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Don't Miss A4D Meeting Tomorrow!

Updated: Apr 28

Monthly Meeting Tomorrow Register Now! Dr. Samuel Metz, vice president of Oregon Physicians for a National Health Program and a founding member of Mad As Hell Doctors, will speak tomorrow, April 27, at 5:00pm, at A4D’s April meeting, He will share insights and expertise in his talk entitled “Universal Healthcare: What’s the Least I Need to Know?” Don’t’ delay! Register now. You will receive a confirmation email with details for joining the meeting. Review the meeting’s agenda here. If you have a question for Dr. Metz, please submit it to: a4dpdx@gmail.com. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions during the meeting via chat. Legislative Bills that Need Your Support The Consolidated Oregon Indivisible Network (COIN) has recommended 55 current legislative bills to members and leaders of the Oregon House and Senate and encouraged them to consider the recommendations when they cast their votes. To amplify COIN’s effort, we encourage A4D members to reach out to their representative and senator and remind them of COIN’s recommendations. Here’s a sample text you can use: Dear [name of Senator or Representative], I am your constituent in [insert your district]. You recently received an email from the Consolidated Oregon Indivisible Network (COIN) with recommendations on 55 bills currently before the legislature. I strongly urge you to consider COIN’s recommendations as you cast your vote in the days and weeks ahead. Thank you. [your signature here] Among the bills specifically needing help this coming week are the following:

  • Timber Severance Tax Bill HB 2379. For details on how to take action, please visit the Legislative Action Team page on the Act for Democracy website.

  • Policing/Criminal Justice Reform bills HB 2932, HB 2929, SB 499, HB 2481, HB 2928, HB 2912, HB 2930, HB 3145, SB 835. These key bills were supposed to have been taken up last week but were delayed because of the third outbreak of Covid-19 in the House, which shut down the process. They will be taken up this week and need our help! You can learn more about these bills here.

  • Gun Safety bills SB 554, HB 2510, HB 2543. SB 554, which enables local authorities to ban firearms from certain public buildings, passed the Senate and is now under consideration in the House. Last Friday saw a major advancement when the safe storage provisions in HB 2510 were added to SB 554. It’s time to keep up the pressure and push for passage of these bills! To know more, go here.

To find your legislators and their contact details, go here. Two Upcoming Events Act for Democracy is proud to be a local co-sponsor of The League of Women Voter’s nation-wide People Powered Day of Action, which will take place this Thursday, April 29 from 7:00 to 8:00pm. To join the online event, use this Zoom link and enter passcode 9wGHh5. Act for Democracy is also co-sponsoring, along with 350PDX, a Q&A with State Treasurer Tobias Read on climate justice May 5 at 7:00pm. Details here.

. May Meeting A4D Activist Reading Group The A4D activist reading group will meet on Thursday, May 13, from 7:00-8:30pm. The group will discuss George Lakoff’s The ALL NEW Don't Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate. Learn how to talk more effectively to people who don’t share your values. You can find the book at Powell’s along with readers’ reviews. To join the reading group meeting, use this Zoom link. For more information, contact Ken Rosenberg at rosenbergkd@yahoo.com.

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