Giving Tuesday

Support Democracy in Douglas County, Oregon.

It’s that time again to choose a nonprofit to support. Please donate to the League this year to continue an unbiased platform in Douglas County.

The League of Women Voters does not support or oppose political parties or candidates. We discuss issues and decide on positions regarding those issues.

We are a membership group and encourage all residents to join us, and to become politically active with us and individually.



Thank you to those who attended the very interesting Facebook Live streaming event “Registration, Education, and Voting: Black Women and Voting Activism in Oregon 1913-1916” on Thursday, November 19 at 6:30 p.m.

ICYMI In case you missed it, the Roseburg Public Library has posted the recording of the event on their Facebook page.

Hattie Redmond
Hattie Redmond 1862-1952

The speaker is Dr. Kimberly Jensen of Western Oregon University, and the program co-sponsors are the Roseburg Public Library, the Douglas Education Service District and League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley. 

Hattie Redmond (1862-1952)

Harriet “Hattie” Redmond was a leader in the long struggle for Oregon woman suffrage, especially during the successful campaign of 1912. The right to vote was especially important to Redmond as a Black woman living in a state that had codified Black exclusion laws in its constitution.

Redmond’s work for voting rights helped lay the groundwork for the Black Civil Rights movement of the mid-twentieth century. Her parents, Reuben and LaVinia “Vina” Crawford, were emancipated slaves who instilled their quest for freedom and full citizenship in their daughter. Hattie helped bring those dreams to fruition through her civic activism.

Source: The Oregon Encyclopedia


Black Women & Voting

The community is invited to the Facebook Live streaming event “Registration, Education, and Voting: Black Women and Voting Activism in Oregon 1913-1916” on Thursday, November 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Lizzie Weeks, 1919

The live stream will be presented on the Roseburg Public Library’s Facebook page. The speaker is Dr. Kimberly Jensen of Western Oregon University, and the program co-sponsors are the Roseburg Public Library, the Douglas Education Service District and League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley. 

A Facebook account is not required to view the program. To view the live stream, please go to

Speaker questions may be submitted before the event to Kris Wiley at or 541-492-7051. Alternately, viewers who have a Facebook account may post questions during the event by commenting on the Facebook Live stream. 

Lizzie Weeks (1879-1976)

Lizzie Koontz Weeks was an African American activist in Portland in the years after women in Oregon had achieved the right to vote in 1912. She organized Black women to empower them to be successful voters and was an early candidate for local party office. Weeks was the first female African American social worker to be employed by Multnomah County.

Lizzie Koontz was born in in 1879 in Washington, D.C. In 1904, she married George W. Weeks, who worked as a packer for Prael, Hegele and Company, a kitchen and tableware store in Portland.

Source: The Oregon Encyclopedia


Election Turnout #s

Join a webinar that analyzes voter turnout in the Nov. 3, 2020 election.

Voter Turnout in the 2020 Election
Thursday, Nov. 19 at 11AM Pacific Time
Register Here & add this to your calendar.

Nonprofit VOTE is the sponsor.


First Tuesday Talk Time

Join the League for an hour! Join us at lunch time tomorrow to chat about what you are up to, and what’s on your mind.

This is a virtual, nonpartisan chat and free, of course! Please register below!

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Nov 3, 2020 12:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

See You Tomorrow!


The Time Has Come!

Drop Site Locations!

In Douglas County, Oregon, use these Drop Sites to drop off your ballot – To make sure your ballot is counted in time!

It’s time to Vote!
Use your Power! Vote!

Douglas County Clerk’s Office – 541-440-4325


Timber Tax Fairness

Timber Tax Fairness for Counties, Water and Forests

Invitation to Coos, Curry, Josephine and Douglas,
October 21, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm 

  • Why can’t counties afford essential services including fire response? 
  • What do large timberland owners contribute to county needs?
  • What’s happening in our drinking watersheds? 

These fundamentally linked issues lie at the heart of any effort to better serve Oregon’s rural counties and to better protect our watersheds. Join us for a community conversation about revenue restoration, tax fairness, funding essential local services and protecting our drinking water.  The presentation will be followed by the opportunity to ask the experts these questions and discuss possible solutions.  

Register now:  Save the link when you get it, each person will have their own, individual link to join the meeting.

Guest Speakers:

  • Jody Wiser, tax policy expert, Tax Fairness Oregon
  • Richard Felley, retired water district manager, past director Tillamook Estuaries Partnership 
  • Mary Scurlock, water policy expert & advisor on Oregon State University Trees to Tap Report

  Hosted by Tax Fairness Oregon


Misinformation Workshop

Pre-register for the “Misinformation, Fake News and Political Propaganda” Workshop on Oct. 27 to be held via Zoom.

To be assured of a spot, please pre-register with Eventbrite. There is a limit of 35 participants. This is a community-wide invitation to attend, and is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley.

Learn more about Fake News and other deceptive methods now in use. This workshop will be presented by Donna Cohen, M.L.I.S., M.Ed

View her work here.

Pre-Register Here!


Live Suffrage Event

Eliza E. Canty-Jones of the Oregon Historical Society will present, “Nevertheless, They Persisted: The Woman Suffrage Movement and the Struggle for Voting Rights,” live on Facebook on Thursday, Sept. 17th at 6:30PM.

You may view this event by clicking on the link on the Roseburg Public Library’s website:

You can go directly to the Library’s Facebook page as well. A link to the event will be placed there several days in advance. The stream will appear when it’s live:

At the time of the event you can submit your questions via Facebook. Those without Facebook accounts can email questions to Kris Wiley in advance. Kris Wiley’s email address is

The Roseburg Public Library and the League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley are sponsors of this event.


Redistricting Commission

The idea of a balanced and fair redistricting commission has failed to make the November ballot after a number of legal steps.

U.S. Supreme Court on Aug. 11 stayed a judge’s order that allowed more time to collect signatures. However, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said it was clear the clock was going to run out. The Court said if the pandemic continues there may be more allowances in the future.

But for now, the process remains the same: The Legislature and the governor, meaning that Democrats will likely have full control over the redistricting process next year after the 2020 Census is finished.

Source: OPB, 9/2/20