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Roseburg Climate Strike Struck!

Thank you all for coming and joining us in Roseburg for the international Climate Strike! There was a great turn out! And thank you to our co-sponsors, the Douglas County Global Warming Coalition and Umpqua Watersheds, and the media for being there as well.

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Jenny Carloni delivers Senator Merkley’s statement to the crowd. Photos below by Joe Ross. 

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Roseburg #Climate Strike

On September 20th, the League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley, Douglas County Global Warming Coalition, and Umpqua Watersheds are joining the Climate Strikes Coalition and 350.org partners from around the world to activate thousands of people around the country who want real solutions to the climate crisis.

FC_CS_Social-09-6%Hundreds of Climate Strike events are being planned across the country. People of all ages will come together in the streets all over the world on September 20th as part of a Global Climate Strike. And Roseburg citizens will be among them.

Join us on Friday, Sep. 20 at Noon to 1PM in front of Fred Meyer on Garden Valley Blvd. Bring your signs! Take photos! Be a participant. Be able to tell your children that you did something about this planetary emergency.

There’s no denying the climate crisis is already here. Over the years, we’ve watched storms, floods, fires and heat waves devastate communities from Puerto Rico to Portland. In the meantime, our elected officials have
continued to protect the oil, coal, and gas billionaires responsible for this crisis.

It doesn’t have to be this way. We know what the solutions are, and we have the means to implement them.

Together, we have the power to take our destiny out of the hands of fossil fuel billionaires and their corrupt enablers. Join us on Garden Valley Blvd. on September 20th for the Global Climate Strike.

Our communities, our planet, and our future depend on a climate movement that reaches all corners of this country. To change everything, it takes everyone — and with your help we can build a sustainable world for generations to come.

Please stand with us!

In Solidarity,

League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley, Douglas County Global Warming Coalition, and Umpqua Watersheds.

For more information email the Umpqua Valley LeagueDouglas County Global Warming Coalition, or Umpqua Watersheds

Sign ideas:power-1
#ClimateStrike
Demand Action!
Act like the House is On Fire!
No On LNG!
Time to Act!
Climate Justice Now!
One Planet One Future
There is No Planet B
Save the Planet!
Save the Children!
Fighting for our Future!
Winter is Not Coming!

 

Climate Strike Links:
U.S.Climate Strike Map We’re on the map!
Climate Strike Oregon
350.org
League of Women Voters of Oregon Climate Strike

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Action

We Say No to LNG

Here are comments that the League of Women Voters of Oregon have submitted to FERC in response to the DEIS of the Jordan Cove Energy Project LP, Docket No. CP17-495-000 and the Pacific Connector Pipeline LP, Docket No. CP17-494-000 on behalf of four Leagues in southern Oregon.

The opening paragraph:

 “Dear Ms. Bose: 

We write representing the League of Women Voters of Coos County (LWVCC), LWV of Umpqua Valley (LWVUV), LWV of Rogue Valley (LWVRV), and LWV of Klamath County (LWVKC). We are grassroots nonpartisan, political organizations operating in the four counties in Oregon that would be directly affected by the construction and operations of the proposed Jordan Cove Liquefied Natural Gas (JCLNG) and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline (PCGP), commonly referred to collectively as the Jordan Cove Energy Project (JCEP). Our detailed review of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for this project shows that the projects are in direct conflict with many of the state and national League of Women Voters positions. These positions are based on study documents and consensus evaluations regarding natural resources, water quality and air quantity, climate change, offshore and coastal management, land use, public health and safety, energy conservation, and seismic risks.

Read full comments here – 4LL LWV 2019 DEIS comment FINAL.

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Juvenile Justice

Date:   April 23, 2019

Action Alert To All League Members and Oregonians

From:  Karen Nibler, Social Policy Coordinator, Barbara Ross, Corrections Portfolio, and
Norman Turrill, LWVOR President

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Justice prevails!! SB 1008 changes the criminal code to keep juveniles charged with criminal offenses in the realm of the Juvenile Court except for waiver hearings on serious person to person offenses. It also does not allow for sentences of life without parole for youth who commit offenses before 18. Second Look after half of sentence is served and/or Transfer to the Department of Corrections will have hearings and can result in parole release.

We all recognize that juveniles are impulsive and react quickly without thinking through the consequences. This bill takes into consideration immaturity and other factors in the life of a juvenile when sentenced for a serious offense. We think it is wise to consider the factors influencing juvenile behavior and the potential for learning and rehabilitation.

The Senate has already passed this bill 20 to 10 votes. Please contact your representative in the House. The House Judiciary will hear this bill on April 24 and most likely will send it to the House floor for a vote. It has to have a 2/3 vote to pass and change the law, as required by the Measure 11 constitutional amendment. Reaching all representatives is critical to let them know we want to keep juveniles in the Juvenile system.

Please e-mail or call your representative. Contact info is on the Oregon Legislative System. Thank you for adding your voice!

For more information, contact Karen Nibler at niblerk@comcast.net or Barbara Ross at bross7017@gmail.com. Both of them would be happy to exchange comments.

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NPV

National Popular Vote.

Call your legislators! The following are excerpts from our Legislative Reports that the League of Women Voters of Oregon produces each week and their website.

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Please keep the pressure on legislators to vote yes on SB 870. We are seeing nationwide momentum for election reform, which includes an acknowledgement of the flaws in our Electoral College system. It’s especially important to provide Oregon’s Republican legislators with facts (LINK to Answers to Common Questions about National Popular Vote) to counter the partisan myths about NPV.

Here’s a sampling of NPV news from around the country:

  • Delaware, 3 electoral votes. On March 7, the NPV bill passed the Delaware Senate on a bipartisan vote and is now headed to the House for likely passage. The governor has indicated he will sign it. This just happened.
  • New Mexico, 5 electoral votes. We await news from where the bill sits in the Senate Rules Committee after passage in the House.
  • Maine, 4 electoral votes. There are high hopes for as the legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee recently voted 6-3 to endorse NPV on a party line vote.
  • Colorado, 9 electoral votes. The NPV bill awaits the governor’s signature . Opponents have threatened to put a popular referendum on the ballot to attempt a reversal.

Eleven Democratic-leaning states and the District of Columbia already have voted to enter the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Democrat-controlled Colorado will soon join the list, giving the compact 181 of the 270 electoral college votes needed to elect the president.

In Oregon, SB 870, the Senate version of the National Popular Vote Bill, was introduced on February 25 with an unprecedented 40 sponsors and 8 chief sponsors. This is the same bill that has been blocked by Senate leadership after passage in the House four times in recent sessions. However, we are very hopeful that this year will be different.

NPV supporters have just been told that Senate President Courtney and Senator Ginny Burdick are finally willing to allow a Senate vote on the NPV bill this session. It is important that legislators hear from as many constituents as possible that support for NPV is high. Please call or email your state legislators as soon as possible to urge support for SB 870.

Check the National Popular Vote website for the latest updates.

Call your legislators!

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The League and No LNG

The state League of Women Voters of Oregon, along with four local Leagues, Rogue Valley, Klamath Falls, Coos County, and Umpqua Valley, submitted comments on August 15, 2018 requesting denial of all permitting applications.1532567086475

The League of Women Voters of Oregon —

 “believes that natural resources should be managed as interrelated parts of life-supporting ecosystems. Resources should be conserved and protected to assure their future availability. Pollution of these resources should be controlled in order to preserve the physical, chemical and biological integrity of ecosystems and to protect public health.” The League of Women Voters of Oregon (LWVOR) “. . . opposes degradation of all of Oregon’s surface and ground water. . . .” and declares that climate change is the greatest environmental challenge of our generation. 

We must protect the natural resources we have now. We must stand in solidarity!

Please read the League’s complete comments here.