May 20, 2019 Newsletter
Dear OSTPDX Members,
If you were unable to attend our May 14th Forum on Revenue Reform, take a look at the video and the notes here and here from the two small groups that went into more detailed discussions on the topic. We learned that there’s surprisingly very little public interest in what Revenue Committees are working on but plenty of interest from the business community as part of their ongoing efforts to secure favorable tax legislation, leaving individual income tax revenue to fill the gaps. There are currently 4 Revenue Reform Bills still in play this legislative session, which can be found in the OSTPDX Legislative Task Force Recommendations, that would address Oregon’s various “regressive” tax codes, preventing offshoring by requiring full reporting, and closing loopholes on passthrough income reported by high-income business owners. The “Research Summary Grids” on our website has further detail on those bills as well as on OLIS.
OSTPDX June CELEBRATION Meeting-June 11, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 (please note early start)
Subud Center 3185 NE Regents Drive
2019 Oregon Legislature: The Final Push and Celebrating our Successes!
Come join us and hear from Mary Chaffin, chair of the OSTPDX Legislative Task Force, and members of the team as they present the remaining (and probably some of the most important) issues left for the 2019 Oregon Legislature.
We will be starting early at 6:30 “happy hour” time to celebrate all of the success we have so far achieved. We will provide the beverages and some finger foods to socialize before and after the short program by Mary and other task force members.
Members of the Task Force will be there with posters about the major issues the task force tackled. We’ll ask everyone to indicate on the posters what you did to support the work of the Task Force. If you were a citizen lobbyist who gave testimony, or emailed or called legislators, attended a rally or lobby day, attended an OST meeting to learn about bills & the legislative process, wrote letters to the editor, promoted bills on social media, volunteered with advocacy groups, etc., we want to know about it and celebrate it!
You will also find out what bills still need your support; what committees could be swayed by your passionate testimony and which legislators require a persuasive phone call. Your involvement has already and could still make the difference before the end of this legislative session by June 30.
If you want, feel free bring an appetizer to share. We will raise a toast to everyone’s hard work and enjoy social time with the folks who made make One Small Thing such a special community of activists. We will be taking July and August off from membership meetings, so hope to see you in June!
To help us plan food and setup for this meeting, please take a moment to RSVP using the “Other” section of this form to indicate what you’re offering to help with.
Questions or want to help set up/clean up that night? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Tomorrow! Activists across the nation are gathering on Tuesday, May 21, to protest against the unconstitutional and dangerous abortion bans passed in states like Alabama and Missouri. These laws are the next step in the anti-choice extremist movement to gut and overturn Roe v. Wade.
Join the ACLU of Oregon along with NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon at noon on Tuesday at the Portland Waterfront to send a message that we will always hold the line in Oregon. Together we say: Stop the bans.
THE POWER OF SECOND CHANCES FOR OREGON YOUTH-TAKE ACTION NOW!
Youth in Oregon’s justice system should be held accountable for their mistakes. But we all know the value of forgiveness and second chances. When young people cause harm, we need to help them make a positive contribution to society through rehabilitation, education, and opportunity.
Senate Bill 1008 would help bring our youth justice system in line with what we know works. SB 1008 was passed by the Senate on April 16, and now it's on to the House of Representatives.
Use this form to tell your legislators to support SB 1008 to ensure our youth justice system focuses on accountability and rehabilitation, not on placing youth in adult prisons.
Take the Pledge!
In the fall we will begin to turn our attention towards 2020. We all share the same hope to defeat the 45th President, hold onto the House of Representatives and flip the Senate.
Actions by Indivisible Oregon
OSTPDX, along with other local progressive grassroots groups, are collaborating to help Indivisible Oregon highlight their Tuesday action call of the week in email communications and across social media. We ask that you visit their website indivisibleor.org/actions every Tuesday morning where the action of week will be posted by 6AM, take the action and share on social media and/or via email with your circle.
Indivisible Tuesday message: Congress must hold him accountable by opening an impeachment inquiry. Given the gravity of Trump's offenses, the stonewalling he and his administration are currently demonstrating, Congress must put country over party and embark on the impeachment inquiry path - which will give them the power needed to hold Trump accountable and lay bare to the American public (all in one place) what he has done.
Rally to Support Climate Change Lawsuit-June 4th 10:30 to 12:00 Director’s Plaza
The rally is being organized being organized by Our Children's Trust (www.OurChildrensTrust.org) based in Eugene with the support of several local organizations, such as 350PDX and Indivisible97201, to show public support for the 21 young people who are suing the federal government.
The CBS program 60 Minutes reported on March 3, 2019 that it is “the climate change lawsuit that could stop the U.S. Government from supporting fossil fuels.”
Come together with family and friends to show your support and greet the young plaintiffs.
Other Upcoming Events
101 on Open & Accountable Elections: Thursday, May 23rd from 7-9
Listen Learn Lead Event #6: The REAL National Emergency w/ Jeff Merkley Sunday, May 26th from 6-9
Salem- Governor Signing Wear Orange Proclamation: Tuesday, June 4th at 10:15
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