Giving Tuesday – Stand Up! Speak Up!

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Most know me as a tough feminist lawyer and women’s rights advocate. I’ve been working for decades with spectacular women who have inspiring and courageous stories and cases. But because of your tremendous past support of NOW – on this very important Giving Tuesday, I want to share my story with you. 

When I was on vacation in my 20s, a man I barely knew held me at gunpoint and raped me. I thought no one would believe my story; and later when I found out I was pregnant, I knew I needed to have an abortion. This was a time before Roe v. Wade where it was a crime for a licensed health care professional in many states to perform an abortion. Like millions of women did in those days – I went to have a back alley abortion – performed by a non-licensed healthcare provider. It nearly killed me. 

I was left in a bathtub hemorrhaging. At some point I developed a very high fever and had to be taken to the hospital. “I hope this teaches you a lesson”, the nurse said to me as I recovered. I don’t know what lesson she thought that was going to teach me, but the lesson I did learn was that abortion should be legal, affordable, safe, and available to all women

That’s why I’m supporting NOW in their 2018 Stand Up! Speak Up! Matching Gift Challenge, where you can double your impact to help women maintain a woman’s right to choose. We have a goal to raise $25,000 by MIDNIGHT TONIGHT to stand our ground in this violent war on women and our rights. 

 
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Even though it is now safer to have an abortion, the anti-choice forces have never stopped trying to reverse Roe v. Wade and they have already been successful in significantly restricting abortion rights in many states. We are now at a point where we have to ask ourselves once again: are we are going to allow abortions to be carried out safely, or are we going to put women’s lives at risk to have abortions with back-alley providers? It’s wrong. It’s dangerous. And as someone who was one of the many who had to have an illegal abortion, I never want anyone – daughters, granddaughters, sisters, or aunts – to have to take the risk of being maimed or possibly dying from an illegal abortion. 

This is not an academic issue, this is a real-life issue involving the life and death of women.

With the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh, we now have a newly constituted U.S. Supreme Court with a potential 5-4 vote against legal and safe abortion access. We are more at risk now than we have been for decades now that Roe v. Wade could be overturned or significantly restricted in its application. Now is the time for us to unite to ensure it is upheld. 

None of us can do this alone – we need organizations like NOW to be there to organize, to protest, and to advocate. Wherever and whenever these rights have been at risk, NOW has helped women speak up and speak out about preserving the legal right to choose. It’s a tough battle and we need organizations like NOW to have the funding to continue this battle. 

Will you join me in supporting NOW and make your DOUBLED contribution today? We’re close to our goal of $25,000 by midnight tonight, but we’re not there yet.

NOW has always understood what is at stake and has always been fully committed on this issue. That’s why for decades I have been a supporter of NOW – whether it was as president of the LA Chapter of NOW in the 70’s or just a member today.

Thank you for all you have done – and continue to do – to champion women’s rights. 

 
Gloria Allred Sincerely,

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Gloria Allred

 
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NOW Endorses Nancy Pelosi, Overwhelmingly the Only Choice for Speaker

WASHINGTON — The National Organization for Women (NOW) is proud to endorse Nancy Pelosi to reclaim her position as Speaker of the House. The first woman in

Source: NOW Endorses Nancy Pelosi, Overwhelmingly the Only Choice for Speaker | National Organization for Women

We need to Flood these Members with Calls! 

Today NOW announced our endorsement of Nancy Pelosi for Speaker. But Leader Pelosi is in need of immediate calls to organizers of an effort to prevent her from being elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. A very serious challenge to Leader Pelosi – primarily by a small group of men and some newly-elected members – is poised to prevent her from gaining a majority vote in the House Democratic Caucus. Meetings are beginning today so your call is critically important. 

The effort has been instigated by a vile smear campaign by Republicans. The result is: a challenge to Leader Pelosi instigated by #FiveWhiteGuys: Reps. Seth Moulton (Mass.), Tim Ryan (Ohio), Bill Foster (Ill.), Ed Perlmutter (Colo.) and Kurt Schrader (Ore.). They are circulating a letter opposing Leader Pelosi for signatures among the 22 current and incoming members who have said that they may not support her and among other House members. We need to do what we can to stop this. 

Please call those five Representatives NOW. Even though you may not be a constituent in their Congressional Districts, please tell the receptionist that you are calling on behalf of the many NOW members who are their constituents. 

HERE’S YOUR MESSAGE: Hello, we are calling on behalf of the hundreds of NOW members who reside in your state and your district. NOW is supporting Leader Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House; we need a proven capable and talented leader in these turbulent times. Democrats must present a united front. Leader Pelosi has shown that she can unite Democrats to pass progressive legislation; it was her leadership that got the Affordable Care Act passed. I am asking you get behind Leader Pelosi because she is the very best candidate for Speaker and to urge your colleagues to support her election. 

Members to call: 
Rep. Seth Moulton (Massachusetts) – 202-225-8020
Rep. Bill Foster (Illinois) – 202-225-3515
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (Colorado) – 202-225-2645
Rep. Tim Ryan (Ohio) – 202-225-5201
Rep. Kurt Schrader (Oregon) – 202-225-5711

For Women’s Lives and Happiness,

Toni Van Pelt

 

How Many Women Does It Take to Change a Broken Congress?

The next United States Congress will have at least 123 women in the House and Senate, including two Muslim-American women, two Native American women and two 29-year-olds.Ten more women could still win in midterm races that remain too close to call.

Source: How Many Women Does It Take to Change a Broken Congress? | Alternet

November Legislative Update from Rep. David Gomberg

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David Gomberg

November Legislative Update

Hello Friends!

I want to begin by thanking the good people of our district for honoring me with the responsibility to represent them another two years in Salem. I take that responsibility very seriously.

You will continue to see me in our local schools, service organizations, business grand openings, and community events or fundraisers. I will continue to listen. Then, late in January, I return to the State Capitol for the six month legislative session. I will work very hard to bring your voice, your vision, and your priorities to the Capitol and ensure they hear our unique coastal and coastal range perspective.

With the November General Election behind us, I am once again sending regular email updates.


Legislative Priorities

Over the past two months, I’ve been working on the proposals I plan to present for legislative consideration. Here are three priorities:

1) Small Business Tax Cut. I am renewing efforts to reduce taxes for our smallest small businesses. In particular, I want to include firms that hire part time or seasonal workers. Those are the S Corporations, LLCs and Sole Proprietors that make up our fishing, farming, and tourism economy.

To see my floor speech on this issue last session, click here.

2) Senior Property Tax Deferral. Too many fixed-income retirees are at risk of losing their homes because of property tax expenses.  A state program will pay those taxes for you and be reimbursed when the home sells. But the program has limited funds and equally limited qualification requirements. I want people to stay in their family home as long and as securely as they choose. So I’ll be asking the legislature to expand this program and make it more widely available.

3) Preparing Kids for Natural Disasters. One day here at the coast, the ground will start shaking. How can we be better prepared? One answer is to enlist our schools to properly train young people.

Current law requires schools to conduct monthly drills. But there is more to getting ready than hiding under the desk. I want to use the same allocation of time to offer an age-appropriate curriculum that teaches students how to prepare and how to recover. That can include emergency planning, necessary supplies, first aid, CERT, and community volunteerism. It can consider earthquakes and tsunamis, but also fire, flood, snowfall, or even water contamination. My thinking is that learning is generational. Parents learn from their children. And if we begin to better prepare our students, all of us will be better prepared.

If you are interested in more details on any of these proposals, please email us for a one page summary.


Out and About in House District 10

What a treat to serve as “MC” for Dancing With the Coastal Stars. We raised money for Samaritan House, had good fun, and changed lives. Congratulations to all the local competitors who practiced for months to get ready for the show.

Dancing with the Coastal Stars

Dancing with the Coastal Stars


I attended the ribbon cutting for a new shooting and archery range at Boy Scout Camp Meriwether just north of Pacific City in Tillamook County. Taking a turn with the targets, I placed all ten rounds in the black center.

Camp Meriwether

Practicing marksmanship at Camp Meriwether


Earlier this month, I rode along for a shift with Lt. Cari Boyd of the Oregon State Police. I’ve done these visits before for a better understanding of traffic, crime, how budgets affect coverage, and the safety and concerns of those men and women who work to protect us all.

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Rep. Gomberg (left) with Lt. Cari Boyd of the Oregon State Police


I joined US Congressman Kurt Schrader for a recent series of meetings in Lincoln County. We visited Depoe Bay to discuss harbor dredging and met with fisherman in Newport. A highlight of the day was opening the new Veterans Service Center. Programs there and in north Lincoln County have been expanded based on money appropriated by the budget committee I chair in Salem.

Celebrating a new veterans center with Congressman Schrader

Celebrating the opening of the new Veterans Service Center with Congressman Schrader


I spent an afternoon serving dinners at the annual Depoe Bay Salmon Bake. City volunteers have a real “machine” in place and I worked up a sweat scooping coleslaw.

Salmon Bake

Depoe Bay Salmon Bake


Odds and Ends from the Past Two Months

  • Spectrum Internet Assist, a new service from Charter Communications, offers high-speed internet for $14.99 per month for qualifying households. Click here to learn more and to see if you qualify.
  • The Mid-Coast Water Planning Partnership wants to hear how you view water in our region. Until November 30, click here to share your ideas and values about your water and our community’s water.
  • Workers’ compensation costs will drop in Oregon for the sixth straight year. For more info, click here.
  • The Oregon Department of Revenue has designed a new worksheet to help taxpayers avoid unforeseen financial burdens. Some Oregon taxpayers aren’t having enough withheld from their wages to cover their tax liability following the 2017 federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Click here to learn more and access the worksheet.
  • The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will be holding a public hearing on Biosolid Site authorizations in the Siletz-Logsden Oregon area for the City of Toledo, the City of Siletz, and the Inn at Otter Crest on Thursday, Dec 13, 2018 at the Newport Visual Arts Center.  Written comments will also be accepted until 5 pm on Friday, Dec 21, 2018. More information about the hearing and these site authorizations is available here.
  • Small Business Scam: Don’t Pay for Annual Reports In response to a call from our office, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson issued an alert to all businesses in the state regarding sales of annual reports that are normally available for free. You can see it here.
  • No Drilling on the Oregon Coast! On October 24th, Governor Brown released an Executive Order: “It is the policy of the State of Oregon to oppose the exploration and production of oil or gas off the Oregon Coast, including on the OCS, and to prevent development of any infrastructure associated with offshore oil or gas drilling in order to protect coastal economies, marine fisheries, the environment, public health and safety, and cultural resources.” You can view my remonstrance on the House floor in Salem against offshore drilling here.

Speaking out against offshore drilling

Speaking out against offshore drilling on the Capitol steps in Salem


Thanks for taking the time to read these updates and stay informed. As always, please be in touch if I can ever be of assistance.

Warm Regards,

Representative David Gomberg
House District 10

Email: Rep.DavidGomberg@oregonlegislature.gov

Phone: 503-986-1410
Capitol address: 900 Court St NE, H-471, Salem, OR 97301

District address: PO Box 113, Neotsu, OR 97364
Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/gomberg

Stacey Abrams Campaign Calls On Brian Kemp To Resign As Georgia’s Election Chief

Abrams spokeswoman Abigail Collazo told CNN in a statement that Kemp should step down.

Source: Stacey Abrams Campaign Calls On Brian Kemp To Resign As Georgia’s Election Chief | HuffPost

Aggression, Misogyny, and Rape Culture Won … This Must Stop. Enough is Enough.

WASHINGTON– Donald Trump picked a Supreme Court Justice cast in his own image. Trump chose a bully, a serial liar and a man who treats women with disrespect.

Source: Aggression, Misogyny and Rape Culture Won Women told to shut up and grow up This Must Stop. Enough is Enough. | National Organization for Women

Stop Brett Kavanaugh and End the Toxic Culture of Male Fury

WASHINGTON – Donald Trump Jr. just said that the current debate over sexual assault has made him more worried for his sons than his daughters. Ann Coulter

Source: Stop Brett Kavanaugh and End the Toxic Culture of Male Fury | National Organization for Women