Planned Parenthood Day of Action, Wednesday, April 17

Registration link plus info:
Link for registration:
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 @ 9:00 AM
Salem, OR
Oregonians issued a mandate in the 2018 midterm elections: They want more access to health care, not less. We expect our elected leaders to take action now to invest in our communities, close the growing economic divide and protect the rights of our neighbors, co-workers families. We showed up on Election Day, and now it’s time to show up on Lobby Day: Please join us Wednesday, April 17th in Salem for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon’s 2019 Day of Action!
Once every two years, PPAO mobilizes citizen lobbyists from throughout the state to amplify our voices. This is an all ages welcome event. We’ll provide an extensive, robust and fun training; march to the State Capitol; and meet with elected officials to discuss our legislative priorities.

This year, we are proud to join a broad coalition of Oregonians of color, people of all genders and abilities, LGBTQ communities and immigrants who are fighting to give women and working families a fair shot at success. Together, we are demanding that legislators support policies to break down the system of discrimination and inequality that continues to hold us back:

  • Revenue reform: Health equity is impossible without stable, adequate funding that ensures all Oregonians can access the services they deserve to help them stay healthy. We will advocate for a budget that ensures reproductive health care and sexual health education for more Oregonians.

  • Housing reform: Unstable housing affects health outcomes and is an underlying, contributing factor of health inequities in Oregon. Planned Parenthood patients rely on stable homes in order to live healthy, successful lives and access the health care they need.

  • Paid family leave: It is essential for employers to support pregnant, parenting, and caregiving employees by providing paid family leave. Without universal policies like paid family leave, Oregonians continue to face real barriers to staying in the workforce and maintaining their earnings when family caregiving needs arise.

Here is more information about the day:

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon Day of Action

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

First Congregational United Church of Christ
700 Marion St NE
Salem, OR 97301
We’ll be meeting at the First Congregational United Church of Christ  for a full training before heading over to the Capitol.


Street parking and metered parking are available, and there is a parkade a few blocks from the Congregational UCC that you can pay to pay in called Chemekata Parkade. The church does not have on-site parking so please plan ahead!

What To Bring

Please bring a reusable water bottle if you have one, wear clothes you feel comfortable wearing while meeting with your representative, and wear shoes you will be able to walk in. All other materials will be provided!

Save the date: September 22nd for an Oregon NOW legislative meeting

We’re planning to meet in Bend on the 22nd. Details will follow, but the basic agenda is to strategize about how we can support candidates and issues in the upcoming election and to take a look ahead to the 2019 Oregon legislative session. We  will then have an opportunity to spend some time canvassing or phoning for the Jamie McLeod-Skinner campaign. There will be a recommended donation, payable onsite, to help defray the cost of the meeting room and any equipment that we need.

Location – Bend’s Environmental Center
Time: 10a – 2p for formal meeting, preceded by coffee hour, followed by canvassing in the late afternoon
We are looking into the option of having remote sites (Portland, Coast?) connected electronically if there is demand for such an option. If you are interested in remote participation, please respond to this email [] as soon as possible. It will take some time to make sure arrangements.
All of you have participated in legislative activities in the past. Please feel free to pass this information along to other NOW members who may be interested. We’ll post a registration page on the Oregon NOW website soon.
Becky Callison
Chair, Oregon NOW Legislative Task Force

Find sanctuary in the facts about law (NO on Measure 105)

Oregonian/OregonLive Editorial

Republican gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler recently made a campaign stop on conservative radio host Lars Larson’s show. Asked how he’ll vote on the controversial Measure 105, Buehler shared that he endorses the measure and will vote to repeal Oregon’s so-called sanctuary law.

“People who are here and committing crimes,” he continued, “there needs to be that kind of coordination and communication” between local law enforcement and immigration officers. “It is common sense.”

It is common sense and, in fact, that’s exactly what Oregon’s sanctuary law already provides. And that’s exactly why Measure 105 is wholly unnecessary…

Source: Editorial: Find sanctuary in the facts about law

Oregon’s New Equal Pay Act: What Everyone Needs to Know – July 24 – 6pm

The 2017 Oregon Legislature passed a landmark Equal Pay Act, putting Oregon at the forefront toward equalizing pay between women and men. Trish Garner, Public Policy Chair of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Oregon, will lead a discussion of this important legislation at the Tuesday, July 24 meeting of the Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). The discussion will take place at 6 pm in the McEntee Meeting Room, Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street, Newport. The public is invited.

OREGON’s new FAIR PAY ACT specifies that: (1) an employer cannot pay an employee less because of their sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, age, disability or veteran status; (2) an employer can’t pay an employee’s coworker more for a comparable job unless the entire pay gap is based on one or more of these conditions: seniority, merit, quality or quantity of production, education, training, experience, workplace location or travel; (3) an employer cannot screen job applicants based on current or previous compensation or determine salary on that basis; (4) an employer cannot ask a potential new hire how much he or she is currently paid or has been paid in the past until after making a job offer that includes compensation; and (5) an employer cannot cut an employee’s pay to follow this law or retaliate against the employee for asking for equal pay.

Public Comment Sought on Jordan Cove Energy Project’s Request for Exemption

This is not good. They are trying to avoid the Tsunami & other location issues. They should not get an Exemption.
Read the News Release here:
Written comments, Due by August 13, 2018, can be submitted to:

Sean Mole, Federal Projects Coordinator
Oregon Department of Energy
550 Capitol St. NE

Salem, OR 97301



Oregon voters overwhelmingly pass health care taxes

Oregon’s Medicaid program survived intact Tuesday, after voters approved hundreds of millions of dollars in health care taxes in a special election. Measure 101, which led 64 percent to 36 percent with returns partially tallied, was the only issue on the ballot. It will raise $210 million to $320 million in taxes on Oregon’s largest hospitals and many health insurance policies by 2019.

Source: Oregon voters overwhelmingly pass health care taxes |