City Council I am deeply committed to tackling the critical issues impacting our community’s well-being and prosperity.

HUNGER, HOUSING, HOMELESSNESS & MENTAL HEALTH

Affordable housing is not a privilege but a fundamental human right! I pledge to tirelessly advocate for policies ensuring safe and affordable housing for every resident. Addressing homelessness requires multifaceted solutions, including robust support services, affordable housing initiatives, and strategic partnerships with community organizations. Together, we can forge pathways to stability and self-sufficiency.

HEALTHCARE, TRANSPORTATION & PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE

Equitable access to quality healthcare services, mental health resources, and addiction treatment programs is a human right. Therefore, Universal Healthcare is not only essential, but imperative for fostering a healthier and more vibrant community. I am committed to advocating for comprehensive healthcare access for all residents, ensuring no one is left behind. A well-connected transportation infrastructure is vital for fostering economic growth and community cohesion. I will prioritize investments in public transit, bicycle infrastructure, and pedestrian safety measures to create a more accessible and sustainable transportation network. Ridership fares constitute around only 7% of every dollar of TriMet’s operating budget, we should consider shifting to a fare-less system such as other cities.

RADICALLY SUSTAINABLE PEOPLE’S ENERGY GRID

To address arbitrary for-profit energy rate hikes, I will aggressively advocate for a PGE/PUD that is a Publicly-Owned-Utility by the Workers and Ratepayers it serves. Environmental sustainability is paramount in safeguarding our natural resources and combating climate change. I will be a staunch advocate for policies promoting renewable energy, reducing carbon emissions, and preserving our forests, rivers, and parks for future generations. Industrial Hemp should be replacing timber harvest and the carbon sink that is our precious PNW forests. Portland should be producing hemp-fiber based products of every variety and worker-owned logging trucks should be hauling hemp bails to mills and processing communities — NOT clear cutting our forests!

MINIMUM WAGE, MAXIMUM WAGE, UNIONIZATION & TAX THE RICH

Record profits are the result of declining worker’s wages and climate destabilization, and pollution for profit. I will propose a $25/hr MINIMUM WAGE for ALL Portland Workers attached to both a COLA and a 10:1 MAXIMUM WAGE RATIO. I order to stave off global warming emissions from all industries, I will propose a 4 DAY WORKWEEK (every week) and a 3 DAY WEEKEND (every weekend). Portland should be Union Town USA… I will propose that the Sunday prior to Labor Day be declared Union “Card Check” Day, whereby, the week before Labor Day / Card Check Day will be declared “Union Card Signing Week” in Portland AND Oregon. WE SHOULD MOST CERTAINLY TAX THE RICH!

DIRTY DEISEL TRUCKS & CLEANER PORTLAND AIR!

Instead of dirty diesel trucks on Portland’s streets, I will propose that Portland delivery trucks MUST covert over to electric. With that, we will need a public charging infrastructure that recognizes the ABSOLUTE URGENCY OF NOW in that infrastructure being built to address that future electric vehicle charging demand. Fully-Electric Semi Tractors need shorter wheel bases to articulate the sharp turns of Portland city streets, so wee need to attract trailer and dolly manufacturing companies, which can design trailers with batteries in the empty space underneath the decks of the trailers (thus lowering their center of gravity) and add regenerative braking to the trailers and dollies (to extend the overall range) and to assist on downhill grades (turning friction into usable energy. 

SOLAR BABE! SOLAR!

If the trailers are retrofitted with solar panels on the roofs and all sides, that passively stored energy can be be net metered back to the electric grid. I will advocate for solar panels on all public buildings AND compel all bureaus and businesses to submit annual carbon emissions plans with their current CO2 output and projected reduction benchmarks. Neighborhood Associations should become their own electrical grid PUD’s at the most local level, so as to also reduce CO2 emissions in the most efficient way possible through the power of neighborhood organizing and reaching measurable emission reduction benchmarks. 

SOCIAL JUSTICE & A PUBLICLY OWNED BANK

Furthermore, social justice lies at the core of my platform. I am dedicated to dismantling systemic barriers to opportunity and championing policies that address racial disparities, economic inequality, and discrimination within our community. To fund PUBLIC works projects, I will advocate for a publicly owned Portland Municipal Bank to supplant floating bonds on the stock market, thereby, cutting out Wall Street middlemen and Vulture Capitalists, who siphon off much needed public dollars to line their greedy pockets.

 

VOTE CHRIS HENRY

I humbly ask for your support to be a voice for progress and positive change in Portland! Together, let’s build a more just, equitable, and resilient community where every individual thrives.

 

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration.

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