“Portlanders have shown us that they share our goal of bringing opportunity through good paying jobs in clean energy7u and renewable energy infrastructure like solar power to Portland’s most underserved communities”, said chief petitioner Reverend E.D. Mondainé (pictured), President of the NAACP Portland Branch and Pastor of the Celebration Tabernacle Church in North Portland.
“Like many places in the United States, Multnomah County and the City of Portland have made a commitment to 100% renewable energy,” said Tony DeFalco, Executive Director of Verde, which builds environmental wealth in communities. “The Portland Clean Energy Fund is absolutely essential to reaching that goal and giving a boost to communities who have been harmed by the fossil fuel economy and left out of the current economic boom.”
“Right now corporations are experiencing record profits while many communities in Portland are experiencing record poverty,” said Khanh Pham, Manager of Immigrant Organizing at the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO). “This measure will make billion-dollar corporations share some of those record profits with Portlanders who need it most.”
The Portland Clean Energy Fund would raise more than $30 million per year to support new solar power and other renewable energy, energy efficiency housing upgrades, and other climate resiliency efforts. The measure includes living-wage job training for low-income Portlanders and people of color. The Portland Clean Energy Fund would be funded by a 1% business license surcharge that would only apply to mega-retailers with more than $1 billion per year in nation-wide gross revenue.
34,156 Portland voter signatures are required to qualify a city initiative for the ballot. Supporters are confident that the more than 60,000 signatures collected will be more than sufficient to qualify.
More than 135 organizations and businesses and over 50 elected officials, public figures, and faith leaders have endorsed the Portland Clean Energy Fund Campaign.
The Steering Committee consists of the following members:
- Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)
- Coalition of Communities of Color (CCC)
- NAACP Portland Branch
- Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)
- OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon
- 350 PDX
- Audubon Society of Portland
- Columbia Riverkeeper
- Oregon Chapter, Sierra Club
- Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR)
A full list of endorsements, more information, and the full text of the initiative is available at www.portlandcleanenergyfund.com.
Damon Motz-Storey | 303.913.5634 | email@example.com
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