News from A4D
Oregon Redistricting Presentation A Summary & More For anyone who missed last week’s monthly A4D meeting or for those of you who want to revisit the highlights of Chris Cobey and Norman Turrill’s—both from the Portland League of Women Voters—presentation on redistricting in Oregon, you can read all about it here. Here’s the link to the handout they provided and when you click here, you’ll find the power point slides that accompanied their highly informative talk. Thank you Chris and Norman! A4D Activists Allen & Bobbie Isaacman Book Launch Please help celebrate the publication of Mozambique's Samora Machel: A Life Cut Short authored by A4D members Allen and Bobbie (Barbara) Isaacman. An in-person book launch will be held Wednesday, July 7, from 7:00-9:00pm. Their book chronicles the precipitous rise and controversial fall of a formidable African leader, a subject they know well, having lived through many of the changes in Mozambique that occurred under Machel. If you’re vaccinated and want to attend, RSVP here. Books will be available for purchase; dessert and beverages will be served. The 2021 Legislative Session Is Over The Results Are In There are successes to be cheered! A4D took positions on 57 bills, 28 of which passed; the three we opposed failed. You can check all the results here. Most of the important Climate/Energy/Environment bills we followed passed while one we opposed died. Surprisingly, a few bills that should have garnered enough support to pass did not—HB-2495 on toxic free children’s products, HB-2488 which addressed equity and climate change in land use rules, and SJM-5, which supported the federal Carbon Fee and Dividend bill. All the Housing bills passed, and after years of trying, we finally got two important Gun Safety measures passed (two bills were combined into one). SB-554 (incorporating HB-2510) allows banning concealed carry in certain public buildings and stipulates safe storage of firearms. Six of nine Policing bills passed. Unaccountably, one bill with bipartisan support, SB-499, which provided compensation for those wrongfully convicted, failed. We haven’t heard the full story of the legislative hocus-pocus behind that one, but we will! We bucked the national tide by passing good Election Reform and Governance bills and defeating bad ones, and we supported a Broadband bill that passed. There were challenges, nonetheless. Though we passed a critically important Immigration bill to safeguard undocumented Oregonians, the Sanctuary Act (HB-3265), other important immigration bills failed. At least, Oregon is beginning to recognize the important role immigrants play in our state. This article highlights that role, one which A4D and COIN supports. Don’t Forget A4D Party Coming Up! You’ll be receiving details soon about our outdoor, in-person festivities on Tuesday, July 27 from 5:00-7:00pm.