Legislative Report, Volume 29, Number 8 – March 2019 – The League of Women Voters of Oregon

In This Issue:
Climate Change
Education
Governance
Natural Resources
Revenue and Tax Reform
Social Policy 

By Claudia Keith, Julie Chapman, Shirley Weathers, Cathy Frischmann, and Lynette Pierson
YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED! It’s critical that League members contact their legislators to ensure that the Oregon Climate Action… Read more

Source: Legislative Report, Volume 29, Number 8 – March 2019 – The League of Women Voters of Oregon

‘Victory for equal pay’: Judge rules Trump administration must require companies to report pay by gender, race

The Obama-era pay data collection requirement aims to tackle employer discrimination against women and minorities.

Source: ‘Victory for equal pay’: Judge rules Trump administration must require companies to report pay by gender, race – The Washington Post

Note: Companies forced to report this information have more equal pay. A study looking at a British survey found that making pay practices transparent raised all employees’ wages. And gender wage gaps are far smaller in both unionized workplaces and the public sector, where pay scales are usually available to anyone.

Equal Pay Day is April 2, 2019.  https://www.pay-equity.org/day.html 

Hanging garments symbolize violence against indigenous women

REDress Project makes U.S. debut at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

Source: In the galleries: Hanging garments symbolize violence against indigenous women – The Washington Post

Note: There is a National Day of Awareness of Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women on May 5.  There has been a request that COC NOW women hang out a red dress in recognition on that day.

Legislative Report, Volume 29, Number 7 – March 2019 – The League of Women Voters of Oregon

In This Issue: 
Climate Change
Education
Governance
Natural Resources
Revenue and Tax Reform
Social Policy
Climate Change  

By Claudia Keith, Julie Chapman, Shirley Weathers, Cathy Frischmann and Lynette Pierson
Our League Climate Team attended hearings, provided testimony and engaged others in understanding the importance of addressing “the urgency of… Read more

Source: Legislative Report, Volume 29, Number 7 – March 2019 – The League of Women Voters of Oregon

 

 

Hearing today on The Safe Waters Act

Today March 12th from 1-2 pm in room HR D The Oregon House Committee on Energy and Environment will hold a hearing on HB2656, The Safe Waters Act.  We need all the support we can get!  Please come testify on the behalf of clean water and climate smart future. 

Last week we spent a day on the Oregon Coast with our board member and fishing guide Kate Crump as she discusses how the Oregon Forest Practices Act has affected her life and business.

Please check out the video below!

 
 
 
A few images of filming from our day out on the Oregon Coast with Pacific Rivers board member Kate Crump.

Dolores movie – Bijou Theatre – Sat. March 23, 11 am – free admission

We will be presenting a showing of the film “Dolores” in honor of Women’s History Month. Dolores Huerta was a fierce advocate for farm workers in California, starting in the 1950’s. The Central Oregon Coast NOW Chapter felt it was very important to showcase a woman who has fought for immigrant rights, especially now that immigrants and asylum seekers are currently being treated so outrageously by our current Executive Administration. 

“Dolores” will be shown at the Bijou Theatre in Lincoln City on March 23rd at 11am. There is no admission and refreshments are available at the theatre.

We encourage donations that will benefit our local Lincoln County advocates for immigrant rights, Centro de Ayuda. Please join us — Dolores just might inspire you!

Sign Planned Parenthood’s People’s Brief to Stop the Gag Rule

Sign Here

Planned Parenthood’s People’s Brief

When a patient sees their doctor, they have the right to full and accurate information about their health, including how and where to access safe, legal abortion. The Trump-Pence administration’s gag rule violates that right and puts people’s lives at risk. We, the undersigned, believe this rule is illegal and support Planned Parenthood’s fight to stop it.

By making it impossible for Planned Parenthood providers to participate in the Title X program, this gag rule will block patients who rely on Title X for care from obtaining that care at Planned Parenthood. It’s a direct attack on anyone who has gotten health care at Planned Parenthood and reproductive health care providers like them.

This rule will hit hardest against people struggling to make ends meet, including women of color — who already face barriers to accessing health care. The gag rule will make these health care disparities even worse.

Let’s be clear: This is not about health care. This is about politicians putting patients at risk to advance their ultimate agenda, which is to fundamentally restrict our reproductive health and rights.

We, the undersigned, will not stay quiet. We will never stop speaking out when our rights and our health are on the line. Today and every day, we stand with Planned Parenthood, the thousands of providers who stand in opposition, and the people who will lose health care as a result of this dangerous gag rule.

And we’ll keep fighting, no matter what.