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Next meeting is Monday, March 11 at 1:30 p.m.
Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th St.
Click here for the agenda. Minutes from Feb. 11 are here.
The League of Women Voters Washington County unit recently hosted a gathering at Telvet Coffee House in Forest Grove to talk with students about ways to help identify and elevate their most pressing political concerns across the political spectrum.
Encouraging Student Civic Activism

The League of Women Voters Washington County unit, in conjunction with Forest Grove and Cornelius educators, local government leaders and students from Pacific University and Forest Grove High School are working together to develop a workshop this fall to identify and act on issues of greatest concern to students.

The event will feature inspirational speakers, small groups discussions on topics across a range of political interests.

Team facilitators will help students brainstorm to develop an action plan, and will assist with issue research direction on the topics students chose.

Facilitators will lend their experience and expertise to help students find ways to act effectively to implement their ideas at the local, county or state level. 

They will also be following up after the workshop and will act as ongoing mentors for students in research and advocacy efforts. Mentors will share their experiences, skills, and advocacy knowledge.

The goal of this effort is to encourage young people to actively participate in democracy, to make our government work for all of us. Our next planning meeting is Wednesday, March 20th at 5 p.m. on the Pacific University campus in Forest Grove.
For information, email Josie at josephine.koehne@gmail.com. 

Thank you to League Drinking Water Advisory Committee member, Amelia Nestler, who wrote testimony in support of SB27, drinking water fees, and HB2860, the Safe Well Water bill. Catch up on all League testimony for this Legislative session here. You can also view weekly legislative reports here.
Hard Rock Mining
All members should have received a copy in the mail of the League's Hard Rock Mining Study, and will be able to participate in consensus at the March 11 meeting to potentially form a state-wide position.
You can also view the study online, and preview questions we will be discussing:
http://lwvor.org/study-archives/lwvorstudyarchivelibrary/#hardrockminin
From the Forum

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has two main responsibilities: operating the jail, which has about 570 inmates, and providing law enforcement for rural and urban unincorporated Washington County. The Sheriff’s Office has over 900 employees and is headed by an elected Sheriff, who is Pat Garrett.

At the Feb. 18th Washington County Public Affairs Forum, Sheriff's Office Det. Mark Povolny and Esther Nelson from Safety Compass, spoke about human trafficking in the county.

You can watch the presentation here.

The League of Women Voters Washington County Unit has an organizational membership with the Forum, which means League members are free to attend any Forum and ask questions of the speakers.

Find the Forum speaker schedule here. It's a great way to hear from our local elected officials, about issues impacting us here in Washington County and directly interact with experts on their topics.

High School Essay Contest
Unit member Debby Garman of 350.org's Washington County team announces this year's Climate Change Contest!

Students in grades 9-12 who live in Washington County are elligible to enter so spread the word.

This year’s topic is “food waste”. What is food waste? How does it impact people and the planet? What are the potential solutions?
Do some research, get creative and submit a short video or written essay by 5 p.m. on April 2. Entries can be in English or Spanish.

Prizes include cash, recognition and a potential internship with an environmental program. See the official contest website for rules and entry form: https://climateessaycontest.weebly.com/
Upcoming Events
Be sure to stay tuned to the League's Action Alerts to support the League's efforts in Salem during this legislative session! 
March, various times and locations, Community Participation Organizations (CPOs) meet monthly around the county. Find your local neighborhood CPO here.
March 4, 12-1 p.m., Washington County Public Affairs Forum, Coyotes Grill, 5301 W. Baseline Road, Hillsboro, Forest Grove Mayor Peter Truax.
March 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, various times, Board of Commissioners, 155 N. First Ave., Hillsboro, click here for schedule and agendas.
March 11th, 1:30-2:30, LWVWashCo monthly meeting, Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th Ave., Beaverton. 
March 11th, 12-1 p.m., Washington County Public Affairs Forum, Coyotes Grill, 5301 W. Baseline Road, Hillsboro, Tualatin Mayor Frank Bubenik.
March 18, 12-1 p.m., Washington County Public Affairs Forum, Coyotes Grill, 5301 W. Baseline Road, Hillsboro, Defensa de la Dignidad presentation.
March 25, 12-1 p.m., Washington County Public Affairs Forum, Coyotes Grill, 5301 W. Baseline Road, Hillsboro, Tigard Mayor Jason Snider.
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