Immigration Statement from the League

Washington, DC – The League of Women Voters president, Chris Carson, issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s immigration ban:

“The League of Women Voters is opposed to deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants. 

The League supports cities, towns, counties and states that make a decision not to cooperate with federal deportation and enforcement actions that include non-criminal undocumented immigrants.  Moreover, the Trump Administration’s orders are of dubious legality.  

It is simply wrong, and a perversion of the American system of justice, for the Executive Branch to refuse to obey federal court orders.  

The LWV is opposed to discrimination, including discrimination in immigration, based on religion.  The Trump Administration’s orders appear to be targeted at Muslims and immigrants from majority-Muslims nations.”

February General Meeting: Public Post Secondary Education in Oregon

Prioritizing the Needs of Higher Education in Oregon:  the State’s Role in Changing Times


Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 7:00 pm
Multnomah County Board Room, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

This event is free and open to the public.

Topics: The 40-40-20 goal for education; State funding for education; Supporting institutions of higher education; Diversity and equity in higher education; The future of public higher education

Discussing these issues will be:
Ben Cannon             Executive Director, State of Oregon, Higher Education  Coordinating Commission
Lisa Avery                President, Sylvania Campus, Portland Community College
Sona Andrews        Provost and Vice president for Academic Affairs, Portland  State University
Lew Frederick         Senator, Oregon State Senate District 22

A video recording of the meeting will be available subsequently on Metro East Community Media channels and on demand at here.


Big Win on Open & Accountable Elections

The Portland City Council voted yesterday to pass Open & Accountable Elections! If you’ve been following this closely, you know what a profoundly important victory this is.

Open & Accountable Elections will open up Portland city elections for broader and more accountable representation in city government. The program empowers candidates to run for office without taking big campaign contributions, instead fueling their campaigns with small-dollar contributions from local city residents, matched 6-to-1 with designated public funds. In a city where only 7 women, 2 people of color, and 2 people from the outer east side have ever been elected to city office, and at a time when big special interest money is strangling our democracy – this is groundbreaking reform!

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