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Issue 4

Next meeting is Oct. 1 2-3 p.m.
Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th St., Beaverton, Vose Room

View the agenda here
Minutes from Sept. 10 meeting here
For National Voter Registration Day, Tuesday Sept. 25th, new League member Debby Garman arranged a visit to Gaston High School to register kids over 16 to vote. We were also invited to speak in Ms. Cornils’s senior government class before hosting our registration table at lunch.

Jayne Cravens, another new League member, and Josie Koehne, unit co-chair, presented on promoting democracy abroad using slides of Jayne's work for the United Nations in Afghanistan and Poland. The kids were fascinated!

Josie presented a PowerPoint presentation on “How to Become an Informed Voter” and went over some election basics and included some advice on civil discourse from materials put together by Marge Easley of the Clackamas League. We have already been invited back by the principal who wrote, “I definitely think we should continue to have you out in the future. It's a really great opportunity for our kids and encourages thoughtful conversations in and out of class.”

We also sent the principal and government class a link to information on the League's 
Mock Elections and a sheet of useful links to get election information.
Thanks Jayne and Debby for jumping right in to volunteer, and Josie and her husband Glenn for overseeing and guiding the whole process!
MEASURES 103 & 104 DISCUSSION OCT. 3 AND OCT. 11 FORUM
 
Learn about two of the more complicated ballot measures before filling out your ballot 
League member Eric Schmidt will host a discussion of Measure 103, banning grocery taxes, and Measure 104, defining raising revenue for super majority votes in the legislature, on Oct. 3rd at the
Hillsboro Public Library, 2850 NE Brookwood Pkwy., from 6-8:30 p.m.
Please invite your friends! This is your chance to get an expert explanation of some complicated proposals from a nonpartisan source.
Other candidates who will be on the ballot for area House and Senate districts and local councils Nov. 6 as well as local civics and nonprofit organizations will table before the discussion from 4-6 p.m. Both events will be upstairs in the library's event space.


Hear from County Chair candidates and those for and against Sanctuary Law 
We are also partnering with the Washington County Public Affairs Forum to host a debate featuring County Chair candidates Kathryn Harrington and Bob Terry Oct. 11 at the Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 E. Main St., from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with candidate tabling beforehand from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The forum will feature questions, both prepared and from the audience, for the two Chair candidates as well as both sides of Measure 105, which asks voters to approve a repeal of Oregon's Sanctuary Law. This will be a debate style forum, with time for rebuttal on each question.

Speaking for the measure will be Richard LaMountain from Oregonians for Immigration Reform and speaking against the measure will be Maria Caballero Rubio, executive director of Centro Cultural de Washington County.
New Resource for Parents to Attend Civics Events!

A valuable new organization is available for parents to get reimbursed for babysitting costs so they can attend civics events and meetings!
Politisit has an easy online process to fill out an application to get approved. Once approved parents just need to submit approval for the activity they'd like to attend at least 72 hours ahead of time, and Politisit will reimburse them for their childcare costs!
Some of the events they will cover costs for include:
  • Talking to your elected official
  • Testifying at a legislative hearing
  • Observing a budget committee meeting
  • Attending civic activism training
  • Volunteering on an oversight committee
  • Attending a school board meeting
  • Going to your neighborhood association meeting
  • Working on a non-profit advisory committee
That means League meetings and events, including volunteering are included! We are working to find a recommended childcare provider to watch children at upcoming League events in collaboration with Politisit so look out for that opportunity soon, and refer those you know with children to this service: www.politisit.org.
 
ACLU Seeking Volunteer Help
 

The Oregon League has voted to not support Measures 105, Repeal of Sanctuary Law, and 106, Outlawing Taxpayer Funds for Abortion, and the ACLU has asked if League members will help in their efforts to defeat these measures.
If you are willing to write Letters to the Editor on this topic, please fill out this form and an ACLU representative will get in touch.
They are also seeking volunteers to phonebook and canvass. Please go to this
link to volunteer for these activities.
 
Volunteer Opportunities

We've updated the Volunteer Sign Up Form! From signing up new members and registering voters at the Farmer's Market to reporting back on County Commission meetings, there are lots of ways to help.
Some information on a few new opportunities:

Mock Election - This statewide program run by the state League has teachers from middle school to high school use curriculum provided by the League about how elections work and how to educate yourself as a voter. After completing the curriculum, students vote in a "Mock Election" the last week of October. Can you contact area schools to see if teachers are interested? More about the program
here

Public Affairs Forum - Our unit joined the Washington County Public Affairs Forum for the upcoming season. As a organization member, League members can ask questions of the speakers at each Forum program on Mondays from September through June. Can you attend and formulate questions for the League and report back?
Sign up for these great volunteer roles 
here!
 
Upcoming Civic Events
 
  • Oct. 1, 12 p.m., Coyotes Grill, 5301 W. Baseline Road, WashCo Public Affairs Forum featuring HD 29 and 24 candidates, info here.
  • Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m., Sherwood City Hall, Voter's Forum featuring county chair, mayor and council candidates, info here.
  • Oct. 4, 7 p.m., Fire Station, 20665 SW Blanton St., CPO 6 community meeting, agenda here.
  • Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m., Hillsboro Public Library, We the People: Panel Discussion moderated by Len Reed, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, info here.
  • Oct. 8, 12 p.m., Coyotes Grill, 5301 W. Baseline Road, WashCo Public Affairs Forum featuring HD 27 and 37 candidates, info here.
  • Oct. 8, 7 p.m., Bethany Presbyterian, CPO 7 community meeting, info here.
  • Oct. 9, 7 p.m., Leedy Grange, CPO 1 community meeting, agenda here.
  • Oct. 15, 12 p.m., Coyotes Grill, 5301 W. Baseline Road, WashCo Public Affairs Forum featuring Metro bond pro/against and HD 30 candidates, info here.
  • Oct. 16, Voter Registration deadline for the Nov. 6th election! Get registered or check that your registration is correct here!
  • Oct. 18, 6:15 p.m., Beaverton High School, Beaverton Voters Forum featuring county chair and local house district candidates and Metro Housing bond pro/against speakers, info here.
  • Oct. 22, 12 p.m., Coyotes Grill, 5301 W. Baseline Road, WashCo Public Affairs Forum featuring Measure 106 pro/against and HD 33 candidates, info here.
  • Oct. 27, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Hillsboro Downtown Farmers Market, visit our booth!
  • Nov. 8, 7 p.m., TVF&R Station 17, North Plains, CPO 8 community meeting, info here.
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