While We Wait Good News in Oregon!
As the post-election drama continues to unfold, we can take comfort in a number of significant wins in Oregon.
Shemia Fagan won the Secretary of State race, a critical victory in light of upcoming redistricting.
Peter DeFazio retained his powerful position in the House of Representatives.
Ellen Rosenblum remains Oregon’s Attorney General and Tobias Read stays as our State Treasurer.
Senator Jeff Merkley was handily re-elected.
Deb Patterson is going to the Oregon Senate from District 10, the Salem area, having defeated her Timber-Unity-backed opponent.
Anna Williams kept her seat in the Oregon House, representing Hood River and District 52.
Many important statewide and local ballot measures passed, including campaign finance reform, increased tax on tobacco products to fund health care, tuition-free preschool, and Multnomah County Library and Portland Public Schools bond measures.
There’s plenty to celebrate!
Where Do We Go from Here?
Wondering what next? The Oregon Justice Resource Center is hosting a series of conversations, Bending Towards Justice, to explore issues related to mass incarceration, the criminal legal system, and civil rights. These online discussions will begin this Monday, November 9, and continue throughout the week. You can register for all or one of the conversations or join via a Facebook livestream. For a full schedule of topics, speakers, and other details, visit the OJRC website or their Facebook page.
OSTPDX Activist Reading Group
The next meeting of the OSTPDX activist reading group will be held, Thursday, November 12, from 7:00-8:30pm. The topic will be a debrief of the election. If you would like to join the meeting, contact Ken Rosenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.