On August 24, LWVPDX Action Chair Debbie Aiona testified before the Portland City Council on the proposed Portland Committee on Community-Engaged Policing (PCCEP). She expressed appreciation for the steps being taken to involve the public in the selection of PCCEP members, while also strongly recommending that all PCCEP meetings be open to the public. Read all of her testimony here.
How can we improve justice for teens who commit crimes – and improve public safety? This 21-minute video has excerpts from a panel discussion on juvenile justice. You can hear the most important points made by the panel. Learn about the impact Measure 11 (passed by Oregon voters in 1994) has had on teens. Recent research shows how Oregon could make changes to help young offenders become law-abiding adults after their release.
Watch the panel discussion on “Immigration: Welcomes, Walls, Sanctuaries and Borders.”
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Our Redistricting Forum was held on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.
See http://redistrictingmatters.org for more information about redistricting in Oregon. The 2020 U.S census is coming and so is the 2021 redistricting process. At the forum we learned about problems in our redistricting process now and proposals for fixing them.
We heard about our current process, how it affects elections in Oregon, and what reform could look like. We learned about a new way to allow voters to elect representatives who truly represent the will of the people in their district.
What Kind of REform Do we need?
The League wants to put the process of redistricting back into the hands of voters. We believe voters should be choosing their representatives—not representatives choosing their voters. We can do this by amending the Oregon Constitution to create an independent redistricting commission.
Guest Speaker: Candalynn Johnson, LWV of Oregon Redistricting Reform Campaign Coordinator, will talk about why the League supports reform.