League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley

Mission Statement

League of Women Voters® of the Umpqua Valley is a grassroots, nonpartisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government in order to build better communities statewide.

LWVUV’s purposes are to influence public policy through education and advocacy, and to provide support for League members and the League organization.

We Can’t Do Worse Than the Men!

Yoncalla City Council 1920

Yoncalla City Council 1920

“We Can’t Do Worse Than the Men! Yoncalla Women Take Over Municipal Government 1920”

Join the League of an evening of historical entertainment when Shannon Applegate recounts the time when the women of Yoncalla took over the local government because the men were not doing their jobs.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Douglas County Library, 1409 NE Diamond Lake Blvd., Roseburg, OR
7PM to 8:30PM

A quote from The Atlantic regarding this long-ago event.

“On November 2, 1920, the citizens of Yoncalla, Oregon, got a big surprise as the ballots were tallied in their local election. All the incumbent men on the city council had been voted out. Yoncalla, a small town of 323 residents about 40 miles south of Eugene, had voted in an entirely female city council.”

This presentation is open and free to the public. All are welcome.

For more information, contact us at [541] [672] [1914].

Download and print or email the flyer to distribute. Thank you!

Joint statement from Oregon on plans to repeal Affordable Care Act

Press release dated 3/8/17:

SALEM – Oregon Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick (D-Portland) and House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson (D-Portland) released the following statement today regarding plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act:

“The plans by Congressional Republicans and the Trump Administration to repeal the Affordable Care Act are inhumane, unjust and will harm families in Oregon and across the country. Our most vulnerable community members – the sick, elderly, children and low-income families – will be robbed of the life-saving care they need.

Under this plan, average Oregon families will shoulder a much higher burden, or go without coverage. Taxpayers will carry far more of the costs of caring for those who need it. People who need health insurance the most, and finally have it under the ACA, will be put at risk again. This will have devastating impacts throughout Oregon, particularly in rural areas, where there is a higher percentage of Medicaid patients. This will make our state less healthy and less prosperous. Trump’s plan is a losing proposition for Oregon families.”

Make Every Vote Count!

It’s time to contact your Oregon legislators about supporting SB 823, the “National Popular Vote” (NPV) bill.one-person-one-vote

Contact your own state legislators and also Oregon’s senate president Peter Courtney. The NPV is a way to make every voter’s vote count in a presidential election. Clicking on the links in the message below will get you to three suggestions for the text of a message, which you can personalize.

Other links:

Spread the word to your friends in other parts of Oregon to help make every vote count!

Jenny Carloni, LWVUV President, 3/6/17

Postsecondary Education Update

postsecondary-study-imageHere are links to documents for next Thursday, Feb. 23’s consensus meeting regarding the state League study entitled “Postsecondary Education Study 2016”.

Read the full study here.

Here’s the Executive Summary.

Here’s the Consensus Questions. Please bring a copy with you to the meeting.

If you would like to attend this meeting, call [541] [672] [1914] for directions.

Postsecondary Education Study Consensus Meeting Thursday, 2/23/17 at 7pm to 8:30pm.

Elections Methods Study Update Consensus Meeting

Hello LWVUV Members,

Are you planning to attend our Election Methods Study Update Consensus Meeting this Thursday, Feb. 9 from 7:00-9:00? If so, please RSVP to Jenny. It will help to know how many are coming.

Please carpool if possible. Ask Jenny for directions when you call.election-methods-study-2016-1

The following references refer to this document: Elections Methods Study 2016 (PDF)

Recommendations in reaching consensus:

  • Read appendixes 4 and 5 first.
  • Look at appendix 2, pages 46-7 on evaluation criteria.
  • Look at the charts on pages 4, 5, and 21 for a quick overview of different electoral systems.
  • Then browse through the text and read whatever captures your interest on the mechanics of specific types of voting for both single winner elections and multiple winner contests. The section on proportional representation is especially recommended as perhaps the most unfamiliar to us.
  • Finally, look at chapter five (pages 42 and 43) for administrative issues around changing the current system.

If you have time to watch these three videos, that may be more helpful than reading some of the more technical passages.

At lwvor.org you’ll find a handy link right in the middle of the page. Click on ELECTION METHODS STUDY UPDATE and you’ll be taken to a page where you can click and view some short videos, and find a wealth of other info as well.

Please bring the Consensus Questions with you. Otherwise, we will have a few copies available at the meeting.

Listening Project Update

Be sure to check out our Listening Project web page as we’ve just updated it with news about our project.

We are offering a new course in creating a Culture of Listening in our community and to each other.

Please join us!

For more information download the flyer by clicking on the image below.


Three Questions for the Supreme Court Nominee

Chris Carson, the leader of the national League of Women Voters (LWV), issued the following statement on Feb. 1, 2017.

The Supreme Court nominee President Trump announced this week will play a major role in setting the course for American democracy over the coming decades. That may seem like an exaggeration, but the Supreme Court is currently americana-69divided four to four on most major issues. The incoming justice will ultimately be the deciding vote on crucial issues that shape the direction of our system of government and our country.

The League of Women Voters believes that any Supreme Court nominee should share his or her views on fundamental issues. We have three questions for a nominee:

1. Must the Executive Branch obey court orders from the federal judicial system?
Our system of checks and balances is the basic tenet of a free democracy. To prevent authoritarianism, the Founders made sure that that no one branch of the government could dominate the others. But in recent days, it appears that the Executive Branch is challenging that system by refusing to obey federal court orders limiting President Trump’s anti- immigration policies. The Supreme Court nominee must take a stand, one way or the other, on the role of federal courts in our system of government.

2. What is the appropriate role for voting rights in our democracy? Our nation was founded on a belief that voters should be in charge of our government rather than government being in charge of the voters. However imperfect at the beginning, citizen voting rights have grown through constitutional amendments to include women, racial and ethnic minorities and young people. But we are seeing efforts to roll back voting rights, with laws designed to make it more difficult for people to exercise their right to vote. The Supreme Court nominee should let the American people know his or position, whether voting rights enforcement is a vital component of our representative democracy or if the nominee thinks limitations can be justified under our Constitution.

3. Is big money in politics a fundamental part of our electoral system, or can limits sometimes be justified? Some believe that corporations, unions, organizations and individuals should be able to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections, and to do so secretly. Others see this as an existential threat to our democracy. The Supreme Court nominee should state his beliefs related to the influence of money in our elections.

Judicial nominees should not be required to tell us how they will decide future cases, but they should share with the public the basic principles they support or oppose. For the Senate to carry out its constitutional duty to advise and consent on judicial nominees, truthful answers about basic principles are required. A presidential nomination is not a blank check. The Constitution requires the Senate to do its duty.

The League of Women Voters urges the Senate to explore these three fundamental questions with any nominee before voting to confirm or reject the next Supreme Court justice.

See: Statement from the President of the League of Women Voters of the United States 2-1-17

League Opposes Immigration Ban

The League is opposed to deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants.

The LWV supports cities, towns, counties and states that make a decision not to cooperate with federal deportation and enforcement actions that include non-criminal undocumented immigrants.  Moreover, the Trump Administration’s orders are of dubious legality. 

It is simply wrong, and a perversion of the American system of justice, for the Executive Branch to refuse to obey federal court orders.

The LWV is opposed to discrimination, including discrimination in immigration, based on religion.  The Trump Administration’s orders appear to be targeted at Muslims and immigrants from majority-Muslims nations.

We would like to remind all our members that we are faced with many challenges to our positions and the League is involved in serious efforts to address them.  Among these, we spent last weekend anticipating the issuance of an Executive Order investigating ‘voter fraud’.  We continue to monitor this situation and are ready to issue a statement if that occurs.  We also continue our efforts to lobby on ACA in Congress.  Everybody in the country is scrambling to keep up. 

Chris Carson, President/Chair

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LWV’s Annual Program Planning

Please join your local League of Women Voters Umpqua Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Douglas County Library, 1409 NE Diamond Lake Blvd. in Roseburg, for the annual Program Planning meeting.

The program will include a historical look at the League and its work along with “Program Planning”, that is, planning its work for the coming year. Each year in January the LWV reviews its past positions and asks membership for new study ideas. At this meeting we will decide on a local level what our members need to address current and upcoming issues in Douglas County and statewide.

One issue that is on the agenda is a position regarding Civil Discourse. Click on this link — civil-discourse-concurrence-proposal — to read the concurrence proposal. There are also references to check out. This is a proposal from the LWV Clackamas. This will be voted on at the state League convention in May 2017.

Here is a link to the program planning form 2017-19 that you can print and bring to the Jan. 24th meeting.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

‘Save Our Healthcare’ Rally in Roseburg

Let’s speak out to Save Our Healthcare! Meet with others who feel as you do at the Roseburg Fred Meyer at 2PM on Sunday, January 15th from 2PM to 3PM.

Please share far and wide. The more people we have the more of an impact we will make.

Please let the organizer know if you plan to go, so we know we have enough signs.

See You There!
Sunday, January 15th, 2pm
Garden Valley Blvd at Fred Meyer

More information is on Facebook –> Please click on the link below. https://m.facebook.com/events/1826964517572496