2014 Meeting Minutes

Penny Okamoto, Ceasefire Oregon Executive Director:

In the Supreme Court decision for District of Columbia v. Heller, allowing residents to have handguns in their homes, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that the right to keep guns did not stop regulations—it did not give the right to keep guns whatsoever. Proposed Ceasefire Oregon bills are in boldface.

The vast majority of people want to stop gun violence; out of 100,000 people shot each year, about 30,000 of them die, and 310 million guns are in civilian hands.

Current Oregon gun law: no licensing; no registration; no background checks on private sales; no waiting time for purchases; no requirements for safety devices; no smart gun requirements; no hands-on training for concealed-carry permits; open CC in schools and state capitol.

Education and legislation can reduce injuries and deaths, proved in comparable situations such as drunk driving.

NRA worries: lack of self-defense; registration; licensing; government control; confiscation; lack of fire power.

Ceasefire Oregon concerns: felons and domestic violence abusers with guns; children with access to guns; poor mental care; unintentional shootings; irresponsible gun owners and/or sellers; unsecured guns stolen.

Proposed bill for background checks: Gun sellers must get background check through the Oregon State Police to transfer the firearm with the exceptions of family members, inherited firearms, and antique firearms. OSP has a three-day deadline. Following this law would make the sellers not responsible for the actions of the purchasers. In the 20 years since the Brady law for background checks went into effect, 2.1 million people have been refused with most of these being felons, domestic abusers, and fugitives. The Brady law is only for licensed dealers and sellers.

Forty percent of guns are sold privately and are therefore not subject to background checks; 74 percent of NRA members and 84 percent of gun owners support universal background checks. These checks reduce killings in domestic violence by 38 percent, police by 39 percent, aggravated assaults by 17 percent, and suicide by 49 percent.

After Missouri repealed its background check in 2007, the state had a 25-percent increase in homicide and a large increase in illegal exports to surrounding states although neither of these issues spiked in the rest of the nation.

Background checks do not prevent lending guns for a short hunting trip. The Manchin/Toomey bill in Senate clearly stated that gun registration in the United States is still illegal; the bill to include gun shows and the internet in mandating background checks still failed.

Problem with connecting background checks to felonies for domestic abuse is that many abusers plea down to misdemeanors but they are still a danger to their victims.

Background checks can be successful because black market sales are far more expensive.

Proposed bill for child access to guns: owner liable if minor gets gun without permission unless the gun is secured, the minor gets it by unlawful entry, or the owner doesn’t know the minor would be present. In states with child access prevention laws, unintentional deaths from guns in children under 15 have fallen 23 percent and suicide for young people ages 14-17 have dropped by 8.3 percent. More than 75 percent of guns used by youth in suicide attempts and unintentional injuries are kept in the home of the victim, a relative, or a friend.

Ceasefire Oregon is not proposing any law requiring that guns be locked up; the proposed laws just make owners responsible.

Proposed bill for mentally ill: help families remove firearms from severely mentally ill members.

Okamoto’s recommendation: Call legislators early and often to support these bills, possibly once a week.

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

Stone Crest Cellars Tasting Room and Bistro, Newport

November 17, 2014

The meeting was called to order at 6:15 pm by Nancy Mead. Approximately 33 people attended.

Introductions: Mead introduced some of the people attending the celebratory meeting for COC NOW’s second anniversary: Lincoln County DA Michelle Branam; Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum; Toledo Mayor-Elect Billie Jo Smith; State Representative David Gomberg; and League of Women Voters President Gen Rosin. Mead commented that Toledo will have an all-woman city council beginning in January.

Ellen Rosenblum: In her brief comments, she said that her job was to be objective, but she was pleased that the ERA amendment passed after 27 years. She praised Branam on her election (Branam ran unopposed) and on being only one of five female DAs in the state’s 36 counties. Rosenblum is one of ten female AGs in the 50 states and the first woman to run for the Oregon post. She supports pay equity and reproductive freedom. Oregon is the only remaining state in the nation with no restrictions. She added that her new grandchild, born last week, is a girl.

Birgette Ryslinge will be speaking at the League of Women Voters at the Sylvia Beach in December. Mead will post the date on the website.

David Gomberg: After thanking NOW for its support, he gave a brief history of his working with women politicians in the Oregon Women’s Political Caucus. He said he became a feminist in 1977 and worked for Barbara Roberts as well as other strong women who made a difference. He too supports pay equity and reproductive freedom and praised the passage of the ERA and marriage equality. Freedom needs people to stay engaged.

Introductions from others in attendance.

Treasurer’s Report: Michele Walters reported that the chapter netted $2,964.72 from our Celebration of Women; the treasury has a balance of $4,103.15. An allocation of monies will be determined at the January meeting. The members approved disbursement of $300 to the STEM committee for the girls’ robotic team.

Committee Reports:

STEM (Janice Eisele): The STEM Committee is currently working on two grant proposals. One is the support of all-girl MATE ROV team, including ROV kit, additional materials, some mentor support, tools, and T-shirts for a total cost of $800. NOW will provide $300 with the remainder requested from the STEM HUB project. The second proposal is to the Siletz Charitable Foundation to send a middle school/high school girl to a STEM camp next summer. Committee members are Mead, Walters, Michele Kemper, Judy Bowman-Kreitmeyer, and Amanda LaPine.

Diversity (Virginia Gibbs): The group intends to assess the needs of and evaluate necessary support for of marginalized women, especially Latinas because they are doubly marginalized through gender and language issues. A possibility is providing classes. Committee members do not need to be bilingual.

Court Watch (Walters): Committee members have observed a couple of cases this year. Court Watch has a new website to collect observations and information. Committee members will be working a strategic plan for 2015 and recruiting more watchers.

Ceasefire Oregon (Monica Kirk): Past projects have been successful, and the next one is the gun turn-in. The ASK project will also be repeated in the coming year. Kirk is grateful to Branam for her involvement and plans to address Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda’s statement that Newport’s ban on “open carry” is unconstitutional. Also referenced were recent statewide newspaper articles about the ban on gun ownership for domestic violence perpetrators not being enforced.

Next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 27 at 6:00 pm. Please note that the NOW meeting times have been changed to the fourth Tuesday of the month and that there will be no meeting in December 2014. The January meeting is scheduled at the PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport.

The meeting adjourned at 6.57 pm, and all present enjoyed their dinners.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting

Central Lincoln PUD

October 20, 2014

Meeting called to order by Nancy Mead a little after 6 pm. Introduction were made and items for the raffle were discussed. Raffle done at the break

Old Business

Minutes of September meeting were approved. Treasurer reported a balance of $1337 including checks for $250 from Celebration underwriters. $50 more was received for the celebration. We will have some outstanding bills to be paid including the venue, the food, and the performers prior to the event and later the wine. Suggested use of some of the money is getting a tent for outdoor venues such as the Farmers Markets.

Election of officers: The current officers agreed to continue for another year if no one else self nominated and since no one did the slate was unanimously approved.  Officers for 2015: President – Nancy Mead, Vice-President – Jan Eisele, Secretary – Nel Ward and Treasurer – Michele Walters. The one caveat for Nancy to continue was to have a Program Committee. It is composed of Nyla Jebousek, Cindy Jacobi and Kayleen Williams.  They will be responsible for setting the programs, preparing the agenda and the publicity.

Committee Reports:

Ceasefire –  Tabled at last week’s Newport Farmers Market.  Because of the weather there was not a lot of traffic.  Raffle for the gun case and trigger lock is currently scheduled for the end of October.

STEM – NOW should apply for a grant from the STEM HUB for robotic kits for the competitions –can’t be Janice though so someone else will need to write it. Other support opportunities in the future include scholarships, providing support to enable girls to attend camps or having awards for achievements

Diversity – Kayleen Williams and Virginia Gibbs met to start their planning process. Linda Aguirre volunteered for this committee also.

Courtwatch – Need a new chair as Alice resigned. We have only have had a couple of cases to observe over the summer months. There is one case scheduled in Nov which involved minors at the time of the offense. Since we only observe cases involving adults we will need to decide whether we should observe this one or not.  Amy Cloe believes the victims may still be minors as their father is less than 35.  Need to check into this further.

National NOW Board Meeting

Nancy Mead reported on attendance at the National NOW Board Meeting – 3 days with a packed agenda working through breakfast and lunch. She discussed some of the topics briefly such as

  • Asking Pres Obama about why girls were not considered in his My Brother’s Keeper program
  • Domestic violence in the NFL culture
  • Results of the reorganizations of AAUW & YMCA and what could be applied to NOW
  • Jan Erickson, government relations director for NOW – NOW is working with FDA to encourage drug companies to push to have more women included in drug trials
  • Voter suppression – Erickson pointed out the voter suppression laws are targeting women in communities of color.
  • Not going to support “Not by Bosses” Bill to correct the Hobby Lobby decision, as it carves in stone exemptions for religious orgs
  • Voted to grant local chapters access to at-large member’s lists

Nancy said she would write up a more detailed report of the discussions to share. Next NOW National Conference will be in New Orleans with a focus on restructuring and Bylaws. 

Celebration of Women October the 26th

LWV, AAUW, Altrusa and My Sister’s Place will have their own tables with information. LWV will take orders for boxes of oranges/grapefruit which is their fund raising activity. We have 42 separate donations for the silent auction. Jan is preparing the sheets for bidding

Raffle: Three groups of items auction – Book on Bush Dynasty and the gun safe tickets, another book with a bottle of wine and “women vote” potholder; scarf made by Dorothy Mack  – Raffle generated $41

New Business

Dorothy Mack announced that her new book, Handless Maiden, will be out as an e-book on Amazon by the end of October.

Establishing a Rape Kits Task Force to address backlog in processing kits was discussed. More information is needed to ensure there is a real need in Lincoln County.  Not to be a part of Court Watch.

Changing the date for the meetings was discussed. Several of the third Mondays in 2015 are holidays and Nancy was notified that the PUD will not be available on holidays. It might be good to pick another date since the third Monday conflicts with City Council and other standing meetings. Using the Library was also discussed since they no longer charge for the room.  Nyla agreed to get more information and report at the next meeting.

Vision – NOW Priorities for 2015. Nel Ward prepared an anthology of all of the many topics covered in our last two years. The question was posed – where do we go from here? A lively discussion ensued which included these gems:

  • Develop and support women candidates for offices
  • More visibility with community education
  • Expand membership especially younger women
  • Build an alliance with OCCC – current President is slated for one of our future meetings
  • More collaboration with other groups such as LWV, etc.
  • Plan for our attendance at events instead of just letting women know about them

Ideas included identifying more documentary films like “Inequality for All” and showing them at the Bijou and/or OCCC.

Sheila Swinford would like to see NOW involved with Women’s Link to a Healthy Planet – a local Community Rights Organization. She raised an alarm about the current spraying of chemicals in local forests prior to clear cutting which will impact our local watersheds. She would like NOW to be involved as this is a women’s and children’s health issue.

Next meeting is November 17th @ 6pm at Stone Crest Cellars Tasting Room and Bistro, HWY 101 and 715 Hubert – in strip mall kitty-corner from the Kite Shop and across from and on same side of 101 as Mazatlan.

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

Central Lincoln PUD

September 22, 2014

The meeting was called to order at 6:05 pm by Nancy Mead. Approximately 19 people attended.

Minutes: Minutes from the August 18, 2014 meeting were accepted.

Treasurer’s Report: Michele Walters reported that the chapter has $1,005.05 and 50 members.

Old Business:

  • ERA Update: Mead announced that the ERA ballot measure has no opposition in the voters’ pamphlet although the ACLU has come out against the measure as an unnecessary symbolic gesture. Arguments for passing the measure include the pay inequity between genders and the favoring of men in domestic violence cases. Because both major state newspapers, The Oregonian and The Register Guard, are opposing the ERA measure, Mead asked people to write letters to the editor in defense of the initiative.
  •  International Peace Day Event, September 20: Mead announced that the event was “fun” and had an excellent first year.
  •  Invitation to Self-Nominate for Local Chapter NOW Offices: Because no members of the nominating committee were in attendance [one came later], Mead asked for volunteers for all four offices: president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. Volunteers must be NOW members for 90 days before the election on October 20.
  •  Project Homeless Connect, October 3: Volunteers can sign up at http://rsvpoflbl.org/events/project-homeless-connect/.
  •  Celebration of Women, October 26: Janice Eisele distributed a sign-up form for volunteering at the fundraiser, and flyers were available to people to take to post at different sites. Business cards for the event were also distributed for people to hand out. Nel Ward announced Sandy Roumagoux’s painting and asked for silent auction and $50 donations. Sue Hardesty explained that the Celebration will feature entertainment, artists, authors, food, etc.

 Presenter, Domestic Violence and Guns: – Marian Pesta Bradley, NOW Northwest Region Director/Past President, Montana NOW

An initial discussion of defining domestic violence led to many of its elements that expands traditional ideas to men being abused, children as abusers, expansion of the locale outside the home—in short, systemic  interpersonal abuse throughout a community. She discussed the concern about Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s (D-MN) proposed bill to guarantee close loopholes in background checks as possibly being too weak. [More information available here: http://nelsnewday.wordpress.com/?s=domestic+violence.]The question was whether to try to pass the bill or hold out for a stronger measure. Her suggestion for working to solve the crisis of guns in domestic violence was to change the conversation and begin on a “low level.” Her approach has also been to directly present statistics to people when discussing the issue:

  • Alaska ranked first in the nation in the rate of women murdered by men, with a rate of 2.57 per 100,000, followed by South Carolina, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Oregon rates 32nd in the nation. The information is from the Violence Policy Center (VPC) report “When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2012 Homicide Data.” http://www.vpc.org/studies/wmmw2014.pdf
  • Putting all people with restraining orders into the system could block the sale of 2 million guns by 300,000 abusers.
  • Women living with a gun in the home are nearly three times more likely to be murdered than those with no gun in the home.
  • For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 93 percent of female victims (1,487 out of 1,594) were murdered by a male they knew.
  • A study of female murder victims in 10 cities found that three-quarters of women murdered, and 85 percent of women who survived a murder attempt by a current or former intimate partner, had been stalked in the previous year.
  • Almost half of all intimate partner homicides are committed by a dating partner who is not covered by federal gun restrictions.
  • The risk of a woman being the victim of homicide increases at least 500 percent when guns are present during the domestic violence crisis.
  • One in five purchasers of guns online are convicted felons.
  • In states with stricter background checks, 35 percent fewer women are killed.

Raffle: Three items—two books, a lighthouse print, and 5 tickets for the gun-safe raffle—netted $46. The gun-safe tickets were donated for next month’s raffle, and Mead will bring another item.


  • CourtWatch: Robin Hochtritt described observing a domestic violence case on August 27-29. A year-long, on-again/off-again relationship between a man and a woman in Yachats culminated in a telephone argument followed by the man coming to the woman’s home. He used a long, possibly military, knife to stab the tires of her car, the front door, and then the bathroom door after she locked herself into the bathroom. In the process he had cut himself. She claimed that he cut her, but he said that he did so only accidentally while stabbing the door. The blood was not sent to a crime lab, and the bathroom door was not saved because the sheriff’s deputy had only his “Crown Vic” for transporting the door. The woman threw the door away after law enforcement told her to do this. Although photos were taken of the door, it was determined that they lacked sufficient information about the stabbings. The prosecution created a door mock-up, but it did not fit the woman’s description of the actual door. The jury issued a verdict of assault in the fourth degree, a lesser offense than the requested assault in the second degree.

Concerns about the case: law enforcement failed to preserve and process potentially important evidence, and the prosecution failed to pay attention to detail, such as an accurate depiction of the door. Also the prosecutor did not follow through with some questioning, i.e., no follow-up to a law official’s response of “it’s complicated.” Bradley added that women are often treated very differently from men, giving as an example the case of Marissa Alexander who faces 60 years in a Florida prison after firing one warning shot at her abusive husband threatening her. Also using the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law, George Zimmerman was exonerated for killing a black teenager visiting in his neighborhood. It was suggested that CourtWatch prepare a statement of concerns regarding the disposition of the case.

  • Ceasefire Oregon: Monica Kirk announced local activities in keeping with Bradley’s recommendation that slowing the crisis of guns in domestic violence begin on a “low level”: the ASK program asking if homes where children play have accessible guns, a gun buyback project, a raffle for a donated gun safe, and tabling at the Newport Farmers Market. Ceasefire Oregon is also proposing a bill that would require gun sellers to report failed background checks to sheriffs.
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math): Eisele asked for mentors for the Newport Schools Science Fair 2015 who could work with science teachers one hour a week for six weeks in November and December before the fair in January. Interested parties should contact Cait Goodwin, 541-961-0968; cait.goodwin@oregonstate.edu. Oregon Coast STEM Hub website is http://oregoncoaststem.oregonstate.edu/; the blog page is http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/oregoncoaststem/
  • Nominating Committee: Nyla Jebousek asked for volunteers for officers. Nominations close at 9:00 am on September 23. She also announced the establishment of a program committee to set the calendar for the coming year and prepare publicity for the meetings. Suggestions are speakers, book discussions, and committee meetings. Volunteers are Janice Eisele, Cindi Jacobi, and Kayleen Williams. Others are welcome.

New Business:

Candidates: Newport candidates Sandy Roumagoux, mayor, and Wendy Engler, City Council member, briefly spoke. As mayor for the past two years, Roumagoux said that she wanted to continue her work and help Newport make “a big leap” forward. She asked people to write letters to the editor in support of her. Her website is http://sandyfornewportmayor.com/, and her Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/SandraRoumagoux?fref=ts .  Engler plans a website and said that she wants visioning and follow-up on plans by the City Council. She is interested in livability, efficiency, and a sustainable future.


Yes on 92, Oregon Right to Know & GMO Labeling is having a fundraiser in the Yachats Commons on Thursday, September 25 at 6:30 pm. More information is available from Katrina Wynn at 541-547-5123 or mail@KatrinaWynne.org.

  • November 17 NOW Meeting will be a celebration dinner at Stonecellars Bistro in Newport.
  • There will be no December meeting.

Next Meeting, October 20, 6:00 pm: Topic: Election, Chapter Goals, National NOW Report

Part of the discussion may be to change the regular meeting time of chapter meetings because of a conflict with the Newport City Council meetings. [PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport]

The meeting adjourned at 8:25 pm.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

Central Lincoln PUD

August 18, 2014

The meeting was called to order at 6:03 pm by Nancy Mead. Approximately 22 people attended.

Presentation – Women Can Run! And Win!: Jean Cowan, former Oregon state representative/Lincoln County commissioner; Kelley Ellis, Lincoln County School District board member/former member of Siletz City Council; and Billie Jo Smith, Lincoln County Democratic Party Chair/Toledo Mayor candidate

Importance of Women in Elective Offices:

Cowan: Women’s issues, for example long-term care, need to be address; of 120 county commissioners, 20% are female. Women are more collaborative and more task-oriented.

Smith: Women communicate better, are better problem solvers—in short, do a better job.

Problem: Large percentage of electorate want more women but don’t vote for them, especially older women; women need to be encouraged to run.

Finding Good Women Candidates:

Cowan: Find women with passion and organizational skills. She said she would see a gap and then fill it, a pattern that led to her running for office.

Smith: Look at clubs, committees, etc. where women show leadership skills. She said she decided to run for the school board following her appointment by ESD after a massive recall.

Getting Women to Run:

Just ask women to run. Promise to support them in many ways, including knocking on doors and asking for money. In some cases, just ask women to run.

Obstacles Facing Women in Running:

Women worry about appearance and inability to speak, especially because the appearance of female candidates gets more comments than that of male candidates.

Cowan said that women should learn to speak to groups (Mead suggested Toastmasters) and do other training. Get a professional photograph and don’t change appearance during campaign. Take time for personal “maintenance.”

Smith said that Democrats have training for finding candidates and campaigning; assistance in knocking on doors and obtaining lists for positions, including nonpartisan ones; small donations.

Resources Available to Candidates: [Attachment]

Minutes: Minutes from the July 21, 2014 meeting were accepted.

Treasurer’s Report: Michele Walters the chapter has $992.

Old Business:

ERA Update: Mead announced that the campaign to pass the ERA initiative is doing well with many supporters and notable endorsements. Oregon ACLU still opposes the measure although national ACLU disagrees with the state chapter.

Project Homeless Connect, October 3: Janice Eisele announced that applications for volunteers are available at http://rsvpoflbl.org/events/project-homeless-connect/. NOW members can identify themselves as such on the form. Lola Jones will speak about the event at the September NOW meeting.

Celebration of Women Fundraiser, October 26: Nel Ward announced that the time of the event has been changed to 2:00 pm after the play Heidi Chronicles was canceled. It will still be at the Newport Performing Arts Center with wine (Joseph Swafford) and coffee (Central Coast Coffees), chocolates, (donations), silent auction, and performances coordinated by Akia Woods. Donors from women-supported businesses and individuals will be announced in a brochure and on the local NOW website unless they ask to be anonymous. Nel Ward discussed possible promotion for event with photograph of a painting by Sandy Roumagoux in the newspaper and on flyers, possibly with bids outside the Celebration. Jebousek suggested minimum bids. Judy Bowman-Kreitmeyer volunteered to distribute flyers. Deadline for donations to be listed in brochure is September 22.

New Business:

My Sister’s Place Golf Tournament, September 20 (8:00 am-3:30 pm): Ceci Pratt said that there would be ample time for people to attend both this event and the International Day of Peace Celebration because lunch begins at 2:00. People could leave immediately after that. COC NOW will sponsor a golf cart for $50, and Mead will put together a four-person team. Interested parties should contact her.

International Day of Peace Celebration, September 20 (3:00-7:00 pm): COC Now will have a table at this event at Newport High School East Campus (parking lot and inside). Interested volunteers should contact Mead.

Nominating Committee: Volunteers are Cynthia Jacobi, Nyla Jebousek, and Michele Kemper.

Raffle: The raffle netted $36.


Diversity: Virginia Gibbs and Kayleen Williams will meet with Mead to establish a direction for the committee.

Ceasefire Oregon: Jacobi announced tables on last two Saturdays at the Newport Farmers Market and a raffle for gun safe and trigger lock in September. Date for the first gun buyback in the state outside Portland will also be in September with the date selected next week. Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda has been very helpful and will be in charge of the buyback. People will receive vouchers for local businesses, and the guns will be melted down. Plans for next year is to take a different approach for requesting municipality proclamations supporting the ASK program in which parents inquire about the availability of guns in the homes where their children play. She reported that the Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/centralcoastceasefire] recording people’s stories about guns has also been successful.

CourtWatch: Walters reported on the first two experiences of attending trials and said that three more are coming in the next few months. The committee will create a blog, linked to the COC NOW blog, and a brochure. Information has already been organized for the latter. There is also a need for more courtwatchers; all are welcome to attend the next meeting at Ward’s house (Sept. 11, 2:00 pm).

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math): Eisele said the next meeting is August 20 at Bowman-Kreitmeyer’s house. Possibilities are to fund a scholarship, a robotic kit for a team (approximately $200), or travel funds for team members. The Confederate Tribe of Siletz Indians might be a source of funding for a 501(c)3; Mead had said that she would look into forming one for COC NOW.


Democratic meeting discussing measures on November ballot: August 27, 7:00 pm, Oregon Coast Community College in Lincoln City

“Scott Free,” play about Abigail Scott Duniway: Oct. 18, 2:00 pm, OCCC Newport Campus

Oct. 19, 3:00 pm, Lincoln City Driftwood Library

Next Meeting, Sept. 22, 6:00 pm: Topic: Guns and Domestic Violence

Speaker: Marian Pesta Bradley, NOW Northwest Region Director/Past President, Montana NOW [PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport]

The meeting adjourned at 8:20 pm.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

Central Lincoln PUD

July 21, 2014

The meeting was called to order at 6:05 pm by Nancy Mead. Approximately 26 people attended.

Minutes: Minutes from the June 16, 2014 meeting were accepted.

Treasurer’s Report: With the absence of Michele Walters, Mead announced that the chapter has approximately $800.

Presentation: Aba Gayle and Randy Geer, members of Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, spoke about their path to believing that the death penalty should be abolished. Aba Gayle described her pain and recovery surrounding the murder of her 19-year-old daughter, and Geer discussed the murder of his father, a prison guard. One recommended alternative to the death penalty was allowing a convicted criminal sentenced with life without parole to choose death. Interesting conclusions: juries may be skewed because they will not be selected for juries if they don’t believe in the death penalty. “Closure is a dirty word” because there can never be closure. It is just the term that death penalty advocates use in argument for this sentence.

Old Business:

Report on 2014 NOW National Conference-Albuquerque June 27-29: Three local members attended the recent NOW conference. Nyla Jebousek praised the networking, especially for her daughter who plans to be active in California NOW. She attended the resolution committee to advocate for a change in Social Security requirements that a person be married to the same spouse for ten years before receiving that person’s Social Security after divorce. She described the event as “a rich environment for education. Janice Eisele agreed with Jebousek and commented that the resolution was well-received. Eisele expressed disappointment that such a large organization had such low representation. Mead commented on this way of meeting “incredible women who are doing things.”

State NOW July Board Meeting; Endorsement Process): Mead said that the recent state NOW board had no quorum because of the increase in numbers on the board. The bylaws will need to be changed to reflect the larger board in the matter of quorums. The state plans to make an endorsement in the Senate race if the selected candidate wishes to have a NOW endorsement. The board will send questionnaires to both Jeff Merkley and Monica Wehby. Only National NOW can endorse candidates for federal office. , though it is with the recommendation of the state chapter that has hopefully followed an interview process that verifies that candidate’s positions on matters important to NOW members. Nel Ward recommended that the state NOW organization reinstate a state PAC for the 2016 election.

ERA Update: Of approximately 170,000 signatures submitted, only about 118,000 were considered valid; 116,284 signatures were required as this is a constitutional amendment. Mead will be working with a committee to prepare the material for the Voters’ Pamphlet.

Project Homeless Connect, October 5: Tabled.

Recent Townhall Events with Rep. David Gomberg: Toledo mayor expressed concern about the slow railroad because of the importance of speed to Georgia Pacific. Toledo is also considering a sales tax. Ceasefire may wish to address the problem of guns in the state capitol. Rep. Gomberg expects the ERA ballot initiative to pass in the fall election.

Upcoming Fundraiser, Celebration of Women: This event will be in the lobby of the Newport Performing Arts Center at 4:30 pm on October 26 after the play Heidi’s Chronicles. Joseph Swafford will provide wine at cost that be sold by the glass; businesses will be asked to donate “chocolate” items for sale. Eisele reported that Central Coast Coffee is willing to donate that beverage. Other fund-raising activities will be a silent auction with donated items and services and individual and business donations for names in a brochure and on the NOW chapter’s website. Mead distributed a form for people to indicate places that might donate and their willingness to seek out these specific items/services.

Raffle: The raffle for a book donated by Alice Vachss and scarves donated by Dorothy Mack netted $44.


Interface: Peace & Justice: Mead suggested that the local NOW chapter participate in the International Peace Day on September 20 at Newport High, perhaps sharing a table with Ceasefire. There will be no cost.

Diversity: Mead distributed copies of an excellent op-ed piece about the human rights crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing our borders in the News-Times by Virginia Gibbs. She announced that the Immigration Information Response Team will meet at 11:00 am on August 23 in the Centro de Ayuda facility at St. Stephens in Newport.

Ceasefire Oregon: Mead reported a good response at the table at the Newport Farmer’s Market.

Court Watch: Vachss announced an upcoming committee meeting at 2:00 pm on July 24 at Nel Ward’s house.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math): Eisele said that the committee was selecting four topics and preparing a one-hour “class” for each of these, complete with experts and activities. These would then be offered as a supplement to the afterschool program for middle-schoolers as well as any other interested groups.

Next Meeting: Involving Women in the Political Process – Former State Rep. and Lincoln County Commissioner Jean Cowan: August 18, 2014 @ t p.m., Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport.

The meeting adjourned at 8:25 pm.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

Central Lincoln PUD

June 16, 2014

The meeting was called to order at 6:05 pm by Janice Eisele. Approximately 22 people attended.

Minutes: It was moved and seconded that minutes from the May 19, 2014 meeting, posted on the website, were accepted. Motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report (Michele Waters): The chapter has 46 members. The fundraiser of the movie Inequality for All at the Bijou on June 7 brought in $187, bringing the treasury to $734. There is money from 11 PayPal ticket purchasers to be added, and the raffle items, provided by Eisele, netted another $34.

Old Business:

Court Watch Committee Report: In the absence of the chair, Alice Vachss, Michele Walters made the report. Because several new people attending the meeting weren’t familiar with the project, she explained that the purpose of Court Watch is to make sure the justice system related to sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking is working through training people to observe cases. The program “gets the conversation going” and makes the system more transparent. At this time, two cases pertinent to Court Watch have been scheduled. The next meeting is June 19, 2014, 2:00 pm.

Ceasefire Oregon: Kate Madison discussed the ASK program (www.askforkids.org) that urges parents to asked about loaded, unlocked guns in the homes where their children go to play. This year’s national campaign begins on June 21. The newspaper has published four positive letters about gun sense in the News Times, and more are upcoming as well as a one-fourth-page ad about the ASK campaign. People are encouraged to submit their personal stories to the Ceasefire Facebook page and the newspaper. Four towns in Lincoln County have agreed to support the campaign, and the tabling at the Newport Farmers Market has elicited respectful discussion about the program, according to Diane Eckstein. People interested in volunteering for the Market should contact her at deckstein16@gmail.com. Ellen Bristow recommended http://www.dailykos.com/news/gunfail as a good source of information about deaths and injuries from guns.

STEM Committee Report: Janice Eisele reported on the science-oriented program for the afterschool program and the goal of sponsoring an all-girl Robotics team. Todd Williger had told Eisele that 4-H is interested in an all-girls team for Lego Robotics. Joyce Thompson Graham suggested supporting the younger groups because they have fewer sponsors. Eisele also explained that the STEM Committee will work on organizing STEM kits on four topics to be offered to schools and/or Joyce in the fall.

Project Homeless Connect: This event at the Church of the Nazarene on October 3 needs volunteers to help guide clients through the booths provided for homeless support. There was a discussion of the Anderson Cooper segment on 60 Minutes about the 100,000 Homes Campaign in over 235 cities, counties and states to house 100,000 homeless people. http://100khomes.org/

New Business:

Celebration of Women: Eisele invited people to join a committee to work on this fundraiser on October 26 at the Performing Arts Center. It was mentioned that October is also Domestic Violence Month. Nel Ward announced that Akia Woods has offered a new group of theater women to perform vignettes for the Celebration.

Book Discussion (Nel Ward, facilitator): Elizabeth Warren, A Fighting Chance

Discussion about the book emanated from these questions:

Is Warren’s book “just like” books from other politicians?

Does the book deal with women’s issues? If so, how?

Does the book show that Warren will be a presidential candidate?

Individuals lauded the book for its conversational style, thorough background, great information, authenticity, humor, and personal approach. Warren picked her battles and then stuck to her issues through indignation, not anger. Women in politics have to sacrifice a great deal as Barbara Roberts pointed out in her book.

Future book discussions:

Diane Eckstein talked about a monthly nonfiction book discussion group, Moving Train, with a progressive slant to encourage public awareness and discussion of contemporary progressive issues. The next meeting is scheduled for July 10 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Newport; the book is A Well Regulated Militia: The Founding Fathers and the Origins of Gun Control in America by Saul Cornell. On August 14, the group will discuss Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis.

The novel The Invention of Wings (Sue Monk Kidd)was recommended for a future NOW discussion.

The meeting adjourned at 7:47 pm.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Notes

May 19, 2014

COCNOW President, Nancy Mead, called the meeting to order. Everyone introduced themselves.

Minutes from our March 17th meeting were approved. Treasurer reported that although our balance in the bank increased to $545.91 due to a rebate of $67.71 from National, there is an outstanding check to for payment for the” Inequality for All” movie.

Nancy discussed electing delegates for the 2014 NOW National Conference in Albuquerque June 27-29. Nancy and Janice Eisele are attending. Nyla Jebousek will be attending also. Nancy announced that she was also elected to the National Board for the NW Region. Congratulations, Nancy.

Nancy reported that the push is still on to gather signatures for the ERA petition. They were able to collect 300 signatures at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday.

Nancy asked those present if NOW should participate in the Project Homeless Connect in early October. Jamie Irwin described the good that it does and Nancy committed to look into what exactly might be needed from NOW.

Recent town hall events were discussed including the County Commissioners and Senator Arnie Roblan. Gatherings were small but that actually enabled better conversations. Arnie was asked about the five gun bills that didn’t make it through the session. Arnie explained that because of elections it was not surprising but expects at least the background check bill to be reintroduced in 2015 with a better chance of passing. Some COC NOW members attended a recent fundraiser at the Maritime Museum for Senator Jeff Merkley on May 3rd.

David Gomberg will be in Lincoln City, Newport and Waldport on May 27th:

  • 10 am to 11:30 am at OCCC in Lincoln City
  • 12:30 pm to 2 pm at OCCC Community Room in Newport
  • 2:30 pm to 4 pm at OCCC Waldport

The raffle this month included two bottles of wine and a book and raised $34.

Upcoming fundraiser “Inequality of All” with Robert Reich will be held at the Bijou Theater in Lincoln City at 11 am on June 7th. Posters will be emailed to all for posting around the area. Invite all of your friends.

COCNOW will hold a “Celebrate Women” wine and chocolate fund raising activity on October 26th at 4:30 in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center in Newport following the Heidi Chronicles play. There will be a silent auction and a brochure with ads purchased by women owned businesses. A new committee was formed with Jamie Irwin, Dianne Eckstein and Dorothy Mack to plan this event.

Committee Reports:

Diversity: Kayleen Williams will be in contact with Virginia Gibbs to discuss the work of the Diversity Committee.

Interface: COC NOW President Nancy Mead is continuing to attend the Human Dignity and Peace and Justice Committee meetings. Cindy Jacobi also attended the most recent Peace & Justice Committee meeting. Peace and Justice will be having a peace event at Newport High School later in the year.

Gun Violence: Monica gave an extensive report on their Ceasefire groups activities over the last year. Although their initial meetings tended to be confrontational, establishing a conversational group has resulted in more productive conversations. In January the local group was voted in as an official chapter of Ceasefire known as Central Coast Ceasefire of Oregon. They have developed a strategic plan for the first four months of 2014. Ceasefire is in the process of asking local city mayors to issue a Ceasefire Proclamation. JUNE 3 @6 pm Ceasefire will brief the Depoe Bay City Council on the ASK Campaign and ask them to issue the Proclamation making June 21 the Day to ASK in Depoe Bay. Two handouts were shared and discussed – the first is ASK – Asking Saves Children which is intended to remove taboos and make it safe for parents to ask other parents if there are unlocked guns in their kid’s friend’s homes before they are allowed to visit. June 21st is National ASK Day and Ceasefire will be tabling at the Newport Farmers Market. The second handout shared was Shielding Families from Gun Violence which summaries Oregon Gun Laws (or lack thereof). Monica reported on a proposed gun buyback opportunity in August once they secure the DA and the Chief of Police’s approval. The sticking point is they must agree not prosecute any felons for turning in guns in their possession. Monica said anyone interested in joining the Central Coast Chapter of Ceasefire Oregon or being added to either the Chapter and/or the Statewide mailing list should tell Nancy Mead. Mailings are not duplicated nor are lists sold/traded with others.

Court Watch: Alice Vachss reported that although there have been no cases watched since the January training, progress has been made behind the scenes. The Lincoln County Circuit Court judges have agreed that their assistants can be contacted to confirm court dates for upcoming cases. Several watchers attended the DV Court held the first Monday of May in Judge Bachart’s courtroom. We learned more about how domestic violence cases are handled in Lincoln County. Once the watchers have been able to observe actual cases the intent will be to translate their observations into an ongoing public conversation.

STEM: Janice Eisele reported on STEM activities and progress during the last year. Initial plan was to identify women with STEM backgrounds who could act as role models, mentors, and/or tutors for girls to encourage them to pursue STEM activities and persist in STEM education and careers. The 21st Century grant received by local school districts allowed us to partner with Joyce Graham to help her identify volunteers for 21st Century STEM training/activities. Several contacts were made and forwarded on to Joyce. Two of our members are volunteering in the program. NOW was invited to participate in the STEM HUB project, collaborating with many local organizations to create a center for STEM education.

Janice suggested we vote on one of three books for discussion at next meeting: I Am Malala by M. Yousafzai, A Fighting Chance by E. Warren and My Beloved World by S. Sotomayor. We voted for E. Warren’s book.

Next meeting will be June 16th at 6pm in the Central Lincoln PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway. We will be discussing “A Fighting Chance” by E. Warren. Please come for the discussion even if you are unable to finish the book.

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

Central Lincoln PUD

March 17, 2014

The meeting was called to order at 6:11 pm by Nancy Mead.  Approximately 18 people attended.

Program: Virginia Gibbs, “U.S. Immigrants Policy: Devastating to Women and Children”; Gibbs’ book Shattered Dreams will be published by Floricanto Press within the next few months.

Minutes: It was moved and seconded that minutes from the January 21, 2014 meeting, posted on the website, were accepted. Motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report (Michele Waters): The chapter has four new members since last month for a total of 47. There is $436 in the treasury. [The raffle of items donated by Nancy Mead and Cindi Jacobi added another $37. Nel Ward and Michele Walters won the raffle.]

Old Business: 

Ceasefire Meeting (Cindi Jacobi): The next meeting regarding gun legislation is Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at the PUD meeting room; the subject is the NRA. Jacobi also announced that the state universal background check for guns had failed in committee.

STEM Committee Report (Janice Eisele): The new grant for the 21st Century After Schools Program will provide a STEM focus. The four-year program has been far more successful than anticipated with 70 students enrolled. Eisele is meeting with a committee to strategize on how to make the program, now halfway through its first year, self-supporting at the end of the grant. Nancy Mead commended Eisele for her hard work, saying that the grant committee considers NOW an important component because of Eisele’s involvement. Gary Lehman commented on an article in The Oregonian about high school female student STEM achievers. Links: http://www.oregonlive.com/forest-grove/index.ssf/2014/03/banks_high_school_track_previe.html  http://www.oregonlive.com/forest-grove/index.ssf/2014/03/women_and_nerds_in_the_science.html

Court Watch Committee Report: In the absence of chair Alice Vachss, Nancy Mead announced the next meeting on March 20, 2014 at 2:00 pm.

Oregon Now Annual Meeting (Nancy Mead): Six COC NOW members attended the meeting on March 8. Nancy praised the women who reenergized the state chapter but expressed concern that everyone on the board was from the Portland area. Four people were re-elected to their current positions, and Nancy Mead was elected to the board with its expansion to eight members. One of her goals is more NOW chapters throughout the state. Eisele asked COC NOW members to be highly supportive of Mead’s role on the state board. The board now has seven people from the Portland area, and one member (Mead) from the rest of the state. Meeting issues:

Safe Streets: NOW supports providing undocumented immigrants with drivers’ cards so that they can get insurance, an issue on November’s ballot.

VoteERA: 22 states have ERA laws; it is vital that Oregon also pass a law ensuring equality for women, an issue on November’s ballot.

Deborah Kafoury: State NOW endorsed Kafoury for County Chair, Multnomah County Commission. Mead would like a greater focus on state-wide officer.

Bejewled (Cindi Jacobi): The event raised almost $28,000 for Food Share; remaining jewelry will be sold at a Lincoln City site. Another Food Share fundraiser, Chef’s Night Out, is at the Best Western in Newport on April 28, 2014.

International Women’s Day Bridge Walk for Peace (Cindi Jacobi): Approximately 12 people walked  over the bridge at noon on a blustery March 8.

Viewpoints in News Times (Nancy Mead): Three COC NOW members have had editorial viewpoints in the local newspaper—Mead (ERA) and Monica Kirk (gun control) on March 7 and Nel Ward (Affordable Care Act and raising the minimum wage) on March 14.

New Business: 

Abigail Scott Duniway Play: Nancy Mead met with author/presenter Barbara Callender and representatives of other organizations including AAUW, OCCC, and League of Women Voters to discuss raising almost $1,000 for the play to be presented in the Newport area in September or October 2014. There was also discussion of a Celebration of Women at that time, with or without the play, that could include a silent auction, wine-tasting/sales, and book signings by local women authors as a fundraiser.

Fundraising: A number of ideas were suggested, including showing Robert Reich’s new film, Inequality for All. Another suggestion was the 2011 documentary Miss Representation about the contributions of mainstream media to under-representation of women in leadership positions because of the media’s limited and frequently disparaging portrayals of women. The latter film costs about double ($750) of Reich’s film.


Mead announced that April 8, 2014 is Equal Pay Day, the day to which women must work longer in order to earn as much as men earn in a single year.

On April 5 (noon) at the intersection of Highways 20 and 101, Immigration Information Response Team will hold a commemoration of the 2 million deportations of undocumented immigrants during the terms of President Barack Obama, far more than any other president. A sign-making meeting is scheduled on April 4 at 10:00 am (410 SW 9th Street, Newport). About 1200 detainees at the Tacoma Detention Center are holding a hunger strike to protest treatment in the center.

Gary Lehman suggested that a NOW member might want to write a letter about the plea deal given Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair that dropped the violence-related charges in exchange for his admission of guilt on several other less-serious counts. It was suggested that a letter be written including this information with the failed bill that would have moved sexual assault prosecutions of military members from the military to the civilian courts.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

Central Lincoln PUD

February 18, 2014 

The meeting was called to order at 6:11 pm by Janice Eisele.

Introductions: Approximately 7 people attended. Eisele suggested that each person find a new member for the chapter.

Minutes: It was moved and seconded that minutes from the January 21, 2014 meeting, posted on the website, were accepted.  Motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report: Michele Walters announced that the chapter had collected $984.31 in its first year. Twenty-seven people had joined through the chapter, which now has about 30 to 35 members.  The chapter has $406.20 in the bank.

Old Business: 

Equal Rights Amendment Petitions: Nyla Jebousek asked about the deadline for the petition and the number of signatures already gathered. There will be a report at the next meeting. People made suggestions about different venues for gathering signatures including Writers on the Edge, PAC and VAC events, Senior Center, city council meetings, and the Newport Recreation Center. Information about events can also be obtained from the regular list distributed through email by Joanne Cvar.  For more information, to volunteer and/or donate and to sign the petition got to VoteERA.org

STEM Committee Report: Eisele reported that Joyce Graham, project manager for 21st Century Schools, appreciated the posters asking for volunteers and that Graham had received ten responses. There is also a need for volunteers for Marine Science Day on April 12. COC NOW is also a part of a large coalition writing a federal grant for after-school STEM programs. Judy Bowman-Kreitmeyer announced that Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) had publicly presented a U.S. flag flown over the capitol to Teri Kimberling for her work as STEAM director for the Taft Elementary School after-school program in Lincoln City. http://lincolncountydispatch.com/index.php/news/item/1315-merkley-talks-jobs-economy-in-lincoln-city/1315-merkley-talks-jobs-economy-in-lincoln-city

Court Watch Committee Report: In the absence of chair Alice Vachss, Walters announced that Vachss had purchased advertising in the Newport High School yearbook with the quotation, “Justice doesn’t happen unless someone is watching.” Vachss will also meet with the Lincoln County Court Administrator regarding scheduling of trials to obtain more timely knowledge of scheduling. The purpose is to keep lines of communication open and have lead time to notify people.

Diversity Committee Report: Tabled until the next meeting.

Celebration of Women: Nel Ward described the annual event that COC NOW held during the late 1980s and 1990s at the PAC with presentations and silent auctions. It has been suggested that the chapter renew the tradition in October, possibly with a one-person presentation about Abigail Scott Duniway, the woman behind bringing women’s suffrage to Oregon on November 5, 1912. [See New Business]

Fundraising: My Sisters Place will be showing short movies for a fundraising; COC NOW may need to develop ideas other than raising funds at movie-showings.

New Business: 

Abigail Scott Duniway Play: Nancy Mead will be meeting with Ruth Kistler, League of Women Voters, and Cindy Carlson, OCCC, to coordinate funding for Barbara Callander and Toni Douglass to present the 90-minute “Scott Free” about the famous Oregon women’s rights activist. It was suggested that this be held in October in conjunction with the fall election.

Bridge Walk for Peace: It was suggested that this event be on March 8 in connection with International Women’s Day.

Raffle: The raffle for six books netted $10. Nancy Mead will provide next month’s raffle items. The chapter is also asking for future donations. 


Book Discussion:  Shortchanged:  Why Women Have Less Wealth and What Can Be Done About It by Mariko Lin Chang

The spirited discussion about how women have far less net worth than men began with Jebousek’s statement that she wanted to give the book to her daughter who works with women getting out of prison. As Walters said, “I knew all the pieces, but the book put it all together.” The book is one of “economic self-defense,” not a rant but well-supported research that made Chang’s arguments highly credible. Jebousek described how “gender stereotyping was another nail in my financial coffin.” From childhood, women see “marriage as the holy grail.” Recommendations: young people must be educated about the way things in the book can be changed; teachers must be educated; mentoring is a way that young women can understand the issues of net worth; and people in the chapter should encourage the state legislature to approve free tuition at community colleges. It was suggested that further recommendations be explored at future COC NOW meetings.

Announcements:Bowman-Kreitmeyer announced that state Rep. David Gomberg and Sen. Arnie Roblan would be online at the Oregon Coast Community College the next night at 6:00 pm. She urged people to participate and find others who would also attend.

Adjournment:The meeting was adjourned at 7:55 pm.

Next Meeting: Monday, March 17, 2014, 6:00 pm: Central Lincoln PUD Meeting Room, 2129 N. Coast Highway, Newport.

Virginia Gibbs, Professor Emeriti of Hispanic Language and Culture, will present “U.S. Immigration Policy: Devastating to Women and Children.” She will read excerpts from her third book, Shattered Dreams: The Story of an Historic ICE Raid in the Words of the Detainees.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

Rogue Ale Brewpub – South Beach

January 21, 2014

The meeting was a dinner celebration of COCNOW’s first anniversary in December 2013.

After dinner at 6:00 pm, Chair Nancy Mead called the meeting to order at 7:15 pm and announced the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, legalizing abortion in the United States, on the next day. She also described COCNOW’s accomplishments of the past year.

Introductions: Approximately 19 people attended.

Minutes: It was moved and seconded that minutes from the November 18, 2013 meeting, posted on the website, be accepted. Motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Michele Walters announced that OCCNOW has a balance of $351.60.

The NOW calendar is on the chapter’s website (http://centraloregoncoastnow.com/), Mead recommended that the community develop a general progressive calendar to help prevent conflicting times for meetings. A suggestion was to send dates to Dave at News Lincoln County. Sheila Swinford talked about Sea Salt, an organization that started with opposition to logging and then expanded into other issues. The nation-wide group has 36 chapters in Oregon but not one in Lincoln County yet.

New Business 

  • Stem Committee, Janice Eisele: Walters has prepared a flyer soliciting women with STEM careers as publicity to bring volunteers to the 21st Century Program; flyers can be put on the website, at Hatfield, and at the coop.
  • Courtwatch Committee, Alice Vachss: The committee has had a training session for a small number of good volunteers and will be going into the courtrooms soon for observations. Vachss thanked Walters for her work in putting together the training materials.
  • Human Dignity Coalition meeting, Virginia Gibbs: With 15 participating groups, the coalition is planning a presentation. A meeting is scheduled the following day at Kid Zone in Depoe Bay.
  • Ceasefire Oregon, Cynthia Jacobi and Dianne Eckstein: The county Democratic Party plans a meeting regarding universal background checks on January 22. It was suggested that Sen. Arnie Roblan be contacted regarding support for this potential bill in the legislative session beginning in February. Cynthia Jacobi announced that she would be having a meeting to elicit discussions from both sides of the gun control issue for the purpose of finding common ground.   Jeanne St.John will discuss the value of the school district’s anti-bully program because 70 percent of shooters have been bullied.  Nel Ward suggested that the new chapter of Ceasefire Oregon in the county develop a website similar to the one that COCNOW has.
  • VoteERA.org, Nancy Mead: The organization is circulating petitions. On January 20, 2014, people collected signatures at the Martin Luther King Day observation in Portland that included other groups such as Moms Demand Action and Marriage Equality. Locally Walmart would make a good location for collecting signatures. Mead said that passing an equal rights initiative in Oregon would move the federal government toward passing one for all states; not doing so would set the movement back.
  • One Billion Rising (February 14): My Sisters’ Place will have this event at the Newport High School basketball game halftime and include participation from the cheerleaders.
  • February Meeting, Janice Eisele: Nel Ward will lead a book discussion about Shortchanged: Why Women Have Less Wealth and What Can Be Done about It by Mariko Lin Chang.
  • Bejeweled, Cindy Jacobi: People are encouraged to donate any jewelry whether broken or not. The benefits of the event, held this year at the Shilo on February 8, will go to Food Share. Donations can be taken to the Newport Chamber of Commerce, Nye Beach Bead Shop, and Food Share.
  • T-Shirts/Sweatshirts, Judy Bowman: Bowman distributed shirts to people who had previously ordered them.

Announcements: PFLAG announced PFLAG’s ”Love Is Love” on February 9, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at OCCC in South Beach.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 pm. 

Next Meeting:

February 18, 2014, 6:00 pm: Central Lincoln PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport  Topic: Book discussion of Shortchanged: Why Women Have Less Wealth and What Can Be Done about It by Mariko Lin Chang.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward