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Today marks a somber anniversary as we observe 20 years since the attacks on September 11th, 2001.Today, we're thinking of the 2,977 victims of those heinous attacks. We’re thinking of the first responders who worked in the poisonous debris of the fallen towers, many of whom now suffer debilitating illness or have died because of their heroic efforts in the weeks and months that followed. We're thinking of the families, friends, and loved ones of those who were motivated to enlist in the wake of 9/11 and who gave their lives in service. And we're thinking of all those across America and around the world whose lives were indelibly changed by that September day.For the first time, Americans will observe this anniversary without troops stationed in Afghanistan. The longest war in American history came to an end on August 31st, after one of the biggest airlifts in history evacuated more than 120,000 people. This operation was not without tragedy, and we remember the 13 American servicemembers who made the ultimate sacrifice while saving the lives of others. Most of them were just children when the U.S. launched its war in Afghanistan. As President Biden remarked, he was unwilling to send another generation of Americans to fight a war that should have ended long ago.Twenty years ago, we bore witness to astonishing acts of bravery and heroism from first responders and ordinary Americans from all walks of life. Today, as we take time and make space for ourselves and each other to observe and remember the events of September 11th, 2001, let us strive for the unity we all felt swell through our tears and shock. Let us resolve to honor the lives lost and reaffirm our shared responsibilities to protect and look out for one another. Thank you,KC HansonChairDemocratic Party of Oregon ... See MoreSee Less
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Oregon Delegation Pushes Feds for More Relief Following Historic Wildfires, Droughts, HeatWyden, Merkley, DeFazio, Blumenauer, Schrader, Bonamici, Bentz: “Although the extent of damages relating to the extreme heat has yet to be fully determined, agricultural producers expect these impacts to be severe”Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s entire congressional delegation today joined with Western colleagues in the House and Senate to urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to secure more relief for farmers, ranchers, and other agriculture producers in the West affected by historic wildfires, droughts, and extreme heat.In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack signed by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and U.S. Representatives Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Kurt Schrader, Suzanne Bonamici and Cliff Bentz, the Western lawmakers seek to open USDA relief programs up to more producers that have lost crops and livestock to the ongoing droughts, extreme heat, and wildfires.In addition to droughts and wildfires, an extreme heatwave hit the Pacific Northwest in June with temperatures reaching as high as 120 degrees Fahrenheit. In response, Secretary Vilsack issued several disaster designations, unlocking vital federal resources. However, many of the producers who suffered the greatest heat-related losses were either located in counties not covered by the drought designations, experienced losses not covered by drought assistance programs, or both.“Although the extent of damages relating to the extreme heat has yet to be fully determined, agricultural producers expect these impacts to be severe,” the lawmakers wrote. “We respectfully request USDA explore all potential flexibilities for additional relief within existing programs and identify other options to deliver federal relief to producers in our states so they have the resources to overcome the extreme drought and heat crisis.”Reports across the Pacific Northwest and Western states indicate berry crops, tree fruits, grain and pulse crops, potatoes, hops, dairy products, forage crops, wine grapes, nursery crops, poultry, beef cattle, and general livestock experienced excessive heat impacts to yield and quality. Specific examples of the impact of these extreme weather events include:· Raspberry, blueberry, and blackberry farmers are reporting widespread losses of 20 to 80 percent of their crops and harm to the canes that will produce next year’s crop.· Cherry growers in the west have so far lost an estimated 20 percent of their overall crop.· Early modeling for shellfish suggests an estimated 1 billion sea creatures died along the Salish Sea’s coastline with reported mortality rates for certain shellfish farmers up to 90 percent.· For crops including apples and pears, the full extent of losses may not be known until harvest in the fall, or even later if damage manifests in storage.The letter also encourages USDA to work with Congress to provide technical assistance as lawmakers craft additional authorities and appropriations to address the 2020 and 2021 seasons that include wildfire, drought, and excessive heat-related losses.In addition to Wyden and Merkley in the Senate, others signing the letter include U.S. Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA), Steve Daines (R-MT), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), John Hoeven (R-ND), James Risch (R-ID) and Jon Tester (MT). In addition to DeFazio, Blumenauer, Schrader, Bonamici and Bentz in the House, others signing the letter led by Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) include Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Kim Schrier (D-WA), Mike Simpson (R-ID), Kelly Armstrong (R-ND), Ami Bera (D-CA), Julia Brownley (D-CA), Salud Carbajal (D-CA), Liz Cheney (R-WY), Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Jared Huffman (D-CA) Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Ro Khanna (D-CA), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Rick Larsen (D-WA), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Doris Matsui (D-CA), Betty McCollum (D-MN), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Jerry McNerney (D-CA), Joe Neguse (D-CO), Devin Nunes (R-CA), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), Matt Rosendale (R-MT), Adam Smith (D-WA), Marilyn Strickland (D-WA) and Mike Thompson (D-CA ... See MoreSee Less
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Great news, folks!Governor Kate Brown just signed House Bill 3291, meaning that starting next year, Oregon will accept ballots that are postmarked by Election Day!This is great news for increasing voter access and participation, and this change will bring Oregon in line with at least 17 other states that allow ballots to count if they're postmarked by Election Day.It also means no more confusion about when you can put your ballot into a mailbox in time for it to arrive at an elections office by Election Day. Now, so long as you drop your ballot in your mailbox by Election Day and it is received no later than seven days after an election, it will be accepted.Even as Republicans across the country are pushing what's been described as "a tidal wave of voter suppression legislation," Oregon Democrats are fighting back and working to increase voter participation. ... See MoreSee Less
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It was in October 2012 that then-Vice President Joe Biden described transgender discrimination as the "civil rights issue of our time."Nearly nine years have passed, and while Joe Biden is now the President of the United States of America, his call to action remains the same, recently saying: "transgender equality is the civil rights issue of our time. There is no room for compromise when it comes to basic human rights."America has an ally and a fighter for transgender equality in the Oval Office, but the attacks from states and other organizations have only intensified. As of June 1st, the Human Rights Campaign reported there has already been more anti-transgender legislation in 2021 than in any other year, including more than 100 different anti-transgender bills from trans-hostile states. Nearly 70 of those would prohibit transgender youth from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity, and at least 35 would prohibit transgender youth from being able to access some form of medical care. Four years of Trump, the most anti-LGBTQ+ cabinet in recent history, and his illegal Evangelical Advisory Council served to embolden these vicious attacks on the trans community and enshrine a right-wing majority on the Supreme Court that just this month ruled to allow Catholic Social Services in Philadelphia to discriminate against same-sex couples in foster care placement.In a June Miami Herald op-ed, the Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary, wrote of this Republican surge in anti-trans legislation:"Let’s be clear: This crusade is the product of a coordinated push from conservative faith groups and religious leaders to crush transgender rights...This anti-transgender crusade completely misinterprets the Bible. It also contradicts the most basic of all religious beliefs: that all humans are created in the image of God and deserve to be treated with respect and dignity."In the article, Jones also calls out the rabidly transphobic and so-called "Promise To America’s Children" coalition, an anti-trans analogue to the American Legislative Exchange Council that enables lawmakers in states all across America to introduce similar or in some cases identical discriminatory legislative models in their home states. It is important to note that these widespread and coordinated attacks against the LGBTQ+ community run counter to the beliefs and ideas of a broad majority of Americans. New polling in March found that 76 percent of adults "favor laws that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations." Only 19 percent of respondents opposed these protections.But widespread support for an issue does not bring with it legal protections. That is why this is an urgent moment to pass H.R. 5, the Equality Act. Championed by Oregon’s own Senator Jeff Merkley, it would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. H.R. 5 passed the House in a bipartisan vote in February, but it stands a challenging road in the U.S. Senate without any Republican support, or the support of Senator Joe Manchin.In Everson v. Board of Education, Supreme Court Associate Justice Hugo Black wrote for the majority that "the First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state. That wall must be kept high and impregnable."If we are to stay true to the vision of our forefathers, so clearly stated by Justice Black, we must push back against attempts to enshrine into law what Rev. Dr. Serene Jones described as "misguided" and "contradictory" beliefs, beliefs that are clearly discriminatory in their intent. There is no better way to do that than for every Democrat in the Senate to not only support the Equality Act, but to ditch the archaic filibuster — a tragic remnant of Jim Crow — still being employed by the racist Republican rabble to disenfranchise voters and LGBTQ+ Americans.This is truly an existential matter for those of us that are trans. I hope you’ll join me to write and/or call your U.S. Senators, and encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to do the same, and urge them to pass H.R. 5, the Equality Act, so that we can finally address what President Biden has called "the civil rights issue of our time."Thank you,Michelle RisherDemocratic National CommitteememberDemocratic Party of Oregon ... See MoreSee Less
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Wyden Releases New Bill To Protect Journalists’ First Amendment Rights Against Government SurveillanceBill Defends Reporters’ Communication Records Against Government Seizure To Protect Confidential Sources and Promote AccountabilityWashington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., released new legislation to protect reporters and journalists against unnecessary government surveillance that can chill First Amendment activities.Wyden proposed these new legal restrictions on government surveillance of reporters following recent revelations about the Trump administration’s abusive, politicized surveillance of reporters at CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post.“The Trump Administration spied on reporters it suspected of no crimes in its hunt to identify their sources and prevent the American people from learning the truth about Trump’s lawlessness and corruption. President Biden and Attorney General Garland have pledged to end these surveillance abuses, but the new policies can be reversed by future administrations,” Wyden said. “There need to be clear rules protecting reporters from government surveillance written into black-letter law. My legislation creates strong protections for reporters, with common sense exceptions for cases when the government truly needs information immediately.”The Protect Reporters from Excessive State Suppression (PRESS) Act ensures reporters cannot be compelled by the government to disclose their confidential sources or research files, and also protects their data held by third parties like phone and internet companies from being secretly seized by the government without the opportunity to challenge those demands in court. The bill shields journalists’ communications records, such as those that DOJ obtained about reporters at CNN, the Washington Post, and New York Times from the government, with narrow exceptions for terrorism and threat of imminent violence or harm.While 48 states and the District of Columbia have some form of shield law or reporters privilege, protections vary significantly, and there is no federal shield law, and the state laws do not apply to investigations by federal agencies, such as DOJ. Importantly, there are currently no legal restrictions that prevent the government from secretly obtaining a reporters’ records directly from phone companies, email providers and other third parties in order to identify their sources.The PRESS Act is endorsed by the News Media Alliance, Radio Television Digital News Association, Society of Professional Journalists, National Association of Broadcasters and News Leaders Association.Gordon Smith, President of the National Association of Broadcasters: “NAB salutes Senator Wyden for his commitment to the enactment of a federal media shield law. Broadcast journalists are dedicated to keeping Americans informed with timely investigative reporting on issues of critical importance to their local communities and our nation. NAB looks forward to continuing to work with Congress to ensure journalists have the ability to report the news without putting themselves or their sources at risk.”David Chavern, News Media Alliance President and CEO: “Our nation’s history has shown that confidential sources are often crucial to helping journalists shed light on important public matters critical to a strong democracy. We are grateful to Senator Wyden for his leadership on this issue and we look forward to working with him and others in Congress to enact this important legislation.”Dan Shelley, Radio Television Digital News Association Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer: “The Radio Television Digital News Association is proud to support the PRESS Act because it helps protect citizens’ need to know what their government is doing in their name. While the Act itself would greatly restrict the government’s ability to obtain from journalists the identities of confidential news sources, the true beneficiaries would be members of the public, whom journalists serve by seeking and reporting the truth without fear or favor.Sam Westshe/her/hersPress AssistantU.S. Senator Ron Wyden503-983-0682 ... See MoreSee Less
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Here's why we walk under our Hometown Pride banner tomorrow. This is a recent story from a young one I know. We must stand up to show OURSELVES that we will not be reduced to hiding. Here's Connor.Trying to manifest gratitude for my breath and my health today. A few nights ago I was stalked by a neo nazi practicing his salutes downtown. He was about 6’3 wearing a confederate flag hat, a yellow “don’t tread of me” face mask, a jacket with machine guns on it, a Trump T-shirt, and camo hunting pants. As a visibly queer person he made eye contact with me and started following me into the burger joint I was ordering from. From the window I tried to see if there was a gun in his pocket, which I guess made him feel threatened, and he made a wide stance with one hand in his pocket as if he was about to draw one on me. I then ran to an employee and told them he had been following me as he entered the building.At this point I was terrified for my life especially given the burst of violence towards queer people and other ostracized members of society this past summer, and for the fact that its been only a few weeks since I was stalked and almost assaulted for wearing “feminine” clothing downtown. As I have been stepping into my queerness despite the staunch covert homophobia and transphobia in eugene, I have noticed a shift in the attitudes of everyone around me including those of perpetrators. I sat with two strangers to act like I was not alone as he tried to talk to me until the management kicked him out. He then stood a few feet behind me only separated by the window in the same prepared stance as if my queerness threatened him enough to hold his ground. He stood there staring and shouting at me for about ten minutes waiting for me outside until he heard the police were coming. In the broad daylight this happened and I question what the outcome could have been had it been dark with no one around. I’m sharing this story because in all 16 years of my living in Eugene I have never experienced more violence and fear than these past two years in my own home town. Again I am grateful for my breath and my health today and I will just keep moving forward because that’s all I can do. ... See MoreSee Less
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Chair's Report May 27, 2021. Partee with the Party!!! We're showing Hometown Pride in the Azalea Parade Saturday. COME WALK WITH THE CHAIR BY THE FLOAT! We need Allies and Family, Dems, Liberals, Snowflakes and Supporters of all varieties. Line up at Easy Street and 1st before 9 or jump into the Parade with us at any time. We're # 31. You can also come in 12 to 7 Thursday and Friday at the office and/or next door (by Whimsical Griffin) to help construct the float. We need your clever little fingers to help make the paper flowers and attach them to the burlap that holds them on the float. LET'S ALL COME OUT STRONGER TOGETHER SATURDAY. ... See MoreSee Less
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Chair's Report May 2, 2021.Help The Chair, who worked as a legal services attorney for 23 ywars before teaching for 7. And thousands of other hard working second career teachers. Call DeFazio!This was on the STRS FB page and I wanted to share this...HB 2337 is proposed to amend title II of the Social Security Act to provide an equitable Social Security formula for individuals with noncovered employment and to provide relief for individuals currently affected by the Windfall Elimination Provision.To quote the FB post..."This will be relevant for teachers and other public sector workers who have worked in the private sector paying into Social Security before beginning their new careers.I worked 18 years paying into SS before I started teaching. Once I retired, my earned SS was cut by 2/3 due to a provision known as WEP… Windfall Elimination Provision. Boggles my mind to see that SS considers it a Windfall for those of us who have paid into SS for years, to have those earned benefits cut simply because I receive a pension from public service.There are two bills introduced in the US House this year. H.B. 82, and H.B. 2337, to do away with the WEP penalty and restore full SS benefits.If you are in this situation, please call your representatives and help get this passed." ... See MoreSee Less
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