Meeting Minutes

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

Newport High School Library

November 29, 2016

The chapter had no regular meeting scheduled for November because of the annual dinner, this year located at the Deep End Café in Newport on November 17, 2016. Since the election of Donald Trump for president, however, interest in the local chapter of NOW was never been higher. Attendance at the annual dinner was three times the past two years, and membership has doubled in only three weeks. With that interest, a special meeting, beginning with a finger-food potluck, was organized.

Sheila Swinford called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm after 30 minutes of sharing food and conversation. Approximately 70 people were in attendance. She explained that people would break into smaller groups based on individual interests after the announcements.

Announcements:

Franki Trujillo-Dalbey: KYAQ, the only community public radio station in Lincoln County, needs donations and sustaining members to continue broadcasting. All monies go to paying the bills; the station has no paid staff. One fundraiser is scheduled for Sunday, December 4, 5:00-8:00 pm at Café Mundo in Newport. Cost is $15 for the food and music; raffle tickets for a candelabra by Sam Briseno also sell for $10 each. Anyone interested in doing local programming should contact KYAQ, 541-264-5917.

Nancy Mead: “The Space between Us: Immigration, Refuges & Oregon,” a lecture by Manuel Padilla, is at the OCCC Community Room on December 1, 7:00-8:00 pm. The state NOW convention will be in Newport on April 9. Mead also called for people to phone in support of Foster Campbell, Louisiana Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, in the election on December 10, 2017.

 

Rebecca Austen: Diversity groups are organizing a Women’s March on January 21, the day after the presidential inauguration, in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington that supports the rights of minorities in the United States.

 

Rhonda Harmon: A movement across the country is calling on people to wear safety pins to indicate that the wearer wants minorities to be safe.

Sheryl Eldridge: The February 26, 2017 meeting will be at the Newport Public Library to hear Jane Kirkpatrick discuss her book A Light in the Wilderness and its subject, Letitia Carson, the first black person to regain property through legal means. Born a slave, she came to Oregon in 1845 with Irish immigrant David Carson. After his death in 1852, Oregon law kept her from inheriting his land, and the 1862 Homestead Act permitted her to file a claim for 160 acres in Douglas County. The claim was certified in 1869.

David Gomberg: The state representative discussed the importance of elections and vigilance.

Swinford explained the different choices of small groups: electing women candidates, Ceasefire, STEM, women’s health, vulnerable populations, Diversity Coalition, environment, sexual violence, children, and legislative action. People are asked to sign up for one or more on the poster boards in the room. Jen Martin explained STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), described last summer’s Earthquake Camp for middle-school girls, and give possible goals such as a workshop during the August 2017 total eclipse and facilitation of college mentorships. Monica Kirk explained the purpose of Ceasefire to create gun safety, and Cohen talked about Oregon being a sanctuary state, meaning that the state does not profile or use state and local resources for federal apprehension of undocumented immigrants. Nel Ward talked about the importance of monitoring and publicizing legislation.

Group reports:

Monica Kirk: Ceasefire will meet at the library on December 14, 2016, 2:00-4:00 pm.

Michele Walters:  Women Candidates will meet in December to determine methods of identifying women for running for office.

Nancy Mead: The women’s health committee will call a meeting.

Jen Martin: STEM will make plans for workshops, mentoring, and working with youth in programming robotics.

Brittany Kosydar: The group on sexual assault will work on resources to raise awareness, build more support groups, hold an event in April (Sexual Assault Awareness Month), and monitor rape kit processing.

Brenda Wills: The work with vulnerable populations and Diversity Coalition will work with the legislative committee.

Poverty: The group will concentrate on food and child care issues.

Nel Ward: Legislative Committee determined areas of interest, indentified Marta West as a trainer to explore resources, and immediately work on the spraying ballot measure on the Lincoln County May ballot.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 pm.

Next Meeting: 6:00-8:00 pm, January 24, 2017, PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward, Secretary

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

Newport High School Library

November 29, 2016

 

The chapter had no regular meeting scheduled for November because of the annual dinner, this year located at the Deep End Café in Newport on November 17, 2016. Since the election of Donald Trump for president, however, interest in the local chapter of NOW was never been higher. Attendance at the annual dinner was three times the past two years, and membership has doubled in only three weeks. With that interest, a special meeting, beginning with a finger-food potluck, was organized.

 

Sheila Swinford called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm after 30 minutes of sharing food and conversation. Approximately 70 people were in attendance. She explained that people would break into smaller groups based on individual interests after the announcements.

 

Announcements:

 

Franki Trujillo-Dalbey: KYAQ, the only community public radio station in Lincoln County, needs donations and sustaining members to continue broadcasting. All monies go to paying the bills; the station has no paid staff. One fundraiser is scheduled for Sunday, December 4, 5:00-8:00 pm at Café Mundo in Newport. Cost is $15 for the food and music; raffle tickets for a candelabra by Sam Briseno also sell for $10 each. Anyone interested in doing local programming should contact KYAQ, 541-264-5917.

 

Nancy Mead: “The Space between Us: Immigration, Refuges & Oregon,” a lecture by Manuel Padilla, is at the OCCC Community Room on December 1, 7:00-8:00 pm. The state NOW convention will be in Newport on April 9. Mead also called for people to phone in support of Foster Campbell, Louisiana Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, in the election on December 10, 2017.

Rebecca Austen: Diversity groups are organizing a Women’s March on January 21, the day after the presidential inauguration, in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington that supports the rights of minorities in the United States.

Rhonda Harmon: A movement across the country is calling on people to wear safety pins to indicate that the wearer wants minorities to be safe.

Sheryl Eldridge: The February 26, 2017 meeting will be at the Newport Public Library to hear Jane Kirkpatrick discuss her book A Light in the Wilderness and its subject, Letitia Carson, the first black person to regain property through legal means. Born a slave, she came to Oregon in 1845 with Irish immigrant David Carson. After his death in 1852, Oregon law kept her from inheriting his land, and the 1862 Homestead Act permitted her to file a claim for 160 acres in Douglas County. The claim was certified in 1869.

David Gomberg: The state representative discussed the importance of elections and vigilance.

Swinford explained the different choices of small groups: electing women candidates, Ceasefire, STEM, women’s health, vulnerable populations, Diversity Coalition, environment, sexual violence, children, and legislative action. People are asked to sign up for one or more on the poster boards in the room. Jen Martin explained STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), described last summer’s Earthquake Camp for middle-school girls, and give possible goals such as a workshop during the August 2017 total eclipse and facilitation of college mentorships. Monica Kirk explained the purpose of Ceasefire to create gun safety, and Cohen talked about Oregon being a sanctuary state, meaning that the state does not profile or use state and local resources for federal apprehension of undocumented immigrants. Nel Ward talked about the importance of monitoring and publicizing legislation.

Group reports:

Monica Kirk: Ceasefire will meet at the library on December 14, 2016, 2:00-4:00 pm.

Michele Walters:  Women Candidates will meet in December to determine methods of identifying women for running for office.

Nancy Mead: The women’s health committee will call a meeting.

Jen Martin: STEM will make plans for workshops, mentoring, and working with youth in programming robotics.

Brittany Kosydar: The group on sexual assault will work on resources to raise awareness, build more support groups, hold an event in April (Sexual Assault Awareness Month), and monitor rape kit processing.

Brenda Wills: The work with vulnerable populations and Diversity Coalition will work with the legislative committee.

Poverty: The group will concentrate on food and child care issues.

Nel Ward: Legislative Committee determined areas of interest, indentified Marta West as a trainer to explore resources, and immediately work on the spraying ballot measure on the Lincoln County May ballot.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 pm.

Next Meeting: 6:00-8:00 pm, January 24, 2017, Location to be announced.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward, Secretary

 

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

PUD Meeting Room, Newport

September 27, 2016

The meeting was called to order at 6:15pm by President Sheila Swinford. Approximately 15 people were in attendance. 

Treasurer’s Report (Michele Waters):  Membership Account – $2,200.00.

Program: Sheila Swinford conducted a group discussion on the results from “Listen to her” by handing out copies of the reports “Eight to Celebrate” and “Eight that Can’t Wait” from the Women’s Foundation of Oregon.

Some folks were concerned that Oregon has the highest rates of domestic violence in the nation, and the highest rates of depression, violence, PTSD and alcohol use. The high rate of domestic violence was discussed and the question was asked, “When a woman calls the police, is she believed?” The Newport Police doesn’t have any front-line female officers, and since Newport is getting a new Police Chief, members were wondering if COC NOW can be involved in the hiring decision, along with other groups such as My Sister’s Place.

There was concern that young women might not have a safe person to talk to about domestic or sexual violence (DV) and we discussed if school nurses, or victim’s advocates are available. Native American women are impacted by DV more than other women in Lincoln Co. An idea surfaced that perhaps COC NOW might want to explore writing a grant to educate police and other first responders as there seems to be inadequate resources for care.

Dave Gomberg, State Representative, brought up problems with adequate mental health services for our increasingly aging population, made up mostly of women. Caregiving is a problem as most of them are women, and these jobs pay barely minimum wage, and if a woman hasn’t worked or made much money, her Social Security payments will be very low, with some women having to choose between paying rent or paying for their medications. What could be done? New legislation regarding equality and fairness was mentioned.

The discussion turned to the conditions at the Lincoln Co. Jail. We discussed the inability of family members to visit in person at the jail, as they now can only talk with their family member over the internet. This is problematic for folks without computers and the library isn’t equipped to help them all use library computers. And, if someone does have a computer and internet access, they still have to pay a fee to get set up with the jail. This is true for phone calls also. Inmates and families have to pay a fee to get an account set-up just to talk to their loved one.

Other issues raised was the need for more permanent housing for women impacted by DV, reproductive health in Lincoln County, the availability of abortions, and the need to recruit more female candidates for public offices. One of the members mentioned that a woman who had been sexually assaulted could not get a rape kit and examination performed in Lincoln Co., because the only person trained was off work, and she had to go to Corvallis to get it done, and before she could even shower. This led to a discussion about the need for more trained hospital and police personnel to address these issues.  David Gomberg mentioned that he was meeting with the hospital the next day and would bring up this issue.

Gillian from My Sister’s Place reported that there is an active Sexual Violence Assault Team that meets regularly and they act like an interagency case management team that includes Legal Aid, My Sister’s Place, Law Enforcement, the DA’s office, PFLAG, among other groups. When asked what the greatest need is in Lincoln Co., in regards to DV, housing is the number one need. Lola Jones from Samaritan House will be building units in South Beach for families. And other agencies and municipalities have housing as a priority need. Gillian also announced that October is DV Awareness Month, and there are many activities planned for Oct.

At this time, it was decided to explore these topics a bit before deciding which to work on and how to approach forming committees and so on.

Announcements:

National NOW Conference in D.C.: Nancy Campbell Mead’s reported on her trip last June to the 50th Anniversary of the National NOW conference in D.C. Nancy was voted in as one of three national NOW board members from the Pacific District (the District includes Oregon, California, Washington, Hawaii and Alaska). The NOW board identified three action areas for chapters to choose from, if they want to participate. The three areas are: 1. Passage of the ERA (1 year goal), 2. Reproductive Justice Committee (Nancy is on this one), and 3. Sex Abuse/School to Prison Pipeline.

Lincoln Co. School District change in dress codes for girls: Portland Public Schools have changed their dress code for girls dramatically. Lincoln Co. School District has also changed theirs to essentially say, “wear appropriate clothing”.

Celebration of Women, Wine and Chocolate: This event is scheduled for October 9, at the Newport Performing Arts Center from 2 to 4 pm. Volunteers are needed for set up and clean up. Nancy will contact Virginia Gibbs to see if Centro de Ayuda wants to have a table. KYAQ will have a table for the first time.

Next Meeting: NOW Annual Meeting 6:00 to 8:00pm, October 25, 2016, PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon.

Respectfully submitted by

Franki Trujillo-Dalbey, Secretary

 

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

PUD Meeting Room, Newport

August 23, 2016

The meeting was called to order at 6:06 pm by Sheila Swinford. Thirty-two people were in attendance. This was a joint meeting with the Lincoln County Democratic Party.

Treasurer’s Report (Michele Walters): Membership account – $2,252.93; Central Oregon Coast Foundation –  $5,393.70.

Program: Nancy Mead introduced speaker, Jillian Schoene, executive director of EMERGE Oregon which identifies, trains, and encourages Democratic women to run for office, get elected, and seek higher office in a seven-month program. (http://www.emergeor.org/about). Schoene described the process and successes of the program.

Oregon state Rep. David Gomberg talked about the women he knows in Oregon political leadership and the importance of electing more women. He said that he was meeting with the Tina Kotek, speaker of the Oregon House, and asked for $1,000 from those attending the meeting to give to her for campaigns. Over half the senators—16 of them—are up for re-election. Of these, four incumbents, one Republican and three Democrats, are not running for re-election in 2016.

Announcements:

 

Celebration of Women: Nel Ward asked for people to obtain donations, both money and items for the silent auction, and Mead discussed the value of the Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation’s donation program.

Aerial Spraying: Janet Johnson talked about the ballot measure on November’s ballot to stop spraying of pesticides.

Oregon League of Women Voters: Jean Cowan was introduced as the new president.

Black Women’s Equal Pay Day: Mead announced that August 23 is the day in 2016 that black women finally make the same amount of money that men do by combining their 2015 wages with the first almost eight months of 2016.

Women’s Suffrage Day: Ward noted that August 26 is the 96th anniversary of women gaining the vote in United States federal elections.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:25 pm.

Next Meeting: 6:00-8:00 pm, September 27, 2016, PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward, Secretary

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

PUD Meeting Room, Newport

June 27, 2016

The meeting was called to order at 6:01 pm by Sheila Swinford. Twenty people were in attendance.

Treasurer’s Report (Michele Walters): Membership account – $2,175.08; Central Oregon Coast Foundation – $7,128.81.

Program, “Women and Trauma”: Joanne Kittel and Swinford led a discussion regarding the impact of PTSD in women’s lives as part of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome) Month in June. Kittel is a retired psychiatric social worker who specialized in the field of trauma, working separately with victims and perpetrators; she has been a community leader in treatment and services for battered women.  Swinford is a retired mental health counselor and formerly the leader of a State Certified Outpatient Mental Health Agency; she has done extensive volunteer work in trauma treatment and services.

Swinford talked about PTSD being a symptom of what is happening in our culture. Kittel defined PTSD as the long-term effects and damage from a single or series of horrible occurrences that manifest themselves later. The result for women is shame, loss of self-esteem, withdrawal, and lack of trust. The way to escape continued abuse is support from others and plans to do so. As one participant said, most women try to escape seven times before they succeed. Suggestions for helping women with PTSD included researching local support groups, finding models for support groups that could be brought to Lincoln County, providing input into law enforcement through selecting leadership and meeting with them,  and discussing women’s PTSD support groups with the local health district. Kittel said that the best answer is to have battered women start a core group of three or four members and get help from her, Swinford, Lisa Norton from MSP, or other qualified people. She suggested that some of the women at the meeting initiate this group.

Announcements:

Janet Johnson passed a petition to put a measure banning aerial spraying on the November 2016 ballot. There will also be a meeting about the project on June 30. Information at 541-574-9203.

Robin Hochnitt offered a DVD of Michael Moore’s new movie, Where to Invade Next, about Europe’s socialism.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 pm.

Next Meeting:  July 30, 2:00-5:00 pm – joint potluck with Lincoln County Democrats at Beverly Beach State Park Big Yurt (north of Newport on Hwy. 101). There will be no regular COC NOW meeting in July.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward, Secretary

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

PUD Meeting Room, Newport

May 24, 2016

The meeting was called to order at 6:10 pm by Sheila Swinford. Sixteen people were in attendance.

Treasurer’s Report (Michele Walters): Membership account – $2,106.40; Central Oregon Coast Foundation – $7,128.81.

Program: Virginia Gibbs showed the 44-minute film Abrazos, a documentary about the transformational journey of a group of U.S. citizen children who travel from Minnesota to Guatemala to meet their grandparents for the first time, and led a discussion afterwards.

Discussion items:

Sheila Swinford discussed a method of setting up teams to gather raffle donations.

Committees:

Celebration of Women: Swinford distributed a form asking people to get objects for the silent auction; Nancy Mead announced that entertainment will be the band Three Twins and a Fish. The Celebration, a fundraiser for the Central Oregon Coast Foundation, is scheduled for October 9, 2:00-4:00 pm.

Health Committee: The showing of the film Trapped at the Lincoln City Bijou Theater was well received. The film netted half the cost of its rental.

Announcements:

June 15, 5:00-7:00 pm: World Elder Abuse Day panel at Samaritan’s Center for Health Education  

(740 SW 9th St, Newport). Ceci Pratt announced that she had resigned from My Sister’s Place and would be moving away from the area in another week. Gillian Losh will be representing MSP for COC NOW.

The Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation donated $500 to help fifth-grade girls travel to New Orleans to participate in a national engineering competition. Nancy Mead read thank-you notes from some of the girls. Nel Ward suggested that NOW contact Liz Fox at Newport for information in helping teachers establish funding procedures for future competitions.

Nancy Mead collected t-shirts for an upcoming local Ceasefire display about how many people have died in gun violence on June 18.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 pm.

Next Meeting: 6:00-8:00 pm, June 27, 2016, PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon. There will be a presentation on PTSD in women for PTSD Awareness Month in June.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward, Secretary

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

PUD Meeting Room, Newport

April 26, 2016

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by Sheila Swinford. Twenty-five people were in attendance.

Treasurer’s Report (Michele Walters): Membership account – $1,900.87; Central Oregon Coast Foundation –  $6,903.35.

Program: Michele Stranger-Hunter, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon and the Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health, gave a presentation on “Access to Reproductive Medical Care in Oregon.” A blog on the talk, with additional information identified by links, is available here: https://nelsnewday.wordpress.com/2016/05/02/women-not-protected-from-unintended-pregnancies-should-have-the-right-to-abortions/

Discussion items:

Cyndi Jacobi asked for ideas for upcoming meetings. Some suggestions were presentations by political candidates, recruiting women for political candidates, and a presentation on developing an organization that will combine nonprofit groups to build a child care center.

Sheila Swinford suggested an informal monthly meeting to discuss different issues of interest to NOW members. The discussion was a follow-up to comments about the success of the April 12 (Un)Happy Hour to commemorate Equal Pay Day that attracted a number of people.

Committees: STEM – Janice Eisele announced the free, three-day Earthquake Camp at the Oregon Coast Community College North County Campus in Lincoln City on July 18-20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, sponsored by the Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation with funding from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund. Eisele said that the committee is considering a Girls Coding Camp as a project for next year.

Announcements:

May 1: Diane Eckstein: The LC Democrats are celebrating the traditional day of labor from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Toledo Union Hall, AWPPW 13, 138 NW 1st Street, Toledo. Called “Bread and Roses,” the event will feature live music of traditional labor and folk songs, food, and speakers talking about the labor movement. The cost is $15.

May 7 – Mead: COC NOW will sponsor the second annual Mother’s Day 5K Run. The race begins at the Newport Performing Arts Center at 9:00 am. Mead collected names of volunteers to work the event. They were asked to be at the PAC by 8:30 am. Registration information: http://ardoradventures.com/Mothers-Day-Run/

May 7 – Franki Trujillo-Dalbey: KYAQ 91.7 FM is sponsoring a presentation by David Barsamian as part of his tour, “Saving the Planet.” The fundraising event for Lincoln County’s only public radio station is 6:00-8:00 pm at Atonement Lutheran Church (2315 N. Hwy 101, Newport) and includes music by the Sunset

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

PUD Meeting Room, Newport

March 23, 2016

The meeting was called to order at 6:05 pm by Sheila Swinford. Thirty-nine people were in attendance.

Treasurer’s Report (Michele Walters): Membership account – $1,857.69; Central Oregon Coast Foundation –  $6,903.35.

Program: John Alymer gave a presentation on Frances Perkins , first woman Cabinet member and Secretary of Labor under Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Discussion items:

April 12 is Equal Pay Day, the day of the year when women catch up to the men’s salaries for the previous year. Nancy Mead suggested an (Un)Happy Hour to commemorate the event. Ceci Pratt will contact places for possible locations for the event.

In the most recent legislation, state Rep. David Gomberg voted to replace statuary in the U.S. capitol with Mark Hatfield instead of Abigail Scott Duniway, as a commission had recommended. Because Senate Leader Peter Courtney did not put the bill from the House on the senate floor, the bill died. It is assumed that the issue will be taken up in the 2017 legislature. Nel Ward recommended that COC NOW send a letter of appreciation to Courtney and a request to Gomberg that he support Duniway for this honor when the issue arises.

Michele Walters addressed the current issue of aerial spraying, saying that Oregon has lost $1.2 million for not taking care of its watersheds. NOAA is currently trying to get the state to protect the coho salmon because Oregon is worse than the surrounding states of California, Washington, and Idaho in this respect.

Gary Lehman discussed a recent report from the Robert Wood Health Foundation and said that Lincoln County is rated 29th out of the 36 Oregon counties. The report is available here: www.countyhealthrankings.org.

Committees: The Legislative, Health, and Celebration of Women committees submitted written reports.

Announcements:

March 24 – George Polisner :  The Lincoln County will hold a Meet and Greet for U.S. Rep. candidate David McTeague at the Bay House in Lincoln City from 3:00-4:00 pm.

April 5 – Mead: The Women’s Foundation of Oregon will be in Newport to hold “Listen to Her,” a listening session on the status of women and girls in Oregon, at the Samaritan Center for Health Education in Newport from 7:00-8:30 pm. This is part of a state-side tour to prepare materials to positively influence legislation. Free food and child care are to be provided.

May 1 – Diane Eckstein: The LC Democrats are celebrating the traditional day of labor from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Toledo Union Hall, AWPPW 13, 138 NW 1st Street, Toledo. Called “Bread and Roses,” the event will feature live music of traditional labor and folk songs, food, and speakers talking about the labor movement. The cost is $15.

May 7 – Mead: COC NOW will sponsor the second annual Mother’s Day 5K Run. The race begins at the Newport Performing Arts Center at 9:00 am. Registration information: http://ardoradventures.com/Mothers-Day-Run/

May 14 – Mead: COC NOW will sponsor the film Trapped at the Bijou in Lincoln City at 11:00 am. The documentary follows clinic workers and lawyers who are on the front lines of the battle to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women. Tickets are $7 at the door and $6 in advance. https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=U2zfnAd9aZppzVL9u1q17bJq0rV-XueLgLLrhQUjdJmQbOrsbc3klquTCWG&dispatch=50a222a57771920b6a3d7b606239e4d529b525e0b7e69bf0224adecfb0124e9b61f737ba21b0819826d26d01da88cb4fd8cb90b3a8c529af

May 24 (COC NOW meeting at PUD):  A showing of the film Abrazos, a documentary about the transformational journey of a group of U.S. citizen children who travel from Minnesota to Guatemala to meet their grandparents for the first time.

Monica Kirk announced that the Newport Police Department is taking applications for its 10-week Citizens Police Academy, open to 25 people. She took the training for voluntary service and found it to be very effective in networking with the police.

Ceci Pratt had several announcements about My Sisters’ Place (MS):

  • April is Sexual Awareness Month ; MSP will be reading proclamations at each city council meetings in the county and at the county commissioner meeting.
  • Throughout the county, 33 teal ribbons will be displayed to represent the 32 clients affected by sexual assault in 2015. MSP will also host library displays.
  • Several MSP benefits will be available throughout the county, including “Awake to Rhythm” (Yachats), “My Sisters’ Soup & Bowls” (Lincoln City), showing of the film “The Hunting Ground” (Siletz), and several tabling events at OCCC and the Farmer’s Market. April 27 is Denim Day when people are asked to wear jeans to work to show support of survivors.
  • MSP will be changing its name and is looking for recommendations. At this time, it has changed the name of the crisis line to “HopeLine.”
  • Pratt will be leaving MSP within the next few months, and Gillian Losh will be taking on her responsibilities.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 pm.

Next Meeting: 6:00-8:00 pm, April 26, 2016, PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon. Michele Stranger-Hunter, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon and the Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health, will lead a discussion on “Access to Reproductive Medical Care in Oregon.”

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward, Secretary

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

PUD Meeting Room, Newport

February 23, 2016

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by Sheila Swinford.

Treasurer’s Report (Michele Walters): Membership account – $1,762; Central Oregon Coast Foundation –  $7,313.

Committee Reports:

Program (Cynthia Jacobi): March 22 meeting will feature a presentation about Frances Perkins, FDR’s U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1933-1945 and the first woman appointed to the Cabinet. Jacobi will publish announcement.

STEM (Janice Eisele): A three-day earthquake camp will be at the Oregon Coast Community College North Campus (Lincoln City) on July 18-20, 2016. A second camp focused on astronomy may also be planned.

Ceasefire (Robin Hochtritt): The gun turn-in on February 6, 2016 was successful, with 54 unwanted guns relinquished, two of which had been stolen. She expressed thanks to the Newport Police Department and their volunteers who helped the event stay calm and smooth-running

Diversity (Swinford): NOW will show a film regarding diversity at its May 22 meeting.

Celebration of Women and Legislation: Sue Hardesty and Nel Ward submitted handouts to be posted on the COC NOW website.

Health Committee: A handout provided issues raised at the committee’s first meeting. Minutes will be posted on the COC NOW website.

Announcements:

Ceci Pratt said that the lack of trained nurse specialists may cause problems with collecting rape kits. One woman, refused treatment at the North Lincoln Samaritan Hospital ER, had to be transported to Corvallis for treatment and rape kit evidence collection.

Pratt also said that a webinar training on March 30, 2016 (10:00 am-12:00 pm) will focus on untested sexual assault kits. Training includes survivors needs and implications for advocacy.

Eisele said the Second Annual Mother’s Day Run is scheduled on May 7, 2016. She suggested a web page to focus on the event and will talk with Jen Martin about helping with this.

A discussion about the annual NOW dinner brought up a possible need for a larger venue.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 pm.

[Thanks to Robin Hochtritt for taking minutes.]

Next Meeting: 6:00-8:00 pm, March 22, 2016, PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward, Secretary

 

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

Oregon Coast Community College Meeting Room (Central Campus), South Beach

January 26, 2016

The meeting was called to order at 6:07 pm by Sheila Swinford.

The focus of the meeting was viewing and discussing the 30-minute film “Behind the Emerald Curtain,” a documentary about aerial pesticide spraying in Oregon. After the film, Swinford and Rio Davidson moderated a discussion, and Alisha Kern gave a brief presentation. Approximately 100 people attended. No business was conducted. Treasurer’s report: NOW account – $1,704.60; NOW Foundation account – $7,313.35.

The film gave information about the dangers of aerial pesticide spraying to watersheds and air, using Rockaway Beach as one example of this problem. Clearcuts permit sediment to gather in rivers, temperature of the water to rise because of no shade, and toxic chemicals to enter the water supply from spraying to eradicate any plants except Douglas fir. Dirt and chemicals in the water require the treatment of chlorine at a toxic level, and Rockaway Beach, where 82 percent of its watershed was logged and sprayed, had to spend $1.6 million to upgrade its water system. In 2014-15, 37 water systems in western Oregon sediment contamination exceeded safe water standards. Water along the entire Oregon Coast doesn’t meet water quality.

Between 1996 and 2007, 84 percent of private timber lands was sold by local families for out-of-state investments with big corporations cutting only for short-term profits and no concern for vastly increased lack of resources. The same period of time saw great decrease in local employment through saw mills as log exports went from one in ten to one in two.

In the past, a harvest tax supported local municipalities, but these taxes now revert to the timber industry. Washington state still receives this tax, but Oregon has lost $40 million every year.

Swinford described how her pregnant goats died, miscarried, or delivered deformed fetuses because of aerial spraying during their gestation period. Humans exposed to the endocrine disrupters in pesticides have the same problem as well as breast cancer. She recommended another documentary film, “Living Downstream,” and the book Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA. 

A member of the audience stated that she had seen a large increase in the number of special education students in the past decades. Davidson said that Oregon has gone from the cutting edge of legislation that protected people to having the weakest laws in the Northwest.

Eight counties are each attempting to pass county ordinances to stop aerial pesticide spraying. Manual spraying would not be affected by the proposed ordinances. Lincoln County approved the title of the ordinance and published it in the News Times, so that any citizen of the county could object within the period of time allowed. Peter Bregman, on behalf of Oregonians for Food and Shelter, has filed a lawsuit against the proposed measure in Lincoln County. The case will be heard on February 29, 2016. If the ordinance is allowed to go forward, the sponsoring group, Citizens for a Healthy County, has until July to collect approximately 1,800 signatures.

The proposed ordinance is called “FREEDOM OF LINCOLN COUNTY FROM AERIALLY SPRAYED PESTICIDES.” Information about the ordinance and organization is available here: http://www.lincolncountycommunityrights.org/citizens-for-a-healthy-lincoln-county/

Another proposal is to pass a statewide law to allow local decisions regarding aerial spraying.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:35 pm.

Next Meeting: 6:00-8:00 pm, February 23, 2016, PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward, Secretary

 

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport

October 27, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 6:06 pm by Nancy Mead.

Introductions: Approximately 27 people attended.

Speakers – Reatha Ryan (Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner), “Depression & Anxiety and Giving Our Power Away: Even Strong Women Can Be Victims”: The three points of a domestic violence triangle—victim, rescuer, and perpetrator—were profiled with emphasis on therapy instead of medication for depression.

Lisa Norton (Executive Director of My Sisters Place): Her discussion of domestic violence shows how everyone in a community is impacted by this tragedy. She recommended that everyone read Invincible: The 10 Lies You Learn Growing Up with Domestic Violence, and the Truths to Set You Free by Brian F. Martin.

Break/Raffle: Contributions were $55.

Minutes: Minutes from August 26, 2015 were approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Michele Walters reported that the treasury contains $1,889. Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation has $5,032 with another $1,000 to be deposited from PayPal.

Committee Reports:

Celebration of Women: Revenue from the Celebration was approximately $5,000. Walters will prepare a breakdown of revenue from the Celebration of silent auction items, food/drink, and other donations. Mead has reserved the PAC lobby for October 9, 2016 for next year’s fundraiser.

STEM: COC NOW has renewed its membership in STEM HUB. The group has received a grant of $1,661 from the Siletz Charitable Foundation.

Reproductive Rights: Mead announced that the Comprehensive Women’s Health Initiative will try again for a law requiring insurance to cover contraception, abortions, prenatal, childbirth, and post-partum care. (NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon’s petition can be signed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/?sm=rjx1LStxf70WgKE55S0QEg%3d%3d) She recommended meeting with Sen. Arnie Roblan to discuss the issue; Rep. David Gomberg is already on board with the request. In addressing the concern about transportation and other costs for travel to the Valley from the coastal area for abortions, Mead said that Planned Parenthood has a fund if the organization performs the surgery and Spring Adams Fund can cover these expenses for non-Planned Parenthood abortions. The Lincoln County Health Department indicated that information dispensed to pregnant women has been revised to eliminate inappropriate options. Nel Ward volunteered to obtain that information. Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health (OFRH) is promoting the One Key Question Initiative recommending that doctors annually address birth control and pregnancy with all women of reproductive age. Mead discussed the COC NOW’s concerns with Executive Director Michele Stranger Hunter for OFRH and NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon who will speak at the April 2016 COC NOW meeting.

Election of Officers for 2016: Mead asked for additions from the floor to run for COC NOW office. With none offered, the members elected the following slate of officers: President, Sheila Swinford; Vice-president, Linda Aguierre; Secretary, Nel Ward; and Treasurer, Michele Walters. Mead will be Past-president.

Announcements:

Mead: Latina Equal Pay Day was October 15. Hispanic Heritage Month was September 15 to October 15. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, November is Native American Month.

Catherine Rickbone: October is National Arts and Humanities Month.

Ward: October is LGBT History Month, and November is Transgender Awareness Month.

Mead: Fred Meyer stores will donate money to the Central Oregon NOW Foundation from purchases by people who sign up for the Community Rewards program and use their FM Rewards Card. She encouraged everyone to participate. She also read the letter of thanks from Bright Horizons concerning the donation made in the name of Gen Rosin, who died on December 31, 2014.

Sheryl Eldridge: The Newport Public Library is hosting a discussion, “Talking about Dying,” on November 1, 2015 at 2:00.

George Polisner: The Democratic Party is presenting a program at the Lincoln City Cultural Center (540 NW Hwy. 101) at 7:00 on October 28, 2015. The topics are living wage and alternatives to the death penalty.

Rickbone: The Newport PAC has a fundraiser called the Women’s Relief Fund to add three stalls to the women’s restroom at a cost of $65,000. After a spirited discussion regarding the project, NOW members voted to donate $250 to the fund which will add COC NOW’s name to the list of donors.

Donations of “personal care items” such as toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, etc. were collected for My Sisters Place.

Next Meeting: 6:00-8:00 pm, November 17, 2015 (Stone Crest Cellars Italian Restaurant, 715 SW Hurburt, Newport). Menu: Caesar Classico Salad w/Chicken ($11); Lasagna alla Romo ($13); Mushroom Ravioli w/Cream Sauce ($14); Herb-rubbed Tri Tip in Marsala Sauce ($14). Last three items served with a green salad. COC NOW will not meet in December 2015.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 pm.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward, Secretary

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

AWPPW Union Hall, 138 NW First Street, Toledo

August 26, 2015

George Polisner called the joint meeting with the Lincoln County Democratic Party at 7:03 pm.

Speaker, Kelly Edinger, Field Organizer of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon: She discussed the organization of the group, including over 445,000 contacts last year, and the work on negative ballot measures and legislation. Achievements for the past year were (1) 12-month contraception prescription; (2) increase of patient privacy; and (3) training of pharmacists to prescribe oral contraception. Detail of the last are still being worked out. A question is whether fees might be charged although these prescriptions will be covered by insurance. A comprehensive women’s health bill failed to pass. Edinger distributed signature postcards to be filled out for legislators; Nancy Mead will obtain more signatures. Also discussed was the release of eight videos with false information about Planned Parenthood that resulted in congressional hearings and calls for defunding Planned Parenthood.

Discussion of Iran agreement with vote for a resolution supporting the P4+1 Iran Agreement. Only Democratic board members could vote.

8:15 pm – Separate Meeting of COC NOW: The 15 people discussed the upcoming Celebration of Women fund-raiser on September 20, 2015. Sue Hardesty distributed information about volunteers, program, participating organizations, etc. Kay Wyatt will talk about science camps for youth. Mead will investigate insurance for the event. Ceci Pratt will interview Hardesty and Mead on September 15, 8:30 for a radio program. It was agreed that greeting cards will sell at the Celebration for $4 each of $7 for two.

Members agreed to donate $50 in support of My Sisters’ Place Third Annual Teed Off About Domestic Violence golf tournament at Chinook Winds Casino.

Nancy Mead will contact Karen Caul, SCREED Program Coordinator, regarding women’s reproductive services. (541)768-5470; kcaul@samhealth.org

Announcements: In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October), members will be asked to donate items to My Sisters’ Place.

My Sisters’ Place is hiring two advocates. It also will have a fund raiser co-sponsored by the Baha’I on September 27 at OCCC.

The Diversity Committee plans to air Luis Argueto’s film Abrazos in Spanish on October 16 at the Visual Arts Center from 6:00-9:00 pm with music and a potluck. It will be shown in English later in October at the OCCC. Virginia Gibbs has the rights to show the film.

Next Meeting (6:00-8:00 pm, October 27, 2015, PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway): Women’s Mental Health; annual meeting with election of officers. [There will be no COC NOW meeting in September.]

The meeting was adjourned at 9:02 pm.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward, Secretary

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

PUD Meeting Room, Newport

July 28, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 6:07 pm by Nancy Mead.

Introductions: Approximately 16 people attended.

Book Discussion, Full Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti (mediator, Nel Ward): Notes at https://nelsnewday.wordpress.com/2015/07/29/feminism-needs-a-new-book-for-youth/

Break/Raffle: Contributions were $36.

Minutes: May 26, 2015 minutes were approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Michele Walters reported that the treasury contains $1,919.55. Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation has almost $2,100.

Committee Reports: Written reports were distributed and are posted at

http://centraloregoncoastnow.com/committees  Additions to written reports:

STEM (Janice Eislie): The committee has become a major partner with Oregon’s STEM Hub. Last year it supported two middle-school/high school all girls team. One of these could not go to regional because it didn’t pass an intramural, but the team from Eddyville participated. Kayleen Williams was a volunteer working with the robotic teams. Future plans are to partner with OCCC.

Celebration of Women (Nel Ward for Sue Hardesty) – Because of a scheduling mistake at PAC, the date for this year’s Celebration has been changed to September 20, 2015. Several people volunteered to ask for donations for the Celebration with proceeds going to the Foundation. Volunteers should contact Sue Hardesty, Chair. This year, Rep. David Gomberg will speak about the advances of this year’s legislative session, the robotics teams will talk about their work, and Kay Wyatt will talk about the overnight Star Camp, a 4 to five day earthquake camp for youth where participants can build a seismograph that they can take home.

Reproductive Rights (Nancy Mead): At this time, there is a concern about lack of access to abortions on the coast although the state deems abortions legal.

Legislative Committee (Nel Ward): The committee will cover local, state, and some national legislation/elections. Laws benefitting NOW’s goals passed in this year’s state legislature was distributed and will be posted. Mead and Ward met with Rep. Gomberg to talk about legislation and will prepare a “wish list” for future legislation. One is a concern with rape kits not being processed, contrary to what a speaker told NOW members at an earlier meeting, minimum wage, and doctors recommending pregnant women go to crisis pregnancy centers.

Eye on Personal Violence (Michele Walters): This is the new name for the Courtwatch committee to reflect its expanded focus.

Nominating Committee: Mead and Eislie volunteered to be on the committee to select the 2016 slate of officers.

Request: COC NOW needs liability insurance for events, and Mead asked for suggestions. Catherine Rickbone mentioned that Payne West insures OCCA.

National NOW Report: Mead reported that she, Linda Aguierre, and Nyla Jebousek went to the national conference in New Orleans. One activity was a change in NOW’s bylaws. Mead’s concerns:

  1. The shift to non-delegated voting will put more of NOW’s control in the area of the conference;
  2. The number of officers has been reduced from three to two;
  3. All bylaw changes will be done through email although NOW has email addresses for only 40 percent of its members.

Mead also participated on a panel about mass incarceration which may be another NOW focus. The video is available here: http://centraloregoncoastnow.com/2015/06/23/cradle-to-prison-pipeline-presentation-at-national-organization-for-women-conference/

Announcements: Mead pointed out that July 28, 2015 was Equal Pay Day for African American Women, showing how far past December 31 that black women must work to earn as much as men did the previous calendar year. Equal Pay Day for Native American Women is in October because they must work almost two years for the same salary that men make in one year.

Next Meeting (6:00-8:00 pm, August 25, 2015, PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway): Discussion of Celebration of Women

The meeting was adjourned at 8:02 pm.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward, Secretary

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

PUD Meeting Room, Newport

May 26, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 6:06 pm by Nancy Mead.

Introductions: Approximately 18 people attended.

Panel Discussion, “Women and Children’s Health in Lincoln County”: Julia Young-Lorion and Shelley Paeth, co-chairs for the Early Childhood Coordinating Council for Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties; Moderator, Cyndi Jacobi [Discussion highlights attached.]

Break/Raffle: Contributions were $28.

Minutes: April 28, 2015 minutes were approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Michele Walters reported that the treasury contains $3,645.73. COC NOW Foundation has $75.

Old Business:

Mother’s Day 5k Run, May 9: Mead will check on contribution for this event to COC NOW. T-shirts from the event are available for purchase.

Mugs and Shirts: These have been ordered and will be delivered to Nel Ward

Committee Reports: Written reports were distributed and are posted at

http://centraloregoncoastnow.com/committees

Celebration of Women: Volunteers should contact Sue Hardesty, Chair

Ceasefire: Monica Kirk announced celebration potluck on June 13 at Dianne Eckstein’s; she also discussed the presence of the Oathkeepers in Oregon to protest the new Oregon law requiring background checks for gun purchases.

Mead praised Kirk’s work with Ceasefire.

Diversity: Virginia Gibbs would like donations for literacy materials.

STEM: The robotic group from Toledo may be interested in forming a sub-group for COC NOW.

New Business: 

New Committee: Ward will chair the newly formed Legislative Committee; volunteers are welcome.

Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation: Mead talked about national NOW’s interest in the bank accounts for local chapters and said that suitable funds in that account would be transferred to the Foundation.

Family Preservation Project: Mead discussed lobby efforts to retain the program that teaches parenting skills to female inmates at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility and regularly brings children to the facility after the Oregon Department of Corrections dropped the project. State Sens. Chip Shields (D-Portland) and  Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg) had co-sponsored Oregon Senate Bill 939 that directs the Department of Corrections to enter into partnerships with nonprofit groups to create programs to help children whose parents are in prison. [Update: The YWCA of Greater Portland wants to help restart and expand the Family Preservation Project at Coffee Creek. Their effort depends in part on the 2015 Legislature.

Pesticide Spraying: COC NOW agreed to support Sheila Swinford in her efforts to stop spraying. A serious problem from indiscriminate aerial spraying is how it damages health of people and animals, both domestic and wild.

Abortion: Nyla Jebousek suggested that COC NOW consider providing transportation funds for Lincoln County women who want abortions. Volunteers will check into the availability of abortions in the area, and Mead will contact Planned Parenthood regarding abortion availability statewide.  

Next Meeting: June 24, 2015; Newport Performing Arts Center: COC NOW will join the Democratic Party fundraiser with Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum as the featured speaker. The following meeting will return to the regular time and place with a book discussion of Full Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valienti. :  (July 28, 2015, 6:00-8:00 pm; PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway.)

The meeting was adjourned at 8:18 pm.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward, Secretary

COC NOW

Panel Discussion: Speakers discussed statistics of health for mothers and children in Lincoln County, Oregon, and the United States, giving comparisons among these three areas. Their focus is on how early childhood health makes a difference for the rest of a person’s life. The United States is the only developed country that lacks paid maternity leave; the nation is 16th in affordable child care, 27th in child care quality, and 31st in child care availability. In 1970, the U.S. was #1 in high school and college completion; now it is 15th in college completion and 21st in high school completion.

Part of the program was a clip from the documentary series: The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation. http://www.raisingofamerica.org/?q=documentary

Speakers also discussed the 40-year tradition of nurses doing home visits to pregnant women, an outgrowth of the Lamaze births. The 45-60 minute visits take place wherever the woman wishes, and an assessment is done for depression and other health concerns; domestic violence; and home and work. After the birth of the child, mothers are given gifts including books for the infant. The Healthy Families Oregon program visits mothers with children under three years old in high-risk families once weekly to look for child abuse and neglect and strengthen the parent-child relationship to assure healthy child growth and development. These visits are all voluntary.

Handouts by the speakers include information from the Lincoln County Health Profile http://www.nmhealthcouncils.org/Resources/Pictures/LincolnProfile060514.pdf  and 2014 WIC Facts https://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyPeopleFamilies/wic/Documents/annual/annual_lincoln.pdf

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

PUD Meeting Room, Newport

April 28, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 6:07 pm by Nancy Mead.

Introductions: Approximately 23 people attended.

Panel Discussion, “Sexual Assaults and Child Abuse in Lincoln County”:  Lincoln County Deputy District Attorney JW Hupp; Executive Director, My Sister’s Place, Lisa Norton; Outreach Coordinator, My Sister’s Place, Ceci Pratt; Siletz CARES, Kira Woosley; and Executive Director, The Children’s Advocacy Center, Ron Davidson; Moderator, Nyla Jebousek [Discussion highlights attached.]

Break/Raffle: Contributions were $34.

Minutes: March 24, 2015 minutes were approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Michele Walters reported that the treasury contains $3,769.

Old Business:

  • Request for Volunteers/Participants: Mother’s Day 5k Run, May 9; volunteers to be at the Newport PAC by 8:00 am. Wearing NOW shirts is encouraged. https://www.facebook.com/events/868980313143681/
  • Committee Reports: Written reports were distributed and are posted at http://centraloregoncoastnow.com/committees

New Business:  

  • Bridget Wolfe talked about the importance of the radio station KYAQ and suggested that COC NOW run a spot on the station. At this time, she is looking for sustaining members in the membership drive.
  • Lincoln County School Board: Mead announced that the NOW board had endorsed Greg Holland for the Zone 5 position based on the candidate forum on April 22. Nel Ward will post a summary of candidate responses on the Central Oregon Coast NOW website by April 30, the date that ballots are mailed.
  • COC NOW members Linda Aguirre and Nyla Jebousek were elected as delegates to represent COC NOW at the national NOW conference. Mead will also attend; she is a delegate as a board member of national NOW.
  • Mead said that COC NOW has created the Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation as a 501(c)3 and applied for Foundation’s tax-exempt status with the IRS.

Announcements: 

  • Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is the featured speaker at the Democratic Party fundraiser on June 24 at the Newport Performing Arts Center.

Next COC NOW Meeting: May 26, 2015, 6:00-8:00 pm, PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport: Women and Children’s Health in Lincoln County

The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 pm.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward, Secretary

COC NOW

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

PUD Meeting Room, Newport

March 24, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 6:05 pm by Janice Eisele.

Introductions: Approximately 20 people attended.

Book discussion (Nel Ward): An American Queer: The Amazon Trail by Lee Lynch (See notes below)

Break/Raffle: Contributions were $19.

Minutes: February 24, 2015 minutes were approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Michele Walters reported that the treasury contains $4,160.

Old Business:

  • Request for Volunteers/Participants: Mother’s Day 5k Run, May 9. https://www.facebook.com/events/868980313143681/
  • Committee Reports: Written reports were distributed and are posted at http://centraloregoncoastnow.com/
  • Celebration of Women Committee: Nel Ward provided a sign-up sheet for volunteer opportunities for this event on September 13, 2015.

New Business:  

  • Discussion of key legislative focuses: Handouts of legislative bills affecting NOW’s priorities included those from Oregon NOW, Women and Working Families, Oregon Women’s Health and Wellness Alliance, Carla C. Piluso’s information on TANF HB 2029, and Family Forward. Most of the recommended positions on these bills were tentatively approved except for SB445A which requires medical marijuana facilities and retailers to post harmful effects of marijuana on pregnant women, fetuses, and breastfeeding infants. Nyla Jebousek brought up a question about the source of research that would be used for this purpose. Ward expressed concern about the bill that moves educational monies from dual enrollment for high school students in community colleges to reducing class sizes in elementary school. It was generally agreed that COC NOW support the bills providing free school lunches for low-income children (HB 2545) and outlawing a therapy that purports to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of young people (HB 2307). Both bills have passed the state House and moved to the state Senate.
  • Candidates on the Lincoln County May 19 ballot: One position for OCCC board and two positions for LCSD board are contested. George Polisner, chair of the Lincoln County Democratic Party agreed to work with COC NOW in interviewing people running for these positions. The Democratic Party will host a candidate forum for these candidates at its regular monthly meeting on April 22, 7:00-9:00 pm in the PUD meeting room.

Announcements: 

  • May 13, 12:00-6:00 pm: Siletz Community Health Fair sponsored by the Tribes
  • April 1, 4:00-5:30 pm: Newport and Taft GSA (Gay/Straight Alliance) presentation of LGBT 101 Clubs, OCCC Community Room
  • April 1: Moms Demand Action Lobby Day, Salem (https://www.facebook.com/MomsDemandActionOR)
  • April 2: League of Women Voters Oregon Lobby Day, Salem (http://www.lwvor.org/day-at-the-legislature/)
  • April 8, 6:00-7:30 pm: LGBT History with Nel Ward and Lee Lynch at PFLAG, St. Stephen’s Church, Newport
  • April 8, 7:00-9:00 pm: Democratic Party program – “Lincoln County Education: Pre-K-14, Challenges, Vision and Roadmap,” Steve Boynton, Superintendent of Lincoln County School District; Brigitte Ryslinge, President of Oregon Coast Community College; and Suzanne Miller, Director of Lincoln County Headstart, PUD Meeting Room, Newport
  • April 9: Oregon Public Health Association Lobby Day, Salem (http://www.oregonpublichealth.org/capitol-visit-day)
  • March 26: AAUW release of “Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing,” a research report in engineering and computing live-streamed from Samsung’s Mountain View campus in Silicon Valley (http://www.aauw.org/event/2015/03/stream-the-solving-the-equation-launch-live/)

Next COC NOW Meeting: April 28, 2015, 6:00-8:00 pm, PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport: A panel of JW Hupp, DA’s office; Tracey Cummings and Ceci Pratt, My Sister’s Place; and Kira Woosley, Siletz Cares, will address sexual assault issues.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:05 pm.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward, Secretary

COC NOW

Audience comments from book discussion of Lee Lynch’s An American Queer: The Amazon Trail. Lynch was present to answer questions.

The book is a collection of 80 columns written and published in LGBT news sources over a 25-year period. Reading it at one time results in an intense experience of the personal history of a lesbian who experienced fear and prejudice while developing herself as an individual. Yet the columns showed how doors opened to her and her growing connection to others, especially in her own chosen communities. A major message is the importance of acceptance. One person called the book “beautifully written” and “exquisite.” She enjoyed the personal approach, for example referring to one partner as “lover.”

The Oregon “ballot measure wars” of the 1980s and 1990s when a conservative group attempted to pass anti-LGBT laws moved this wedge issue against LGBT to one against women. One participant suggested that the rapid movement toward acceptance of marriage equality and LGBT people in other venues may have come from the involvement of males in the fight whereas the women’s movements is primarily by females. Women are also short-changed financially by having children.

The book shows how the author found her way past obstacles and other struggles until she could feel good about herself. She is always working to move ahead. Although the book sometimes indicates a feeling of isolation, the author also found camaraderie and community.

Surprises for some people in the book included the use of terms such as “dyke” and “queer.” Others in the group talked about using language to take back terms that were once considered pejorative to empower oppressed groups. The use of these terms, however, still makes some participants feel uncomfortable.

As one person concluded, the book “shares a world that I didn’t know.”

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

PUD Meeting Room, Newport

February 24, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 6:08 pm by Nancy Mead. Approximately 21 people attended.

Introductions: 

Speaker: Dr. Birgitte Ryslinge, Oregon Coast Community College President, talked about the critical role of the community college in raising educational attainment in Lincoln County and how STEM education and employment can advance the community’s economic and civic development. Notes to her talk are appended to these minutes.

At the conclusion of her talk, Mead asked how COC NOW could be involved in OCCC. Although Ryslinge said that a major liaison might need to wait until after the initial administrative details of accreditation were done, she suggested mentoring and interfacing with clubs.

Break/Raffle: Contributions were $37.

Minutes: November 17, 2014 minutes were approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Michele Walters reported that the treasury contains $4,199.83.

Committee Reports:

Celebration of Women (Nel Ward): Chair Sue Hardesty has prepared a calendar leading up to the Celebration on September 13, 2015 and is working on gathering volunteers and donations. Nancy Mead has arranged for Joe Swafford to sell wine again this year.

Diversity (Kayleen Williams): Mead is posting blogs about black women during the month. Williams said that she had sent one in earlier that day. Virginia Gibbs is seeking direction and board volunteers for Centro de Ayuda. The committee would like to give awards to students in an essay-writing contest.

Court Watch (Michele Walters): In a radio interview, Walters discussed the program’s goals and asked for volunteers. She also attended court for one case resulting in “not guilty” for assault and reckless endangerment. The defendant was guilty of violating parole.

Ceasefire (Monica Kirk): Debriefing revealed that law enforcement officials had criticized Chief Miranda for his participation in the gun trade-in. It is possible that none of the firearms were checked to see if they were working. Other areas of the state, including Florence, have asked for information about the process. Recommendations are earlier publicity and use of escorts for people coming in to turn in their guns. Ceasefire will repeat its ASK program during the summer, encouraging people to ask about unlocked guns in homes where children are visiting, using outreach to businesses and schools. Two bills have been introduced in the legislation to close the gun background loophole by making all sellers check on the buyer unless they are relatives and to protect children by making gun owners liable for the children’s access to guns. Kirk asked people to frequently contact legislators in support of these two bills. Nationally a reciprocity bill has been introduced that would allow people to carry guns across state lines without permits in the states that they enter.

STEM (Jan Eisele): Because of regional rulings, each school can enter only one robotics team. At Toledo, the two all-girls teams did not win this intramural competition. The girls team at Eddyville is still in the running, and they have their T-shirt design that incorporates the NOW logo. The Isaac Newton team needs a mentor. A coalition of corporations and engineering groups celebrates the week in February that incorporates George Washington’s birthday, February 22, and is willing to provide free materials for hands-on activities in schools. Part of the week is devoted to Introducing a Girl to Engineering Day.

Announcements: 

National NOW wants ideas for restructuring, including re-writing its mission statement. Members are encouraged to participate in the publicized webinars and comment on their ideas on the conference website: https://nowconference2015.wordpress.com/. The annual conference is June 19-21 in New Orleans. Mead encouraged people to attend.

The Coffee Creek Correctional Facility for Women Family Preservation Project that helps children connect with their mothers has been defunded. Mead encouraged people to find ways to support this highly successful program in which not one participant during the program’s five-year run has been returned to prison.

Oregon NOW Annual Meeting is February 28, 2:00-3:30 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis: 2945 NW Circle Blvd, Corvallis, OR 97330. State Senator Sara Gelser will present an overview of key issues in the 2015 legislative session. Any proposed bylaws amendments will be posted to http://www.noworegon.org no later than January 28.

Gary Lehman asked for COC NOW to march with the Democratic Party in the Newport Loyalty Day Parade on May 2.

The next COC NOW meeting will be on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport. The meeting is a book discussion of Lee Lynch’s An American Queer: The Amazon Trail. Hardcopy books are available from Nel Ward at 541-265-4516.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:55 pm.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward

NOTES: Speaker Dr. Birgitte Ryslinge came to the OCCC last summer from Portland Community College and brought with her a wealth of information regarding STEM education and its importance in employment. A difficulty in STEM education is the shortage of girls, but Ryslinge said that elementary education doesn’t show the gender gap that is found in higher education. The separation at lower levels seems to come from economic and ethnic levels. She talked about ways that a Hermanas Conference in Washington County with female minority role models helped high school Latinas get excited about science-related fields.

As president of the Oregon Coast STEM Hub (http://oregoncoaststem.oregonstate.edu/), one of six STEM Hubs funded by the Oregon Department of Education, she explained its structure. The grant-funded organization will be applying for more funding to continued an additional two years because the first two years are almost over. Although the coast lacks the resources for extensive computer education, it benefits from marine areas of employment which has grown to 6.7 percent of STEM employment from almost none.

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

PUD Meeting Room, Newport

January 27, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 6:03 pm by Janice Eisele. Approximately 30 people attended.

Introductions: 

Speaker: Penny Okamoto, Ceasefire Oregon Executive Director, gave a presentation on the current state of gun laws and gun-related deaths in Oregon with ways to reduce gun violence. Okamoto joined the Ceasefire Oregon Board of Directors in 2000 and has been the Executive Director since 2010. Notes to her talk are appended to these minutes.

Break/Raffle: Contributions were $33.

Minutes: November 17, 2014 minutes were approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Michele Walters reported that the treasury contains $4148.

Committee Reports:

  • STEM (Janice Eisele): STEM Hub had hoped to promote one all-girls robotic team but now has four: two in Toledo, one in Eddyville, and one at Isaac Newton Magnet School. The group is searching for people who can mentor the teams. COC NOW has donated $640 to the project.
  • Diversity (Linda Aguerre): A meeting discussed Martin Luther King events and Centro de Ayuda. The focus of the discussion was engaging Latinos and planning events and actions. February is Black History Month.
  • Court Watch (Walters): The past few months have been slow because cases have either been pleaded out or involve children, but a case is scheduled for the following day. Walters will check with the courts to see what else is on the docket.
  • Ceasefire Oregon (Cindy Jacobi): The gun turn-in was a success, netting 138 guns, twice as many as the group had hoped. Plans are to replicate the event in the coming year. Monica Kirk will contact The Rachel Maddow Show about a segment about this event.

Announcements: 

  • Oregon NOW Annual Meeting is February 28, 2:00-3:30 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis: 2945 NW Circle Blvd, Corvallis, OR 97330. State Senator Sara Gelser will present an overview of key issues in the 2015 legislative session. Any proposed bylaws amendments will be posted to www.noworegon.org no later than January 28.
  • The book discussion for the COC NOW meeting on March 24 is Lee Lynch’s An American Queer: The Amazon Trail. Nel Ward sold copies of the book for $12.
  • Feminine hygiene items were donated for My Sisters Place.

The next COC NOW meeting will be on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport. Dr. Birgitte Ryslinge, Oregon Coast Community College President, will talk about the critical role of the community college in raising educational attainment in Lincoln County.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:55 pm.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward

Penny Okamoto, Ceasefire Oregon Executive Director:

In the Supreme Court decision for District of Columbia v. Heller, allowing residents to have handguns in their homes, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that the right to keep guns did not stop regulations—it did not give the right to keep guns whatsoever. Proposed Ceasefire Oregon bills are in boldface.

The vast majority of people want to stop gun violence; out of 100,000 people shot each year, about 30,000 of them die, and 310 million guns are in civilian hands.

Current Oregon gun law: no licensing; no registration; no background checks on private sales; no waiting time for purchases; no requirements for safety devices; no smart gun requirements; no hands-on training for concealed-carry permits; open CC in schools and state capitol.

Education and legislation can reduce injuries and deaths, proved in comparable situations such as drunk driving.

NRA worries: lack of self-defense; registration; licensing; government control; confiscation; lack of fire power.

Ceasefire Oregon concerns: felons and domestic violence abusers with guns; children with access to guns; poor mental care; unintentional shootings; irresponsible gun owners and/or sellers; unsecured guns stolen.

Proposed bill for background checks: Gun sellers must get background check through the Oregon State Police to transfer the firearm with the exceptions of family members, inherited firearms, and antique firearms. OSP has a three-day deadline. Following this law would make the sellers not responsible for the actions of the purchasers. In the 20 years since the Brady law for background checks went into effect, 2.1 million people have been refused with most of these being felons, domestic abusers, and fugitives. The Brady law is only for licensed dealers and sellers.

Forty percent of guns are sold privately and are therefore not subject to background checks; 74 percent of NRA members and 84 percent of gun owners support universal background checks. These checks reduce killings in domestic violence by 38 percent, police by 39 percent, aggravated assaults by 17 percent, and suicide by 49 percent.

After Missouri repealed its background check in 2007, the state had a 25-percent increase in homicide and a large increase in illegal exports to surrounding states although neither of these issues spiked in the rest of the nation.

Background checks do not prevent lending guns for a short hunting trip. The Manchin/Toomey bill in Senate clearly stated that gun registration in the United States is still illegal; the bill to include gun shows and the internet in mandating background checks still failed.

Problem with connecting background checks to felonies for domestic abuse is that many abusers plea down to misdemeanors but they are still a danger to their victims.

Background checks can be successful because black market sales are far more expensive.

Proposed bill for child access to guns: owner liable if minor gets gun without permission unless the gun is secured, the minor gets it by unlawful entry, or the owner doesn’t know the minor would be present. In states with child access prevention laws, unintentional deaths from guns in children under 15 have fallen 23 percent and suicide for young people ages 14-17 have dropped by 8.3 percent. More than 75 percent of guns used by youth in suicide attempts and unintentional injuries are kept in the home of the victim, a relative, or a friend.

Ceasefire Oregon is not proposing any law requiring that guns be locked up; the proposed laws just make owners responsible.

Proposed bill for mentally ill: help families remove firearms from severely mentally ill members.

Okamoto’s recommendation: Call legislators early and often to support these bills, possibly once a week.

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes
Stone Crest Cellars Tasting Room and Bistro, Newport
November 17, 2014

The meeting was called to order at 6:15 pm by Nancy Mead. Approximately 33 people attended.

Introductions: Mead introduced some of the people attending the celebratory meeting for COC NOW’s second anniversary: Lincoln County DA Michelle Branam; Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum; Toledo Mayor-Elect Billie Jo Smith; State Representative David Gomberg; and League of Women Voters President Gen Rosin. Mead commented that Toledo will have an all-woman city council beginning in January.

Ellen Rosenblum: In her brief comments, she said that her job was to be objective, but she was pleased that the ERA amendment passed after 27 years. She praised Branam on her election (Branam ran unopposed) and on being only one of five female DAs in the state’s 36 counties. Rosenblum is one of ten female AGs in the 50 states and the first woman to run for the Oregon post. She supports pay equity and reproductive freedom. Oregon is the only remaining state in the nation with no restrictions. She added that her new grandchild, born last week, is a girl.

Birgette Ryslinge will be speaking at the League of Women Voters at the Sylvia Beach in December. Mead will post the date on the website.

David Gomberg: After thanking NOW for its support, he gave a brief history of his working with women politicians in the Oregon Women’s Political Caucus. He said he became a feminist in 1977 and worked for Barbara Roberts as well as other strong women who made a difference. He too supports pay equity and reproductive freedom and praised the passage of the ERA and marriage equality. Freedom needs people to stay engaged.

Introductions from others in attendance.

Treasurer’s Report: Michele Walters reported that the chapter netted $2,964.72 from our Celebration of Women; the treasury has a balance of $4,103.15. An allocation of monies will be determined at the January meeting. The members approved disbursement of $300 to the STEM committee for the girls’ robotic team.

Committee Reports:

STEM (Janice Eisele): The STEM Committee is currently working on two grant proposals. One is the support of all-girl MATE ROV team, including ROV kit, additional materials, some mentor support, tools, and T-shirts for a total cost of $800. NOW will provide $300 with the remainder requested from the STEM HUB project. The second proposal is to the Siletz Charitable Foundation to send a middle school/high school girl to a STEM camp next summer. Committee members are Mead, Walters, Michele Kemper, Judy Bowman-Kreitmeyer, and Amanda LaPine.

Diversity (Virginia Gibbs): The group intends to assess the needs of and evaluate necessary support for of marginalized women, especially Latinas because they are doubly marginalized through gender and language issues. A possibility is providing classes. Committee members do not need to be bilingual.

Court Watch (Walters): Committee members have observed a couple of cases this year. Court Watch has a new website to collect observations and information. Committee members will be working a strategic plan for 2015 and recruiting more watchers.

Ceasefire Oregon (Monica Kirk): Past projects have been successful, and the next one is the gun turn-in. The ASK project will also be repeated in the coming year. Kirk is grateful to Branam for her involvement and plans to address Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda’s statement that Newport’s ban on “open carry” is unconstitutional. Also referenced were recent statewide newspaper articles about the ban on gun ownership for domestic violence perpetrators not being enforced.

Next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 27 at 6:00 pm. Please note that the NOW meeting times have been changed to the fourth Tuesday of the month and that there will be no meeting in December 2014. The January meeting is scheduled at the PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport.

The meeting adjourned at 6.57 pm, and all present enjoyed their dinners.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting October 20, 2014

Central Lincoln PUD

Meeting called to order by Nancy Mead a little after 6 pm. Introduction were made and items for the  raffle were discussed. Raffle done at the break

Old Business

Minutes of September meeting were approved. Treasurer reported a balance of $1337 including checks for $250 from Celebration underwriters. $50 more was received for the celebration. We will have some outstanding bills to be paid including the venue, the food, and the performers prior to the event and later the wine. Suggested use of some of the money is getting a tent for outdoor venues such as the Farmers Markets.

Election of officers: The current officers agreed to continue for another year if no one else self nominated and since no one did the slate was unanimously approved.  Officers for 2015: President – Nancy Mead, Vice-President – Jan Eisele, Secretary – Nel Ward and Treasurer – Michele Walters. The one caveat for Nancy to continue was to have a Program Committee. It is composed of Nyla Jebousek, Cindy Jacobi and Kayleen Williams.  They will be responsible for setting the programs, preparing the agenda and the publicity.

Committee Reports:

Ceasefire –  Tabled at last week’s Newport Farmers Market.  Because of the weather there was not a lot of traffic.  Raffle for the gun case and trigger lock is currently scheduled for the end of October.

STEM – NOW should apply for a grant from the STEM HUB for robotic kits for the competitions –can’t be Janice though so someone else will need to write it. Other support opportunities in the future include scholarships, providing support to enable girls to attend camps or having awards for achievements

Diversity – Kayleen Williams and Virginia Gibbs met to start their planning process. Linda Aguirre volunteered for this committee also.

Courtwatch – Need a new chair as Alice resigned. We have only have had a couple of cases to observe over the summer months. There is one case scheduled in Nov which involved minors at the time of the offense. Since we only observe cases involving adults we will need to decide whether we should observe this one or not.  Amy Cloe believes the victims may still be minors as their father is less than 35.  Need to check into this further.

National NOW Board Meeting

Nancy Mead reported on attendance at the National NOW Board Meeting – 3 days with a packed agenda working through breakfast and lunch. She discussed some of the topics briefly such as

  • Asking Pres Obama about why girls were not considered in his My Brother’s Keeper program
  • Domestic violence in the NFL culture
  • Results of the reorganizations of AAUW & YMCA and what could be applied to NOW
  • Jan Erickson, government relations director for NOW – NOW is working with FDA to encourage drug companies to push to have more women included in drug trials
  • Voter suppression – Erickson pointed out the voter suppression laws are targeting women in communities of color.
  • Not going to support “Not by Bosses” Bill to correct the Hobby Lobby decision, as it carves in stone exemptions for religious orgs
  • Voted to grant local chapters access to at-large member’s lists

Nancy said she would write up a more detailed report of the discussions to share. Next NOW National Conference will be in New Orleans with a focus on restructuring and Bylaws. 

Celebration of Women October the 26th

LWV, AAUW, Altrusa and My Sister’s Place will have their own tables with information. LWV will take orders for boxes of oranges/grapefruit which is their fund raising activity. We have 42 separate donations for the silent auction. Jan is preparing the sheets for bidding

Raffle: Three groups of items auction – Book on Bush Dynasty and the gun safe tickets, another book with a bottle of wine and “women vote” potholder; scarf made by Dorothy Mack  – Raffle generated $41

New Business

Dorothy Mack announced that her new book, Handless Maiden, will be out as an e-book on Amazon by the end of October.

Establishing a Rape Kits Task Force to address backlog in processing kits was discussed. More information is needed to ensure there is a real need in Lincoln County.  Not to be a part of Court Watch.

Changing the date for the meetings was discussed. Several of the third Mondays in 2015 are holidays and Nancy was notified that the PUD will not be available on holidays. It might be good to pick another date since the third Monday conflicts with City Council and other standing meetings. Using the Library was also discussed since they no longer charge for the room.  Nyla agreed to get more information and report at the next meeting.

Vision – NOW Priorities for 2015. Nel Ward prepared an anthology of all of the many topics covered in our last two years. The question was posed – where do we go from here? A lively discussion ensued which included these gems:

  • Develop and support women candidates for offices
  • More visibility with community education
  • Expand membership especially younger women
  • Build an alliance with OCCC – current President is slated for one of our future meetings
  • More collaboration with other groups such as LWV, etc.
  • Plan for our attendance at events instead of just letting women know about them

Ideas included identifying more documentary films like “Inequality for All” and showing them at the Bijou and/or OCCC.

Sheila Swinford would like to see NOW involved with Women’s Link to a Healthy Planet – a local Community Rights Organization. She raised an alarm about the current spraying of chemicals in local forests prior to clear cutting which will impact our local watersheds. She would like NOW to be involved as this is a women’s and children’s health issue.

Next meeting is November 17th @ 6pm at Stone Crest Cellars Tasting Room and Bistro, HWY 101 and 715 Hubert – in strip mall kitty-corner from the Kite Shop and across from and on same side of 101 as Mazatlan.

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

Central Lincoln PUD

September 22, 2014 

The meeting was called to order at 6:05 pm by Nancy Mead. Approximately 19 people attended.

Minutes: Minutes from the August 18, 2014 meeting were accepted.

Treasurer’s Report: Michele Walters reported that the chapter has $1,005.05 and 50 members.

Old Business:

  • ERA Update: Mead announced that the ERA ballot measure has no opposition in the voters’ pamphlet although the ACLU has come out against the measure as an unnecessary symbolic gesture. Arguments for passing the measure include the pay inequity between genders and the favoring of men in domestic violence cases. Because both major state newspapers, The Oregonian and The Register Guard, are opposing the ERA measure, Mead asked people to write letters to the editor in defense of the initiative.
  •  International Peace Day Event, September 20: Mead announced that the event was “fun” and had an excellent first year.
  •  Invitation to Self-Nominate for Local Chapter NOW Offices: Because no members of the nominating committee were in attendance [one came later], Mead asked for volunteers for all four offices: president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. Volunteers must be NOW members for 90 days before the election on October 20.
  •  Project Homeless Connect, October 3: Volunteers can sign up at http://rsvpoflbl.org/events/project-homeless-connect/.
  •  Celebration of Women, October 26: Janice Eisele distributed a sign-up form for volunteering at the fundraiser, and flyers were available to people to take to post at different sites. Business cards for the event were also distributed for people to hand out. Nel Ward announced Sandy Roumagoux’s painting and asked for silent auction and $50 donations. Sue Hardesty explained that the Celebration will feature entertainment, artists, authors, food, etc.

 Presenter, Domestic Violence and Guns: – Marian Pesta Bradley, NOW Northwest Region Director/Past President, Montana NOW

An initial discussion of defining domestic violence led to many of its elements that expands traditional ideas to men being abused, children as abusers, expansion of the locale outside the home—in short, systemic  interpersonal abuse throughout a community. She discussed the concern about Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s (D-MN) proposed bill to guarantee close loopholes in background checks as possibly being too weak. [More information available here: http://nelsnewday.wordpress.com/?s=domestic+violence.]The question was whether to try to pass the bill or hold out for a stronger measure. Her suggestion for working to solve the crisis of guns in domestic violence was to change the conversation and begin on a “low level.” Her approach has also been to directly present statistics to people when discussing the issue:

  • Alaska ranked first in the nation in the rate of women murdered by men, with a rate of 2.57 per 100,000, followed by South Carolina, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Oregon rates 32nd in the nation. The information is from the Violence Policy Center (VPC) report “When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2012 Homicide Data.” http://www.vpc.org/studies/wmmw2014.pdf
  • Putting all people with restraining orders into the system could block the sale of 2 million guns by 300,000 abusers.
  • Women living with a gun in the home are nearly three times more likely to be murdered than those with no gun in the home.
  • For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 93 percent of female victims (1,487 out of 1,594) were murdered by a male they knew.
  • A study of female murder victims in 10 cities found that three-quarters of women murdered, and 85 percent of women who survived a murder attempt by a current or former intimate partner, had been stalked in the previous year.
  • Almost half of all intimate partner homicides are committed by a dating partner who is not covered by federal gun restrictions.
  • The risk of a woman being the victim of homicide increases at least 500 percent when guns are present during the domestic violence crisis.
  • One in five purchasers of guns online are convicted felons.
  • In states with stricter background checks, 35 percent fewer women are killed.

Raffle: Three items—two books, a lighthouse print, and 5 tickets for the gun-safe raffle—netted $46. The gun-safe tickets were donated for next month’s raffle, and Mead will bring another item.

Committees:

  •  CourtWatch: Robin Hochtritt described observing a domestic violence case on August 27-29. A year-long, on-again/off-again relationship between a man and a woman in Yachats culminated in a telephone argument followed by the man coming to the woman’s home. He used a long, possibly military, knife to stab the tires of her car, the front door, and then the bathroom door after she locked herself into the bathroom. In the process he had cut himself. She claimed that he cut her, but he said that he did so only accidentally while stabbing the door. The blood was not sent to a crime lab, and the bathroom door was not saved because the sheriff’s deputy had only his “Crown Vic” for transporting the door. The woman threw the door away after law enforcement told her to do this. Although photos were taken of the door, it was determined that they lacked sufficient information about the stabbings. The prosecution created a door mock-up, but it did not fit the woman’s description of the actual door. The jury issued a verdict of assault in the fourth degree, a lesser offense than the requested assault in the second degree.

Concerns about the case: law enforcement failed to preserve and process potentially important evidence, and the prosecution failed to pay attention to detail, such as an accurate depiction of the door. Also the prosecutor did not follow through with some questioning, i.e., no follow-up to a law official’s response of “it’s complicated.” Bradley added that women are often treated very differently from men, giving as an example the case of Marissa Alexander who faces 60 years in a Florida prison after firing one warning shot at her abusive husband threatening her. Also using the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law, George Zimmerman was exonerated for killing a black teenager visiting in his neighborhood. It was suggested that CourtWatch prepare a statement of concerns regarding the disposition of the case.

 

  • Ceasefire Oregon: Monica Kirk announced local activities in keeping with Bradley’s recommendation that slowing the crisis of guns in domestic violence begin on a “low level”: the ASK program asking if homes where children play have accessible guns, a gun buyback project, a raffle for a donated gun safe, and tabling at the Newport Farmers Market. Ceasefire Oregon is also proposing a bill that would require gun sellers to report failed background checks to sheriffs.

        STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math): Eisele asked for mentors for the Newport Schools Science Fair 2015 who could work with science teachers one hour a week for six weeks in November and December before the fair in January. Interested parties should contact Cait Goodwin, 541-961-0968; cait.goodwin@oregonstate.edu. Oregon Coast STEM Hub website is http://oregoncoaststem.oregonstate.edu/; the blog page is http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/oregoncoaststem/

  • Nominating Committee: Nyla Jebousek asked for volunteers for officers. Nominations close at 9:00 am on September 23. She also announced the establishment of a program committee to set the calendar for the coming year and prepare publicity for the meetings. Suggestions are speakers, book discussions, and committee meetings. Volunteers are Janice Eisele, Cindi Jacobi, and Kayleen Williams. Others are welcome.

New Business:

 Candidates: Newport candidates Sandy Roumagoux, mayor, and Wendy Engler, City Council member, briefly spoke. As mayor for the past two years, Roumagoux said that she wanted to continue her work and help Newport make “a big leap” forward. She asked people to write letters to the editor in support of her. Her website is http://sandyfornewportmayor.com/, and her Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/SandraRoumagoux?fref=ts .  Engler plans a website and said that she wants visioning and follow-up on plans by the City Council. She is interested in livability, efficiency, and a sustainable future.

 Announcements:

 Yes on 92, Oregon Right to Know & GMO Labeling is having a fundraiser in the Yachats Commons on Thursday, September 25 at 6:30 pm. More information is available from Katrina Wynn at 541-547-5123 or mail@KatrinaWynne.org.

  • November 17 NOW Meeting will be a celebration dinner at Stonecellars Bistro in Newport.
  • There will be no December meeting.

Next Meeting, October 20, 6:00 pm: Topic: Election, Chapter Goals, National NOW Report

Part of the discussion may be to change the regular meeting time of chapter meetings because of a conflict with the Newport City Council meetings. [PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport]

The meeting adjourned at 8:25 pm.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes
Central Lincoln PUD
August 18, 2014

The meeting was called to order at 6:03 pm by Nancy Mead. Approximately 22 people attended.

Presentation – Women Can Run! And Win!: Jean Cowan, former Oregon state representative/Lincoln County commissioner; Kelley Ellis, Lincoln County School District board member/former member of Siletz City Council; and Billie Jo Smith, Lincoln County Democratic Party Chair/Toledo Mayor candidate

Importance of Women in Elective Offices:
Cowan: Women’s issues, for example long-term care, need to be address; of 120 county commissioners, 20% are female. Women are more collaborative and more task-oriented.
Smith: Women communicate better, are better problem solvers—in short, do a better job.
Problem: Large percentage of electorate want more women but don’t vote for them, especially older women; women need to be encouraged to run.

Finding Good Women Candidates:
Cowan: Find women with passion and organizational skills. She said she would see a gap and then fill it, a pattern that led to her running for office.
Smith: Look at clubs, committees, etc. where women show leadership skills. She said she decided to run for the school board following her appointment by ESD after a massive recall.

Getting Women to Run:
Just ask women to run. Promise to support them in many ways, including knocking on doors and asking for money. In some cases, just ask women to run.

Obstacles Facing Women in Running:
Women worry about appearance and inability to speak, especially because the appearance of female candidates gets more comments than that of male candidates.
Cowan said that women should learn to speak to groups (Mead suggested Toastmasters) and do other training. Get a professional photograph and don’t change appearance during campaign. Take time for personal “maintenance.”
Smith said that Democrats have training for finding candidates and campaigning; assistance in knocking on doors and obtaining lists for positions, including nonpartisan ones; small donations.

Resources Available to Candidates: [Attachment]

Minutes: Minutes from the July 21, 2014 meeting were accepted.

Treasurer’s Report: Michele Walters the chapter has $992.

Old Business:

ERA Update: Mead announced that the campaign to pass the ERA initiative is doing well with many supporters and notable endorsements. Oregon ACLU still opposes the measure although national ACLU disagrees with the state chapter.

Project Homeless Connect, October 3: Janice Eisele announced that applications for volunteers are available at http://rsvpoflbl.org/events/project-homeless-connect/. NOW members can identify themselves as such on the form. Lola Jones will speak about the event at the September NOW meeting.

Celebration of Women Fundraiser, October 26: Nel Ward announced that the time of the event has been changed to 2:00 pm after the play Heidi Chronicles was canceled. It will still be at the Newport Performing Arts Center with wine (Joseph Swafford) and coffee (Central Coast Coffees), chocolates, (donations), silent auction, and performances coordinated by Akia Woods. Donors from women-supported businesses and individuals will be announced in a brochure and on the local NOW website unless they ask to be anonymous. Nel Ward discussed possible promotion for event with photograph of a painting by Sandy Roumagoux in the newspaper and on flyers, possibly with bids outside the Celebration. Jebousek suggested minimum bids. Judy Bowman-Kreitmeyer volunteered to distribute flyers. Deadline for donations to be listed in brochure is September 22.

New Business:

My Sister’s Place Golf Tournament, September 20 (8:00 am-3:30 pm): Ceci Pratt said that there would be ample time for people to attend both this event and the International Day of Peace Celebration because lunch begins at 2:00. People could leave immediately after that. COC NOW will sponsor a golf cart for $50, and Mead will put together a four-person team. Interested parties should contact her.

International Day of Peace Celebration, September 20 (3:00-7:00 pm): COC Now will have a table at this event at Newport High School East Campus (parking lot and inside). Interested volunteers should contact Mead.

Nominating Committee: Volunteers are Cynthia Jacobi, Nyla Jebousek, and Michele Kemper.

Raffle: The raffle netted $36.

Committees:

Diversity: Virginia Gibbs and Kayleen Williams will meet with Mead to establish a direction for the committee.

Ceasefire Oregon: Jacobi announced tables on last two Saturdays at the Newport Farmers Market and a raffle for gun safe and trigger lock in September. Date for the first gun buyback in the state outside Portland will also be in September with the date selected next week. Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda has been very helpful and will be in charge of the buyback. People will receive vouchers for local businesses, and the guns will be melted down. Plans for next year is to take a different approach for requesting municipality proclamations supporting the ASK program in which parents inquire about the availability of guns in the homes where their children play. She reported that the Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/centralcoastceasefire] recording people’s stories about guns has also been successful.

CourtWatch: Walters reported on the first two experiences of attending trials and said that three more are coming in the next few months. The committee will create a blog, linked to the COC NOW blog, and a brochure. Information has already been organized for the latter. There is also a need for more courtwatchers; all are welcome to attend the next meeting at Ward’s house (Sept. 11, 2:00 pm).

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math): Eisele said the next meeting is August 20 at Bowman-Kreitmeyer’s house. Possibilities are to fund a scholarship, a robotic kit for a team (approximately $200), or travel funds for team members. The Confederate Tribe of Siletz Indians might be a source of funding for a 501(c)3; Mead had said that she would look into forming one for COC NOW.

Announcements:

Democratic meeting discussing measures on November ballot: August 27, 7:00 pm, Oregon Coast Community College in Lincoln City

“Scott Free,” play about Abigail Scott Duniway: Oct. 18, 2:00 pm, OCCC Newport Campus
Oct. 19, 3:00 pm, Lincoln City Driftwood Library

Next Meeting, Sept. 22, 6:00 pm: Topic: Guns and Domestic Violence
Speaker: Marian Pesta Bradley, NOW Northwest Region Director/Past President, Montana NOW [PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport]

The meeting adjourned at 8:20 pm.

Respectfully submitted by
Nel Ward

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes
Central Lincoln PUD
July 21, 2014

The meeting was called to order at 6:05 pm by Nancy Mead. Approximately 26 people attended.

Minutes: Minutes from the June 16, 2014 meeting were accepted.

Treasurer’s Report: With the absence of Michele Walters, Mead announced that the chapter has approximately $800.

Presentation: Aba Gayle and Randy Geer, members of Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, spoke about their path to believing that the death penalty should be abolished. Aba Gayle described her pain and recovery surrounding the murder of her 19-year-old daughter, and Geer discussed the murder of his father, a prison guard. One recommended alternative to the death penalty was allowing a convicted criminal sentenced with life without parole to choose death. Interesting conclusions: juries may be skewed because they will not be selected for juries if they don’t believe in the death penalty. “Closure is a dirty word” because there can never be closure. It is just the term that death penalty advocates use in argument for this sentence.

Old Business:

Report on 2014 NOW National Conference-Albuquerque June 27-29: Three local members attended the recent NOW conference. Nyla Jebousek praised the networking, especially for her daughter who plans to be active in California NOW. She attended the resolution committee to advocate for a change in Social Security requirements that a person be married to the same spouse for ten years before receiving that person’s Social Security after divorce. She described the event as “a rich environment for education. Janice Eisele agreed with Jebousek and commented that the resolution was well-received. Eisele expressed disappointment that such a large organization had such low representation. Mead commented on this way of meeting “incredible women who are doing things.”
State NOW July Board Meeting; Endorsement Process): Mead said that the recent state NOW board had no quorum because of the increase in numbers on the board. The bylaws will need to be changed to reflect the larger board in the matter of quorums. The state plans to make an endorsement in the Senate race if the selected candidate wishes to have a NOW endorsement. The board will send questionnaires to both Jeff Merkley and Monica Wehby. Only National NOW can endorse candidates for federal office. , though it is with the recommendation of the state chapter that has hopefully followed an interview process that verifies that candidate’s positions on matters important to NOW members. Nel Ward recommended that the state NOW organization reinstate a state PAC for the 2016 election.
ERA Update: Of approximately 170,000 signatures submitted, only about 118,000 were considered valid; 116,284 signatures were required as this is a constitutional amendment. Mead will be working with a committee to prepare the material for the Voters’ Pamphlet.
Project Homeless Connect, October 5: Tabled.

Recent Townhall Events with Rep. David Gomberg: Toledo mayor expressed concern about the slow railroad because of the importance of speed to Georgia Pacific. Toledo is also considering a sales tax. Ceasefire may wish to address the problem of guns in the state capitol. Rep. Gomberg expects the ERA ballot initiative to pass in the fall election.
Upcoming Fundraiser, Celebration of Women: This event will be in the lobby of the Newport Performing Arts Center at 4:30 pm on October 26 after the play Heidi’s Chronicles. Joseph Swafford will provide wine at cost that be sold by the glass; businesses will be asked to donate “chocolate” items for sale. Eisele reported that Central Coast Coffee is willing to donate that beverage. Other fund-raising activities will be a silent auction with donated items and services and individual and business donations for names in a brochure and on the NOW chapter’s website. Mead distributed a form for people to indicate places that might donate and their willingness to seek out these specific items/services.

Raffle: The raffle for a book donated by Alice Vachss and scarves donated by Dorothy Mack netted $44.

Committees:

Interface: Peace & Justice: Mead suggested that the local NOW chapter participate in the International Peace Day on September 20 at Newport High, perhaps sharing a table with Ceasefire. There will be no cost.
Diversity: Mead distributed copies of an excellent op-ed piece about the human rights crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing our borders in the News-Times by Virginia Gibbs. She announced that the Immigration Information Response Team will meet at 11:00 am on August 23 in the Centro de Ayuda facility at St. Stephens in Newport.
Ceasefire Oregon: Mead reported a good response at the table at the Newport Farmer’s Market.
Court Watch: Vachss announced an upcoming committee meeting at 2:00 pm on July 24 at Nel Ward’s house.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math): Eisele said that the committee was selecting four topics and preparing a one-hour “class” for each of these, complete with experts and activities. These would then be offered as a supplement to the afterschool program for middle-schoolers as well as any other interested groups.

Next Meeting: Involving Women in the Political Process – Former State Rep. and Lincoln County Commissioner Jean Cowan: August 18, 2014 @ t p.m., Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport.

The meeting adjourned at 8:25 pm.

Respectfully submitted by
Nel Ward

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes
Central Lincoln PUD
June 16, 2014


The meeting was called to order at 6:05 pm by Janice Eisele. Approximately 22 people attended.

Minutes: It was moved and seconded that minutes from the May 19, 2014 meeting, posted on the website, were accepted. Motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report (Michele Waters): The chapter has 46 members. The fundraiser of the movie Inequality for All at the Bijou on June 7 brought in $187, bringing the treasury to $734. There is money from 11 PayPal ticket purchasers to be added, and the raffle items, provided by Eisele, netted another $34.

Old Business:

Court Watch Committee Report: In the absence of the chair, Alice Vachss, Michele Walters made the report. Because several new people attending the meeting weren’t familiar with the project, she explained that the purpose of Court Watch is to make sure the justice system related to sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking is working through training people to observe cases. The program “gets the conversation going” and makes the system more transparent. At this time, two cases pertinent to Court Watch have been scheduled. The next meeting is June 19, 2014, 2:00 pm.
Ceasefire Oregon: Kate Madison discussed the ASK program (www.askforkids.org) that urges parents to asked about loaded, unlocked guns in the homes where their children go to play. This year’s national campaign begins on June 21. The newspaper has published four positive letters about gun sense in the News Times, and more are upcoming as well as a one-fourth-page ad about the ASK campaign. People are encouraged to submit their personal stories to the Ceasefire Facebook page and the newspaper. Four towns in Lincoln County have agreed to support the campaign, and the tabling at the Newport Farmers Market has elicited respectful discussion about the program, according to Diane Eckstein. People interested in volunteering for the Market should contact her at deckstein16@gmail.com. Ellen Bristow recommended http://www.dailykos.com/news/gunfail as a good source of information about deaths and injuries from guns.
STEM Committee Report: Janice Eisele reported on the science-oriented program for the afterschool program and the goal of sponsoring an all-girl Robotics team. Todd Williger had told Eisele that 4-H is interested in an all-girls team for Lego Robotics. Joyce Thompson Graham suggested supporting the younger groups because they have fewer sponsors. Eisele also explained that the STEM Committee will work on organizing STEM kits on four topics to be offered to schools and/or Joyce in the fall.
Project Homeless Connect: This event at the Church of the Nazarene on October 3 needs volunteers to help guide clients through the booths provided for homeless support. There was a discussion of the Anderson Cooper segment on 60 Minutes about the 100,000 Homes Campaign in over 235 cities, counties and states to house 100,000 homeless people. http://100khomes.org/

New Business:

Celebration of Women: Eisele invited people to join a committee to work on this fundraiser on October 26 at the Performing Arts Center. It was mentioned that October is also Domestic Violence Month. Nel Ward announced that Akia Woods has offered a new group of theater women to perform vignettes for the Celebration.

Book Discussion (Nel Ward, facilitator): Elizabeth Warren, A Fighting Chance

Discussion about the book emanated from these questions:

Is Warren’s book “just like” books from other politicians?
Does the book deal with women’s issues? If so, how?
Does the book show that Warren will be a presidential candidate?

Individuals lauded the book for its conversational style, thorough background, great information, authenticity, humor, and personal approach. Warren picked her battles and then stuck to her issues through indignation, not anger. Women in politics have to sacrifice a great deal as Barbara Roberts pointed out in her book.

Future book discussions:

Diane Eckstein talked about a monthly nonfiction book discussion group, Moving Train, with a progressive slant to encourage public awareness and discussion of contemporary progressive issues. The next meeting is scheduled for July 10 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Newport; the book is A Well Regulated Militia: The Founding Fathers and the Origins of Gun Control in America by Saul Cornell. On August 14, the group will discuss Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis.
The novel The Invention of Wings (Sue Monk Kidd)was recommended for a future NOW discussion.

The meeting adjourned at 7:47 pm.

Respectfully submitted by
Nel Ward

Central Oregon Coast NOW – May 19th 2014 Meeting Notes

COCNOW President, Nancy Mead called the meeting to order. Everyone introduced themselves.
Minutes from our March 17th meeting were approved. Treasurer reported that although our balance in the bank increased to $545.91 due to a rebate of $67.71 from National, there is an outstanding check to for payment for the” Inequality for All” movie.
Nancy discussed electing delegates for the 2014 NOW National Conference in Albuquerque June 27-29. Nancy and Janice Eisele are attending. Nyla Jebousek will be attending also. Nancy announced that she was also elected to the National Board for the NW Region. Congratulations, Nancy.
Nancy reported that the push is still on to gather signatures for the ERA petition. They were able to collect 300 signatures at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday.
Nancy asked those present if NOW should participate in the Project Homeless Connect in early October. Jamie Irwin described the good that it does and Nancy committed to look into what exactly might be needed from NOW.
Recent town hall events were discussed including the County Commissioners and Senator Arnie Roblan. Gatherings were small but that actually enabled better conversations. Arnie was asked about the five gun bills that didn’t make it through the session. Arnie explained that because of elections it was not surprising but expects at least the background check bill to be reintroduced in 2015 with a better chance of passing. Some COC NOW members attended a recent fundraiser at the Maritime Museum for Senator Jeff Merkley on May 3rd.
David Gomberg will be in Lincoln City, Newport and Waldport on May 27th:
• 10am to 11:30am at OCCC in Lincoln City
• 12:30pm to 2 pm at OCCC Community Room in Newport
• 2:30pm to 4 pm at OCCC Waldport
The raffle this month included two bottles of wine and a book and raised $34.
Upcoming fundraiser “Inequality of All” with Robert Reich will be held at the Bijou Theater in Lincoln City at 11 am on June 7th. Posters will be emailed to all for posting around the area. Invite all of your friends.
COCNOW will hold a “Celebrate Women” wine and chocolate fund raising activity on October 26th at 4:30 in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center in Newport following the Heidi Chronicles play. There will be a silent auction and a brochure with ads purchased by women owned businesses. A new committee was formed with Jamie Irwin, Dianne Eckstein and Dorothy Mack to plan this event.
Committee Reports:
Diversity: Kayleen Williams will be in contact with Virginia Gibbs to discuss the work of the Diversity Committee.

Interface: COC NOW President Nancy Mead is continuing to attend the Human Dignity and Peace and Justice Committee meetings. Cindy Jacobi also attended the most recent Peace & Justice Committee meeting. Peace and Justice will be having a peace event at Newport High School later in the year.
Gun Violence: Monica gave an extensive report on their Ceasefire groups activities over the last year. Although their initial meetings tended to be confrontational, establishing a conversational group has resulted in more productive conversations. In January the local group was voted in as an official chapter of Ceasefire known as Central Coast Ceasefire of Oregon. They have developed a strategic plan for the first four months of 2014. Ceasefire is in the process of asking local city mayors to issue a Ceasefire Proclamation. JUNE 3 @6 pm Ceasefire will brief the Depoe Bay City Council on the ASK Campaign and ask them to issue the Proclamation making June 21 the Day to ASK in Depoe Bay. Two handouts were shared and discussed – the first is ASK – Asking Saves Children which is intended to remove taboos and make it safe for parents to ask other parents if there are unlocked guns in their kid’s friend’s homes before they are allowed to visit. June 21st is National ASK Day and Ceasefire will be tabling at the Newport Farmers Market. The second handout shared was Shielding Families from Gun Violence which summaries Oregon Gun Laws (or lack thereof). Monica reported on a proposed gun buyback opportunity in August once they secure the DA and the Chief of Police’s approval. The sticking point is they must agree not prosecute any felons for turning in guns in their possession. Monica said anyone interested in joining the Central Coast Chapter of Ceasefire Oregon or being added to either the Chapter and/or the Statewide mailing list should tell Nancy Mead. Mailings are not duplicated nor are lists sold/traded with others.
Court Watch: Alice Vachss reported that although there have been no cases watched since the January training, progress has been made behind the scenes. The Lincoln County Circuit Court judges have agreed that their assistants can be contacted to confirm court dates for upcoming cases. Several watchers attended the DV Court held the first Monday of May in Judge Bachart’s courtroom. We learned more about how domestic violence cases are handled in Lincoln County. Once the watchers have been able to observe actual cases the intent will be to translate their observations into an ongoing public conversation.
STEM: Janice Eisele reported on STEM activities and progress during the last year. Initial plan was to identify women with STEM backgrounds who could act as role models, mentors, and/or tutors for girls to encourage them to pursue STEM activities and persist in STEM education and careers. The 21st Century grant received by local school districts allowed us to partner with Joyce Graham to help her identify volunteers for 21st Century STEM training/activities. Several contacts were made and forwarded on to Joyce. Two of our members are volunteering in the program. NOW was invited to participate in the STEM HUB project, collaborating with many local organizations to create a center for STEM education.

Janice suggested we vote on one of three books for discussion at next meeting: I Am Malala by M. Yousafzai, A Fighting Chance by E. Warren and My Beloved World by S. Sotomayor. We voted for E. Warren’s book.
Next meeting will be June 16th at 6pm in the Central Lincoln PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway. We will be discussing “A Fighting Chance” by E. Warren. Please come for the discussion even if you are unable to finish the book.

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

Central Lincoln PUD

March 17, 2014

The meeting was called to order at 6:11 pm by Nancy Mead.  Approximately 18 people attended.

Program: Virginia Gibbs, “U.S. Immigrants Policy: Devastating to Women and Children”; Gibbs’ book  Shattered Dreams will be published by Floricanto Press within the next few months.

Minutes: It was moved and seconded that minutes from the January 21, 2014 meeting, posted on the website, were accepted. Motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report (Michele Waters): The chapter has four new members since last month for a total of 47. There is $436 in the treasury. [The raffle of items donated by Nancy Mead and Cindi Jacobi added another $37. Nel Ward and Michele Walters won the raffle.]

Old Business: 

Ceasefire Meeting (Cindi Jacobi): The next meeting regarding gun legislation is Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at the PUD meeting room; the subject is the NRA. Jacobi also announced that the state universal background check for guns had failed in committee.

STEM Committee Report (Janice Eisele): The new grant for the 21st Century After Schools Program will provide a STEM focus. The four-year program has been far more successful than anticipated with 70 students enrolled. Eisele is meeting with a committee to strategize on how to make the program, now halfway through its first year, self-supporting at the end of the grant. Nancy Mead commended Eisele for her hard work, saying that the grant committee considers NOW an important component because of Eisele’s involvement. Gary Lehman commented on an article in The Oregonian about high school female student STEM achievers. Links: http://www.oregonlive.com/forest-grove/index.ssf/2014/03/banks_high_school_track_previe.html  http://www.oregonlive.com/forest-grove/index.ssf/2014/03/women_and_nerds_in_the_science.html

Court Watch Committee Report: In the absence of chair Alice Vachss, Nancy Mead announced the next meeting on March 20, 2014 at 2:00 pm.

Oregon Now Annual Meeting (Nancy Mead): Six COC NOW members attended the meeting on March 8. Nancy praised the women who reenergized the state chapter but expressed concern that everyone on the board was from the Portland area. Four people were re-elected to their current positions, and Nancy Mead was elected to the board with its expansion to eight members. One of her goals is more NOW chapters throughout the state. Eisele asked COC NOW members to be highly supportive of Mead’s role on the state board. The board now has seven people from the Portland area, and one member (Mead) from the rest of the state. Meeting issues:

Safe Streets: NOW supports providing undocumented immigrants with drivers’ cards so that they can get insurance, an issue on November’s ballot.

VoteERA: 22 states have ERA laws; it is vital that Oregon also pass a law ensuring equality for women, an issue on November’s ballot.

Deborah Kafoury: State NOW endorsed Kafoury for County Chair, Multnomah County Commission. Mead would like a greater focus on state-wide officer.

Bejewled (Cindi Jacobi): The event raised almost $28,000 for Food Share; remaining jewelry will be sold at a Lincoln City site. Another Food Share fundraiser, Chef’s Night Out, is at the Best Western in Newport on April 28, 2014.

International Women’s Day Bridge Walk for Peace (Cindi Jacobi): Approximately 12 people walked  over the bridge at noon on a blustery March 8.

Viewpoints in News Times (Nancy Mead): Three COC NOW members have had editorial viewpoints in the local newspaper—Mead (ERA) and Monica Kirk (gun control) on March 7 and Nel Ward (Affordable Care Act and raising the minimum wage) on March 14.

New Business: 

Abigail Scott Duniway Play: Nancy Mead met with author/presenter Barbara Callender and representatives of other organizations including AAUW, OCCC, and League of Women Voters to discuss raising almost $1,000 for the play to be presented in the Newport area in September or October 2014. There was also discussion of a Celebration of Women at that time, with or without the play, that could include a silent auction, wine-tasting/sales, and book signings by local women authors as a fundraiser.

Fundraising: A number of ideas were suggested, including showing Robert Reich’s new film, Inequality for All. Another suggestion was the 2011 documentary Miss Representation about the contributions of mainstream media to under-representation of women in leadership positions because of the media’s limited and frequently disparaging portrayals of women. The latter film costs about double ($750) of Reich’s film.

Announcements: 

Mead announced that April 8, 2014 is Equal Pay Day, the day to which women must work longer in order to earn as much as men earn in a single year.

On April 5 (noon) at the intersection of Highways 20 and 101, Immigration Information Response Team will hold a commemoration of the 2 million deportations of undocumented immigrants during the terms of President Barack Obama, far more than any other president. A sign-making meeting is scheduled on April 4 at 10:00 am (410 SW 9th Street, Newport). About 1200 detainees at the Tacoma Detention Center are holding a hunger strike to protest treatment in the center.

Gary Lehman suggested that a NOW member might want to write a letter about the plea deal given Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair that dropped the violence-related charges in exchange for his admission of guilt on several other less-serious counts. It was suggested that a letter be written including this information with the failed bill that would have moved sexual assault prosecutions of military members from the military to the civilian courts.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

Central Lincoln PUD

February 18, 2014 

The meeting was called to order at 6:11 pm by Janice Eisele.

Introductions: Approximately 7 people attended. Eisele suggested that each person find a new member for the chapter.

Minutes: It was moved and seconded that minutes from the January 21, 2014 meeting, posted on the website, were accepted.  Motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report: Michele Walters announced that the chapter had collected $984.31 in its first year. Twenty-seven people had joined through the chapter, which now has about 30 to 35 members.  The chapter has $406.20 in the bank.

Old Business: 

Equal Rights Amendment Petitions: Nyla Jebousek asked about the deadline for the petition and the number of signatures already gathered. There will be a report at the next meeting. People made suggestions about different venues for gathering signatures including Writers on the Edge, PAC and VAC events, Senior Center, city council meetings, and the Newport Recreation Center. Information about events can also be obtained from the regular list distributed through email by Joanne Cvar.  For more information, to volunteer and/or donate and to sign the petition got to VoteERA.org

STEM Committee Report: Eisele reported that Joyce Graham, project manager for 21st Century Schools, appreciated the posters asking for volunteers and that Graham had received ten responses. There is also a need for volunteers for Marine Science Day on April 12. COC NOW is also a part of a large coalition writing a federal grant for after-school STEM programs. Judy Bowman-Kreitmeyer announced that Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) had publicly presented a U.S. flag flown over the capitol to Teri Kimberling for her work as STEAM director for the Taft Elementary School after-school program in Lincoln City. http://lincolncountydispatch.com/index.php/news/item/1315-merkley-talks-jobs-economy-in-lincoln-city/1315-merkley-talks-jobs-economy-in-lincoln-city

Court Watch Committee Report: In the absence of chair Alice Vachss, Walters announced that Vachss had purchased advertising in the Newport High School yearbook with the quotation, “Justice doesn’t happen unless someone is watching.” Vachss will also meet with the Lincoln County Court Administrator regarding scheduling of trials to obtain more timely knowledge of scheduling. The purpose is to keep lines of communication open and have lead time to notify people.

Diversity Committee Report: Tabled until the next meeting.

Celebration of Women: Nel Ward described the annual event that COC NOW held during the late 1980s and 1990s at the PAC with presentations and silent auctions. It has been suggested that the chapter renew the tradition in October, possibly with a one-person presentation about Abigail Scott Duniway, the woman behind bringing women’s suffrage to Oregon on November 5, 1912. [See New Business]

Fundraising: My Sisters Place will be showing short movies for a fundraising; COC NOW may need to develop ideas other than raising funds at movie-showings.

New Business: 

Abigail Scott Duniway Play: Nancy Mead will be meeting with Ruth Kistler, League of Women Voters, and Cindy Carlson, OCCC, to coordinate funding for Barbara Callander and Toni Douglass to present the 90-minute “Scott Free” about the famous Oregon women’s rights activist. It was suggested that this be held in October in conjunction with the fall election.

Bridge Walk for Peace: It was suggested that this event be on March 8 in connection with International Women’s Day.

Raffle: The raffle for six books netted $10. Nancy Mead will provide next month’s raffle items. The chapter is also asking for future donations. 

Program: 

Book Discussion:  Shortchanged:  Why Women Have Less Wealth and What Can Be Done About It by Mariko Lin Chang

The spirited discussion about how women have far less net worth than men began with Jebousek’s statement that she wanted to give the book to her daughter who works with women getting out of prison. As Walters said, “I knew all the pieces, but the book put it all together.” The book is one of “economic self-defense,” not a rant but well-supported research that made Chang’s arguments highly credible. Jebousek described how “gender stereotyping was another nail in my financial coffin.” From childhood, women see “marriage as the holy grail.” Recommendations: young people must be educated about the way things in the book can be changed; teachers must be educated; mentoring is a way that young women can understand the issues of net worth; and people in the chapter should encourage the state legislature to approve free tuition at community colleges. It was suggested that further recommendations be explored at future COC NOW meetings.

Announcements:Bowman-Kreitmeyer announced that state Rep. David Gomberg and Sen. Arnie Roblan would be online at the Oregon Coast Community College the next night at 6:00 pm. She urged people to participate and find others who would also attend.

Adjournment:The meeting was adjourned at 7:55 pm.

Next Meeting: Monday, March 17, 2014, 6:00 pm: Central Lincoln PUD Meeting Room, 2129 N. Coast Highway, Newport.

Virginia Gibbs, Professor Emeriti of Hispanic Language and Culture, will present “U.S. Immigration Policy: Devastating to Women and Children.” She will read excerpts from her third book, Shattered Dreams: The Story of an Historic ICE Raid in the Words of the Detainees.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

Rogue Ale Brewpub – South Beach

January 21, 2014

The meeting was a dinner celebration of COCNOW’s first anniversary in December 2013.

After dinner at 6:00 pm, Chair Nancy Mead called the meeting to order at 7:15 pm and announced the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, legalizing abortion in the United States, on the next day. She also described COCNOW’s accomplishments of the past year.

Introductions: Approximately 19 people attended.

Minutes: It was moved and seconded that minutes from the November 18, 2013 meeting, posted on the website, be accepted. Motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Michele Walters announced that OCCNOW has a balance of $351.60.

The NOW calendar is on the chapter’s website (http://centraloregoncoastnow.com/), Mead recommended that the community develop a general progressive calendar to help prevent conflicting times for meetings. A suggestion was to send dates to Dave at News Lincoln County. Sheila Swinford talked about Sea Salt, an organization that started with opposition to logging and then expanded into other issues. The nation-wide group has 36 chapters in Oregon but not one in Lincoln County yet.

New Business 

  • Stem Committee, Janice Eisele: Walters has prepared a flyer soliciting women with STEM careers as publicity to bring volunteers to the 21st Century Program; flyers can be put on the website, at Hatfield, and at the coop.
  • Courtwatch Committee, Alice Vachss: The committee has had a training session for a small number of good volunteers and will be going into the courtrooms soon for observations. Vachss thanked Walters for her work in putting together the training materials.
  • Human Dignity Coalition meeting, Virginia Gibbs: With 15 participating groups, the coalition is planning a presentation. A meeting is scheduled the following day at Kid Zone in Depoe Bay.
  • Ceasefire Oregon, Cynthia Jacobi and Dianne Eckstein: The county Democratic Party plans a meeting regarding universal background checks on January 22. It was suggested that Sen. Arnie Roblan be contacted regarding support for this potential bill in the legislative session beginning in February. Cynthia Jacobi announced that she would be having a meeting to elicit discussions from both sides of the gun control issue for the purpose of finding common ground.   Jeanne St.John will discuss the value of the school district’s anti-bully program because 70 percent of shooters have been bullied.  Nel Ward suggested that the new chapter of Ceasefire Oregon in the county develop a website similar to the one that COCNOW has.
  • VoteERA.org, Nancy Mead: The organization is circulating petitions. On January 20, 2014, people collected signatures at the Martin Luther King Day observation in Portland that included other groups such as Moms Demand Action and Marriage Equality. Locally Walmart would make a good location for collecting signatures. Mead said that passing an equal rights initiative in Oregon would move the federal government toward passing one for all states; not doing so would set the movement back.
  • One Billion Rising (February 14): My Sisters’ Place will have this event at the Newport High School basketball game halftime and include participation from the cheerleaders.
  • February Meeting, Janice Eisele: Nel Ward will lead a book discussion about Shortchanged: Why Women Have Less Wealth and What Can Be Done about It by Mariko Lin Chang.
  • Bejeweled, Cindy Jacobi: People are encouraged to donate any jewelry whether broken or not. The benefits of the event, held this year at the Shilo on February 8, will go to Food Share. Donations can be taken to the Newport Chamber of Commerce, Nye Beach Bead Shop, and Food Share.
  • T-Shirts/Sweatshirts, Judy Bowman: Bowman distributed shirts to people who had previously ordered them. 

Announcements: PFLAG announced PFLAG’s ”Love Is Love” on February 9, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at OCCC in South Beach.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 pm. 

Next Meeting:

February 18, 2014, 6:00 pm: Central Lincoln PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport  Topic: Book discussion of Shortchanged: Why Women Have Less Wealth and What Can Be Done about It by Mariko Lin Chang.

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes
Central Lincoln PUD Meeting Room
November 18, 2013 6:00 pm

The meeting was called to order by Nancy Mead. Introductions were made prior to Rep. David Gomberg discussing the 2013 Legislative Session and providing hints for working with the Legislature.
Gomberg provided some interesting background and information on Lincoln County. 22% are over 65, 2/3 of our kids have subsidized meals, 10% of our population are homeless and 1/3 live below the poverty level. Gomberg talked about accomplishments in 2013 that he was proud of such as a good Education Bill which helps community colleges and establishes SBA centers because small businesses support our economy. He continues to work for tax reductions for small businesses since Big Business rates are 7% while Small Business rates are 9%.
If we want to be better citizen lobbyists Gomberg’s advice was to come to Salem to see him when the legislature is in session. The worst way is participate in blanket emails since they have to identify which are from constituents. The hardest to respond to are hand written letters. Gomberg discussed what happened to the various women’s issues in the regular session. Gomberg also introduced his new legislative aide Kyle Linhares.
In addition, Leanne DiLorenzo, the Founder and Board Chair of VoteERA.org discussed the efforts to get an Equal Rights Amendment in the Oregon Constitution. The goal is to ensure that the Oregon Constitution provides for full equality of women and men. To that end a campaign is being launched to gather the signatures to get the measure on the ballot in November 2014. Information is available at voteERA.org. The deadlines are daunting as more than 116,000 signatures need to be collected in the next few months. DiLorenzo also believes that having both the Marriage Equality and ERA measures on the same ballot will be synergistic because more will be inclined to vote and those that will vote in favor of one are likely to vote in favor of the other. Both measures should benefit.
Old Business
Minutes from last month’s were approved.

Treasurer’s report: Michele Walters reported that COCNOW deposited a small rebate this month and paid the annual Corporation dues of $50 to the State. As a result our assets decreased by about $20.

Human Dignity Coalition – Virginia Gibbs reported on the most recent meeting of the Human Dignity Coalition and also reported that the Immigration Information Response Team (IIRT), a member of the Human Dignity Coalition, hosts informative films focusing on immigration issues and education. Harvest of Empire was shown at the VAC on Nov. 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Ceasefire – Cindy Jacobi reported that the group is supporting expanding background checks for all sellers not just limiting it to those who sell more than 24 guns or are registered with the government as sellers. Specifically any gun sold by any means, gun show, internet, etc. must go through a background check. The only exception is an exchange between family members.

New Business

Committee Reports:
Court Watch – Alice Vachss reported that we continue to move forward in developing Court Watch. Next meeting is at Nel Wards on Dec. 19th at 2 pm. Michele Walters will be observing the Mendibles sexual assault trial in Newport in preparation for our first training in January.

STEM – Janice Eisele updated the progress made at last STEM meeting. We are working on a newspaper article to invite women in STEM to act as volunteers or tutors in partnership with Joyce Graham. Next meeting is Monday, Dec 16th at 1:30 at Michele’s house in Depoe Bay.

Affirmative Action/Diversity Committee – has not met yet.

Fund Raising Committee – The committee reviewed some ideas for raising money. The first was to bring an item of some value (such as a bottle of wine or a book) to each meeting for a raffle. Raffle tickets would be $1 each. To get this started in 2014 we will need donations. The second idea was to auction a service such as grocery shopping or walking the dogs, etc. It was agreed that this idea needs some more thought and careful development. It will be discussed at our next meeting.

Volunteers are still needed:
Fund Raising Committee chaired by Treasurer – please contact Michele Walters with fund raising ideas or to volunteer to help.
Affirmative Action/Diversity Committee – contact Nancy Mead if interested

Still looking for a volunteer to chair the One Billion Rising celebration to be held somewhere in Newport on Feb 14th, 2014.

Orders were taken for t-shirts/sweatshirts to be ordered in December. Emails will be sent to members not attending this meeting to ensure everyone knows about the order.

Announcements:
Next meeting will be in January 2014 and is being planned as a social event – perhaps going out to dinner or having a potluck. More information will follow. There will be no meeting in December.

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes
Neighbors for Kids (Kids Zone), Depoe Bay, OR
October 21, 2013

The meeting was called to order by Nancy Mead. Introductions were done prior to the Neighbors for Kids presentation. Perhaps because of the location in Depoe Bay there were only nine members present for this meeting.

Neighbors for Kids Presentation:
Board Member Byron Lewis presented the history of Neighbor for Kids (Kids Zone) and the role that grants and volunteers play in its success. In addition to the school year program Kids Zone has a 9 week summer program. Kids Zone is one of the participants in the LCSD OCEAN 21st Century STEAM (STEM plus Art) After School Program. This program primarily supports busing the kids to and from their schools to Kids Zone which allows more children to be served. After the presentation we were taken on a tour of the facility by Neighbors for Kids Board President Bob Houston.

After the tour, Joyce Graham talked about the role of the LCSD OCEAN 21st Century grant in the six locations – Taft, Newport Intermediate School, Siletz Valley Carter School, Toledo Elementary and Crestview Heights School and Seashore Family Literacy and of course, Kids Zone.
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Old Business
Minutes from last month’s were approved.

Michele gave the Treasurers report: COCNOW has processed 23 new members during the first 10 months of operation. Those dues plus rebates from National for those joining online minus our expenses and the portion of locally processed dues owed to National left us with a balance of about $400.

Judy Bowman shared the samples for T-shirts and sweatshirt that will be available for order and those present discussed style and color options. These shirts are made in the USA and are being printed in Portland by a woman owned shop. Judy will bring the samples to the next meeting so that orders can be taken.

Human Dignity Coalition Potluck (Interface Committee) – Nancy Mead attended the Potluck, as a representative of NOW. Other attendees included representatives of PFLAG, the Siletz Tribe, Immigration Information Response Team (IIRT), Neighbors for Kids, Interfaith Community for Peace & Justice, Health Care for All Oregon, Cascades West Area Agency on Aging Senior & Disability Services, and others. We plan to meet every 2 – 3 months for networking and work on ways our various organizations can support each other. For its part in the “potluck” the Siletz Tribe served wonderful salmon.

New Business

Committee Reports:
Court Watch – Alice Vachss reported that we are gearing up to become a presence in the community. Nest meeting is at Nel Ward’s on Friday October 25th.

STEM – Janice Eisele updated the progress made at last STEM meeting. We continue to look for more women in STEM to act as volunteers or tutors to work in partnership with Joyce Graham. Next meeting is Thurs. Oct 31st at 1:30 at Coast Roast Coffee in the Salishan Marketplace.

Affirmative Action/Diversity Committee – has not met yet

Elections – Attending members voted to accept the slate of candidates for our NOW Chapter 2014 Board. Officers on the board are Nancy Mead – President, Janice Eisele – Vice President, Nel Ward – Secretary and Michele Walters – Treasurer.

Volunteers are still needed on all committees (if you do not have contact information for people listed email centraloregoncoastnow@gmail.com):
Fund Raising Committee chaired by Treasurer – please contact Michele Walters with fund raising ideas or to volunteer to help.
Affirmative Action/Diversity Committee – contact Nancy Mead if interested
Court Watch – Contact Alice Vachss
STEM – Contact Jan Eisele

Looking for a volunteer to chair the One Billion Rising celebration to be held somewhere in Newport on Feb 14th, 2014 . Terrie Woodd and Amy Clou worked with My Sister’s Place to put this event on in 2013. They are willing to help anyone who takes this on. It is important that there be a One Billion Rising event in Newport in 2014 (On 14 February 2013, one billion people in 207 countries rose and danced to demand an end to violence against women and girls).

Announcements:
Oregon Says I Do is holding Marriage Equality house parties at Ineka Estabrook’s on Oct 26th at 6 p.m. and at Nel Ward and Sue Hardesty’s on Nov 3rd at 2 p.m.. Everyone is invited.
Alice Vachss announced that members should bring jewelry to next meeting to donate to “Bejeweled” a benefit held at the Shilo Hotel in February for Food Share. You can even donate broken jewelry because there are jewelers who will fix it.
Next meeting is Monday, November 18th at 6:00 pm at the Central Lincoln PUD Meeting Room,
2129 North Coast Highway, Newport. The topic: 2013 Legislative Session and Hints for Working with the Legislature. Speaker will be Rep. David Gomberg.

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes
Central Lincoln PUD
September 16, 2013

Meeting called to order by Nancy Mead. Introductions were done prior to the panel discussion.

Panel Discussion – LGBT 101 – What You Always Wanted to Know But Didn’t Know Who to Ask (about Lesbian, Gay. Bisexual and Transgender people)– panel members included Jeanne St. John, Brent Burford, Lisa Gray, Ineka Estabrook, Mia Estabrook, McKenzie Figuracion, Nel Ward, and Rhonda Jantzen.
Many great handouts were shared including a pretest to check for understanding, a LGBT 101 primer, a PFLAG brochure, What Research Says About Bullying and LGBT Teens and one describing what the LGBT community wants to affirm. This is the 5th anniversary of the founding of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). Using the GenderBender Person handout panel members discussed their gender identity, gender expression, biological sex and sexual orientation. Nel W. shared a handout of QuiltBag sources for suggested readings and websites.

Old Business
Minutes from last month’s were approved.
Treasurer reported that COCNOW has about $240 in the bank at this time.
Nancy Mead reported on progress of Oregon Says I Do campaign. Collecting signatures started out faster than anticipated and about 80,000 have been collected to date. Still need additional signatures.

Committee Reports:
Court Watch – Alice Vachss reported that the response to her requests for meetings with law professionals to gather statistics on what is actually happening in reported DVSAS cases has been less than stellar. Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda was very generous with his time and give good suggestions. Sheriff Dotson declined to meet with us. We are not giving up on this idea though. We will be looking for volunteers to observe actual cases like traditional Court Watch process in the meantime. We need to start being a presence in the community.

STEM – Janice Eisele updated the progress made at the last STEM meeting with Joyce Graham who is coordinating the Lincoln County State Grant for 21st Century Afterschool STEM education. She is also looking for women in STEM to act as volunteers or tutors. Next meeting is Thurs. Sept 26th at Michele Walters’ house.

Interface – Nancy Mead reported on the Oregon Says I Do joint celebration with PLFLAG, NOW, and Democratic Party on August 28th. About 10 people were trained to collect signatures.

Human Dignity Coalition – Nancy will attend a meeting of the Coalition on September 23, 2013.

Nominating Committee – Nyla Jebousek reported on the slate of candidates for 2014: Nancy Mead for President, Janice Eisele for Vice President, Michele Walters for Treasurer and Nel Ward for Secretary.
Self nominations are encouraged. The only requirement is that you must be a member for 60 days prior to taking office to be eligible to run. Elections will be held at the October 21 meeting.
By-Laws and Operating Rules – Attending members voted to accept both the By-Laws and Operating Rules for our NOW Chapter.

New Business
Volunteers are still needed for two new standing committees:
Fund Raising Committee chaired by Treasurer – Janice Eisele volunteered. Judith Bowman is looking into t-shirts sales. An interest in using local business, woman owned, etc. was discussed.
Affirmative Action/Diversity Committee – Kayleen Williams & Virginia Gibbs volunteered to work be on that committee
Gun Responsibility Committee – meeting to be held on Sept 19th to determine future direction. Nyla Jebousek suggested that it would be good to have statistics for the relation of DV cases and guns present
Announcements:
Nel Ward described an email she received about lights on a US map of mayors who are supporting marriage equality. It would be nice to have lights in OR. The suggestion was made to contact mayors through the Association of Mayors to determine if it is possible.
Gary Lahman announced that the IHN-CCO( Intercommunity Health Network-Coordinated Care Organization) is holding a public meeting in the County Commissioners Room at 5:30 on Sept 19th to discuss Medicaid funding issues across the three counties (Benton, Lincoln and Linn). The concern is that there will only be quarterly public meetings going forward.
Oregon Says I Do is holding house parties at Ineka Estabrook’s on Oct 26th at 6 p.m. and at Nel Ward’s on Nov 2nd at 2 p.m.
Interfaith Community for Peace and Justice – Gilbert Schraumm will speak on Peace in the Middle East – What We Can Do: a community Forum on Friday Sept 20th at St. Stephen’s Church at 7 p.m.
Nancy shared the process to become a new member of our chapter. New members should send their application and checks to the Depoe Bay PO Box 354 on the application form so that our chapter gets a share of the dues. Renewals can be done on line.
Next meeting is Monday, October 21st at 6:30 pm at the Kids Zone (Neighbors for Kids), 630 SE Highway 101, Depoe Bay (on the south end of Depoe Bay next to the Shell gas station).

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes
Central Lincoln PUD, Newport, Oregon
August 19, 2013

Meeting called to order by Nancy Mead; started late because of accident on 101 at Beverly Beach.

Speaker: Strengthening & Enhancing Social Security and Medicare by James McCarthy, AARP volunteer
McCarthy presented the current state of Social Security and Medicare as well as suggestions that have been made to enhance them. This is important to women because we rely on SS more than men and receive less on average – overall US average annual benefit is $14,700 of which men receive $17,000 and women 13,000. This is primarily a result of lower lifetime earnings. Both Social Security and Medicare are in trouble although Medicare is in worse shape. It is predicted to have a shortfall by 2025.
Interesting to note that 1/6 of all Oregonians are on Medicare. AARP is encouraging us to provide feedback on our preferences by going to the www.earnedasay.org website

After the presentation, everyone introduced themselves sharing why they attend the chapter meetings.

Nancy mentioned that this month is the 78th Anniversary of the signing of Social Security into law. It is also the 93rd Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment and the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. There are celebrations in Washington, DC.

Old Business
Minutes from last month’s were approved.
Treasurer reported that COCNOW has about $220 in the bank at this time.

Committee Reports:
Court Watch – Nancy reported for Alice that they had a productive meeting to flesh out the approaches being pursued, and decided not only have a traditional Court Watch with women observing actual DV/SAS cases but also gather and share statistics on what is actually happening in reported cases.
STEM – Jan Eisele updated the progress made at last STEM meeting. Next meeting is Thurs Aug 29th at Amanda La Pine’s.
Interface – Nancy reported on meeting with Human Dignity Coalition
By-Laws and Operating Rules – Nancy has posting the updated By-Laws and new Operating Rules on the website. Please read them prior to the next meeting. All current members attending will be asked to vote to accept both of these for our NOW Chapter.

New Business
Volunteers are needed for two new standing committees:
• Fund Raising Committee to be chaired by the Treasurer (Michele Walters)
• Affirmative Action/Diversity Committee
A Nominating Committee was established to develop a slate for elections for next year’s officers. Sheri Ambrose and Nyla Jebousek volunteered to address this need. Elections will be held at the October meeting.
Members agreed that our chapter should partner with the local MoveOn group to support Mayors Against Illegal Guns. This bill was introduced by King and Thompson to require background checks for all guns sales in commercial settings . It has 184 co-sponsors ( 178 Democrats and 6 Republicans). A meeting with MoveOn will be held on Sept 19th at 6:30 p.m. in the Central Lincoln PUD meeting room.
Announcements:
KYAQ is looking for a couple of volunteers who want to regularly field press releases in email and turn them into what you see on the KYAQ news website. It is not difficult but requires some training, good judgment and the ability to work in “the cloud.”
Oregon Says I Do – joint celebration with PFLAG, NOW and Democratic Party on August 28th at 7 pm in Central PUD Meeting room. Important that NOW have a good attendance to show support.
Nancy shared the process to become a member of our chapter. Application is available online at our website: www.centraloregoncoastnow.org. Please complete and mail application to Central Oregon Coast NOW, PO Box 354, Depoe Bay, OR 97341. Membership fee includes, National, State, and our local chapter.
Next meeting is Monday September 16th at 6 pm in Central Lincoln PUD Meeting room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport. Topic: LGBT 101 panel discussion with Jeanne St. John, Nel Ward and others.

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes
Central Lincoln PUD
July 15, 2013 
 

16 people present.

Meeting called to order at 6:06 by Acting President Nancy Campbell Mead

Alan Searle from “FireBear” a 501(c)3 Non Profit whose charter is focused on community education presented a short history and progress towards establishing KYAQ 91.7 FM Lincoln County’s new public radio station. Its purpose is to be a forum for community news and information that can find few outlets here locally. It is slated for startup Jan 2014. They are operating under a 3 yr construction permit. Currently they are fundraising to reach their $50,000 goal. They do have funds to match small donations. Their contact info is project@KYAQ.org.

Old Business:

Minutes were approved for May 20th meeting.

Treasurer reported we have $200.25 in the bank.

Nancy presented highlights of the National NOW meeting she attended in Chicago. Speakers, Walmart protest and workshops were energizing.  Need to get the ERA passed was one of the topics.  NOW passed a Resolution that if a candidate does not support the ERA the candidate will not be endorsed by or receive campaign donations from the NOW PAC.

Nancy asked whether our chapter will support Health Care for All Oregon (HCAO).  After some discussion it was decided that all agree that single payer government supplied health coverage is a worthy goal but that more information is needed to confirm HCAO’s position on Women’s health care issues (abortion, etc.).  Amanda Le Pine agreed to write the organization to get more information.  Sheila Swinford will also make some contacts within the organization and do research on HCAO’s  priorities.

New Business:

NOW’s National Action Campaign will focus on two issues for the 2013-2014:

  1. Marriage Equality
  2.  Breaking the Social Security Glass Ceiling.

There will be a Social Security NOW Webinar for NOW leaders on July 24th at 7pm that Nancy will participate in.

Marriage Equality in Oregon will be holding a petition signing kickoff/training with PFLAG, Democratic Party and others on [at 7 p.m. on]  August 28th in PUD Meeting Room. Details to follow.  It is important that as many of us who can be at this important meeting.  To get Marriage Equality on the November 2014 ballot we will need to get 116,284 valid signatures.

Our chapter voted unanimously to join the Coalition for Oregon United for Marriage Equality.  Nancy is submitting a Viewpoint “Op Ed” to the Newport News Times supporting Marriage Equality in Oregon.

August 26th is Women’s Equality Day (the anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote); Nel Ward will write a Viewpoint “Op Ed” for the Newport News Times.

Committee reports:

STEM: Janice Eisele (Chair), Judy Bowman, Amanda Le Pine, Cynthia Jacobi, Nancy Mead, and Michele Walters

Committee agreed upon three focuses:

  1. Awareness – Increasing girls’ awareness of      STEM activities, fields of study, careers.
  2. Achievement – closing the gap in science and math      achievement in middle and high school.
  3. Possibility – supporting a      growth in girls’ self-esteem and sense of the possibility of girls’      success in STEM activities, careers.

The STEM committee will work with the schools to decide what activities COC NOW can work on that will promote these three focuses.

Court Watch: Alice Vachss (Chair), Nel Ward, Amy Cloe, Michele Walters, Jane Cothron and Nancy Mead

Committee is looking at four areas:

  1. Planning
  2. Implementation
  3. Outreach
  4. Actual court watching

Alice has established an email address to connect interested parties:  courtwatch@tealpub.com

ByLaws – Nancy Mead (Chair), Michele Walters, Nyla Jebousek, Amanda Le Pine and Nel Ward

The ByLaws Committee is virtually connected and beginning to do the work needed.

Terri Woodd facilitated a brainstorming session to determine our chapter’s focus for 2013-14.

Once possible issues were identified they were discussed and organized into like categories.

Some issues are being addressed by individual actions currently underway such as bullying and education in schools, and marriage equality.

Major categories included the current STEM and Court Watch committees plus two new ones: Interface and Women’s Health Issues (accessibility and universality). Amanda La Pine volunteered for the later.

Nyla Jebousek agreed to let us know if help was needed in her efforts to work on issues of Aging, seniors and disabled issues.

It was agreed that Court Watch will include all issues of violence against women such as domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, etc. and in addition will report on training offered to police. 

Interface (aka: community outreach) – Nancy Mead and Rhonda Jantzen

Purpose: will interface COC NOW with other groups taking a lead role and COC NOW will provide support when needed in such areas as:

  • Immigration
  • ERA
  • Marriage Equality

Suggestion for future meeting: invite all local media to discuss the best ways to interface with the community.

The next meeting is August 19th at 6 pm in PUD meeting room 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport. Topic with be “Enhancing Social Security” presented by an AARP representative.

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes
Central Lincoln PUD
May 20, 2013  

The meeting was called to order at 6:06 pm by Nancy Mead.

Introductions: Approximately 22 people attended.

Minutes: It was moved and seconded that minutes from the April 8, 2013 meeting, posted on the website, were accepted. Motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report: The treasurer was not present. Mead announced that OCC NOW has a balance of between $150 and $200.

Program: Health Care for All – Gary Lahman, Oregon (HCAO) spokesperson for Newport presented the 27-minute film The Health Care Movie and discussed HCAO’s proposal for single-payer health care and what it would mean for Oregon, including Oregon’s women and children. The film presented early opposition to single-payer health care in Canada during the 1960s and the high level of satisfaction after 50 years. Health care in Canada requires 11 percent of the economy whereas in the United States the amount is 18 percent.  The United States’ health care cost is over $7,000 per capita; Canada’s cost is a little more than half that much. The discussion following the film-showing concentrated on HCAO’s plan to support a single-payer law in Oregon, either through the legislature or ballot initiative in 2017. Currently Vermont is the only state that has passed a single-payer plan, but its implementation may be delayed until 2017 because of the U.S. Affordable Care Act. OCC NOW will decide in July about being a supporting group for HCAO.

Old Business:     Family Forward Oregon’s May 8 Mother’s Day of Action: Judy Bowman and Nancy Mead attended and talked to legislators about the importance of passing such bills as paid sick leave. Human Dignity Coalition: Jeanne St.John described the new organization of progressive groups as a coalition of communication.
State NOW Meeting, April 14, 2013: No one from CCC NOW chapter was able to attend, and no information about it has been provided to the local chapters.

New Business   My Sister’s Place paper towel & toilet paper drive: Jamie Irwin talked about the 33-year-old Lincoln County organization that offers shelter and other assistance for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and dating abuse. She distributed brochures and thanked those attending the meeting for their contributions.
National NOW Convention, July 5 – 7, Chicago: Nancy Mead was elected as the delegate.
STEM Job Fair – 2014: Janice Eisele talked about the need for more committee members. Jamie Irwin, Amanda Le Pine, and Cynthia Jacobi volunteered; Alice Vachss offered to send names of other potentially-interested parties. Amanda Le Pine announced the opening of Oregon’s first medical school in over a century at Lebanon on July 31, and Nel Ward suggested that librarians might be part of the fair. The committee will determine its date, scope, and place.

Bylaws Committee: Committee members are Nancy Mead, Nyla Jebousek, Amanda Le Pine, Michele Walters, and Nel Ward.   Announcements: Gary Lahman announced that a group has begun to collect signatures for a ballot initiative that would constitutionally bar state funding for abortion. [Note: The petition must obtain 116,284 valid signatures for the initiative to be put on the 2014 ballot. A similar 2012 attempt failed. Oregon is the only state that has not enacted any abortion restrictions following the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 and one of 17 states that broadly provide Medicaid funding for abortions.)

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 7:55 pm.

Next Meeting:   July 15, 2013, 6:00 pm: Central Lincoln PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

Central Lincoln PUD

April 8, 2013 

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm by Michele Walters. 

Minutes: It was moved and seconded that minutes from the March 11, 2013 meeting, posted on the website, were accepted. Motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report: OCC NOW has a balance of $122.50 with a new member added before the meeting. This will add $20 to the balance. 

Old Business:   

  • April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Cynthia Jacobi announced that OCC NOW is commemorating SAA Month with the meeting’s panel.
  • Courtwatch: Michele Walters announced that she had distributed materials for comment. Nel Ward added that Mary Zelinka, Advocacy Services Manager at the Corvallis Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence, would be sending their materials.
  • Women’s Health Day (Salem, March 14): Judy Bowman attended and posted photos on Facebook.
  • Siletz Care SAAM 1st annual 5k Fun Run/Walk (Siletz, April 20, 8:00 am):  Kelley Ellis announced registration is at https://www.coasthillsevents.com/signup/event.asp?eventid=4 ; crafts and food will be at the event, and dogs are encouraged to attend.
  • STEM Job Fair (Mary 2014): Janice Eisele asked for a co-chair from Lincoln County and other members for an organization committee.
  • Meeting Date/Time Change: The meetings have been changed to the third Monday of the month starting at 6:00 pm. 

New Business 

  • State NOW Meeting (Portland, April 14, 12:30 pm) Nancy Mead will attend. She can be contacted for carpooling.

Announcements: 

  • Teri Woodd announced that she had filed to be a candidate for the Lincoln County School Board in the seat that Jean Turner had vacated. 

Panel/Discussion: Effects of Bullying, Sexual Harassment & Dating Violence in our Schools

Moderator: Cynthia Jacobi

Speakers: 

  • Ø Jordan Ostrum –President, Newport High School Gay/Straight Alliance
  • Ø Erin Richie –News Times intern/Newport High School sophomore
  • Ø Majalise Tolan – Principal, Newport Intermediate & Isaac Newton Middle Schools; certified Olweus Bully Prevention Program Trainer.
  • Ø Jeanne St. John –Volunteer, LCSD’s Crisis Response & Bully Prevention teams; Co-chair, local PFLAG chapter

In answer to Jacobi’s question about what is being taught about sexual harassment and what changes are being made, Richie talked about her freshmen health class. Ostrum brought up the need for a change in methods of teaching because his class was primarily filling in worksheets with no discussion. They were both concerned about the frequent use of the word “rape”; Tolan said that the use of this word has replaced “gay” in conversation. The two high school students also said that cyberbullying at Newport High School is less apparent after cell phone use was prevented in class. They also talked about the earlier predominance of bully and rape jokes at Newport Prep Academy.

Tolan discussed the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program at length, citing the improvement of student and parent attitude at the two schools where she is the principal. A handout described the program.

St.John stated that the state laws mandate reporting and that the school district is collecting data on date violence in addition to state requirements. She distributed a handout abstracting a few statistics from the Oregon Health/Wellness Survey to show how Lincoln County School District students differ from state percentages in harassment, sexual intercourse, and LGBT status. She recommends that LGBT issues be integrated into the school bullying policy, workshops, and entire school curriculum and discussed a report from Ostrum on how the third item could be done. With Ostrum, St.John has also conducted a series of “Gay 101” workshops for district staff.

Another issue that both Richie and Ostrum addressed was the message of speaker Brad Henning at Newport High School, who addressed the student body twice during the past four years, because of his highly sexist statements and pejorative comments about girls who had sexual intercourse, frequently referring to them as “sluts.”  http://www.bradhenning.com/index.html

Concerns:

  • No available district reports regarding bullying in schools because of de-centralization in district.
  • Panel represented only Newport with no information about other schools.
  • Many people unaware of district anti-bullying policy either because schools do not provide information to parents or community members are not connected to schools through children.

Solutions:

  • St.John will look into reporting across the district.
  • Current district anti-bullying policy, currently undergoing revision, can be posted on OCC NOW blog for comment from readers.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 pm. 

Next Meeting:

May 20, 6:00 pm, Central Lincoln PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport, OR.

Topic:  “Health Care for All – Oregon,” film/discussion (Gary Lahman)

Respectfully submitted by

Nel Ward

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Minutes

Central Lincoln PUD

March 11, 2013

The meeting was called to order at 7 pm. As was decided in the last meeting, the minutes from the February 11, 2013 meeting were posted on our website. Members were asked to read them prior to the meeting. It was moved and seconded to accept them. The treasurer’s report was given. COC NOW has a balance of $135 after forwarding $30 for two new members to National. Six new members have been added by the chapter since we reconvened the chapter. 

Old Business:  

COC NOW participated in the Int’l Women’s Day Bridge Walk for Peace on March 8, starting at the north (Newport) end of the bridge.   Some walked across and back, others stayed near the start and waved their signs at passing cars.

Committee reports:

  • Committee addressing the Sexual Harassment policy at schools have met and are preparing a panel discussion at the April 8th meeting
  • Court Watch committee has not met. There is material on the NOW website that will be sent to all

Proposal to change meeting times and/or date was discussed during the February meeting, and an email was sent to all members and people who had previously attended meetings asking for meeting time preferences (a notice asking for response was also put on Facebook). Based on the responses, starting in May (APRIL MEETING WILL BE APRIL 8 @ 7 p.m.) meetings will be held the 3rd Monday of the month at 6 p.m. 

New Business

  • March 14th is Women’s Health Day at the Capital. Three of us are planning on attending Planned Parenthood Training and Lobby session. If others want to go let Nancy know
  • April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
  • April  8th meeting will be a panel discussion of the Sexual Assault Policy at local schools in light of concerns about recent speaker at Newport High
  • Siltez Care SAAM is having their 1st annual 5k Fun Run/Walk at 8:00 am on April 20th in Siletz.  https://www.facebook.com/SiletzCareProgram/events

Panel Discussion – Attracting girls to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum and retaining women in STEM professions

Our panel was composed of five women – 3 educators who have won acclaim in the sciences and 2 professional women from Hatfield Marine Science Center.

  • Ingrid Olson teaches first grade.
  • Mary Koike teaches high school science.
  • Ruth McDonald is the district’s resource liaison.
  • Janet Webster is the Interim Director at Hatfield.
  • Maryann Bozza is Hatfield’s Program Manager.

The discussions focused on what attracts girls to STEM and what is needed to retain that interest through their school years into a career. Girls who succeed in STEM fields tend to have a strong sense of self and a lot of perseverance. That sense can be nurtured with personal contact between girls and female STEM professionals.

It was mentioned that in our lifetimes women have made big inroads in legal, medical and veterinarian professions but the STEM professions have not seen the same rise in populations. It is sometimes assumed that girls are more nurturing and have less spatial/abstract/visual skills but such assumptions may be self fulfilling.

One of the outcomes of the discussion identified a disconnect between the school system and the community. One possibility to improve this might be to leverage the university presence in Lincoln County by involving STEM professional women in classroom activities and finding mentors for science fairs. Also need to find ways to place images of women in scientific roles through targeted publicity such as billboards, social media, etc. Creating a computer science curriculum starting in freshman year was also suggested.

NOW grants/funds to sponsor girls scout troops, after school activities and providing help on projects such as the competition to build the ROV were suggested as ways that NOW could help. Another interesting idea concerned creating a “Career Fair” that would introduce girls to a variety of actual scientists and engineers so the girls could have a sense of what their future careers might look like and thus expanding their realm of possibilities. The thought being  that “if you can’t see it, you can’t be it.”

Introductions were made after the panel discussion.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is April 8th at 7pm at the Central Lincoln PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport, OR.

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Notes

Central Lincoln PUD

February 11, 2013

The meeting was called to order at 7 pm. Meeting minutes from previous meetings were accepted. It was agreed that attendees will be notified when minutes are posted in the future so that all that will need to be done at the next meeting is to ask that they be accepted. The treasurer’s report was given. COCN has a bank account and actually has a balance of $80 after forwarding $30 for two new members to National.  

Announcements:  

Int’l Women’s Day Bridge Walk for Peace starts at noon on March 8, starting at the north (Newport) end of the bridge.  There will be signs with relevant slogans, including Women (and men who love them) for Peace, Bridging for Peace, Women Walk for Peace, etc.  Some walk across and back, others walk to the center, and some stay near the start and wave signs. 

Alice Vachss won her case against a serial rapist even though the victim had been killed in a car accident. Friends of the victim were there every day of the trial and were a very positive influence on the jury and judge.

The One Billion Rising demonstration at the Newport Recreation Center was held on February 14th.  The music and dancing were awesome. Mysistersplace, PFLAG and NOW co-sponsored it. There were several of us representing NOW in attendance. Many had an opportunity to tell why they were “rising” including some women who had been abused and agreed that it must stop. Videos of the event were posted on Facebook also. Other videos can be found by googling ‘break the chain.’ There was a photographer present taking pictures for the newspaper.  At the end of the event those present also had an opportunity to be among the first to sign the petition for marriage equality.

Planning

The purpose for this meeting was to continue our discussion of what NOW can do to address our culture of rape in Lincoln County. We agree that we need to hold our city officials, our police, our prosecutors, or our D.A.s accountable.  Voters need to hold the legal professionals accountable. Community pressure is needed to reverse this present culture.  So this meeting was dedicated to working towards a comprehensive strategy.

Cynthia had agreed at the last meeting to contact city officials about addressing this culture. She shared the responses to the letters that she wrote to the sheriff, the Chief of Police, the Mayor and city council members. In general, their responses indicated that unexpected events prevented their attendance. One positive result of her letter writing was that several policemen did attend the training that was offered in Siletz.

There was a general discussion of processing of rape kits. Apparently there is a severe backlog but in areas where they have been processed unexpected links were discovered sometimes even identifying serial rapists. One reason of many cited for the backlog is the cost to process. Newer kits are less expensive to process.

There was some discussion on what it would take to develop a Court Watch system again here in Lincoln County. The previous system did have a positive impact on our local judges so any new system would need to have a slightly different focus.  Volunteers to work on developing a system tailored to our local needs include Alice, Nel, Michele, Jane, and Amy.

This planning will focus on tailoring the system to local needs, pretrial education, definition of terms, etc.  Some research has been done into successful Court Watch systems by Nel. She identified one in Nevada and will be sharing best processes.

There was a discussion about what can be done in the local schools to change harassment and bullying behaviors. One idea was to invite the superintendent /principals to a NOW meeting to talk about what NOW could do to help. Another idea was to use bystander education which would address what you can do if you see someone in that type of a situation. It was suggested that someone visit the Superintendent to talk about the current sexual harassment policies at schools and perhaps suggest that bystander education could be added to the current bullying training being given.  Cynthia, Amy and Erin agreed to follow up on this idea.

There was a question about the correlation between returning soldiers and domestic violence. Alice says that a correlation has been observed. There are specific programs being developed in Oregon to work with returning soldiers. Veteran’s Health Clinics are being staffed to handle post soldier care.

Nel has written several excellent pieces in her blog Nel’s New Day about the culture of rape and indifference that we should all read. You can find them easily by googling ‘nels new day.’ Nancy also posts Nel’s articles on the Central Oregon Coast NOW Facebook page and on the COCN webpage/blog: www.centraloregoncoastnow.org. This is also where to look for Meeting and Event Announcements, and the actual meeting minutes.

There was a request to consider having our NOW meetings at a different time. A 5:30 brown bag was suggested. I have since talked to Nancy and she would like to leave it the same for March and make it an item for discussion on our agenda at that meeting.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is March 11 at 7pm in same room. I am continuing to search for women in a Science, Engineering and Math disciplines to speak at our next meeting. Have been considering a panel discussion asking the panel to explain why they were attracted to their particular disciplines, address the difficulties that women face in these disciplines and what might be done by NOW to encourage more girls to pursue these fields. If anyone knows any women who might consider participating, please let me know.

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting Notes

Central Lincoln PUD

January 14, 2013

The meeting was called to order at 7 pm. Nancy briefly explained the purpose of NOW for the benefit of first time attendees and confirmed the timing for future meetings – second Mondays of each month at the Central Lincoln PUD Meeting room at 7 pm.  She reviewed upcoming activities:  Legislative Day on January 17th, the Bridge Walk for Peace on March 8th and what our chapter is doing to support Woman’s History Month in March. Nancy dispensed with reading the minutes for this meeting in order to save time for our speaker.

Announcements:   

Barbara Roberts, Oregon’s first female governor is speaking in Newport at the Visual Arts Center this Saturday.  Jeanne St. John described the Youth Leaders Academy that is currently training 50 local High School students. The second session is scheduled for January 26th and the final session is being done in April. This training is cosponsored by PAADA (Partnership Against Alcohol & Drug Abuse, PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays) and Lincoln Community Dispute Resolutions

Speaker:

We were very fortunate to have Alice Vachss, Special Prosecutor for Sex Crimes, Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office to address our culture of rape. The title of her talk was “All Rape is Real Rape.”  A key point expressed was that we have a lot of really good people that are silent about ongoing sexual abuse. This empowers some really rotten people to do whatever they wish with impunity since there are no consequences. There is no investigative reporting, the police are not doing much about it and when they do the DA seldom prosecutes.  If rape kits are administered, they are seldom actually tested. Even if a policeman tries to do the right things, if nothing comes of it, they soon learn that it is a waste of effort. It takes years to bring a rape case to court. When rape is prosecuted excuses are given about the ‘bad’ behaviors such as boys being boys, being young, etc. Rape is the only crime in which the victim becomes the accused. Because most of us are effectively silent we do not hold our city officials, our police, our prosecutors, or our D.A. accountable. We do not even have a way to judge our judges.  Voters need to hold the legal professionals accountable. Community pressure is needed to reverse this present culture. 

General Discussion: 

Following Alice’s talk there was a discussion of the rape culture in our county, and ways to improve the response to rape. It was generally agreed that there needs to be a set of standards with which to track the performance of our law enforcement personnel as well as elected and appointed officials from the initial response all the way through the prosecution process. Our chapter needs to develop a comprehensive strategy. Any strategy will need to include determining what we are going to monitor – what actually counts. Several suggestions were made which included developing a Court Watch system. Discovering what other communities have done that were successful in transforming their rape culture will be important. Alice identified Indianapolis as a potential model and Protect.org for further research. Several different aspects in addition to developing standards such as changing community attitudes and developing a comprehensive helper community were suggested. Other suggestions included writing letters to the editors of local papers.  Developing a community charter might be an idea to pursue.

Towards the end of the discussion we went around the room asking each person to state what they would like to see us do, or what they would do:

Michele Walters – wants us to design a comprehensive strategy at our February meeting

Judy – Court Watch

Nel – Letters to the editor

Sherry – participate in www.onebillionrising.org event on February 14

Melody – education for youth

Jeanne – Bully prevention; youth leadership

Ethel – glad to be a part of the group; will work with us

Rene – get together and plan

Jay – Court Watch

Valerie – focused plan of attack

Michele Robinson – make people aware; “Called to Rescue” (rescue children from sex trafficking); http://www.calledtorescue.org/

Kelley – pointed out “don’t report” among tribal victims

Gary – concerned that sexual violence more prevalent on the internet & available to kids – what to do about it?

Cynthia – will write letters to commissioners & D.A.

Amy – will write letter to newspaper & will join NOW

Erin – talked about high school contacts:  Leadership class at Newport High (Mark Moore & Erin Baloney), GSA – Teresa Atwell; Harbor Light – Matt Love; PE Class (Olmstead); Rotary Interact – John Tumey

Next Meeting:

Since our next meeting on February 11th   at 7 p.m. at the Central Lincoln PUD Meeting Room is scheduled to be a planning meeting this discussion will be continued and folded into an overall chapter strategy.

Central Oregon Coast NOW Organizational Meeting Minutes

Newport Library

December 10, 2012

Meeting was called to order at 7 pm

Attendees:  Nancy Campbell Mead, Nel Ward, Sheri Ambrose, Michele Walters, Tash Wesp,  Rhonda Jantzen, Alisha Kern, Alice Vachss

Announcements were made while we waited for a few more people to arrive:

Nel Ward discussed Christmas gift giving for foster children. Deb Perkins at the Newport Court House (541-265-0940) is looking for presents of clothing and toys for under 3 year old and money for gift certificates for teenagers. They apparently have everything they need for 3 years old to teenagers. Sheri Ambrose mentioned wanting to do something for homeless families but has not had much luck locating any in Lincoln City.

Introductions

Attendees introduced themselves by describing how and why they are involved in women’s issues.

NOW History

A summary of NOW’s history at the National level was presented by Nancy.

Highlights: Started in 1966 by Betty Friedan and a small group of women in a hotel room in Washington D.C. NOW’s earliest actions were to push the EEOC to amend regulations on sex-segregated “Help Wanted” ads, work on passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, repeal of all abortion laws, and publicly-funded child care.  The NOW website has much more information:  www.now.org.

Nel related her history with the previous local chapter which began in 1987 and disbanded about 2006, though the newsletter continued (written by Nel) until 2011. They concentrated on issues such as domestic violence, sexual assaults and child abuse by working with local schools on harassment policies, developing a Court Watch program that observed behaviors during trial for such cases and the Clothesline Project. They looked into reproductive rights by checking policies at local pharmacies. For many years they held a Celebrate Women event.

Prioritize Issues

The issues important at the national level were discussed in order to identify possible actions by this chapter.

Reproductive Rights

One idea for a current action would be to check current Oregon reproductive rights laws and recheck local pharmacies with the goal to write a newspaper article highlighting where we are currently stand on this issue on the coast. There was some discussion about keeping an eye on bills at the state level in regards to reproductive rights. The question was asked about knowing anyone sympathetic to NOW in Eastern Oregon to contact Greg Walden re: his positions on the subject.

Violence against Women

Nel suggested reinstituting a Court Watch program.

Nancy mentioned that Oregon’s VAWA PAC is looking for board members. There was some discussion on the requirements for meeting attendance and raising money for the cause.

Another suggestion was support of local shelters.

Rhonda asked about existence of training for local police focused on violence against women and LGTB rights.  Nancy related her experience organizing a large and successful training event. She still has the manual. This could be a potential activity.

This topic will be part of the discussion at the next meeting.

Lesbian rights.

There was a discussion of domestic partners rights and whether they could get their partner’s prescriptions/medical info.

The availability of Planned Parenthood on the coast was discussed as well as the status of clinics at local schools.

Training for local police applies here also.

Basic Rights of Oregon is determining now whether they will make a push for marriage equality in 2014. If they decide to go forward there will be training available and they will need lots of help “telling their stories.”

Economic Justice

Nancy mentioned the many movements to amend the constitution to remove corporate personhood. It is not listed as a priority by NOW. Everyone agreed that the local chapter ought to focus on feminist issues.

One of NOW’s major actions in recent years has been to support Walmart employees in their efforts to obtain fair working conditions.  Supporting local Walmart employees in their efforts to improve their working environment and obtain fair pay was discussed briefly.

Constitutional Equality

ERA issues were reviewed. The ratification efforts will need to be redone since it was not ratified in the specified time frame.

Promoting Diversity/Ending Racism

Centro de Ayuda is in the process of reorganizing so it was recommended we wait to contact them.

The ongoing efforts of some members of Congress to not include protections for Native Americans/LGBT/immigrants in VAWA was discussed.

Upcoming Events

Legislative Process Day

Workshop on January 17, 2013 in Salem. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and House Speaker Tian Kotek will be attending. It is an opportunity to learn about the Oregon legislative process with a preview of the issues for the 2013 legislatives session in order to better understand how we can have an impact at the state level. It is $21/workshop with lunch of $12 for workshop only for members of NOW. Nancy and Michele will be attending. If you are interested let us know. You can register online at www.lwvor.org or get a registration form from Nancy.

Nel mentioned that Jan 22nd is the 40th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade landmark decision and should be celebrated.

March 8 International Women’s Day – Bridge Walk for Peace

NOW could/should participate in this walk.

March  is Women’s History Month

Nancy showed the Women’s First posters that can be posted in schools libraries, etc. which portrays the history of Oregon women who achieved significant successes.

Nel described editorials she wrote and had sent by others to the local papers describing women who have made important contributions to Lincoln County. People read editorials.

Another suggestion was to reach out to Hatfield to find women in Marine biology, etc. who have made contributions.

Youth Leadership Academy

Rural Organizers is addressing preparing young women to run for offices and is definitely worth our support.

Committee Assignments

We were not able to make committee assignments as we ran out of time. This agenda item will be pushed to the next meeting.

Membership Information & Temporary Appointment of Officers

The application for NOW was presented. Five of the 8 in attendance are already members.

The NOW members present approved the appointment of Nancy Campbell Mead as Acting President, Sheri Ambrose as Vice President and Michele Walters as Acting Treasurer.

Next Meeting:

January 14, 2013 at 7 pm at the Central PUD Meeting room at 2129 North Coast Highway in Newport.

Alice Vachss J.D. the author of ‘Sex Crimes’ will be speaking. Her topic will be “All Rape is ‘Real’ Rape.”

 

 

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