Nathalie Paravicini

I am running for Secretary of State because we need to focus on what we can do to keep healthy and to support our local economy.

Office:  Secretary of State
Location:  Oregon
Election Date:  2020-11-03
Twitter:  @paravicini4sos
Address:  501 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. Multnomah County, OR

Why do you want to run for that office, vision/goals, how do you define winning:

Why: To form a network and act as the electoral arm of the many grassroots movements in the state.  We need to redefine what our economic order looks like, as was made apparent from local to international levels by the Covid-19 pandemic.  We need a non-corporate or plutocratic alternative with radical proposals - radical as in addressing "the root (radix)" of the problem - alternatives that serve the essential needs and aspirations of We The People, not the forces of the market.

I define winning by:

1) Engaging with a wide variety of folk on what corporations have claimed to be their "rights as persons," challenging the distortions of our judicial system. We want to establish 4-5 active locals across the state, particularly in Eastern and Southern Oregon and universities - with an active base that is aware of issues pertaining to usurpation by corporations of our constitutional rights.

In a perversion of the law, Corporations have been defined as "persons". They claim our constitutional rights to shield themselves from responsibility for their actions, and from their duty to inform the public of the harm from their products.  Corporations are externalizing their costs (eg consequences of climate change or pesticides) for the benefit of the few. Corporations have also perverted our Democracy by claiming money is "free speech" and buying influence, from lobbyists, to ads to manipulation of social media. Money is not speech; money is property and we can regulate its influence in elections.

With the results of the 2020 census, the Secretary of State will have a critical role: if the Oregon Legislative Assembly cannot come to agreement over changes to legislative redistricting, the duty falls to the Secretary of State.

Additionally, the Secretary of State serves on the Oregon State Land Board and chairs the Oregon Sustainability Board. This provides an opportunity to ascert the rights of nature, challenging those who only look at their short-term interests instead of the common good. Our actions must make sense for the seventh generation; the Secretary of State in Oregon has a unique opportunity to integrate the wisdom of indigenous and working people, from loggers to farmers to healthcare workers.

2) Consolidating a network of allied organizations who are unafraid to challenge the status quo such as Causa Oregon, Oregon Community Rights Network, Rural Organizing Project, Latino Network, Apano, Portland Rising Tide, NAACP and others - by supporting people's initiatives to place them on the ballot and get them passed

- Honest Elections Initiative

- Oregon's People Rebate

- Psilocybin Therapy Oregon, IP34

- Universal Preschool Now (Multnomah county)

3) Mobilizing Oregon to institute campaign finance reform and Ranked Choice Voting

Three key policies, messages:

1) Electoral reform in the form of an Ranked Choice Voting (Instant Run Off Voting) system

2) Corporate personhood and the Rights of Nature

3) Focus on local economies; revisioning our economic order

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