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eVoter Newsletter  |  March 2021  |  Vol. 25, Issue 8
Editor's Note: It’s International Women’s Day (and Women's History Month)! The League is full of inspiring women doing important and exciting work every day. In this issue, you can read about their work on our nearly completed police accountability study and our voter education efforts for the upcoming May election. You can also find out which member celebrated her 100th birthday and learn about another member who served in the Oregon Legislature. Don’t miss the item on what it means for the League to be nonpartisan or the notice of our upcoming annual meeting. Hats off to our League women, and happy reading, too!
In This Issue
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> President's Column
> The League's Nonpartisanship
> Women's History Month
> Let's Pass HR1
> Member News
> Membership Matters
> 'Consider This' Program
> Voter Service for May Election
> Action Updates
> March Action Committee Meeting

> Police Accountability Study Update
> March Civic Ed Program: Tomorrow!
> Homelessness Services: Links
> February Civic Ed Program: Recap
> Programming & Positions: What's Next
> Annual Business Meeting
> LWVOR Convention
> Follow Us on Twitter
> Development Directions
> Calendar at a Glance
> Contact Us
A Note From Our President
By Debbie Kaye, LWVPDX President

During Women’s History Month, we appreciate the millions of women who have contributed to improving the lives of people in their families, communities, and countries. They have made history — our history. Among their numbers are the suffragists and civil rights activists who won the right to vote for women and minorities. Today, many League members also deserve recognition, as they continue working for civil and voting rights, as well as for other important changes in our communities and country.

Speaking to the 2021 Virtual Munich Security Conference last month, President Biden said, “Democracy doesn’t happen by accident. We have to defend it, fight for it, strengthen it, renew it. We have to prove that our model isn’t a relic of our history; it’s the single best way to revitalize the promise of our future.”

These statements speak directly to the League of Women Voters’ history and mission: “Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.”
As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we also look to the future. We are acting on that mission by:
  • publishing the Police Accountability Study soon and taking member consensus for a new position during April Discussion Unit meetings
  • focusing on “Climate Action! Here and Now,” the March 9 Civic Education program
  • delivering our City Government Study and position to the Portland City Charter Commission
  • planning candidate forums and interviews for the May school board and special district elections
How would you like to participate in these events? How can you bring your interests and skills to our organization’s vital work?
We have a wonderfully capable and dedicated board of directors that has worked extremely hard over the past year. I am proud to serve with them and delighted to report that most have accepted the Nominating Committee’s invitation to remain on the board. This continuity of leadership will help us move forward in the range of projects we are pursuing, plus some new ones. There is room for you, too! Our committees will value your participation. Also, the board may appoint up to seven other board members for one-year terms. If you would like to explore a higher level of engagement, this is a great way to learn more about the League. Please let me know of your interest at president@lwvpdx.org — let’s have a chat!
 
On a side note, I am pleased to report that we have now fully moved out of our former office on NW Glisan Street and are installed at our new location, 901 SW Washington St. The office is not currently staffed due to COVID. Please use the office contact information in your new purple directory (mailed last month) for questions or information.

As spring approaches and the vaccine is becoming more available, I wish you all good health. Thank you for your involvement with our League. I hope you find it as rewarding as I do.
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LWV & Nonpartisanship: Policy & Practice

By Debbie Kaye, LWVPDX President

I have participated recently in a couple of national League webinars titled “Operating as a Nonpartisan Organization.” One thing I learned was that many League members throughout the country are uncertain about what this means. So, I hope to clarify it for our members.

Since its founding, the League of Women Voters has been a nonpartisan organization. In the LWVUS Bylaws, required to be copied by all local and state Leagues, we see “Section 2. Policies. The policies of the LWVUS are 1. Political Policy. The League shall not support or oppose any political party or any candidate.
 
In practice, this means that as an organization and for some leaders*, we may not and will not speak in favor of or in opposition to any party or candidate. That includes candidates in nonpartisan races. It does not mean that we will not advocate for or against issues where we have a position, regardless of who else might support or oppose that issue. In fact, we regularly DO take a stance on issues — that is the Action part of the League’s three pillars (the other two being Voter Service and Civic Education). As noted in this LWVUS statement, nonpartisan does not mean apolitical.

Some people might accuse the League of being partisan when a party or candidate also supports or opposes an issue or legislation. We rely on having done deep study on the issue and on our history of nonpartisanship to counter such accusations.
 
The League will not speak in favor of or in opposition to any party or candidate. This does not mean that we will not advocate for or against issues where we have a position — regardless of who else might support or oppose that issue.

As individuals, League members are welcome and encouraged to participate in political processes such as campaigns. After all, an important part of our mission is “to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation in government and to act on selected governmental issues.” We ask that if you volunteer for a candidate’s campaign or a party, you forego identifying yourself as a League member while engaged in campaign activities in order to preserve our foundational nonpartisan reputation. An exception is ballot measures where the League has taken a public stance based on our positions.

If you are unsure about your political engagement as it relates to the League, please see this page on our website, or ask by sending a message to the office at info@lwvpdx.org.

* The Portland League President, Voter Service Chair, and Voters’ Guide editor may not publicly support or oppose any candidate or political party
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Celebrate Women’s History Month
The League and the ERA
There is significant history between the League of Women Voters and the Equal Rights Amendment through the work of key suffrage activist Alice Paul. She led the Washington, D.C., chapter of the National American Women Suffrage Association (NAWSA), a predecessor organization of the League. Her efforts helped garner passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. (We used the purple/white/yellow ratification banner that she designed during our Portland League centennial celebration a year ago.)

Alice Paul wanted to protect women from other types of discrimination. She earned a law degree in 1922 and then wrote the first version of the Equal Rights Amendment, also known as the Lucretia Mott amendment. As one League noted, “The ERA was the vision of our LWV foremothers.” See LWVUS President Dr. Deborah Turner’s ERA message at this link for more on the League’s efforts to pass the ERA.
 
Historical Society Exhibit Honors Women & Suffragists
As March is Women’s History Month, we encourage you to visit the Nevertheless, They Persisted exhibit page on the Oregon Historical Society website, which includes a brief timeline of woman suffrage history, a compelling blog post, and links to entries on The Oregon Encyclopedia.
A look behind-the-scenes of the OHS original exhibit, “Nevertheless, They Persisted.” This video provides a brief overview of the struggle for women’s voting rights. Video courtesy Oregon Historical Society.
Songwriters Launch Woman-Focused YouTube Channel
Also from our friends at the Oregon Historical Society: In celebration of Women’s History Month, three singer-songwriters have launched She’s Speaking, a YouTube channel devoted to sharing original songs about women, written and performed by women, for everyone. She’s Speaking officially launches at 6pm today — International Women’s Day — with a special free event on Facebook Live open to the public.

The project is helmed by Beth Wood, Bre Gregg, and Kristen Grainger, and the channel’s name evokes Vice President Kamala Harris’ quip during the 2020 vice presidential debate. Kristen Grainger recalls the debate: “All three of us felt the lightning-bolt force of those two little words, ‘I’m speaking.’ In that moment, one indisputable truth hit home hard: Women’s voices matter.” Included on the new channel are songs about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman, and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown. Artist-contributors include Anna Tivel, Shelly Rudolph, Lojo Russo, Kate Power, Davi Schmidt, and Mary Flower.
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League Celebrates House Passage of the For the People Act, HR1

Our Oregon congressional delegates, particularly Senators Wyden and Merkley and Representative Blumenauer, have worked toward passage of the For the People Act for a few years. This measure is supported by a wide range of organizations interested in voting rights — including “strong support” from the League of Women Voters. LWVUS seeks our support for HR1 as it moves to the Senate. CEO Virginia Case sent a message  this week, excerpted in part here:
 
“Late last night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR1, the For the People Act. This comprehensive democracy reform agenda is an important step toward protecting our elections and building a more inclusive democracy. Today we celebrate expanding voter access, but tomorrow the work moves to the US Senate.”
 
Note that League members do not have to work through any particular program to support this legislation in the Senate. Please use your networks to invite your contacts to support it.
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 Member News
Highlighting Our Life Members

By Judy Froemke, Discussion Units Coordinator
Life member and former state legislator Jane Cease joined the Juneau League of Women Voters in 1965 while husband, Ron, worked in Alaska Gov. Bill Eagan’s office. In 1966, they moved to Portland, where Ron taught political science at PSU. Knowing the League would thoroughly educate her about Portland, Jane transferred to the Portland League and was League president 1971-73. From 1966 to 1971, Jane worked with an inter-League committee, where all the local Leagues worked together on area-wide issues like solid waste management, government structure, and transportation. This involved her in working for enabling legislation and then a regional election to create the original Metropolitan Service District, which later became Metro.
Jane served as the president of the Portland Area Women’s Political Caucus and in 1975 was appointed to the Legislative Improvement Committee. In 1977, this committee’s recommendation resulted in the two new capitol office wings, better staffing, and better public information access. In 1978, Jane was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives and served three terms. She was elected to the Oregon Senate and Ron to the Oregon House in 1984. While in the senate, she was the first woman to chair a Legislative Revenue Committee. In 1991, Jane resigned from the senate and was appointed to head the Oregon DMV, where she oversaw the overhaul of the huge computer system into a more efficient operation. Five years later, she left DMV and worked in the ODOT planning division on state growth management policy. Jane retired from state service in 1999.

Jane feels her League background served her well. Now she keeps busy on the board of the Oregon State Capitol Foundation, which educates the public on the history of the capitol building and people and on diversity in Oregon. Jane also serves on the board of the Women’s Investment Network, which funds and mentors pro-choice women running for the first time for the Oregon Legislature. Jane still serves as an elected precinct committee person in Multnomah County, a local activity which she has kept up since 1960 in Fairbanks, Alaska. She and Ron have three children, one living locally and two in the Bay Area.
 
Member Ann Hyde Celebrates 100

Life member Ann Hyde celebrated her 100th birthday on March 6 with a drive-by party and neighbors and friends gathering outdoors. Ann joined the League in 1948 and has been a member in several locations, including as a board member in Albuquerque. She is currently a member of Discussion Unit 4. Read a recent profile of Ann in the November issue of the eVoter. Party photo courtesy Fran Dyke.

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Membership Matters

By Mary McWilliams, Membership Chair

Welcome to our new members who have joined since the February 2020 eVoter:
 
Susan DeFrancesco
Lucy Hill
Nichol Parton
Letitia Allyson Wulff (rejoin)

As of March 2, there are 334 LWVPDX members for the 2020-21 League year.
Non-League Event of Interest: ‘Consider This’ Program
 
The League is a sponsor of the Consider This conversation series by Oregon Humanities. The 2020-21 programs have all focused on democracy and civic engagement — how it works, who gets to participate, and how it can break down. The March 16 program will feature a live interview with Leah Sottile, an Oregon journalist who has done in-depth reporting on extremist right-wing movements in the western United States. The talk will look at how fringe religious and political movements have grown and gained political power in the western United States. Read more and RSVP here. And save the date for the April 7 program with Eric K. Ward, director of Western States Center, for a conversation on democracy, participation, and justice. Read more about this event and RSVP.
Voter Service: May Election Efforts Underway

By Chris Cobey, Voter Service Chair (he/him)
 
You can help! We’re gearing up for the May school board and special district elections — more than 20 entities and 70 seats are up. Here’s what’s happening and where you can fit in. 

  • Voters’ Guide/Vote411.org: The team will contact candidates, gather responses to our questions, and prepare to post all comprehensive election data to Vote411.org. Contact Kathy Casto if you’d like to assist. Note we are foregoing a printed Voters’ Guide this election.
  • Video Voters’ Guide: The team will offer all candidates the opportunity (free!) to explain their candidacies, answer a series of questions relating to the office they seek, and post the video to our website. Contact Hailey McLaughlin if you’re interested, including serving as an interviewer.
  • Voter Forums: As with last year’s elections, our presentation in this election — of candidates for the Portland School Board — will be virtual, via Zoom and MetroEast Community Media. Here, the team is looking for volunteers to help with candidate coordination, final question development, and to serve as a moderator. Contact Shannon Hiller-Webb if you have the time and interest.
  • Speakers Bureau: If you are interested in being a speaker for the League on election or League positions, contact Beth Burczak.

Any other questions, concerns, or suggestions this election cycle? Contact me by email or phone (as listed in the member directory).

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Action Updates
February Committee Meeting Report: Open & Accountable Elections
By Carol Cushman, Action Committee Member

Daniel Lewkow, deputy director of Portland’s Open and Accountable Elections, was the February Action Committee guest.

Portland’s Open and Accountable Elections program, a publicly funded campaign finance matching system, was enacted in 2016 by city council and is available to candidates running for city office. It is modeled on similar programs operating throughout the country. In order to participate, candidates must meet specific requirements, such as raising qualifying contributions, limiting the size of contributions they accept, and participating in a training program. Individual donations up to $50 are matched six-to-one with money from the city’s general fund. This voluntary program allows a candidate to be competitive without relying on major donors. Funding for the program is limited to no more than 0.02 percent of the city’s general fund.
 
Data from the 2020 Portland elections show donors from a wider range of income, ethnicity, and location are able to participate in the process of political campaigns through their contributions. The program reduces reliance on big money and brings in new voices. More than half of the 2020 city candidates used the system, including seven out of eight of the candidates who advanced from the primary to runoff races. Those candidates brought us the most diverse city council we have ever had in Portland.
From the OAE presentation: "The match amplified neighborhoods outside of the center of the city. The match brought Outer East PDX out of the lightest blue. It also amplified North Portland. The match did not eliminate the disparities though. But initial data suggests OAE participants collected 2x as much from zip codes that contributed little in previous election cycles, showing broader and more even engagement across the city."
March Action Committee Meeting

When: Friday, March 26  |  1:30–3:30pm
Topic: Progress Report on Portland Harbor Superfund Site Cleanup
 
The Portland Harbor Superfund Site was added to the EPA’s National Priorities List in 2000. It is located in and along the 11-mile stretch of the lower Willamette River north of the Broadway Bridge. Water and sediment at the site are contaminated with many hazardous substances, including polychlorinated biphenyls, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, dioxins/furans, pesticides, and heavy metals. These substances are a threat to human health and the environment. The EPA recently announced reaching a major milestone in the clean up process: 100 percent of the areas requiring clean up are now in the remedial design phase.
 
Join us on March 26 to learn more about the efforts to clean up our river and reduce the risks posed by contamination created over decades of industrial activity in the Portland Harbor. All League members are welcome. Members on the Action Committee email list will receive a reminder and Zoom link prior to the meeting. If you would like to join us and are not on the list, please contact Action Committee Chair Debbie Aiona at action@lwvpdx.org.
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Update on the Police Accountability Study

By Barbara Ross, Nancy Donovan, and Audrey Zunkel-deCoursey

In March, the Justice Interest Group will continue developing consensus questions and finalizing the report. The newly appointed editorial team will review the entire draft report during this time. We aim to have the report finished and available electronically by the start of April, in time for members to read before the April 13 Civic Education program and Discussion Units, both of which will be on the theme of police accountability.
Recently, the study committee met to review the draft study and consensus questions and plan for the April Civic Education program. After the editorial committee completes its review, the report will be finalized and sent to the printer for publication and distribution. In early April, the report will be distributed to members by print if available, and/or by electronic copy.
 
In your April Discussion Unit meetings, you will discuss the study and consensus questions and weigh in on a potential new position for LWVPDX. After receiving your feedback, a consensus committee and the LWVPDX board will use your answers to form a new LWVPDX advocacy position. Members attending the annual business meeting in May will vote on retaining this new position, along with all our other LWVPDX positions.
We want to thank the hard working, focused, and energetic study team for their contributions and dedication in completing this important study!
 
View Our Current Positions
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March Civic Education Program Tomorrow!

When: Tuesday, March 9  |  7–8:30pm
Topic: Climate Action! Here and Now
 
What can we do here and now to reduce the threat of climate change? The March Civic Education program will feature a panel of speakers who work for organizations that are addressing the climate emergency and environmental justice in Oregon. League members may attend the event LIVE via Zoom; a link was emailed last week. A recording will be available for public viewing on the League’s website and YouTube channel on March 12. Our speakers are:
  • Cady Lister, Deputy Director of the Portland Clean Energy Fund. She will discuss the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund and the fund’s connection to environmental justice and to Portland’s Climate Action Plan.
  • Oriana Magnera, Energy and Climate Policy Coordinator for Verde and member of the Oregon Global Warming Commission and the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission. She will discuss three current legislative bills related to energy, the transition to zero-emission transportation, and how to design programs that improve equity of access.
  • Tim Miller, Director of Oregon Business for Climate. He will discuss the important role of business in addressing climate change.
  • Richard Whitman, Director of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. He will discuss what DEQ is doing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and explain DEQ’s involvement in legislative bills to combat climate change.
  • Robin Tokmakian, League member and moderator. Robin has represented the LWVUS since 2017 as part of the Observer Corps to the United Nations, with an emphasis on climate issues. She also serves as LWVOR’s representative to the NW Energy Coalition.
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Discussion Units Address Homelessness

By Judy Froemke, Discussion Units Coordinator
 
Homelessness, shelter options, and affordable housing were the focus of discussion for each of the six Discussion Units in February. The 60 people attending reviewed the services presented at the February Civic Education program and talked about the wide variety of services offered by county and city agencies, nonprofits, individuals, and churches. The many different and multi-faceted reasons for homelessness were discussed. League members wanted to know what they could do; please refer to the following list for some ideas.

Links to Homeless Services
  • Human Solutions, a nonprofit agency that works to overcome barriers to housing, economic security, operates permanent affordable housing, and provides services to people not yet in permanent housing. Executive Director Andy Miller spoke as part of the February Civic Education program.
  • Transition Projects provides emergency, temporary and transitional housing, as well as support, resources, and services. Administrative Support Manager Jeff Riddle also spoke at our February Civic Education program, along with LWVPDX member Doreen Binder, who is the former executive director.
  • Mid-County Clinic for Multnomah County Public Health. This SE Portland clinic serves a diverse community largely from the immigrant and refugee communities. Medical Director Dr. Divneet Kaur participated in our September Civic Education program on healthcare. The clinic accepts donations through Go-Fund-Me.
  • https://www.211info.org/. This program, a partner with Multnomah County’s Joint Office on Homeless Services, offers an inventory of shelters and their availability. Each location accepts donations and specifies what they need; names and phone numbers are on the website.
  • Mutual Aid Alliance Portland provides 24/7 critical supplies. Contact League member Marie Tyvoll for more information.
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February Civic Education program moderator Doreen Binder and panelist Jeff Riddle (top) and panelists Marc Jolin and Andy Miller (bottom).
Civic Education: Panel Discussed Homelessness Challenges & Solutions
By Allison Rowe, Guest Writer

Last month, LWVPDX hosted a virtual discussion on the issue of homelessness in Portland. Doreen Binder, League member and former executive director of Transition Projects, moderated three panelists who work at organizations supporting those at risk of or experiencing homelessness. The panelists spoke to the strain COVID has placed on homeless communities as well as the opportunities they see going forward to transition more people into permanent, stable housing.
 
Marc Jolin, Executive Director of the Multnomah County Joint Office of Homeless Services, spoke to the work his organization has done partnering with community nonprofits and the progress the “A Home for Everyone” initiative has made. In the last five years, this initiative has doubled the number of people it helps transition to permanent housing (from 4,000 to more than 8,000 a year), and significantly expanded the types and amount of shelter space in the Portland area.
 
Mr. Jolin also spoke about how organizations have had to adapt quickly during the pandemic, creating additional shelters and developing new strategies and protocols for safe shelters. This has included transitioning high-risk groups away from congregate shelters to hotels and providing dedicated spaces for voluntary isolation, where individuals suffering from COVID can recuperate. Such measures have been key, he said, in keeping Portland from seeing the large-scale spread of COVID among homeless populations that other communities have experienced.
 
Finally, Mr. Jolin discussed the transformative opportunity presented by the passage of Metro Measure 26-210. Once implemented, the measure would mean $250 million more per year for 10 years to fund housing and services for those at risk of or experiencing homelessness in the tri-county area. The measure is expected to raise $100 million a year for Multnomah County, more than doubling its current resources and dramatically increasing the scope of work organizations like his can perform.
 
Andy Miller, Executive Director of Human Solutions, highlighted the role the housing market and low wages have played in driving homelessness. He pointed to the remarkable work being done in Finland to end homelessness. Strategies to address homelessness in Portland, he suggested, should include investing in unconditional housing, supporting structured camping in a sustainable way, building more permanent housing, making affordable housing more affordable, focusing on BIPOC populations over-represented in homeless communities, renewing federal investment in housing, and considering housing as a human right.
 
Jeff Riddle, Administrative Support Manager at Transition Projects, shared his unique insight as a person who experienced homelessness at a young age and then became a housing advocate, shelter manager, and certified recovery mentor. Mr. Riddle spoke to the importance of understanding the client’s perspective in transitioning from homelessness to temporary or permanent housing. When speaking of those who might turn down shelter services, he emphasized the importance of understanding what sacrifices are being asked of people coming into the system, which can include having to separate from pets and significant others. Unconditional housing, Mr. Riddle stressed, could be an important first step in securing for people the safe space needed for them to address whatever other issues they may be experiencing, such as mental health challenges or addiction.
The entire recorded program is available now on the LWVPDX website or YouTube channel (with captioning services available to assist with hearing impairment).
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Would You Like to Participate in an Exploratory Interest Group?
By Judy Froemke, Discussion Units Coordinator/Program Planning Committee
 

Potential Position Updates
Three Portland League positions were recommended for an update during January program planning:

The Metropolitan Transportation position was last revised in 1998 and relates to transportation of people and goods, transportation routes, and TriMet. The position does not include any language about safety or ride security. There is a rise in use of scooters, electric bicycles, etc. The intersection of various modes of transportation should be addressed.

The Teenage Girls at Risk position was last revised in 1995. At the time, the League’s study focused on girls because programs and policies at the state and local levels did not take girls’ specific experiences and problems into account. Although the position supports services that include consideration of gender, it does not include youth who identify as LGBTQ+.

The School Funding position was last revised in 2011. It identifies a need for “adequate and sufficient funding of public education with public money” but does not address funding inequities among districts. The Education Interest Group is on pause and could possibly be reactivated to examine funding inequities.

Additionally, January program planning participants expressed an interest in forming Interest Groups on these topics:

  • Air quality
  • The potential role of nuclear energy in the transition to fossil-free energy
  • Looking at opportunities to listen and learn about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)
  • How to attract more diversity, particularly BIPOC residents (black, indigenous, and people of color), to participate in neighborhood associations
  • Election law reform
  • Forestry issues: hot spots, tree code, environmental justice

If you are interested in joining with other League members to update our positions or examine one or more of these issues, please contact units@lwvpdx.org.

Housing/Homelessness Position Exploratory Group
Finally, almost 20 League members have shown interest in participating in an exploratory group on housing and homelessness. Before seeking board approval as an Interest Group, we want to determine how viable we are and to what purpose we will continue. We have scheduled a Zoom meeting for Tuesday, March 16, at 7pm. If you are interested in this topic — regardless of whether you can attend the meeting — please contact member Donna Cohen (listed in your member directory) or units@lwvpdx.org. Donna has prepared recommended reading materials and a suggested plan of study. Moving this group forward will depend on the level of interest. A commitment of 2-5 hours per month is anticipated.

This chart outlines the League's program planning process. Click here to view a full-size version.
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Mark Your Calendar for Our Annual Meeting

By Margaret Noel, Communications Chair
 
The League of Women Voters of Portland 2021 annual membership and business meeting will be held virtually, as it was last year. Please mark your calendar now for the third week in May, likely the Wednesday or Thursday evening (19th or 20th). We will let you know the final date as soon as possible. We hope you’ll plan to attend! Here's why:
  • You will vote on passing our 2021-22 budget, electing the 2021-22 LWVPDX Board of Directors, amending our Bylaws (slightly), retaining our advocacy positions — including a new position on police accountability — and whether to adopt any restudy/update proposed during the program planning process.
  • Your vote is important because we need a quorum of the LWVPDX membership to approve the framework, leadership, and plans for our next League year.
  • Plus, you will help us honor our Volunteers of the Year for 2020-21.
At the beginning of April, we will send you detailed information about this annual membership meeting via email. The details will also be on the lwvpdx.org website. If you need to have this information sent to you in print by USPS mail, please contact our office (503-228-1675 or info@lwvpdx.org) as soon as possible.
LWVOR Convention Will Be Second Week of May
 
The League of Women Voters of Oregon biennial convention will take place virtually the week of May 10-16 for 2-4 hours per day. There is no cost to attend. Caucuses will be scheduled during the first part of the week. The Portland League may have 16 delegates! Please consider reserving some time that week to participate, and let LWVPDX President Debbie Kaye know of your interest. More information will become available in the next few weeks.
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Follow Us on Twitter!

By Carolyn Buppert
 
Spring is coming … it’s time to tweet! One of the ways LWVPDX communicates, every day, is through Twitter. We now have 1,500 subscribers, who include members, other chapters, lawmakers, reporters, and any interested individual who has signed up to follow us.
If you don’t have a Twitter account, here is how it works:

After signing up, you can access your account either through your web browser or by downloading the Twitter app. You select organizations or individuals to “follow.” When someone you follow Tweets – posts a short message, sometimes with a link – it comes up on your “feed;” that is, when you open your account, it is there. You can find us @LWVPortland.
It’s a way to stay on top of daily happenings and find out what people are thinking and what organizations are up to. If you don’t want to open an account, you can view LWVPDX’s recent posts at our website. Recent tweets show up on the right-side panel (scroll down).
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Development Directions

By Linda H. Mantel, Development Chair

Spring is on its way! Purple and yellow crocuses remind us of our suffrage history and inspire us to look around at the blossoming world.
 
Because March is Women’s History Month, let’s take this opportunity to consider the many women in the news today who inspire thoughts of a better future. Who has inspired you? Please consider making a donation to LWVPDX in memory, or honor, of women who have inspired you or been influential in your life. My mother is first on my list, and she was a League Lady as well! Second on my list is an important professional mentor, Dr. Dorothy E. Bliss, who set a wonderful example of how to be organized and succeed in your chosen field. I will give a special gift this month in their memory. Let us know whom you are honoring, and we will acknowledge your special gift.
 
Donate in Honor of Women's History Month
Let’s look ahead, too! Is there a woman you would like to inspire with a gift membership in the League? Remember that membership in LWVPDX also encompasses membership in the LWVOR and the LWVUS, three excellent networks of friends and neighbors involved in “Making Democracy Work” by empowering voters and defending democracy. You can give a gift so easily here. As a special bonus, memberships starting this month will be current until June 2022. Also, half the cost of the membership gift will be tax-deductible for you.
 
Let us inspire you to give this month and get our new season off to a strong start. Your League is leading the way on critical topics with the Police Accountability Study, which will be available in April; regular reporting on issues in the Oregon Legislature; and preparing in-depth voter information for the upcoming May elections. Remember that we provide thorough, nonpartisan information and analysis. Your support is critical to these efforts. Please go to our giving page to donate through our online system, or send a check to PO Box 3491, Portland, OR  97208-3491. Your gifts will not only enable our work, but also inspire us to do more. Thank you in advance for your support.
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Calendar at a Glance
All League meetings and events are being conducted virtually until further notice because of the pandemic.
MARCH
Mon, Mar. 8: International Women's Day
Tues, Mar. 9: Civic Education Program on Climate Change
 | 7-8:30pm, live via Zoom. Participation link emailed to all members.
Fri, Mar. 12: Civic Education Program Recording Available | Video available via YouTube, public access TV, and at lwvpdx.org.
Mon, Mar. 15: Discussion Unit 7 Meets | 1pm. Leader Pamela Clark.
Tues, Mar. 16: Oregon Humanities "Consider This" Program | 5pm.
Tues, Mar. 16: Exploratory Group on Housing/Homelessness | 7pm. Interested in joining this group? Contact Donna Cohen or units@lwvpdx.org.
Thurs, Mar. 18: Discussion Unit 4 Meets | 1pm. Leader Lynn Baker.
Mon, Mar. 22: Discussion Unit 2 Meets | 10am. Leader Paulette Meyer.
Mon, Mar. 22: Discussion Unit 3 Meets | 7pm. Leader Olivia Smith.
Tues, Mar. 23: Discussion Unit 6 Meets | 9:30. Leader Christine Moore.
Weds, Mar. 24: Discussion Unit 1 Meets | 7pm. Leader TBD; contact units@lwvpdx.org.
Thurs, Mar. 25: LWVPDX Board Meeting | Noon to 2pm.
Fri, Mar. 26: Action Committee Meeting | 1:30–3:30pm. All League members welcome.
APRIL
Weds, April 7: Oregon Humanities "Consider This" Program
| 5pm.
Mon, April 12: April eVoter Issue | Check your email inbox!
Tues, April 13: Civic Education Program on Police Accountability Study | Details TBA.
Thurs, April 15: Discussion Unit 4 Meets | 1pm. Leader Lynn Baker.
Mon, April 19: Discussion Unit 7 Meets | 1pm. Leader Pamela Clark.
Thurs, April 22: LWVPDX Board Meeting | Noon to 2pm.
Mon, April 26: Discussion Unit 2 Meets | 10am. Leader Paulette Meyer.
Mon, April 26: Discussion Unit 3 Meets | 7pm. Leader Olivia Smith.
Tues, April 27: Discussion Unit 6 Meets | 9:30. Leader Christine Moore.
Weds, April 28: Discussion Unit 1 Meets | 7pm. Leader TBD; contact units@lwvpdx.org.
MAY
Mon, May 10: May 
eVoter Issue | Check your email inbox!
Week of May 10: LWVOR Convention | Held virtually. Contact president@lwvpdx.org.
Week of May 17: LWVPDX Annual Member & Business Meeting | Details TBA.
Tues, May 18: Oregon Special District Elections
Thurs, May 27: LWVPDX Board Meeting | Noon to 2pm.
Note: Discussion Unit 5 is not currently meeting.
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Board of Directors
Debbie Kaye, president@lwvpdx.org
Marion McNamara, vpadmin@lwvpdx.org 
Chris Cobey, 
voterservice@lwvpdx.org
Nancy Donovan, civiced@lwvpdx.org 
Anne Davidson, 
secretary@lwvpdx.org
Don Brenneis, treasurer@lwvpdx.org 
Margaret Noel, 

communications@lwvpdx.org
Debbie Aiona, action@lwvpdx.org 
Judy Froemke, units@lwvpdx.org 
Linda Mantel, 
development@lwvpdx.org
Audrey Zunkel-deCoursey, atlarge4@lwvpdx.org
Carolyn Buppert, 
socialmedia@lwvpdx.org
Amber Nobe, newsletter@lwvpdx.org
Off-Board Leaders
Mary McWilliams, 
membership@lwvpdx.org 
Shannon Hiller-Webb, forums@lwvpdx.org
VACANT, voterreg@lwvpdx.org
Beth Burczak, speakers@lwvpdx.org
Linda Fields & Kathy Casto, 
votersguide@lwvpdx.org
Hailey McLaughlin, 
videovotersguide@lwvpdx.org
Doreen Binder, nominating@lwvpdx.org
Adrienne Aiona, budget@lwvpdx.org
Elizabeth Davis, lwvpdxinsta@gmail.com
Phil Thor, Endowment Committee Chair
Nancy Donovan,
Education Interest Group Chair
James Ofsink,
Justice Interest Group Chair
Barbara Ross,
Police Accountability Study Chair
Volunteers
Thank you to the League leaders and volunteers who provided photos, wrote for, and edited this newsletter.

LWVPDX is always looking for volunteers! Contact any member of the board for more information on how you can help us fulfill our mission of "Making Democracy Work." 
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