LWV in the 2024 Grand Floral Parade

We’re excited that the Rose Festival invited the League of Women Voters of Portland to march in the 2024 Grand Floral Parade on Saturday, June 8!

Our participation was fun for our marchers and provided an exciting visual element for the parade’s viewers. It was also a meaningful recognition of important milestones for our state, county and city.  With all the important issues in the 2024 general election, we enjoyed celebrating the League and the work we are doing. In this key election year, it was the perfect time to raise awareness about the League!

We were a “marching entry” behind a large League banner, and with flags, sashes, and many signs (e.g. “Votes for Women” or “LWV.”)  Our suffrage colors were yellow, white, and purple.

LWVPDX Amicus Briefs

Police Accountability and Oversight Board Threatened by Proposed Initiative

The League of Women Voters of Portland and Portland Forward, with the assistance of ACLU Oregon, filed an amici curiae brief with the Multnomah County Circuit Court on April 24, 2024.  The brief supported the ballot title challenge which the Dr. Rev. LeRoy Haynes, Jr. filed to a Portland Police Association initiative petition (PDX24OL-03). Dr. Rev. Haynes chairs the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform.

The initiative sought to eliminate the  police oversight board’s ability to discipline officers and reduced the board’s scope of jurisdiction over police misconduct cases. This authority was given to the yet-to-be-implemented board when voters passed Measure 26-217 in 2020.  The court filings from the Dr. Rev. Haynes, the League, and Portland Forward made the point that the ballot title was not an accurate summary of the impact the measure would have if passed. Circuit Court Judge Katharine von Ter Stegge ruled against the Police Association’s petition and incorporated part of the language requested by Rev. Haynes in her revision of the proposed ballot title. 

Read the ACLU press release about this here.

Read the court order and revised ballot title here.

The League has a long history of involvement with police oversight in Portland, endorsed Measure 26-217, and we base our action on the Portland Police Bureau:  Oversight and Accountability position.

 

2024 Primary Election Voters’ Guides

Your Vote Counts

Check out the League’s Voters’ Guide page here!

You will find explanations of all the Multnomah County ballot measures, as well as links to a video and podcast of a pro/con voter forum on the Zoo Bond measure.

There are answers to questions written by the candidates, and thirty-two short videos of candidate interviews. We produced videos and podcasts of candidate forums for both the Republican and Democratic candidates running to represent US House District 3 , and forums with the candidates for Multnomah County District Attorney and for three of the County Commissioner Districts.

All our voters’ guide information is carefully researched, fair and nonpartisan.  

Portland Public Schools Webinar

This webinar highlighted the ways Portland Public Schools is moving forward in the face of many challenges.

On the plus side, how can PPS build on its recent improvements in student performance on state tests? On the challenging side, what can be done to improve inadequate funding, in the face of projected downturns in student enrollment? How can we offset the low number of instructional days caused by short-term (the strike!) and long-term factors? 

To view the video recording of this webinar, click the arrow below:

Listen to the podcast of this program by clicking here.

The panelists included Portland Public Schools leaders and educational experts: 

    • Dr. Sandy Husk, Portland Public Schools Interim Superintendent
    • Michelle DePass, Portland Public Schools Board of Education 
    • William Fernandez, Senior Professional Development Officer, Office of Research, Assessment and Accountability
    • Kristina Howard, Interim Chief Academic Officer, Senior Director, Teacher Professional Learning, Office of Teaching and Learning 

This program is one of our community education programs held free of charge for our members and the public. All of our programs are recorded for rebroadcast by MetroEast Community Media and available by video and podcast from our website, lwvpdx.org. The programs are also replayed on community access television. The replay schedule is below. 

Funding for production of this program is provided by the League of Women Voters of Portland Education Fund and the Carol and Velma Saling Foundation. 

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