For the status of bills you are watching. The Legislature is almost done for the year. The end of the 2021 session is June 28.
Also read the succinct, easy to read League Action Team’s Legislative Report which comes out weekly.
Look for candidate interviews that are being held by The News-Review. Do a search on “candidates” on their main page to find the articles.
Douglas County, Oregon citizens will vote by mail for this coming Special District Election on May 18th.
There are 277 candidates running for positions in 87 districts ranging from school boards, fire, water and sanitary districts, parks and recreation, the Port of Umpqua, and a library district.
See the Douglas County Elections department list of candidates.
More information on the Douglas County Elections website.
Make Your Voice Heard!
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.
|Paula Krane, Access Coordinator|
Read League of Women Voters of Oregon testimony here.
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.
Join with the League now to help stop voter suppression. Check out this link: https://bit.ly/2ZYRaYS
Find out what your Oregon Legislature is up to. Read the weekly League’s Legislative Reports. Scroll down to see the latest report by subject matter.
‘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.
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.
Provided by the Umpqua Unitarian Universalist Congregation– https://www.facebook.com/RoseburgUU/
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.
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