Portland Charter Commission Thread: legal non-citizen voting rights
I am surprised that a search came up with nothing on the Portland Charter Commission. Below is a email from the League of Young Voters.
STORM CITY HALL WITH THE LEAGUE THIS THURSDAY!
Stand up for non-citizen voting rights!
We need your help on an important social-justice issue. The League is working to win legal non-citizen voting rights in Portland. This issue will be coming before the Portland Charter Commission this THURSDAY, February 11, at 5:30pm.
Imagine you are a recent and LEGAL immigrant to Portland. Perhaps you came here from Somalia or the Sudan. Perhaps you are a refugee from a country that is in political and economic turmoil. You live in Portland. You pay taxes in Portland. Your children go to Portland schools. But you have no say in basic city services. You have no say in how your tax money is spent. You have no say in how the public schools educate your children.
This is taxation without representation. This is the issue that our country was founded on!
Through the Charter Commission, we have the chance to remedy this problem. We could change our city's constitution and allow legal non-citizens to vote in local elections.
And you can help.
Please speak out in support of legal non-citizen voting at the Charter Commission meeting:
When: THIS Thursday, February 11th (public hearing starts at 5:30pm)
Where : Portland City Hall, City Council Chambers
They will be voting on this on Thursday, February 24, 2010, so there is no time to waste!
Hope to see you there!
PS - We have been getting a number of questions regarding non-citizen voting rights. Click here for a list of FAQ's