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Back in June, RootsAction published a report arguing that strong progressive candidates should primary the most right-wing of the incumbent Democrats in Congress.

Some truly encouraging candidates are now challenging Congress members whom we'd all be better off seeing retire. It is up to us to organize support nationwide for these key challengers.

One district in play is Oregon's Fifth, where Mark Gamba is challenging the incumbent Kurt Schrader.

There's a saying in Italian. If someone is "in gamba" they are up to the challenge. We believe Mark Gamba is.

To support his campaign and RootsAction's work, click here. To learn more, keep reading.

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Mark Gamba is the mayor of Milwaukie, Oregon. As he runs for Congress, his platform includes a Green New Deal, Medicare for All, tuition-free public college, a license requirement for guns, a ban on assault weapons and large magazines, increased taxes on corporations and the ultra-rich, and numerous other concrete progressive proposals clearly spelled out on his website.

Remarkably, Gamba even proposes that the United States obey international laws and end its wars. He recommends a major shift of resources out of war profiteering and into human and environmental needs.

Gamba connects the issues by pointing out that "the U.S. military is the largest organized polluter in the world," and noting that investing in diplomacy saves money (as well as lives).

No matter where you live, chip in to support Gamba's campaign by clicking here.

The reason Gamba's district needed a progressive challenger is incumbent Democrat Kurt Schrader.

During 2017 and 2018, one-third of Schrader’s House votes were aligned with Trump. And like Trump, he’s not a defender of young Dreamers who have grown up undocumented in this country; he was one of a few dozen House Democrats to oppose the 2010 Dream Act.

Only four House Democrats have a lower lifetime environmental score than Schrader, who also opposes Medicare for All.

Schrader's campaign website offers no platform whatsoever, but does claim some "accomplishments," including his accurate claim to have frequently voted with Republicans, and various claims to have produced jobs through military spending -- famously a less effective means of creating jobs than other types of spending or even tax cuts for working people.

Let's put this district, which backed Bernie Sanders in the 2016 primary, into the hands of someone who will represent it better.

-- The RootsAction.org Team

>> RootsAction.org: "Bad Blues"
>> Mark Gamba Website
>> Kurt Schrader Website
>> Political Economy Research Institute: “The U.S. Employment Effects of Military and Domestic Spending Priorities: 2011 Update"


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