[Libs-Or] Civics for Adults
dcohen at hevanet.com
Mon Apr 1 10:21:23 PDT 2019
Civics for Adults Update March 31, 2019
Coming up in the next couple of weeks!
THE INFLUENCE OF THE CONSTITUTION ON POLITICAL CONVERSATION
THURS. APRIL 4 6:00-7:30 HILLSBORO PUBLIC LIBRARY 2850 NE BROOKWOOD PKWY,
CITIZEN ACTIVISM MAKING CHANGE HAPPEN
Includes Tracking state and federal legislation. State legislature has
TUES. APRIL 16 6:00-7:30 BELMONT BRANCH, MCL, 1038 SE César E. Chávez Blvd
Please note: Librarians, library staff, Friends of Libraries - anyone who
may attend the joint Oregon Library Association / Washington Library
Association Conference in April...
I will be giving a three-hour pre-conference session on Wednesday on
Advocacy. it's a workshop for yourself as well as for helping your patrons!
We'll cover a lot of material, including learning about the legislative and
campaign finance tools for both Oregon and Washington. There will be a
RECENT FACEBOOK POSTS ON MY CIVICS FOR ADULTS PAGE:
Great groups at Hillsboro PL in February and March for Misinformation and
Interesting "left-right" conference last weekend in Tennessee, bringing
together leaders from all sides to discuss strategies to improve our
government. Check out the programs and the speakers [long list].
https://unrigsummit.com/ They livestreamed the group events [openings,
etc.]. During the Opening Session they had people who had been instrumental
in various democracy campaigns [gerrymandering, ranked-choice voting, etc.]
all over the country sharing their experience and advice!
Isn't it nice that the Brennan Center for Justice has created "Cliff Notes"
for the amicus briefs filed for the two gerrymandering cases just heard by
the Supreme Court?
Here is an interesting Twitter thread from someone who heard the arguments:
On the National Popular Vote, currently in the Oregon legislature:
"The campaign to pass the Compact began in 2006...Since then, 14 states
(Maryland, New Jersey, Illinois, Hawaii, Washington, Massachusetts, Vermont,
California, Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut, Colorado, New Mexico,
Delaware) and Washington, D.C. have signed on. The addition of these three
new states brings the number of pledged electoral votes to 189, 70 percent
of the needed total.
Note: The current bill in the Oregon leg that has to move forward is SB 870,
if this interests you.
Be careful! California con man set up bogus websites for Bernie Sanders,
Beto O'Rourke to defraud donors, prosecutors say
I provided testimony on HB3349 on in the House Human Services and Housing
Speaking of advocacy, in terms of government structural reforms, this is the
House report on HR1 - the For the People Act. It addresses campaign finance,
voting, congressional ethics.
An article summarizing the bill, from the Brennan Center for Justice:
Here is a summary from USA Today:
You can access resource lists for my workshops at
Hoping yall have been watching some state bill hearings and sending in
some testimonies and/or contacting your legislators to tell them how you
feel about a bill or two!
Here are a handful of the topics bills are focused on in both Oregon and
Washington this session:
Guaranteeing rape kit availability at hospitals
Carbon emission controls
Providing more monies for affordable housing
Vaccination exceptions for school children
Campaign finance limits
Campaign finance disclosure
Employer accommodations for pregnant women
Whether 16-year-olds can vote
National popular vote
Requiring a candidate from President to provide tax returns to be on the
Changing the date for the Presidential primary
Expand Civics education
Donna L Cohen, MLIS, MEd
dcohen at hevanet.com <mailto:dcohen at hevanet.com>
Civics for Adults and Others Workshops: To Enhance Civic Knowledge and
Inspire Politcal Engagement
My philosophy is very simple. When you see something that is not fair, not
right, not just stand up, say something, speak up! Rep. John Lewis
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