Make Your Voice Heard in Salem – Lobby Day – Feb. 18, 2019

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Your voice is powerful in Salem. Meet other ACLU supporters and help create an Oregon that treats all people fairly!
Join us on Monday, February 18 – Presidents Day – at the state capital. Meet with your state legislators to advocate for issues like juvenile justice reform and immigrant rights with the ACLU of Oregon.
No experience is necessary to join us! Participants will receive training on how to talk to lawmakers effectively before gathering with smaller groups to meet with Oregon’s legislators and their staff. We will also be hosting a rally at the capitol steps.
This year, in Portland and Eugene, we are offering free bus rides to and from Salem, and we can also help connect people with others in your area to share a ride. We want to see you there!
Lobby Day Agenda:
8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. Registration and coffee
First United Methodist Church, 600 State St., Salem, OR 97301
9 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Lobby Day Training
First United Methodist Church, 600 State St., Salem, OR 97301
11 a.m. Legislator meetings / view floor session
Capitol Building
11 a.m. – 1:30 pm. Box lunches available
Room 167, Capitol Building
12:30 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. Rally and group photo (attendees start gathering at 12:15).
Capitol steps
1 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Legislator meetings / committee meetings 
Capitol Building
3:45 p.m. Busses leave for Portland and Eugene 


CLDC & Corvallis City Club: Climate Experts Q & A – Jan 31, 7 p.m.

Corvallis CitySpeak: Climate Change

January 31, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
645 NW Monroe Ave
Corvallis, OR 97330

The Corvallis Advocate’s first CitySpeak event of the year will challenge participants to think critically about their part in the bigger picture that is climate change and its local and global effects. Most importantly, the event will challenge us to adopt the resolution this year of lessening our individual and group impacts, and discovering other ways we can combat climate change and climate injustice.

The event will be held in the main meeting room of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan 31. It will feature three panelists, covering an expanse of subject matter and expertise that will be integrated into an initial presentation period, followed by questions from the moderator, then an audience question and answer session, before closing remarks.

Moderating the panel will be me, Stevie Beisswanger, Editor-in-Chief of The Advocate. Panelists will include OSU climate change professor Jillian Gregg, Sustainability Coalition representative Jeannette Hardison, and Civil Liberties Defense Center Attorney Cooper Brinson. Panelists will provide tools and information into a range of topics, including general impacts, food waste reduction for individuals and businesses, and climate justice and activism.

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Senate Workforce Committee Hearing – Workplace Harassment and FAMLI – 1/24/19 – 8AM

The Senate Workforce Committee has a hearing scheduled for 8am Thursday (1/24/2019) morning. Two items on the agenda are of interest to NOW:

  • An update on the status of the Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) initiative based on the results of the working group meetings held throughout 2018.
  • A public hearing on SB479, the first of Senator Gelser’s bills relating to workplace harassment ( SB479: Requires public employers to adopt policies to prevent workplace harassment.)

You can find out more about this hearing via this link: . If you can’t get to Salem for the hearing, you can stream it online. Look on or around this page tomorrow morning to figure out how to connect to the stream.

Announcing the Release of the GIIN’s Navigating Impact Gender Lens Theme and Live Demo 

January 2019

Announcing the Release of the GIIN’s Navigating Impact Gender Lens Theme and Live Demo 

Criterion Institute has partnered with the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) to develop the Navigating Impact Gender Lens theme, now live on the GIIN’s website.

The field of gender lens investing is growing rapidly and generating exciting momentum, yet questions abound about the emerging field: How can my investments go beyond counting the number of women in leadership positions to meet the needs of those most marginalized by current power dynamics? What tools are out there to guide me in collecting meaningful data and implementing what seem like daunting changes to my investment processes? What process metrics do I need to have in place in order to mitigate risk and increase the chances of achieving my desired impact?

The Gender Lens theme addresses these questions and more, drawing on the insight and experience of more than 80 investors and gender experts. It consists of various strategies that illustrate different approaches an investor may take to framing goals and measuring progress related to gender in both developed and emerging markets.

Each strategy addresses the Five Dimensions of Impact, highlights examples of illustrative investments, and includes a set of metrics and resources to guide investors in collecting meaningful data and putting the strategies into action.

Investors may choose to apply one or a combination of strategies to meet their impact objectives.

Five of the strategies in the Gender Lens theme can be applied to investments in any sector:

An additional five strategies apply a gender lens to other Navigating Impact themes, namely Affordable Housing, Health, Clean Energy, Smallholder Agriculture, and Financial Inclusion: 

The Navigating Impact Gender Lens theme is directly influencing how the GIIN is thinking about gender as it upgrades its IRIS catalog of generally accepted social and environmental performance metrics used by the majority of impact investors.

To learn more, please contact Criterion’s Director of Engagement, Christina Madden, or join us for a live demo with the GIIN’s Impact Measurement and Management Team on Thursday, February 14 from 9:30-10:30am EST. For more details or to register for the live demo, please click here.


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