DPO Caucuses

Black Caucus

Senator Kamala Harris, the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee spoke these words in her DNC acceptance speech:

“Years from now, this moment will have passed. And our children and grandchildren will look into our eyes and ask: Where were you when the stakes were so high? They will ask us what it was like? We will tell them, not just how we felt. We will tell them what we did.” 

So here we are just days before November 3rd with early voting underway in Oregon and all across America. As Democrats, facing an existential threat to democracy, whether we accept it or not, we are role models for our children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, family and friends. We are the activists (or sadly the non-activists) who others are closely watching.

Without question, I easily remember my activist role model grandmother, Mattie Johnson, who hailed from the city of Columbus, Georgia. As early as first and second grade, I remember her stories of registering to vote and going to the polls to vote, at fear of loss of life in the 1960s and 70s, and even beyond. Yet I still remember my elderly grandmother’s non-stop mantra to every single person she met: “I’m voting and so should you! Ain’t nobody stopping me from voting for the president of the United States!” 

With only a few days until November 3rd, her resolve to exercise her right to vote remains deeply ingrained in my heart. To Senator Harris, I would say that Grandmother Mattie stood relentless when the stakes were high, something of a fearless, one-woman voter turnout machine.

This year in 2020, the stakes could not be higher. As the U.S. faces a presidential election against the backdrop of a COVID-19 pandemic, an economic downturn, and a health care system infected by racism, the Black Caucus calls on every eligible Oregon voter to vote, and to help transform Oregon into a BLUE VOTER TURNOUT MACHINE.

As former Vice President Biden says, “It’s go-time! Cast every vote. Count every vote.” Between now and the last day of our voting season, it is critical to turn out every possible voter. Let’s volunteer for phone banking, text banking, post card writing, personal calls, voter support for those who need it, placing yard signs, campaign literature drops, donations to Democratic candidates, and voter turnout like never before!

Please be sure to check out the Democratic Party of Oregon’s 2020 Voter Guide, find a ballot dropbox near you, and make a plan to vote today! You can also help turn out Democratic voters by signing up for an upcoming volunteer event.

This is our moment when the stakes are so high. What will we tell our children and grandchildren when they look into our eyes years from now and ask, “what did you do?” The Black Caucus believes this election is much closer than it seems based on polling data. It cannot be repeated enough that Election 2020 is about recapturing the soul of our nation.

Let’s do everything in our power to ensure a decisive Democratic victory nationally and statewide. Let’s transform Oregon into a Blue Voter Turnout Machine!

Rosa Colquitt, PhD
Chair, DPO Black Caucus



The Democratic Party of Oregon Black Caucus represents the political interests and views of Black democrats in the State of Oregon.

Our mission is:

  • To provide support and resources for Black Democrats seeking political appointments or elected offices.
  • To partner with existing organizations and expand political & leadership training for Black Democrats of all ages.
  • To serve as a forum to educate elected officials and the general public on matters affecting and impacting Blacks in the State of Oregon.
  • To promote the election of Black Democratic candidates at every level across the State of Oregon with technical, financial and volunteer support
  • To provide opportunities for all Black Oregon Democrats to participate fully and effectively in our political process.

What We Stand For

As an extension of the Democratic Party of Oregon, the Black Caucus believes that rights and responsibilities go hand in hand. In particular, it is the position of the Black Caucus to work for a present and future society that respects the dignity of every Black Oregonian. Respecting the dignity of every Black Oregonian includes growing Oregon based, Black owned businesses and local economies, safeguarding our civil liberties and democratic rights, and protecting the natural environment in which we all live.

We will promote and protect our rights and responsibilities as citizens of our state, our nation, and the entire global community. We hold that every person is guaranteed the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We express our confidence that every one of us can maintain these rights while sustaining the interdependent web of life on this planet.

As members of the Democratic Party of Oregon, we affirm that as citizens of our state and our country, we are the government and promise to uphold the protections granted to us by our state and national constitutions. We stand firmly opposed to any attempt to compromise those rights and liberties in the name of governmental convenience or security. Where those rights and liberties are not fully realized, we pledge to help everyone within our borders to regain them. We invite all Americans to join with us to re-establish our two-century old democracy as a beacon of virtue admired throughout world.

DPO Black Caucus Officers

Chair: Rosa Colquitt ([email protected]dpo.org)
Vice Chair: Gregory McKelvey
Treasurer: Shabba Woodley
Secretary: Jac Brown
State Central Committee Delegate: Rosa Colquitt

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