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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: https://www.cityofroseburg.org/departments/library/

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: https://www.facebook.com/roseburglibrary/

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 kwiley@cityofroseburg.org

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


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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

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Women’s Equality Day 2020

Thank you for attending the rally today on Garden Valley Blvd to celebrate 100 years of women’s right to vote and Women’s Equality Day, which is August 26 each year.

Women’s Equality Day is a celebration of the trailblazers, visionaries, and suffragists who have worked towards equal rights for all.

We honor those who came before us and fought the good fight to secure the vote for over half the country. Those women and men sacrificed and worked hard for years for this achievement. As beneficiaries of this work, we vow to continue to work for equality in pay and as elected officials.

“We take this day to reflect on how far we have come and to look towards the future to see what steps we can take to ensure all women can fulfill their highest potential,” stated by Jenny Carloni, president of the League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley.

“The League was founded in 1920, just months before the 19th Amendment was adopted,” said Chris Carson, president of the League of Women Voters of the United States. “As we approach the centennial celebration of the 19th Amendment and the League in 2020, I am encouraged by the women leaders who continue to advocate for equality for all.”

“This year is particularly important to recognize the achievements in the women’s rights movement as we are seeing more female candidates running for office in 2018,” said Virginia Kase, CEO of the League of Women Voters of the United States. “Today we acknowledge the women who paved the way.”

In 1971 Congress passed a joint resolution honoring Aug. 26 as Women’s Equality Day. And this year is special as it is now 100 years since the passage of the 19th Amendment which gave American women the right to vote.

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Women’s Equality Day

by Iyi Koa, Vectezzy

Women’s Equality Day celebrates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, that granted women the right to vote. The amendment was first introduced in 1878. In 1971, the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day.

Join Us in commemorating the Women’s Equality Day.

Let’s gather on Wednesday, August 26 at 11:00 AM on Garden Valley Blvd. in front of Fred Meyer on Garden Valley Blvd in Roseburg. Wear white (and a mask), and bring signs that celebrate woman suffrage, equal rights, and encourage voting! Please make them non-partisan however. Bring friends and family! Spread the word! The League will have some extra signs available. So please come even if you don’t have a sign.
Questions? Call Jenny at 541-672-1914.

Joint Resolution of Congress, 1971 
Designating August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of sex; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26, the anniversary date of the certification of the Nineteenth Amendment, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and

WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of each year is designated as Women’s Equality Day, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration for women’s rights took place.

Source: National Women’s History Alliance

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Good Trouble

Goodbye, John Lewis. Today we celebrate the life of John Lewis on the day of his funeral. Although he travels on, his legacy remains. He lives on in our hearts especially now during the siege across our nation with the federal government attacking citizens during a pandemic, and during a time when we all must stand up for Black Lives Matter and speak out about zealous, even cruel policing that has gone on since days of Jim Crow laws.

Source: CNN.com

Lewis was a great man we should all learn from. From his humble birth place in Alabama to his stalwart march across the Edmund Pettus bridge with Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1965, and his tenure in Congress, he constantly showed caring for all individuals and their right to vote and thrive. He gave us his all.

Let us carry on his work, and stand up to atrocity, unrighteousness, and bigotry. We must find a new ‘Conscience of Congress’.

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REDISTRICTING PETITION

The Attorney General and Secretary of State’s attempt to stop the collection of IP57 petitions was denied by the Ninth Circuit Court on 7/23/20. And so we’ll continue to ask that citizens send in signed petitions to get an independent redistricting commission on November’s ballot. Please get them in by August 8th.

Get Your Petitions Here!

To achieve an Independent Redistricting Commission in Oregon would mean:

  • Even numbers of Democrats, Republicans, and Non-Affiliated Voters would be able to be on the Commission
  • Non-affiliated voters will be included for the first time
  • New district lines throughout the state will be drawn in 2021. This only happens every ten years based on the 2020 Census.
  • There will be less “gerrymandering”.
  • More unity between parties
  • Fairer line drawing
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IP57 Ruling Appealed

Oregon’s Attorney General has filed an appeal against the federal court ruling on July 14 (see our webpage for details).

“Whether a federal judge can rewrite the state constitution‘s procedures for constitutional amendments is a question that goes to the heart of the state’s power to create its own laws,” Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said in a statement Wednesday. “Any final decision made in this case could have long reaching impacts for the state and on future ballot initiatives.” (According to https://mooresvilletribune.com/news/national/govt-and-politics/oregon-ag-appeals-federal-judges-order-on-redistricting-bid/article_48446a06-2c9d-5bd1-99c3-d9fc75adf1da.html).

Also see:

https://pamplinmedia.com/pt/9-news/473812-383061-citizen-redistricting-petition-gets-a-little-more-time

https://www.opb.org/news/article/oregon-attorney-general-gerrymandering-measure-ballot/

Stay tuned for further developments!

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Initiative Petition 57

The process for drawing congressional and legislative district boundaries has, for too long, been controlled by politicians. Letting politicians manipulate voting maps is like putting the fox in charge of the hen house. Politicians in power shouldn’t be allowed to draw voting maps that benefit themselves and their party.

The process for drawing congressional and legislative district boundaries has, for too long, been controlled by politicians. Letting politicians manipulate voting maps is like putting the fox in charge of the hen house. Politicians in power shouldn’t be allowed to draw voting maps that benefit themselves and their party.

People Not Politicians proposes Initiative Petition 57 to reform that process and create a fairer, more transparent system. At its simplest, this initiative would create an independent citizen redistricting commission comprised of Oregonians.

This is critical to do it now! Redistricting only happens every 10 years after a census is taken.

The Secretary of State has agreed to accept petitions from People Not Politicians and allow the gathering of more signed petitions until August 17. Read the Secretary of State Bev Clarno’s press release.

The League of Women Voters of Oregon along with a coalition are working hard on getting Initiative Petition 57 on the November 3rd ballot. If the petition makes the ballot voters will have the chance to vote on creating an independent redistricting commission for the state of Oregon. Now the redistricting is done by the state Legislature, a group of politicians.

See our home page for more information.

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Black Lives Matter

League members are keenly aware of the inexcusable treatment of Black and Latino people, and LGBTQ for the past 150 years and even longer.

We believe in the mission to make it right, make lives better, and not full of fear. While we have a national discussion of what should take place to improve lives and eliminate police violence, let us have open discourse with each other and not jump to conclusions. Let the goal be Freedom, Prosperity, and Happiness for All! Let Freedom Ring!

Yesterday Roseburg residents came together to celebrate our diversity, but more to call out the mistreatment of American citizens over years of cruelty. We support Black Lives Matter! We must learn more about the past those of color have had to endure just to live in the United States.

Some photos from yesterday’s Candlelight Vigil at the Douglas County Courthouse in Roseburg, Oregon ~

Thank you to the organizers of yesterday’s rally.

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Stand Firm

The League of Women Voters across the nation stands with families who have lost someone to police violence and protesters, in our states, our nation and around the world. Yet another unlawful death of a Black person is horrifying. As human beings we must all recognize the ongoing atrocity and continue to be anti-racist. We must listen to friends of color and learn more about our country’s systemic racism.

Please make it a priority to vote in November!