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Are you in favor of promoting Clean Energy Jobs? Your JoCo Democratic Committee joined Jackson County on a resolution endorsing the Clean Energy Jobs Bill — SB1070. Read more in the download.
Download a list of comments that will often be made by hard conservative along with a reply. It is important to note that there should be some level of agreement with the conservative regarding their comment in order to open them to a different way of looking at things.
The hurricane in Texas and Louisiana has created an immense need and call for donations from around the world to help. Closer to home, the Chetco Bar fire, which has not attracted much national attention, continues to threaten homes and livelihoods closer to home.
Several fires in Southern Oregon and Northwest California have displaced people and caused a hit to the economy of Brookings and Gold Beach. The Chetco Bar is no longer a threat to the city of Brookings, but it, and fires near Gasquet and Happy Camp are contributing to unhealthy air quality all over the region, causing a loss in tourist business on the coast. The Food Bank in Brookings reports it has plenty of food, but the Tolowa dee-ne Nation, which owns the Ship Ashore Resort, says money and volunteers are needed there as they are housing about 50 victims displaced by the Chetco Bar fire.
Call 707-487-3181 or go to:
to help the Ship Ashore Resort efforts.
The Humboldt Area Foundation at:
is also taking donations for fire victims.
Donations to help shelters dealing with displaced pets and livestock can go here:
We have decided to postpone our fundraiser that was to be held at Wooldridge Winery on Saturday, September 9. We are planning to have the fundraiser in April. With the close proximity to the primary at that time, it would be nice to have a candidates’ forum at the fundraiser for those persons who are running for Walden’s seat.
At our next Central Committee meeting on September 12 we will be having elections to fill a number of positions that are still open. Those positions are:
State Central Committee alternate delegate
Congressional District 2 delegate (two positions open)
Congressional District 2 alternate delegate (two positions open)
Congressional District 4 delegate
Congressional District 4 alternate delegate
The rest of the meeting we will be breaking into work groups to strategize on how to approach the upcoming election season.
Our Membership/PCP chair and past party chair John Rickert has developed a tool to reveal Greg Walden’s record and tools to help you become involved. Check it out: https://josephinedemocrats.org/un-elect-greg-walden/
A bipartisan effort by the state legislature just saved Medicaid in Oregon. Three legislators want to undo that.
While President Trump and the Congressional leadership have been laboring to slash Medicaid and defund Planned Parenthood, Oregon’s leaders have stepped up.
The Oregon state legislature last month managed to rescue Medicaid in Oregon by passing the Health Care Provider Tax (HB 2391), which raises $670 million in revenue over two years, and pulls in $1.9 billion in matching federal funds. It passed both state houses with bipartisan support, to ensure that some 370,000 Oregonians retain coverage through the coming two-year budget cycle. The measure also lowers health care premiums for some 200,000 Oregonians.
But now, three state legislators — Rep. Julie Parrish, R-Tualatin/West Linn; Rep. Cedric Hayden, R-Roseburg; and Rep. Sal Esquivel, R-Medford — are pushing a reckless and cruel referendum to undo HB 2391, reopen a gaping hole in the state budget, and jeopardize health care protections for hundreds of thousands of Oregonians.
And they can do a lot of damage even before Referendum 301 (dubbed the “Stop Healthcare Taxes” referendum) comes to a vote.
Don’t sign the petition!
The “Stop Healthcare Taxes” referendum is reckless, irresponsible, and cruel.
If the sponsors of the “Stop Healthcare Taxes” petition (Referendum 301) manage to gather the necessary 59,000 signatures before October 5 , the Health Care Provider Tax bill would be immediately placed on hold until voters decide its fate, potentially with a special election on January 23.
Oregonians want peace of mind, not endless political games.
Stop Playing Politics with Our Health Care!
More Information and Actions to take here.
From our friends at Applegate Neighborhood Network (ANN):
Pickett West Timber Sale — Letters and Emails Needed
The Pickett West Timber Sale has been proposed by the Grants Pass Resource Area of the Medford District BLM. The massive timber sale extends from the lower Applegate River to the the Rogue River downstream of Merlin and into the Illinois Valley along Deer Creek near Selma. The sale is the first in a new and troubling trend towards heavy industrial logging in old-growth stands and across larger geographic areas. The agency is calling it “restoration”, but the real outcome will be far from restorative. ANN has been working to cancel or significantly alter this timber sale in the Applegate Valley and beyond. Please view the recent post on the Siskiyou Crest Blog. It explores old-growth forests proposed for logging in the Hellgate Canyon portion of the Rogue River.
Comment Period Extended! ANN and others have successfully advocated for an extension of the comment period for the Pickett West Timber Sale. The new deadline is July 17, 2017. Please send in a short comment for this sale. Ask the BLM to:
- Cancel all commercial logging units over 150 years old.
- Cancel all new road construction.
- Cancel all so-called “forest restoration” logging treatments that will reduce canopy cover to as low as 30%.
- “Maintain” all northern spotted owl habitat.
- Protect the proposed Applegate Ridge Trail and build no roads over the proposed trail corridor. Cancel units 13-8 and 15-11.
- Cancel all units in Hellgate Canyon including unit 9-1, 9-2, 9-3, 10-1, & 10-2.
Send comments to:
Grant Pass Inter-agency Office/Don Ferguson
2164 NE Spalding Ave.
Grants Pass, Oregon 97526
We need to keep up the pressure on our representatives and senators. There is a protest more FOR Healthcare for All, and against the Senate bill in what-ever incarnation it morphs into. The rally/protest is scheduled for Thursday July 6th from 10:00 AM until Noon at Three Rivers Community Hospital. Exact location, and perhaps a change in time… will be available on the Indivisible Facebook page.
Wow… what an event! As many of 60 people demonstrated outside the County Building in Cave Junction on Saturday, June 3, as part of the national anti-Trump March for Truth. Demonstrators waved signs and sang to the accompaniment of live guitar and drum music. Organizer Gary Eby of the Resist Committee of the Josephine County Democratic Party said: “A great deal of positive solidarity was felt at the rally with a majority of those driving by being sympathetic and encouraging. Sharing with like-minded people pressures Washington toward transparency.” Hey… Illinois Valley is where it is happening!