LWV in the 2024 Grand Floral Parade – join us!

We’re excited that the Rose Festival has again invited the League of Women Voters of Portland to march in the Grand Floral Parade on Saturday, June 8!

Our participation will provide an exciting visual element for the parade’s viewers. It is also a meaningful recognition of important milestones for our our state, county and city.  With all the important issues in the 2024 general election, the public will have a heightened appreciation for celebrating the League and the work we are doing.

We will be a “marching entry” behind a large League banner, and with flags, sashes, and many signs (e.g. “Votes for Women” or “LWV,” but no political signs).  If you’re watching the parade, look for our suffrage colors of yellow, white, and purple.

We have participated in the parade for the last two years (see image below) and have enjoyed the chance to connect with our community. In this key election year, it is the perfect time to raise awareness about the League!

Come march with the League on Saturday, June 8!

To make our participation in the parade a success, we need people to march!

It is a 2-mile, mostly flat route departing from the Memorial Coliseum. We’ll gather there around 9 a.m. to take up our banners and flags, put on our Votes for Women sashes, and jump into the energy and excitement of the Parade.  Bring your family members and friends. Anyone who is 14 or older can march with us. (No pets.)

How to sign up

  1. Complete a registration form by clicking here. When you click “submit,” you will be registered. A copy of your completed form will be emailed to you. A few days before the parade, we will email or call you about where and when to meet and other details about the parade.
  2. IMPORTANT: Each participant must also download and fill out a waiver, which you can access by clicking here. (The waiver states that you have read the parade rules and will hold the parade sponsors and organizers harmless for any injury or loss you might suffer during the parade.) After you download the waiver,  please print it,  fill it out and mail it to LWV of Portland, PO Box 3491, Portland OR 97208-3491. Or photograph it and  email it as an attachment to info@lwvpdx.org by noon on June 5. Or you can bring it with you on June 8. 

If you have questions about participating, please contact the office at info@lwvpdx.org or calling (503)228-1675.

How to dress

Please wear the suffrage colors, purple, gold and white, which the League now uses as our signature colors. Remember to also wear comfortable walking shoes. We will provide flags, signs, and Votes for Women sashes.

Fancy hats? With flowers? Sure! This will be fun!

LWVPDX Amicus Briefs

Police Accountability and Oversight Board Threatened by Proposed Initiative

The League of Women Voters of Portland and Portland Forward, with the assistance of ACLU Oregon, filed an amici curiae brief with the Multnomah County Circuit Court on April 24, 2024.  The brief supports the ballot title challenge which the Dr. Rev. LeRoy Haynes, Jr. filed to a Portland Police Association initiative petition (PDX24OL-03). Dr. Rev. Haynes chairs the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform.

The initiative seeks to eliminate the  police oversight board’s ability to discipline officers and reduces the board’s scope of jurisdiction over police misconduct cases. This authority was given to the yet-to-be-implemented board when voters passed Measure 26-217 in 2020.  The court filings from the Dr. Rev. Haynes, the League, and Portland Forward make the point that the ballot title is not an accurate summary of the impact the measure would have if passed.

The League has a long history of involvement with police oversight in Portland, endorsed Measure 26-217, and we base our action on the Portland Police Bureau:  Oversight and Accountability position.

Read the Amici Curiae Memorandum here.

Read the Motion to Appear here.

2024 Primary Election Voters’ Guides

Get Ready to Vote!

Your Vote Counts

Check out the League’s Voters’ Guide page here!

You will find explanations of all the Multnomah County ballot measures, as well as links to a video and podcast of a pro/con voter forum on the Zoo Bond measure.

There are answers to questions written by the candidates, and thirty-two short videos of candidate interviews. We produced videos and podcasts of candidate forums for both the Republican and Democratic candidates running to represent US House District 3 , and forums with the candidates for Multnomah County District Attorney and for three of the County Commissioner Districts.

All our voters’ guide information is carefully researched, fair and nonpartisan.  

March Event on Affordable Housing

LWV of Portland held a Community Education program, “Solutions to our Affordable Housing Crisis,” on Wednesday, March 13, 7 to 8:30 pm via Zoom. Click on the arrow below to view the video recording of this program.

PODCAST: 

To listen to a podcast of this program, click here.

THE ISSUES:

Our community and state are experiencing a dire lack of affordable housing. The causes include limited rental vacancies and housing costs rising faster than wages.  This program focuses on what is being done to help solve our housing crisis. 

PANELISTS

State Representative Mark Gamba represents Portland neighborhoods. He advocates for actionable solutions and investments in affordable housing and housing for the unhoused.

 

Brian Hoop, Executive Director of Housing Oregon. Housing Oregon is a statewide association of affordable housing organizations.  They convene the 90 member organizations to develop and advance policy, organize a conference and other educational events, support peer groups, and communicate industry news to members.

 

Dominique Merriweather (Dom), Executive Director, Proud Ground.  Proud Ground brings permanently affordable housing opportunities to first-time homeowners using a land trust model. 

 

All of our programs are recorded for rebroadcast by MetroEast Community Media and available by video and podcast from this website.

Replays of the recording will be on public access Comcast and Ziply channels. The schedule is below.

Funding for production of this program is provided by the League of Women Voters of Portland Education Fund and the Carol and Velma Saling Foundation.

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