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.
It is sad that Valentine’s Day – a day dedicated to love – is also a day that symbolizes the tragedy of gun violence in our country. As students and families in Parkland, Florida, remember the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School a year ago, we call for policies that could prevent more gun-related tragedies. Gun rights come with responsibilities for keeping guns out of the hands of people – including children – who could harm themselves or others. See our Highlights video on Gun Safety and the legislation the Oregon League is supporting this year HB 2505, HB 2251 and SB 501).
On Valentine’s Day, the League of Women Voters turns 99. Help us celebrate this really big birthday! During the month of February, consider making a gift of $20 – to honor 1920, the year we began – or a gift of $99 to honor our work empowering voters and defending democracy. You can donate through Facebook. Or click on one of the Donate buttons on the right.
Please send us some birthday love. Gifts of any size will help us make democracy work right here in Multnomah County through our fiercely non-partisan, proudly grassroots action. THANK YOU!
Here’s an article with some history of the League of Women Voters, which will be 99 years old on February 14, 2019. The article also looks to our future as a nonpartisan organization that fosters civic engagement and stands for effective efficient government and equal rights for all. It was published on the “Who.What.Why Blog.” https://whowhatwhy.org/2019/01/07/league-of-women-voters-gets-trump-bump/ Below are some photos and a quote from the article.
Rights for Working Women
Fairness, Equality, Safety
Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 7 – 8:30 PM, Multnomah County Boardroom, 501 SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland
MetroEast Video Recording Replay Schedule on Public Access stations
What is the status of working women in the second decade of the 21st Century? What has changed and what progress is still needed? For years, women have asked for equal pay for equal work, help with childcare and family leave, opportunities for jobs and for advancement in fields that men dominate, and safe workplaces, free from discrimination and harassment. Many women—particularly women of color—still face daunting obstacles to equal opportunities. What can be done and what is being done to level the playing field?
These questions and others were addressed by our panel, including:
- Moderator: Emily Evans, Executive Director, Women’s Foundation of Oregon
- Lili Hoag, Political Director, Family Forward of Oregon
- Patricia Weekley, Director of Equity, Inclusion & Sanctuary, Morrison Child and Family Services
- Mari Watanabe, Executive Director, Partners in Diversity, Portland Business Alliance
Unfortunately, Kelly Kupcak, Executive Director, Oregon Tradeswomen, was unable to participate on the panel, due to unsafe travel conditions on February 12.
About our programs
The League of Women Voters Civic Education programs are free and open to the public. Programs are designed to inform our community about relevant issues. Please join us for this discussion, and plan to join us for the next program in this Tuesday evening series.
• March 12, 2019 – Climate Justice: How do the impacts of climate change affect different communities?
MetroEast Community Media records these programs for rebroadcast and online streaming from www.lwvpdx.org. The Carol & Velma Saling Foundation and the Multnomah Bar Foundation provide funding for the recording through grants.
Parking is available on the street. The Multnomah County Board Room at 501 SE Hawthorne is easily accessed by public transportation, TriMet options include bus lines 4, 6, 10, 14, 15, and the Portland Streetcar
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.