Time’s up for mailing in your ballot. Either use a drop box or walk it in to the Douglas County Clerk’s office and drop it off there no later than 8PM on Tuesday, May 19. Note: There’s new procedures at the Clerk’s office, so check out their webpage. Suggestion: Call the office first at (541) 440-4325.
Or you can drop it off at the Douglas County Courthouse Clerk‘s office in the hallway slot. If you must go in to the office, you must first call ahead to (541) 440-4325 to find out how their procedures due to COVID-19.
The right to vote is a critical principle of our democracy. Our democracy is stronger when every eligible voter can cast a vote and have it count. We should encourage every eligible voter to cast a ballot in every election to make their voices heard. We want our election system to be free, fair, and accessible to all eligible voters.
It’s a wonderful thing when a community comes together in the face of adversity. And that is happening now in Douglas County, Oregon, in the midst of calamity and invisible disease all around.
Thank you to Oregon Serigraphics owner Stephanie LaFleur, and League of Women Voters member, who is providing a link between the community and the medical community. She has arranged to provide mask materials to sewists — like the Umpqua Sewing Warriors — to produce much needed medical masks for our warriors on the frontlines — doctors, nurses and everyone else working in healthcare to help those in need. Read about this endeavor in The News-Review account published on 3/25/20.
We thank all those who are tackling the coronavirus outbreak daily to help our county, state and nation to get through this. As for the rest of us — STAY HOME — if at all possible! And Sew!
Please sign up with the Oregon Health Authority to get daily updates.
Join us on Friday, March 13 Noon-1:30 at the Roseburg Public Library, Deer Creek Room
Guest speaker Jess Daly, a Public Policy Consultant with expertise in cybersecurity and privacy issues, will give a presentation about Privacy and Cyberhealth.
Privacy & Cyberhealth
A discussion about navigating everyday issues of privacy and cybersecurity.
Jess says ~
It is easy to dismiss basic issues of privacy living with the amazing technology that surrounds us and the convenience it brings. People often say, “I’m a regular person with nothing to hide so why should I care?” This attitude can be damaging. It’s like saying, “I’m a healthy person with no germs, so why should I wash my hands?” We will talk in common sense terms about privacy and cyberhealth and how these issues connect to your personal family life, your local community, and your vote. We will explore ways everyone can support safe, healthy, and connected families, communities, and societies.
All interested community members are encouraged to attend this noontime meeting. Light lunch will be served.
This is an Action Alert from the League of Women Voters of Oregon —
CLIMATE LEGISLATION IS OUR TOP ISSUE
Date: February 21, 2020
To: All League Members and Oregonians
From: Rebecca Gladstone, LWVOR President
Julie Chapman and Claudia Keith, Climate Portfolio
WE NEED SUPPORTERS IN THE CAPITOL DAILY
THESE NEXT TWO WEEKS
We want to be in the halls, in the House and Senate chambers, and in our legislators’ offices – making sure they know how important it is to pass climate legislation in 2020.
The Oregon Greenhouse Gas Initiative (SB 1530 and HB 4167 – identical bills) is broadly supported throughout the state. Thousands have submitted testimony and published opinion pieces, from public health providers, to your League. We recognize the urgency to address this Climate Crisis.
If you have legislators who might walkout over the climate bill, please contact them immediately to let them know how important it is to you that they remain to vote.
WE WILL MAKE SURE LEGISLATORS KNOW WE ARE COUNTING ON THEM TO VOTE!
Because schedules shift daily (even hourly now!), we encourage you to sign up for “Get Involved” updates from Renew Oregon, for the most up-to-date information on what is happening in the capitol. We rely on Renew Oregon, the large coalition LWVOR works with on climate legislation.
Join us for the League’s birthday celebration! The League is 100 Years old on Feb. 14, but we’re celebrating all year long!
After one hundred years of struggle, women finally received the national vote in 1920. We are celebrating the ratification of the Nineteen Amendment and the birth of our League of Women Voters organization.
Please join us on Saturday, March 7th at the Salem Convention Center from 10AM to 2PM for a memorable luncheon and panel discussion moderated by former Governor Barbara Roberts. We are tremendously honored to have confirmed panelists who are women leaders currently serving in Oregon: Governor Kate Brown (invited), Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle, Supreme Court Chief Justice Martha Walters, and Metro President Lynn Peterson.
A special video created for the event as well as a slideshow featuring archival state and local League photographs will be presented.
The Carrie Chapman Catt and Distinguished Service Awards will be announced along with the Distinguished Service honorees, those chosen by their local Leagues for outstanding service to our communities.
So much has been achieved in the last 100 years! We are thrilled to invite you, your family and friends for this once-in-a-lifetime event. We sincerely hope you will attend.
The 19th amendment guarantees all American women the right to vote. Achieving this milestone required a lengthy and difficult struggle; victory took decades of agitation and protest. Beginning in the mid-19th century, several generations of woman suffrage supporters lectured, wrote, marched, lobbied, and practiced civil disobedience to achieve what many Americans considered a radical change of the Constitution. Few early supporters lived to see final victory in 1920.
Beginning in the 1800s, women organized, petitioned, and picketed to win the right to vote, but it took them decades to accomplish their purpose. Between 1878, when the amendment was first introduced in Congress, and August 18, 1920, when it was ratified, champions of voting rights for women worked tirelessly, but strategies for achieving their goal varied. Some pursued a strategy of passing suffrage acts in each state—nine western states adopted woman suffrage legislation by 1912. Others challenged male-only voting laws in the courts. Militant suffragists used tactics such as parades, silent vigils, and hunger strikes. Often supporters met fierce resistance. Opponents heckled, jailed, and sometimes physically abused them.
By 1916, almost all of the major suffrage organizations were united behind the goal of a constitutional amendment. When New York adopted woman suffrage in 1917 and President Wilson changed his position to support an amendment in 1918, the political balance began to shift.
On May 21, 1919, the House of Representatives passed the amendment, and 2 weeks later, the Senate followed. When Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the amendment on August 18, 1920, the amendment passed its final hurdle of obtaining the agreement of three-fourths of the states. Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby certified the ratification on August 26, 1920, changing the face of the American electorate forever.
Join us for LWV Umpqua Valley’s birthday celebration on Feb. 13.
Thursday, Feb. 13th at Noon to 2PM Roseburg Library in the South Umpqua Room
The actual birthdate for the national League is Feb. 14, 1920.
Although our League was not in existence as soon as the national League was, Roseburg was not far behind. Although not officially organized until 1961 (see our history), Roseburg was active in state League affairs and with the national League. In 1989 LWV Umpqua Valley became a valid 501(c)(4) tax exempt organization.
This year we celebrate along with hundreds of other local Leagues around the country the centennial birthday of the League and the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment.
Please come to celebrate whether you are a member or not!
Come for cake, some history, some discussion, ask questions, and enjoy your neighbors.