Dude-bros got you down? Can You Not Oregon PAC is here to help!

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Our Story

Can You Not, Oregon PAC was founded in February 2018 according to the principles set out by the original Can You Not PAC in Colorado (www.canyounot.org): Can You Not Oregon PAC was founded on the idea that while there are amazing groups doing great work to recruit and support women, people of color, and LGBTQ folks who are running for office, there was one small thing missing.

Can You Not Oregon PAC is a political action project that aims to dis/empower and dis/incline people in positions of privilege, specifically straight white men, from ambitions of running for office in progressive districts. We challenge brogressives and others to reject any notion that they are uniquely qualified or positioned to seek political office in districts that don’t need them. We feel it is our obligation to let them know when to shut up and Not.

Can You Not Oregon PAC, was started by white women asking white men one important question: “Bruh, can you not?” We are happy to host interventions for the misguided bros in your life who looked in the mirror this morning and thought “yeah, it’s gotta be me.”

Maybe you, too, know a handsome upper-middle-class cis dude who is well intentioned and *super progressive.* We’re happy go buy him a locally brewed craft beer and tell him to take a step back instead.

Target audience: extremely charismatic white men who will no longer be the first people in the room to yell “yeah, fuck the police!” or “I’m just going to play Devil’s Advocate for a minute here.”


"Men who fit the literal definition of a Scrub from TLC’s song are waking up and filing to run for office. This PAC is a way for us to say, hey! We don’t want no scrubs.”

— Gnora Gumanow, co-FOUNDER


The Figures

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of those who seek public office are men


of those who seek public office are white


of congressional delegates are white


How Serious Are You?

We are 100% serious! We plan to give a handful of  endorsements and (dis)endorsements before the May primaries and November election. Our advisory board of progressive women, LGBTQ folks, and people of color are researching and reviewing all of the potential endorsements and will make final decisions on those candidates by May 2019. We are raising money with the intent of defeating mediocre white dudes and elevating some of the best underrepresented candidates of 2019.

We really want white dudes in urban districts to think hard about why they think they're the most qualified option to represent their communities. We're psyched that there are so many groups aimed at recruiting and supporting women, people of color, and LGBTQ folks running for office, and we think it would also be great if instead of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on democratic primaries, upwardly mobile straight white dudes would just not.


"You might be a great person, and a charismatic leader, but please stop running for office against phenomenal woman and people of color in progressive and urban districts. We don’t need you.”

— Gnora Gumanow, co-FOUNDER