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Next Meeting is Monday, Jan. 14 at 1:30 p.m.
Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th St.
Click here for the agenda.
Norman Turrill, state League president, presents about redistricting reform to an audience at PCC Willow Creek in November.
Setting this Year's Agenda

Come help us decide what action the League will take in Oregon and Washington County this coming year!

We will discuss elections and whether to hold any forums, affordable housing & homelessness, the environment and justice reform and see what next steps we would like to take in advocating on these topics this year.  

In each of these areas we will see what issue(s) are compelling. We will check to see if the League has positions that we can use and if the positions are up-to-date.  We can suggest a study or study update at the state level or decide if we wish to take on a local study.

If we feel that there are good positions that we can act on, we can develop an action plan to recommend to LWV of Oregon for this year or a local action plan.

If we feel that we don’t know enough about a topic, we can form an interest group or develop a plan for a forum. An interest group is several members who work together to explore a topic. It can be something general such as the Rivers and Streams of Washington County or more targeted such as Juvenile Justice in Washington County. The group can read and discuss books, papers and websites. They can arrange for speakers and field trips.

To give you an idea of what a forum is, here are recordings that the League in Portland has made of recent forums, Juvenile Justice and Immigration.  

We cannot accomplish our plans without wonderful volunteers!

Please bring your ideas and enthusiasm to our program planning meeting.

Representation Matters

On Nov. 29 we heard from state League president Norman Turrill and Candalynn Johnson, campaign coordinator, about the League's campaign with City Club of Portland, AARP, and Common Cause to push for redistricting reform in Oregon so all voters are fairly represented.
To find out more about our position and find out how to get involved, click here.

Fighting Polarization

On Jan. 26 the League, in conjunction with the Better Angels organization, will host a Better Angels “Skills Workshop” at the Beaverton Public Library from 1:15-3:45 p.m.

The workshop is free and open to anyone, but please register here.

Better Angels is a national, non-profit, citizen’s organization that aims to unite red and blue Americans in conversations designed to depolarize our national politics. Founded in 2016, Better Angels aims to help individuals understand the other side’s point of view, even if they don’t agree with it, look for common ground, and engage those we disagree with in a constructive search for ways to work together in addressing our most pressing national issues.

Inspiration for Better Angels draws from Abraham Lincoln’s 1861 Inaugural Address when the President said:

   "We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory ... will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."

You can find out more about Better Angels at www.better-angels.org and its local website www.betterangelspdx.org.

On the 26th there will be a presentation, participants will have an opportunity to practice conversation skills. You will practice in a pair with someone of your same political persuasion—red or blue. “Reds” lean conservative and tend to vote Republican. “Blues” lean liberal and tend to vote Democratic. If you fall somewhere in the middle, you can choose either side for purposes of practicing the skills.

Special Election in May
There will be a special election on May 21. Many local positions on school and water boards are in need of residents to step up and serve!
The deadline to file to run for a seat is March 21. Click here for a list of the positions and here for filing instructions.

Upcoming events

  • Jan. 10, Beaverton State of the City, 7:30-9 a.m., 3555 SW 153rd Dr., more info here.
  • Jan. 13, Community Group Forum, 4:30-6 p.m., FCC Church 494 E. Main St., Hillsboro.
  • Jan. 14, Washington County Public Affairs Forum, 12-1 p.m., the League has a membership so members can attend and ask questions!, meets every Monday, schedule here.
  • Jan. 14, League of Women Voters of Washington County, 1:30 p.m., Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th St.
  • Jan. 29, Hillsboro State of the City, Civic Center, 5-7 p.m., 150 E. Main St. More info here.

 

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