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We're Meeting Tomorrow - Redistricting Is the Topic

We Meet Tomorrow! Have You Registered?

Don’t miss our monthly meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, June 22, from 5:00-6:30pm. Be sure to register now! Our presenters, Chris Cobey and Norman Turrill from Portland’s League of Women Voters, will speak to us about “A Thousand Districts: 2021 Oregon Redistricting,” which will include a brief history of legislative and congressional redistricting in Oregon and an overview of redistricting standards. Also, you’ll learn about concrete actions you can take to engage in the redistricting process in Oregon that is currently underway. Chris Cobey is a retired lawyer, a former twice-elected member of City Council, and the Voter Service chair for the League of Women Voters. Norman Turrill is a past president of the League of Women Voters and current president of the League’s Oregon Advocacy Fund. He worked as a computer software engineer and was a Peace Corps teacher in Somalia. To prepare for Tuesday’s presentation, review this handout that the speakers have put together to accompany their talk. And here is the meeting agenda.

Legislative Action Team Update Though the legislative session is drawing to a close, there are still bills that are alive, moving forward, and need our attention. Please do what you can to get them over the finish line. It’s not too late to contact your legislators! Climate/Energy/Environment A work session for HB-2842A, Healthy Homes, will take place, Monday, June 21, at 2:00pm. HB-2021B, the Clean Energy for All bill, reduces emissions. SB-582A is the Recycling Reform bill. Election Reform HB-3291-2 contains provisions from various election reform bills that A4D and COIN supported and assures that ballots mailed by election day are counted if received up to seven days after the election, among other provisions. Immigration HB-3265, the Sanctuary Act, passed the House and has its first reading in the Senate on Monday, June 21. Policing HB-2932, the Use of Force Data Base bill, has a work session on Monday, June 21, at 2:00pm. HB-2928 regulates the use of non-lethal force by law enforcement; the work session takes place Monday, June 21, at 8:00am. HB-3145, the Police Misconduct Data Base bill, has a work session on Monday, June 21, at 8:00am. There have been some important wins, which you will find at this link, as well as some disappointments and failures, which you can check out here (note that the bill highlighted in red was a bill A4D opposed so consider it a win and a few of the bills on this list were folded into other bills so are not necessarily a loss). Ariel Wants Your Photos & Videos New Social Media Campaign On the heels of COIN’s 51-star video that promoted DC statehood and received over 100,000 views, the next project is a social media campaign that will focus on a push for the For The People Act and other reforms necessary to save our democracy. The two themes of the campaign are: #Pups4The People and #SaveTheVoteForMe. Please send photos and short videos of you, your pets, your kids, or grandkids to Ariel Knox at SmugMug or via email by Sunday, June 27. The photos and videos can be new or old. If you’d like some props, reach out to Elizabeth Luthy at For more information and inspiration, visit this website page. To attend Ariel Knox’s social media drop-in session on Sundays at 2:00pm, use this Zoom link. We’re Having a Party! Mark Your Calendar We’re celebrating in July! Make a note: Tuesday, July 27 from 5:00-7:00pm. Details will be coming shortly.

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