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Register Now! Monthly Meeting Next Tuesday, April 27 A4D is delighted to welcome Dr. Samuel Metz as our speaker for April’s monthly meeting, which will take place next Tuesday, April 27 at 5:00pm. Dr. Metz is the vice president of Oregon Physicians for a National Health Program and a founding member of Mad As Hell Doctors. He will share his insights and expertise with us in his talk on “Universal Healthcare: What’s the Least I Need to Know?” To prepare for Dr. Metz’s presentation, he recommends exploring the following:

  • The Healing of America, by T.R. Reid

  • Sick Around the World, a PBS documentary (55 minutes) online at:

  • The Commonwealth Fund for information about how the US healthcare system compares to other nations

  • Kaiser Family Foundation for information about healthcare statistics in the US

Don’t’ delay! Register now. You will receive a confirmation email with details for joining the meeting. 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. Help Make an Impact! Legislative Bills The Legislative Action Team has been busy. To date they, in conjunction with COIN, have recommended 42 bills. Please do what you can to ensure the passage of these bills by contacting your legislators. Among the many bills that deserve your attention are the following:

  • HB 3265, the Sanctuary Act, which prohibits collaboration and cooperation with ICE by state law enforcement;

  • three gun safety bills, including HB 2510, the Safe Storage Bill (the third reading of this bill takes place April 19), which is facing headwinds and needs our boost; HB 2543, which closes the “Charleston loophole” by forbidding gun transfer without a complete background check and is facing resistance; SB 554, which allows authorities to remove exceptions for holders of a concealed carry permit to bring firearms into public buildings;

  • climate/energy/environment bills, including HB 2475, the Oregon Clean Energy Affordability Act, scheduled for a committee hearing on April 22; HB 2021, the Clean Energy Act, which sets goals for electricity generation and storage to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and needs more citizen support; HB 2495, the Toxic Free Kids Act Expansion bill that would benefit from a call from you to help it get to a floor vote; HB 2842, the Healthy Homes bill, which would provide grants to low income households.

To find more bills that deserve your help, go here. To find your legislators and their contact details, go here. A4D Recommends Celebrate Earth Day by watching the film Kiss the Ground, a documentary about regenerating the soil as a means to stabilize the earth’s climate, and attending an online panel discussion about regenerative agriculture in Oregon on April 25. To learn more, register, and get a link to watch the film, go here. If you need further assistance, contact: info@havurahshalom.org Provide feedback to the Joint Committee on Ways and Means on how the Legislature should balance the state budget and use federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act. Oregonians are encouraged to attend the virtual hearings and offer their views on the budget for the 2021-23 biennium. Click here for details. Join other Indivisible members from across Oregon for Merkley Tuesday, a Zoom conversation with staff from Senator Merkley’s office. Details here. Read a fascinating new book the New York Times Book Review calls “insightful and enthralling” by the daughter of an A4D member—High Conflict by Amanda Ripley. Check out what Indivisible groups across the state have to say about the merits of DC statehood in this popular video.

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