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FROM SEN. JEFF MERKLEY Oregonians, you better watch your wallets: The biggest bank heist in American history is underway, and you may be among the victims. House Republicans just passed a tax bill that they are marketing as a tax cut for the middle class. But in reality, it raises taxes on many

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ERA BALLOT MEASURE 89 WINS TOP ENDORSEMENT OF FORMER OREGON ATTORNEY GENERAL DAVE FROHNMAYER

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 ERA BALLOT MEASURE 89 WINS TOP ENDORSEMENT OF FORMER OREGON ATTORNEY GENERAL DAVE FROHNMAYER. 

 

Dave Frohnmayer joins four former Oregon Supreme Court Justices who support Ballot Measure 89. Frohnmayer has served Oregonians for a lifetime.  He most recently served as President of University of Oregon.

In the last few days Ballot Measure 89 has also won endorsements from AAUW, Oregon Education Association, Oregon Nurses Association, AFSCME, IBEW 48, and minutes ago we received the endorsement from the Asian Pacific Network of Oregon to which we are thrilled.

“This is a day women and girls around Oregon can be incredibly proud that the former Oregon Attorney General Dave Frohnmayer and four former Oregon Supreme Court Justices have come out in support of ballot measure 89, placing the Equal Rights Amendment in the Oregon Constitution, respecting their right to have their equality expressed in our Oregon Constitution…this I hope will be the talk at the dinner table tonight from Coos Bay to Medford to Bend to Pendleton to Portland, Eugene and the coast because this is a long hard road and today Oregon shines,” said Leanne Littrell DiLorenzo, President of VoteERA.org and a chief petitioner of the ERA ballot measure 89.

The four former Oregon Supreme Court Justices penned an open letter stating that the Oregon Constitution does not have the strongest possible protection again sex discrimination and that the protections available to women are a result of caselaw.  The letter from the justices closes the letter “We believe that passage of the Oregon ERA will acknowledge the contributions and importance of more than 50% of our citizens by finally providing women express recognition in our state’s most important document, its constitution.” Signed by Senior Justice Paul De Muniz, Justice W. Michael Gillette, Justice Richard William Riggs, and Justice George Van Hoomissen on June 12, 2014.( Judge Letter at www.VoteERA.org)

With bi-partisan support in the Oregon Legislature on the ERA legislation that had the same language as our ballot measure, Oregon can be very proud.

A partial list of Oregon leaders who have endorsed ballot measure 89 include:

Governor John Kitzhaber and First Lady Cylvia Hayes 

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley

Congressman Earl Blumenauer

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici

Congressman Peter De Fazio

Congressman Kurt Schrader

Congresswoman Darlene Hooley

Former Oregon Attorney General Dave Frohnmayer

Secretary of State Bill Bradbury

Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian

State Senate President Peter Courtney

Oregon Senate Majority Leader Diane Rosenbaum

State Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson

State Senator Alan Bates

State Senator Lee Beyer

State Senator Ginny Burdick

State Senator Richard Devlin

State Senator Betsy Johnson

State Senator Floyd Prozanski

State Senator Arnie Roblan

Retired State Senator Margaret Carter

Speaker of the House of Representatives Tina Kotek

House Majority Leader Val Hoyle

State Representative Jeff Barker

State Representative Phil Barnhart

State Representative Brent Barton

State Representative Deborah Boone

State Representative Peter Buckley

State Representative Brian Clem

State Representative Caddy McKeown

State Representative Joe Gallegos

State Representative David Gomberg

State Representative Mitch Greenlick

State Representative Tobias Read

Oregon Education Association (OEA)

Oregon Nurses Association

AFSCME

IBEW 48

 And more…

Who (So far!) Has Endorsed the Oregon Equal Rights Amendment?

An initiative to place a state Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) into the Oregon Constitution recently qualified for the November 2014 ballot. That means voters will decide if Oregon will finally expressly provide for equality between men and women in its most important legal document, its constitution. Twenty-two states already have ERAs in their constitutions, Oregon does not. A federal ERA has been three states shy of being ratified for years, so there is also no guarantee of equality in our federal constitution.

Some of those who have endorsed an Oregon ERA are:

Governor John Kitzhaber and First Lady Cylvia Hayes
Former Governor Vic Atiyeh

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley
Congressman Earl Blumenauer
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici
Congressman Peter De Fazio
Congressman Kurt Schrader
Former Congresswoman Darlene Hooley
Former Secretary of State Bill Bradbury
Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian
State Senate Majority Leader Diane Rosenbaum
State Senate President Peter Courtney
State Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson
State Senator Alan Bates
State Senator Lee Beyer
State Senator Ginny Burdick
State Senator Richard Devlin
State Senator Betsy Johnson
State Senator Arnie Roblan
Former State Senator Margaret Carter
Speaker of the House of Representatives Tina Kotek
House Majority Leader Val Hoyle
State Representative Jeff Barker
State Representative Phil Barnhart
State Representative Brent Barton
State Representative Deborah Boone
State Representative Peter Buckley
State Representative Brian Clem
State Representative Joe Gallegos
State Representative David Gomberg
State Representative Mitch Greenlick
State Representative Tobias Read
…and others!

National Organization for Women (NOW) – Oregon
American Assn. of University Women (AAUW) – Oregon
Eleanor Smeal
The Alice Paul Institute
ERA Coalition

And four (4) retired Oregon Supreme Court Justices (Former Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court Paul DeMuniz, Justice R. William Riggs, Justice W. Michael Gillette, and Justice George Van Hoomissen) have said: “We believe that passage of the Oregon ERA will acknowledge the contributions and importance of more than 50% of our citizens by finally providing women express recognition in our state’s most important document, its constitution.”

The language of the Ballot Measure is simple:

“The Constitution of the State of Oregon is amended by creating a new section 46 to be added to and made a part of Article I, such section to read:
SECTION 46. (1) Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the State of Oregon or by any political subdivision in this state on account of sex.
(2) The Legislative Assembly shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this section.
(3) Nothing in this section shall diminish a right otherwise available to persons under section 20 of this Article or any other provision of this Constitution.”

Show your support for equal rights for women and men to finally be expressly guaranteed in Oregon’s Constitution by VOLUNTEERING and DONATING. For more information go to: www.VoteERA.org