The Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) celebrated its second anniversary with a dinner meeting on November 17 at Stone Crest Cellars Italian Bistro and Wine Bar. Over 30 members and guests were in attendance. Special guest was Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.
Rosenblum congratulated the NOW Chapter on the recent passage of Measure 89, the Oregon Equal Rights Amendment. Many members had put in lots of hours working on the campaign. Measure 89 passed by a significant margin, 64% Yes votes to 36% No votes.
Rosenblum also congratulated Lincoln County District Attorney Michelle Branam on her recent election win (Branam ran unopposed) and pointed out that Branam was one of only five female district attorneys out of 36 district attorneys in the state. Rosenblum is one of 10 female state attorney generals in the United States out of 50 total.
Of particular interest to chapter members was that the Oregon Department of Justice, which is headed by Attorney General Rosenblum, collects over One Million Dollars each day in child support. Rosenblum thanked Branam for the help the Lincoln County District Attorney’s office provides in collecting that support.
The Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) works locally and nationally to eliminate discrimination against women in all sectors of society, to assure access to reproductive health care, to eliminate domestic and sexual violence, and to promote equality and justice in our community. The Chapter was active for several years before going dormant. It was reactivated two years ago and now has over 50 members.