The panel of community leaders discussed chronic homelessness as a public health issue. They explained how they are trying to provide health care and shelter to people with mental illness and/or addiction, and the need for more shelters, and supportive affordable low-income housing.
The panel included:
Jill Kahnert, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, retired from Central City Concern.
Jason Renaud, LWVPDX League member, and Voluntary Managing Director of the Mental Health Association of Portland
On September 19, 2023, a panel of leading experts discussed the work accomplished thus far and work that is underway to ensure effective and fair implementation of the charter reforms approved by voters last November. Panelists:
Melanie Billings-Yun, Charter Review Commissioner, 2020-22 (Moderator)
Shoshanah Oppenheim, Charter Transition Project Manager
Marcus Mundy, Executive Director, Coalition of Communities of Color
Leah Benson, Co-Chair, Government Transition Advisory Committee (GTAC)
Alex Zielinski, Reporter, Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)
Click on the arrow to view the video recording of the program:
PROGRESS & CHALLENGES FOR PORTLAND POLICE AND POLICING ALTERNATIVES:
presented Via ZOOM: FEBRUARY 8, 7-8:30 PM
This zoom webinar was presented live on February 8, 2023, and will be available via video and podcast on or about February 15. The public and League members were invited to attend the live webinar and submit questions via the chat.
The panelists were:
Rev. Dr. LeRoy Haynes, Jr., Chairperson, Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform. Dr. Haynes made the opening comments, discussing police accountability and oversight and what has changed in the last 5 years.
Juan Chavez, Project Director and Attorney, Oregon Justice Resource Center,updated the audience on the developments and challenges with the Department of Justice’s settlement agreement.
Gina Ronning, Ph.D., M.S,Member of the Portland Police Bureau’s Training Advisory Council (TAC) and Focused Intervention Team Community Oversight Group (FITCOG). Dr. Ronning gave an update on TAC and FITCOG, with an emphasis on TAC’s program successes, challenges, and upcoming areas of focus.
Kaia Sand, Executive Director and Columnist, Street Roots Newspaper, gave an update on progress and concerns regarding the Portland Street Response.
James Ofsink, a League member and Chair of the LWVPDX Justice Interest Group, served as the moderator.
This program was recorded by MetroEast Community Media and will be available as a video and Podcast by February 15 from links on this website. The video will also be cablecast on the public access TV channels, as shown in the schedule below.
MORE ABOUT THIS PROGRAM: The UN’s Climate Conference—the “Conference of the Parties” or COP—is the official meeting of member states who signed the UN’s climate treaty. Every year, the parties to the treaty, including the U.S., meet and negotiate various aspects of the treaty.
Seven League of Women Voters members from around the U.S. attended the November 2021 Climate Conference in Glasgow. We heard from five of them on Wednesday, March 9. The panelists discussed:
an Overview of COP26
the Sustainability Innovation Forum, and
Gender and Climate
The panel included:
Robin Tokmakian, UN Observer for Climate Change for LWVUS; LWV of Portland member
Carol Parker, North San Diego LWV
Toni Monette, co-president of the Nebraska LWV
Ashley Raveche, LWV California
Cynthia Bell, Hudson Valley, NY LWV
MetroEast Community Media records Portland League programs for rebroadcast and online streaming from lwvpdx.org. Funding is provided by the Carol & Velma Saling Foundation.
We invited the public to join us for the live Zoom presentation of this panel discussion on Wednesday evening February 9. If you missed the live program, you can watch the recording by clicking the arrow below.
Here is the link to the podcast of this program. You should soon be able to find it on your favorite app.
The panel for this presentation included:
Julia Meier, the Charter Commission Project Manager
Charter Commissioner Candace Avalos
Charter Commissioner Amira Streeter
Charter Commissioner Melanie Billings-Yun
During the first phase of the Commission’s work, the group has focused on two topics: form of government and city council elections. The League of Women Voters of Portland has been actively following the Commission’s work (Read more about our League’s advocacy to the Commission here.) During this webinar the panel answered questions from LWV members and the public.
MetroEast Community Media records Portland League programs for rebroadcast and online streaming from lwvpdx.org. Funding is provided by the Carol & Velma Saling Foundation. The schedule for replays of this program on community access channels is shown below.