The following is from the latest Legislative Report by the League of Women Voters of Oregon (LWVOR). The League’s Action Team is monitoring the goings-on at the Capitol. The Legislature is in session now until June 28, 2021.
On Thursday, February 25th all the Republican Senators did NOT show up for the floor session. There is conflicting wording on exactly what this is called – some including the media have called it a “walkout” and others a “denial of a quorum” to protest the Governor not reopening schools. They claim that the rest of legislative business continued as normal, so arguably it was not a walkout. Either way, these Senators were not at work and did not have excused absences. No one is sure whether this will become the norm or this will be the only time it happens this session. If this was one of your Senators let them know whether you agree or disagree with their actions.
Make your Voice Heard – Testify Virtually:
This past year was the year of the decennial census and now it is time for redistricting reapportionment. The House and Senate Redistricting Committees started a series of meetings on March 9 to take public testimony on the redistricting process. This is usually a road show, however because of the pandemic this will also be done virtually. It is important that we tell our Legislators that we want these new districts to meet all the criteria outlined by law, that there be no gerrymandering and that all districts are equal and fair. The League will be testifying, however it is important that all of you also testify as individual Oregon residents/voters. See https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/redistricting/ for more information and all the details.
Here’s another really good thing the League does –> the whole organization across the country stands up for stopping voter suppression. And the League invites everyone to join in.
Across the country are attempts in legislatures to nullify voters. Disgusting! Instead we should be enabling voters. That’s what democracy is about. We stand to lose everything if we allow this to go on.
‘Redistricting: What it means and the role of Nonprofits,’the goal is to demystify redistricting, and share some of those engagement strategies. Joining us will be guest speaker, Professor Justin Levitt of Loyola Law School, whose website ‘All About Redistricting‘ is an indispensable resource for understanding how the process works in each state. Additional speakers from nonprofit organizations like yours will be announced at a later date.
Following this webinar, all RSVPs will receive the slides and recording in an email.
Special 4 Week Series Opens Feb 3rd at 2pm Black Lives Matter White Privilege Needs Exploration
This series of Open Discussions, Videos, Guest Speakers, Panels, Book Discussions, Guest Presenters and opportunities for reflective moments is convened by Lillene Fifield. Plan your calendar at 2pm for Feb 3, 10, 17, 24th.
Together We Will Examine the Ways Anti-Blackness Shows Up. For your participation to be most meaningful, videos and additional materials are available on YouTube for you to explore before attending each Session.
Coming February 3rd 2021 at 2pm – 3:30pm – What is White Privilege?
We welcome you to share from the heart and engage in open dialogue so that we may learn together.
Join the Zoom meeting by clicking on this link at 2pm on Feb 3rd at 2pm.
Feb 10 – The Talk – Fathers To Sons Over Generations/Mothers And Grandmothers Raising Black Children
Feb 17 – Truth-Telling: Examining The Ways Anti-Blackness Just Shows Up
Feb 24 – What Part To Play In Abolishing Racism; Creating A Safe And Conscious Community.
The U.S. Constitution Workshop on Feb. 4th is full. Thank you for registering.
If you were unable to register in time and would like to be on a waiting list for the next workshop on the U.S. Constitution, email us.
Registrants will receive a confirmation email on Feb. 3 and Feb. 4 that will contain a personalized direct link to the virtual class on Feb. 4 at 6PM.
This workshop will look at the Constitution’s creation and its structural limitations, and trace major changes to its interpretation. We will puncture some myths and develop a perspective that helps evaluate its meaning more thoughtfully.
Our democracy is strengthened when citizens have accurate and non-partisan civic knowledge.
Donna L. Cohen, M.L.I.S, M.Ed. Teacher and Librarian Portland 503-737-1425 email@example.com
The Garden Tour Committee is all about this year’s Tour. We’ve got new signs to guide you, specially made masks for workers, and we’re working on the map to the Gardens.
Reserve Saturday, June 12, 2021 from 10AM to 5PM for a day outdoors to visit lovely local gardens within an 8-mile stretch from Hucrest to Del Rio Road. Need some positive inspiration? You won’t want to miss this community event!!
Tickets will go on sale on May 12 at various local businesses.
Thank you, Gardeners, for sharing & all of your hard work in preparation.
Come and Enjoy artists and musicians who will participate at each garden. If you would like to be a part in some way, email our Garden Tour Chair Nancy Farris or call her at 541-643-8113.
To see more photos of this year’s Gardens visit our webpage.
This is an unprecedented move by the National League of Women Voters — to say we must remove the President from the highest office in the nation.
The boards of LWV and LWVEF voted unanimously to call for the removal of the President immediately. Today they have issued an Action Alert directing all League members to contact their senators and encourage to oust the dangerous leader.
Dr. Deborah Ann Turner, Board President, LWVUS, said today in a communique to all members:
“Donald Trump showed himself to be a dangerous agitator with the power and will to upend our democracy by force. He is a threat to our republic and to our national security.
“We know that this decision will be controversial, but this moment in history demands we protect and defend our democracy. We cannot stand silent as the actions of President Trump this week have demonstrated he is unfit for office. We will not endure the next two weeks and the potential for further damage to our democracy and the world. It is time to remove him from office by any legal means possible, which is why LWVUS supports both impeachment and the 25th Amendment as viable options to ensure safety of Americans and preservation of our republic.
“The statement we issued this morning was not a partisan one. As we made clear in the statement, we support the processes that would remove Donald Trump and install Mike Pence as president for the remainder of the term. On January 21, we are hosting a webinar how our nonpartisan and DEI policies intersect and how to navigate them during hyper-partisan times. We welcome everyone to attend.
“All of you, our members across the country and around the world, have joined this organization because you believe in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy. Today, we ask you to stand together in this decision to defend democracy as we have for 100 years.”
League Members, check your email for the virtual location of the webinar on Jan. 21.
“The most important political office is that of the private citizen.” Justice Louis Brandeis (November 13, 1856 – October 5, 1941) was an American litigator, Supreme Court Justice, advocate of privacy, and developer of the Brandeis Brief) according to https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Louis_Brandeis
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.
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.