Hillary Clinton To Lena Dunham: I’m ‘Puzzled’ By Women Who Say They Aren’t Feminists

“It just means that we believe women have the same rights as men — politically, culturally, socially, economically — that’s what it means.”


Sexual Assault Kits and the Attitude Towards Rape and Women

This Letter to Editor was written by Carolyn Crandall of Newport, Oregon in response to an article by Maxine Bernstein that appeared in the September 13, 2015 edition of “The Oregonian/Oregon Live” entitled “Thousands of untested sex assault kits piled up in trail of broken promises by Portland police”.  http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2015/09/portlands_thousands_of_unteste.html

Sex-assault kits: This is no surprise. The rape of women has been, continues to be and apparently will always be a nonissue, especially if money has to be spent to find the rapist.

And then there are the questions: What was she wearing? Was she drinking or doing drugs? Did she entice the perpetrator? And on and on.

I was a victim of rape in 1979, attacked in my own home while I was sleeping. I am 68 now and yes, I reported it. But I had to hear, even from my own family and friends, comments like, “How could you let this happen?” and “I would never have let that happen to me.” and “Why didn’t you fight back?” And the best one: “Just think of it as having sex with a stranger.”

With these kinds of attitudes, why would anyone expect law enforcement to be any different and to put forth any extra effort to find a rapist?

They say now that the untested kits have been exposed, that things will change and policies will be put in place to make sure that this doesn’t happen again. I, for one, do not believe that for a minute. The attitude toward rape and women has to change before institutional policies change.

Carolyn Crandall



End of Summer Art Sale by Local Women Artists this Saturday, September 26 from 10 to 4 at Newport Visual Arts Center

Announcing:  End of Summer Art Sale by Local Women Artists


By 12+ Local Artists who are selling overstock of art supplies, frames, seconds, yarn, fabric, books, collage and assemblage pieces, pottery, papers, original art and prints, ephemera, plus more!  Many of these artists donated to the Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation’s “Celebration of Women” and some are Central Oregon Coast NOW members!  This will be a fun way for us to show our support and thank them for supporting us!

Treasures for everyone!

Cheri Aldrich

Eileen Hearne

Frances VanWert

Alice Martin

Cynthia Jacobi

Sylvia Hosie

Linda Briggs

Donna McCoy

Chasse Davidson

Mary Madewell

Janet Runger

Diane Eckstein

OR Coast Children’s Theater

Date:  Saturday, Sept. 26

Location:  Visual Arts Center, 2nd floor,

Nye Beach Turnaround

Time: sale from 10 to 4

Time For An Oregon Revolt!

The Oregon Community Rights Network and Oregonians for Community Rights are organizing an Oregon speaking tour by Thomas Linzey, the Executive Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF).

Linzey has been named one of the country’s “top ten revolutionaries” by Forbes Magazine and his work has been featured in the New York Times, Mother Jones and The Nation. He will be speaking on the need for a new rights based movement to challenge corporate power and assert our rights.

“As a people of ‘we the people’ fame we have become either ahistorical, amazingly obedient, exceedingly stupid, or all three. We can stay that way if we choose – either denying the corporate state or resigning ourselves to it – with the understanding that every day we fail to challenge the corporate state is another day that the planet falls down around us.”

– Thomas Linzey

October 5th – Newport
Locally co-hosted by: Lincoln County Community Rights (lincolncountycommunityrights.com )
Newport Senior Center – 20 SE 2nd Street, Newport.
7pm to 9pm | Free event (donations accepted)
Contact info: 
mkrausster@gmail.com | 541 961 6385


Photos from 2015 Celebration of Women

The 2015 Celebration of Women “Wine & Chocolate” Fundraiser for the Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation was a big success.  Thank you to all who worked so hard to put it on, especially thank you to Sue Hardesty and Nel Ward.  Also, huge thanks to all of you who donated, and to those who came.

To see photos of the event:  https://cocnowfoundation.wordpress.com/photo-gallery/

Oregon Coast STEM Hub Outreach & Engagement

Friday, September 25, 2015 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


Attention science researchers and engineers – Come discover the many local outreach and engagement opportunities available that enable you to share your expertise, enthusiasm and career with students.  Find out what it’s like to be a judge at an engineering competition where students compete with underwater robots or wave energy devices.  Hear about plans for this year’s K-5 science fair and the need for classroom mentors to help Newport students with their investigations.  Imagine how you might share your research with students during a Career Day, day camp or other Sea Grant education program, or how you could present to teachers seeking content to bring back to their students.  Opportunities vary by topic, audience age, dates and time commitments, so come find out what’s coming up this year and what might pique your interest.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math practitioners from everywhere are encouraged to attend, including personnel from HMSC (incl grad students), NOAA MOC-P, DOGAMI, OPRD, BLM, OCAq, local business & industry, post-secondary institutions, etc.

PIZZA provided by the Oregon Coast STEM Hub
How to Plug In

Hatfield Marine Science Center
Library Seminar Room, Guin Library
2030 SE Marine Science Drive
Cait Goodwin
Contact Email:
OregonCoastSTEM at oregonstate.edu

‘Wine & Chocolate’ event to be held in Newport

Source: ‘Wine & Chocolate’ event to be held in Newport

The Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation is hosting its second annual Celebration of Women “Wine & Chocolate” event on Sunday, Sept. 20, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W Olive St.
In addition to wine and chocolate, light hors d’oeuvres will be available for purchase. There is no admission charge.
Besides celebrating women’s contributions to the local art and literary scene, this year’s program will focus on girls and women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The girls’ robotics teams from Isaac Newton and Eddyville Charter , which were co-sponsored by Central Oregon Coast NOW, will share their experiences preparing for and participating in the Oregon Regional Mate ROV Competition in Coos Bay. In addition , exploration geophysicist and astrophotographer Kay Wyatt will discuss the Earthquake Day Camps and Starry Night Astronomy Camp that she and Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation will o•er for local girls in 2016. Also, state Rep. David Gomberg will highlight some of this year’s legislative accomplishments of particular interest to women.
Several local organizations will have information available about their groups. These include the Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women; League of Women Voters of Lincoln County; Parents, Families, Friends and Allies United with LGBTQ People to Move Equality Forward; Peace and Justice Coalition; Central Coast Ceasefire; Agate Beach Women’s Golf Association; and My Sisters’ Place. The silent auction includes more than 85 items to bid on, donated by local artists and businesses. There are paintings, photographs and handcrafted jewelry, as well as a variety of gift certificates.
For more information, email centraloregoncoastnow @gmail.com or phone 541-614-4677 .