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.

Home Rule Charter vs. General Law County Government

Over 100 people attended a forum last night held by LWV Umpqua Valley at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center. Thank you to all who attended the County Government Options meeting.

Thanks also go to our speakers, Joe Leahy and Bill Van Vactor, who traveled from Eugene to discuss a current ballot measure 10-159 – Changes Douglas County Government to “Home Rule” Under County Charter versus the current form of Douglas County government, general law.

Joe Leahy (on the right) teaches Local Government Law at U of O Law School. Bill-Van-Vactor-Joe-LeahyHe was City Attorney for the City of Springfield and is Legal Counsel for the Springfield Utility Board.

Bill Van Vactor (on the left) was Lane County Legal Counsel for 15 years and then Lane County Administrator for 15 years. Lane County operates under a Home Rule Charter.

Remember to mail in or drop off your ballots by Nov. 7. Be sure to VOTE!

Links Galore!

Home Rule Charter proposal – http://www.co.douglas.or.us/clerk/documents/10-159HomeRule.pdf

Here are a few video links to a bit of last night’s information. Please ‘like’ the videos!

This is a link to the News-Review coverage

Our Facebook page

And here are some photos from last night, 10/17/17, too! Enjoy!

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Speakers to Explain Different Types of County Government

Are you confused about the difference between a General Law county and a Home Rule county?

On Tuesday, October 17, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center, 1624 W. Harvard Ave. in Roseburg, the League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley will feature Joe Leahy and Bill Van Vactor speaking about different forms of county governance.

Mr. Leahy teaches Local Government Law at U of O Law School. He was City Attorney for the City of Springfield and is Legal Counsel for the Springfield Utility Board.

Bill Van Vactor was Lane County Legal Counsel for 15 years and then Lane County Administrator for 15 years. Lane County operates under a Home Rule Charter.

The League is nonpartisan, and encourages informed voting.

The meeting is free and open to the public. There will be time for questions. For more information, call 541-672-1914.

Voter Registration Season Begins!

League of Women Voters to Host 300+ Voter Registration Drives Across the Country

Yesterday was the National Voter Registration Day and the League of Women Voters was proud to participate in the sixth annual National Voter Registration Day 2017 (NVRD), a nationwide, nonpartisan effort to register hundreds of thousands of voters on a single day.

As a founding partner of NVRD and the single-largest on-the-ground participating organization, the League and partner organizations will register thousands of voters in person and online Tuesday.

“The League is hosting more than 300 local voter registration drives across the country this week,” said Chris Carson, president of the League of Women Voters. “Our volunteers will be out in force, reaching new voters at bike races, supermarkets, transit stops, gyms and at new citizen ceremonies.”

“There are important elections in many states this year, and we want everyone to have the opportunity to register and vote,” Carson continued. “Local elections matter. Now is the time to make sure your registration, and that of your friends and family, is up to date.”

Voters nationwide can find out if they have elections, their states’ voter registration deadlines, and more information at VOTE411.org. Voters in more than 100 communities will find customized information about who is on the ballot in their area.

Read more here –> LWV.org

Off To A Good Start

Thank you to everyone who attended our first membership meeting of the year last night, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.

The meeting of about 30 was interesting and fun in our new meeting room at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center, 1624 West Harvard Avenue, Roseburg. We had great speakers followed by a delicious ice cream social.

Betty Sparks, a new member, native Oregonian, and retired education teacher, spoke about kidney disease and how prevalent it is. She herself needs a kidney transplant and is on the list for one. However, many are also in line, nationally over 122,000 people. Betty explained how diabetes and high blood pressure contribute to the likelihood of the disease. In other words, we are all susceptible. For more information here are a few resources:

The Blue Zones Project representatives for the effort in Douglas County also spoke. Juliete Palenshus and Jessica Moore informed us about the project which is also seeking supporters and volunteers. Bluezones-tshirts.jpgThe three-year goal is to support well-being improvements in multiple areas here in Douglas County. For more information, see the website and contact Juliete Palenshus by emailing her.

They’ll even give you a t-shirt!

Welcome to new members who joined last night!

Here’s some familiar faces of a few of our lovely members:

 

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Welcome, Members and Those Interested

Please attend the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

We will be holding an Ice Cream Social, getting back together to kick off the new League year. Join us!

We are fortunate to locate our new meeting venue this year at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center. Bring your ideas for programs and focus for the year.

We hope to see you there!

Jenny Carloni
LWVUV President

League Statement on DACA Reversal

American_Flag_3Washington, DC – The Trump administration today announced their intention to reverse the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, leaving the fate of 800,000 immigrants in jeopardy. League of Women Voters president Chris Carson issued the following statement:

“This administration’s decision to rescind the ‘Dreamers’ program is shameful and does not serve national interest.

“As a country of immigrants, we are made stronger by our diversity. Yet time and time again, this administration has discriminated against immigrants and communities of color.

“Reversing the DACA policy will have a devastating impact on our economy. Ending this program will increase unemployment.

“Thousands of the Dreamers protected by DACA were brought to this country as babies and have no memories of their birth country. These individuals are paying taxes, contributing to Social Security and are Americans in everything but the name.

“The League of Women Voters is opposed to deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants and we urge congress to pass a clean Dreamers Act to protect, not turn away, the 800,000 young people who were brought to the United States as children.”

Contact: Sarah Courtney | 202-263-1332 | scourtney@lwv.org

League of Women Voters Condemns White Supremacists in Charlottesville

The League of Women Voters of the United States president Chris Carson issued the following statement following the horrific acts by white supremacists in Virginia this weekend:american-flag-clip-art-waving-waves-w

“Yesterday the world watched in horror as white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia. There is no place for hatred and violence in our democracy and all leaders must condemn these acts of domestic terrorism. We must send a strong message that while the freedom of speech and the freedom of assembly are some of our most cherished rights and must be protected, those rights do not extend to what we witnessed yesterday. The League of Women Voters stands in solidarity with the victims of violence in Charlottesville and against white supremacism.”

The League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley agrees and supports this message by our national president.

The Latest on Our Children’s Trust Lawsuit

We, the League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley, are proud that our state League (LWVOR) signed on to an amicus brief in support of Our Children’s Trust with our national League (LWVUS).

As Eleanor Revelle, Chair of the national League’s Climate Change Task Force, said on 8/12/17:

As I reported last week, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered a temporary stay in the proceedings of the Juliana et al v. United States climate lawsuit while it considers a petition from the Trump administration that it review the November 2016 decision by District Court Judge Ann Aiken to allow the lawsuit to go to trial.  The attorneys for the 21 youth plaintiffs have been ordered to file an answer to the Trump administration’s petition.  And Our Children’s Trust (OCT) has requested that the Leagues (LWVUS and LWVOR) submit an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs’ response.

As you will recall, the LWVUS and LWVOR filed an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs when the case was before Judge Aiken in the District Court in fall 2016.  Courtney Johnson with the Crag Law Center will be drafting a new brief for us now. The basic premise for the Leagues’ brief is our organization’s interest is in protecting the rights of everyone in the democratic process.Unknown

When the political process fails, as here, to protect the rights of children, then the courts must step in to secure those rights.  The government has been debating climate change for so long, we’ve now reached a tipping point, and this case must move forward on the merits and not get bogged down in procedural issues.  These children’s rights are at stake, and time is of the essence.

As before, with the 2016 amicus brief, the League of Women Voters of Oregon has agreed to collect contributions towards the costs associated with drafting and submitting the brief, about $3,000.  I invite you to join me in making a contribution towards this effort.

If you can help, please send your check to:

League of Women Voters of Oregon
1330 12th St. SE, Suite 200
Salem OR 97302-2858

Include a note indicating that it is to support the amicus brief in the OCT climate lawsuit.

Download the amicus brief here

The LWV of Oregon consolidated into a 501(c)(3) organization in 2015; therefore your contribution is tax-deductible.  Thank you!

LWV Supports the Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2017

The League of Women Voters is proud to support the “Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2017” introduced on 6/14/17 by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Representative Robert Brady (D-PA). Under this legislation, when eligible voters interact with a government agency, they will automatically be signed up to vote unless they decline.  It also provides for online voter registration for all eligible voters.vote-button

“This bill will improve the accuracy of voter records, cut down on costs, and modernize outdated registration systems, while supporting states in implementing these updated systems,” said Chris Carson, president of the League of Women Voters. “The League has advocated for online and electronic voter registration for many years and we are pleased to see Congress recognizing these technologies.”

Modernizing the American electoral system will protect and enhance access for eligible voters and this plan could add millions of eligible new voters to the rolls.

Read more here on the League’s national website.

And let your legislators know you support it, too!

League Reacts to Pence-Kobach Election Commission

The League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) has issued a statement that says …

“Democracy only works when people stand up and vote. The League of Women Voters urges the American people not to be intimidated by this Commission: stay enrolled and encourage others to register to vote.

“Our elections have integrity. This Commission does not.”

For the full statement, visit the LWVUS’s website here.

Contact your senators and representatives today and let them know what you think.

To find your Oregon representatives’ contact information, visit this page.

Garden Tour 2018 Date has been set!

Garden Tour 2018June 16th, 2018
7 months to go.