Friday, December 30, 2011

Q & A Interview: Steven Reynolds For US House

"The Arab Spring was about people taking their rights and taking their dignity and Occupy Wall Street is about asserting our rights and asserting our dignity." - US House Candidate Steven "Cody" Reynolds
BY KRIST NOVOSELIC  Portland Oregon - November 23, 2011

I wrote a recent article for the Seattle Weekly about Steven Reynolds, Progressive Party Candidate for US House in this January's special election in Oregon's CD 1. I was struck by how much the Progressive Party platform mirrors sentiments of the Occupy Portland movement, so I contacted Reynolds and we sat down for an interview.

OWS and others stormed the first day of Washington State’s special legislative session last month. Now #OccupyPDX can storm the halls of congress by way of the public ballot. If OWS really is the 99 percent, with this election, they only need 25 percent +1 to win! And a strong second or third place could send a variety of messages to the movement across the nation about engaging electoral politics – just in time to get ready for the November 2012 election.

The Rise of the Republican Party

By Krist Novoselic

The Republican Party was founded in 1854 at a time when the issue of slavery was becoming ever more contentious. The party shared many policy goals with the Whigs. As Whigs were falling into disarray over slavery, Republicans, who clearly opposed it, spoke to Northern abolitionists. This led to the South’s secession and Civil War. Republican policy regarding a strong federal government dovetailed into the war effort.