Women’s Equality Day!

On August 26, 2020, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the certification on the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This amendment states that the right to vote cannot be denied on account of a citizen’s sex. It gave 26 million American women the right to vote. Unfortunately, some women were still denied the vote because of their race or ethnicity. So this was an important beginning, but much more needed to be done.

Congresswoman Bella Abzug of New York was a leader for women’s rights.

In 1973, U.S. Congresswoman Bella Abzug introduced a resolution to make August 26 Women’s Equality Day. Her resolution  was passed by Congress on August 16, 1973. Every year since then, each U.S. President has proclaimed August 26 as Women’s Equality Day, honoring women’s voting rights and recognizing that work toward full equality for women is progressing, but not yet complete.

Protect Elections & Your Data!

View the video of a Panel Discussion of Privacy and Cybersecurity

On March 10, the League of Women Voters of Portland hosted a program on “Privacy and Cybersecurity Today,” based on a new study by the League of Women Voters of Oregon. 

Now you can view the video of this program to learn about this urgent and timely topic. How can we protect elections? How can you (and businesses you use) protect your personal data?

Click below to view this video:

SPEAKERS

LWVOR President Becky Gladstone, who was a member of the study committee, will be the featured speaker. She will be joined on the panel by the Director of Multnomah County Elections, Tim Scott, speaking on election security, and Emily Maass, an attorney with expertise on privacy and data protection.

TOPICS

Over the past decade, the public has been alarmed by news of identity theft, cyber attacks on personal accounts, threats to election security, tracking, surveillance, and cyber warfare.  The LWV of Oregon study of these issues began in May 2019 and was completed in February. You can read the entire study online by clicking here.

Learn more about these ongoing compelling issues:

    • Privacy, cybersecurity, and election security
    • Privacy and cybersecurity protections now in effect
    • Current legislation: privacy, cybersecurity, and election security and
    • “Cyber hygiene,” or privacy and transparency protection

Below is the schedule for rebroadcast on cable channels.

The League of Women Voters of Portland’s Civic Education programs are free and open to the publicMetroEast Community Media records these programs for rebroadcast and online streaming from this website. The Carol & Velma Saling Foundation and the Multnomah Bar Foundation provided funding for the recordings. We design our programs to inform our community about current issues.  Please join us for this program and our voter forums in April on the candidates and issues in the Oregon Primary Election.

Education Innovations Panel

Portland Public Schools Superintendent Guerrero visits with students

Join us September 16!

Come learn about “Innovations in Public Education,” in Portland area schools.  On Monday, September 16, we’ll hear from an exciting group of dedicated educators, who have found innovative ways to foster learning and equity for students. The panel discussion will be  7 – 8:30 PM on Monday September 16, at the Multnomah County Boardroom, 501 SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland. (See map.)

The panel will include:

  • Guadalupe Guerrero, Superintendent of Portland Public Schools, the largest and most diverse school district in Oregon. Guerrero was a leader in large urban school systems in San Francisco and Boston.
  • Matthew Utterback, Superintendent of North Clackamas School District, who was recognized nationally as Superintendent of the Year in 2017
  • Kevin Bacon, Director of “3 to PhD,” who leads an innovative collaboration between Concordia University and Faubion Public School
  • Lisa Collins, a consultant at Education Through Engagement, LLC, with expertise on equitable practices for students and educators

The Portland League’s Education Interest Group has helped organize this panel and plan the program.

Director Kevin Bacon explains the Faubion School to the LWVPDX Education Interest Group

Free and open to the public

The League of Women Voters Civic Education programs are free and open to the public. Programs are designed to inform our community about current issues. Please join us for this program and the next program in October on local ballot measures for the November 5, 2019 Special Election.

Parking is available on the street. The Multnomah County Board Room at 501 SE Hawthorne Boulevard also is easily accessed by public transportation. TriMet options include bus lines 4, 6, 10, 14, 15, and the Portland Streetcar.

MetroEast Community Media records these programs for rebroadcast and online streaming from www.lwvpdx.org. The Carol & Velma Saling Foundation has provided funding for the recordings.

Campaign Finance Reform Forums

Are you worried about the influence of BIG money on politics? The League is! Come weigh in on next steps for campaign finance reform in Oregon.

Representative Dan Rayfield, who helped lead the charge for campaign finance reform in the 2019 Legislature, is hosting a series of forums around Oregon.

PORTLAND AREA FORUMS

  • Tuesday, September 10th, from 7:00-8:30pm
  • Clackamas Community College, Harmony Community Room–7738 SE Harmony Rd, Milwaukie, OR 97222;
  • OR Wednesday, September 11th, from 6:00-7:45pm
  • Midland Library –805 SE 122nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97233

What will be covered

Each forum will include:

  • a 20-minute presentation on the history and politics of campaign finance reform in Oregon
  • a 20-minute discussion of the recently passed campaign finance reform legislation
  • a 40-minute community discussion on various campaign finance limit goals and proposals

Oregon is one of five states without campaign contribution limits.

“We believe this statewide tour will help drive a local conversation about campaign finance reform and keep pressure on the legislature to pass a campaign contribution limits,” said Rebecca Gladstone, President of the League of Women Voters of Oregon.

We made real progress on campaign finance reform during the session, but it’s not enough,” said Rayfield.“We need to do more in 2020 and I want to hear directly from Oregonians on what they want their campaign finance system to look like.”

see what the League is doing

The League of Women Voters of Portland and the Oregon LWV have filed a “Friend of the Court” brief in the Oregon Supreme Court. It supports the campaign contribution limits passed by voters in Multnomah County. See our earlier post here.

More Events

See the list of Upcoming Events in our sidebar to the right.

  • August 26 on the Portland Police Association contract
  • September 16 on Innovations in Education

Vote for US – Book Talk – July 1

 

Professor Joshua Douglas spoke about his new book on improving voting rights at Powell’s Books on Monday July 1, 7:30 pm.

The Book Talk was co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Portland and the League of Women Voters of Oregon.

About the Book

Told through the stories of those working on voting rights reforms, this book includes chapters on expanding voter eligibility, easing voter registration rules, making voting more convenient, giving redistricting back to the voters, pushing back on big money through local and state efforts, making the system more accountable, and improving civics education.

Thoroughly researched, this book gives anyone fed up with our current politics the ideas and tools necessary to affect change in their own communities.

About the Author

Joshua A. Douglas is a professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law. His most recent work focuses on the constitutional right to vote. He has also written extensively on election law procedure.