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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

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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: https://tinyurl.com/TaxFairnessForum.  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

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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!

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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!