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  • Please support Clean Air in Oregon (HB 3492)

    116 Oregon schools were found to be in the worst 10% of US toxic industrial air pollution hot spots. Ask your representative to support HB 3492 which expands Oregon's successful Toxic Use Reduction Program (TURP) to include Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs).

    This program, established in the 1990’s as the first of its kind in the nation, has a proven track record of reducing thousands of pounds of unnecessary toxins in the workplace and in the waste generated by industrial activity. Implementation of plans are voluntary, ensuring they benefit businesses through reduced costs and healthier work environments for employees. Adding air toxins, a significant risk to public health, is a common sense improvement to current rules.

    Our oldest and dirtiest facilities still receive permits to emit the same level of emissions they did in the 1970’s. No facility in Oregon has a health-based emissions limit for the hazardous air pollutants. We know that communities that live next to large sources are at greater risk of asthma and even cancer. It is time to correct this ridiculous oversight and include hazardous air pollutants in Oregon's program to reduce industrial hazardous waste.


    Please take a moment and tell your legislators why you feel strongly about this issue. You can increase the impact your message will have by doing two simple things.

    1.) Write a unique email subject line.

    2) Use the talking points below to personalize your letter

    Talking Points

    1. HB 3492 expands Oregon's successful Toxic Use Reduction Program to include Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPS).

    2. It requires the largest sources of Hazardous Air Pollutants to include HAPS in their exisitng Toxic Use Reduction Plans.

    3. It expands the Toxic Use Reduction Program to the five largest sources of HAPS in Oregon (see above for list).

    4. It allows Oregon to provide technical and research assistance to find safer cost effective alternatives to reduce hazardous air emissions.


  • Divest Portland from Fossil Fuels Investment!

    Eugene, Seattle, and San Francisco are among 11 American cities that have taken the lead in divesting from fossil fuel companies. Portland shouldn’t continue to invest in companies that are causing the climate crisis. Extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy make it clear we need to act now in order to avoid climate catastrophe. We have the solutions to solve this crisis, but we won’t see any political progress on the issue until we can weaken the power of the fossil fuel industry.

    The fossil fuel industry has spent hundreds of millions of dollars over the last decade to block any political action on climate change. The Carbon Tracker Initiative has documented that they're planning on burning five times more fossil fuels than scientists say is safe. It’s wrong for our city to continue to invest public money in this rogue industry. Unless we act now, we’ll continue to see more extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy. That’s not a future we should leave for our children.

  • Please support the Oregon Public Safety Package (HB 3194)

    Oregon is one of only three states that spends more on corrections than it does on higher education, with a current prison population of approximately 14,000[1]. This is an 80% increase from 1994 when Kevin Mannix helped pass Measure 11 which imposed lengthy mandatory prison sentence of 5 to 25 years[2].

    Onward Oregon believes we need a public safety system which is both more affordable and more effective. We support HB 3194, which is a modest first step that makes common sense adjustments to an otherwise rigid mandatory minimum sentencing system.  We’re pleased that HB 3194 is supported by an impressive number of forward thinking organizations, including the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, Stand for Children Oregon, Urban League of Portland, League of Women Voters of Oregon, Mercy Corps, Volunteers for America - Oregon, ACLU of Oregon, and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon.

    The set of smart improvements to Oregon’s public safety system in HB 3194 would free up as much as 600 million in the next 10 years[3]. Oregon should spend less money building new prisons and instead restore essential funding for victim services, mental health treatment, schools, prevention programs, and other vital services that allow for safe and healthy communities.

    Our legislators need to hear from us, if we want to save this bill. Contact your legislators TODAY and urge them to support HB 3194.

    Please take a moment and tell your legislator why you feel strongly about this issue. You can increase the impact your letter will have by doing these two simple things:
    1) Write a unique email subject line
    2) Use the Talking Points below to personalize your Letter

    Your words make a difference!

    Talking points:

    • The predicted growth in Oregon’s prison population will incur costs that crowd out essential spending on education, human services, police and the courts.
    • Measure 11’s mandatory minimum sentences, especially for non-violent offenses, are unnecessarily harsh and don’t allow judges to consider extenuating circumstances.
    • Measure 11 pressures innocent defendants into plea bargains for lesser (non-Measure 11) crimes, due to fear of mandatory sentences.
    • The Legislative Joint Committee on Public Safety has done a lengthy and careful study of the potential effects of the recommended forms and their conclusions are reflected in HB 3194.
  • What the heck is Inclusionary Zoning?

    What the heck is Inclusionary Zoning?

    Teachers, firefighters, young families, and thousands of other average Oregonians can't find a place to live within their means or in the neighborhoods where they work. Inclusionary housing will give average Oregonians the chance they deserve for affordable housing.

    What’s inclusionary zoning? It’s a land use practice that requires affordable housing units to be built along with market rate housing, typically in new developments, currently under consideration in the Oregon House of Representatives.

    Please take a moment and tell your legislator why you feel strongly about this issue. You can increase the impact your letter will have by doing these two simple things:

    1) Write a unique email subject line

    2) Use the Talking Points below to personalize your Letter

    Your words make a difference!

    Talking points

      • Average Oregonians can't find a place to live within their means or in the neighborhoods where they work.

      • Inclusionary housing will give average Oregonians the chance they deserve for affordable housing.

      • Inclusionary zoning has worked in hundreds of jurisdictions around the country.

      • HB2890 will restore housing control to local governments.

  • Every Oregonian Deserves Paid Sick Leave



    Here’s the situation:
    On January 1, 2014, approximately 260,000 people who work in Portland will start earning sick time while they work (thanks to a new ordinance passed unanimously by the Portland City Council earlier this month). This is an incredible step toward the kind of family-friendly economy we are working toward here in Oregon. One where families can be good employees, responsible caregivers, and healthy community members.

    ALL Oregonians deserve to earn paid sick time when they work
    While this is excellent news for Portland and the 260,000 people who will now be able to stay home from work when they’re sick or need to care for a sick family member without losing needed income – or their job, it does not help the approximately 320,000 Oregonians who still don’t earn paid sick time. The community-wide problem that the Portland City Council wisely stepped up to solve with a community-wide solution should be solved in the rest of the state, too.

    This problem exists in every corner of Oregon, so let’s bring earned sick time to everyone who works in Oregon, not just Portland!   Click here to support HB3390.

    Add your voice
    You can help bring paid sick time to ALL Oregonians by sending a quick email to your state representatives asking them to solve this community-wide problem that affects people all over our state. Right now they’re hearing from big corporate lobbyists trying to prevent this common-sense law from passing and your rep needs to hear from you too!

    You don’t need to be an expert, just share your thoughts and/or personal experiences about paid sick time. Use the examples below, but PLEASE personalize them. It’s just so much better that they hear your thoughts in your words.

    Talking Points:

    • EARNED SICK DAYS ARE GOOD FOR PUBLIC HEALTH.

    It’s a fact: illnesses spread in workplaces.  During the H1N1 epidemic, an estimated seven million cases were contracted at work from people who came to work sick.  The federal CDC asked them to stay home to prevent contagion, but that can be hard to do without earned sick time.

    • EARNED SICK DAYS ARE GOOD FOR FAMILIES

    Earned sick time helps people stay in their jobs. A recent study showed that 16% of workers had actually been fired from their job for taking time off due to personal illness or to care for an ill family member
     

    • EARNED SICK DAYS ARE GOOD FOR BUSINESS

    Employers save money by allowing workers to earn paid sick days. How can this be? Employees who stay home when sick are actually more productive than employees who work when sick.  In fact, “presenteeism” – when workers come to work sick – costs employers an average of $255 per employee per year

  • Be a Friend to Oregon Farms

    Be a Friend to Oregon Farms

    Family farms have helped shape Oregon’s economic identity since our state’s founding. Help support Oregon's family farms and our economy with the "Aggie Bonds" program.

    What’s an Aggie Bond? It’s a low-interest bond designed to provide affordable financing for Oregon’s beginning or expanding farmers, currently under consideration in the Oregon legislature. Aggie Bonds are a key tool to help sustain Oregon's small farm economy now and into the future.

    Please take a moment and tell the legislators on the House Ways and Means Committee why you feel strongly about this issue. You can increase the impact your letter will have by doing these two simple things:


    1) Write a unique email subject line

    2) Use the Talking Points below to personalize your Letter


    Your words make a difference!

     

    Talking points

      • We need to provide younger farmers access to affordable lending to help a new generation of small, local farms take root.
      • Aggie Bonds are a key tool to help sustain Oregon's small farm economy.
      • Aggie Bonds are a simple way to provide affordable financing for Oregon’s beginning or expanding farmers.
      • Lowering lending costs for farmers improves cash flow and their ability to build equity, while creating an
        economic multiplier effect in rural communities
      • HB 2700 allows Oregon banks to receive a federal tax credit when they lend to small and beginning
        farmers, which can lower interest rates by 25%
      • Sixteen other states offer Aggie Bond lending programs.

  • Support Oregon's Low Carbon Fuel Standard

    We need to tell legislators to support Oregon’s low-carbon fuel standard.

    Although most Americans believe climate change poses serious risks, too few policy makers are ready to make substantial changes to mitigate widely predicted negative impacts -- to our planet, our economy, and our communities. We have to stop emitting so much carbon. We emit greenhouse gases at almost twice the rate that we remove them from the atmosphere. In Oregon, we have an opportunity to stop emitting so much transportation-related carbon. But policy makers, faced with unrelenting pressure from big oil, are hesitating.

    Transportation is Oregon’s largest single source of carbon emissions. In 2009, Oregon’s Legislature authorized a low-carbon fuel standard to reduce those emissions by 10% over 10 years. The program -- dubbed Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program -- guarantees carbon reductions; federal and state renewable fuel standards do not. The program is slated to “sunset” in 2015, unless legislators revoke the sunset this session. To reduce carbon emissions, reduce the barrier to alternative-fuel investments in Oregon, give consumers greater fuel choice, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and promote Oregon’s alternative fuel industries, the legislature must revoke sunset on the Clean Fuels Program this session.

    Urge your senator to vote “yes” on SB 488 to revoke the sunset. Tell your legislator you are fed up with big oil’s stranglehold on our transportation fuel supply. We don’t have oil refineries. We do have a national reputation for leadership. Let’s lead on transportation-related carbon emissions by implementing the Clean Fuels Program. For more info, visit CleanFuelsNow.com.

    Please take a moment and tell your senator why you feel strongly about this issue.  Did you know you can increase the impact your letter will have by doing these two simple things:


    1) Write a unique email subject line

    2) Use the Talking Points below to personalize your Letter


    Your words make a difference!

     

    Talking points

      • Transportation is Oregon’s largest single source of carbon emissions. The Clean Fuels Program will reduce those emissions by 10% over 10 years.

      • Fuel importers and suppliers can meet the requirements flexibly; either by blending in lower-carbon fuels, or purchasing credits from sellers of lower-carbon fuels.

      • Oregon sends $5 billion out of state each year purchasing petroleum. A Clean Fuels Program will give local sources of fuel alternatives a fighting chance in the market.

      • Investors need market certainty and reliable demand. With a sunset, the Clean Fuels Program provides neither.

      • An independent economic study finds that that the Clean Fuels program can: 1) Create at least 860 and potentially more than 29,000 new jobs in Oregon, and 2) Save drivers between $43 million and $1.6 billion over the next decade.

      • Oregon can reap economic benefits from a diversified transportation fuel supply that’s more locally produced.

      • Today, ethanol can be made from waste oil, algae, forest thinnings, grasses, agricultural waste, and even landfill gas and livestock manure. The Clean Fuels Program can put Oregon ingenuity to work providing these advanced fuels that work better for our health and environment.

      • Electricity, compressed natural gas, propane, biodiesel, and ethanol are all currently feasible transportation fuels that have the potential to create less carbon pollution and also create less soot, smog and toxic gases.

      • Oregon’s air is dirtier than levels considered safe for human health in certain parts of the state, and cars and trucks are a major contributor. Air pollution from cars and trucks is linked to asthma and cardiovascular disease. Tailpipe emission from diesel and gas vehicles creates soot, smog, and toxic gases. Diesel exhaust contains more than 40 different toxic gases. Alternative fuels can reduce these pollutants.

      • The military, aviation industries and market leaders are already showing that clean fuels work and are cost effective. Portland Public Schools saves hundreds of thousands of dollars with their cleaner fuel school buses.

      • Alternative fuels can create 75% less carbon pollution than petroleum -- and be produced in Oregon.   


  • One trillion dollars of Student debt - How do we end it?

    One Trillion Dollars

    No, that's not Dr. Evil's latest demand. It's the amount of student debt Americans owe.[1]  And it's only getting worse with massive budget cuts to public higher education.  But here in Oregon, we can do something about the growing burden of Student Loan Debt.


    Our friends at Oregon Working Families are fighting for a proposal that could change the student debt game. The "Pay it Forward" plan for debt free higher education (HB 2838) is being considered at the Capitol in Salem.


    In Oregon, loans to student and parents have increased by a whopping 75% since 2005. [2] We like to believe that anyone can get a good education if they just work hard enough but it's harder than ever for students of modest means to realize that dream.


    Oregon's public university students are now saddled with an average of over $25,000 in student loan debt. Graduates are paying hundreds of dollars a month to Wall Street lenders, and much of that only covers interest and fees. It's unsustainable for students, families, and for Oregon’s economy.


    Oregon Working Families' proposal would allow Oregon public university and community college students to go to school while paying no tuition or fees. Instead, they would pay a small percentage of their income after college into a social insurance fund that would allow other students to do the same. [3]

    Oregon can take the lead on implementing a truly game changing solution to the student debt crisis. It won't be easy, but we can win with your help!  Ask your legislator to take a step toward debt free higher education in Oregon by supporting HB 2838.  Take Action Now>>>

    Increase the impact your letter will have on your legislator by doing these two simple things:



    1. Write a unique email subject line

    2. Personalize the email body (Include why YOU feel strongly about the reducing student loan debt in Oregon) We’ve provided the talking points below to help you craft your own, unique letter. Please take a moment and tell your representative why you feel strongly about this issue and make sure to note you’re a constituent! Your words make a difference!


    TALKING POINTS


    • Americans owe more than $1 trillion in student debt.

    • A student graduating from a public university in Oregon now owes an average of $25,000 in debt.

    • Oregon parents are taking on more and more debt for their children.

    • Parents owe an average of $34,000 in Oregon.

    • Student loans have grown 75% since 2005.

    • The Debt Free Higher Ed plan allows students to go to school for free, and then pay into a dedicated fund after graduation as a fixed share of their salaries.  As more students pay in, the fund will grow and allow more students to do the same thing.

    • It is not a loan, and Wall Street banks don't take a cut of it.

    • After leaving school, students pay back into the program according to their ability. Graduates pay into a dedicated fund a set percentage of their income for 20 years. For example, public university graduates would pay 3%, community college grads would pay 1.5%.

    • HB 2838 would create a task force to study making Pay it Forward pilot project a reality.



  • Oregon: Say no to Fossil Fuel Exports

    The fossil fuel industry has tageted Oregon as a shipping point for fuels that will, if not checked, make the earth virtually uninhabitable. Tell Governor Kitzhaber to deny permits to build two liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities and permits for coal exports.


    Increase the impact your letter will have by doing these two simple things:
    1.) Write a unique subject line.
    2.) Personalize the email body. Include why YOU feel strongly that the Governor should put the brakes on fossil fuel exports from our state.


    Talking Points

    • Fossil fuels will destroy the earth unless we keep them in the ground
    • Oregon shouldn’t be an exporter of fossil fuels
    • We need to become far less dependent on fossil fuels
    • The fossil fuel industry needs to be opposed every chance we get

  • Debt Free Higher Ed

    One Trillion Dollars
    No, that's not Dr. Evil's latest demand. It's the amount of student debt Americans owe.[1] But it could be more destructive than any of Dr. Evil's plans as millions of Americans struggle to pay off their massive loans or give up on school instead of going into debt. And it's only getting worse with massive budget cuts to public higher education.

    But here in Oregon, we can do something about the growing burden of Student Loan Debt.

    Our friends at Oregon Working Families are fighting for a proposal that could change the student debt game. The "Pay it Forward" plan for debt free higher education (HB 2838) is being considered at the Capitol in Salem and they need our help.
    Take a moment to ask your legislators to support Debt Free Higher Ed>>>

    Please take a moment and tell the legislators on the House Higher Ed Committee why you feel strongly about this issue.  You can increase the impact your letter will have by doing these two simple things:


    1) Write a unique email subject line

    2) Use the Talking Points below to personalize your Letter


    Your words make a difference!

     

    Talking points

      • Americans owe more than $1 trillion in student debt.
      • A student graduating from a public university in Oregon now owes an average of $25,000 in debt.
      • Oregon parents are taking on more and more debt for their children.
      • Parents owe an average of $34,000 in Oregon.
      • Student loans have grown 75% since 2005.
      • The Debt Free Higher Ed plan allows students to go to school for free, and then pay into a dedicated fund after graduation as a fixed share of their salaries.  As more students pay in, the fund will grow and allow more students to do the same thing.
      • It is not a loan, and Wall Street banks don't take a cut of it.
      • After leaving school, students pay back into the program according to their ability. Graduates pay into a dedicated fund a set percentage of their income for 20 years. For example, public university graduates would pay 3%, community college grads would pay 1.5%.
      • HB 2838 would create a task force to study making Pay it Forward pilot project a reality.

  • Don't write a blank check for a bad project

    Governor Kitzhaber is asking the state legislature for unlimited authority to borrow as much as the Oregon Department of  Transportation (ODOT) wants to build the Columbia River Crossing (House Bill 2800). We need to tell our legislators that we can't give ODOT a  blank check without cost constraints and less expensive alternatives  being considered.   

    It is unclear how much of the estimated $10 billion in construction and finance costs Oregon will have to cover.   There has been no reliable estimate of toll revenue, no reliable analysis of how much traffic would be diverted onto I-205, and no  realistic assessment of how much money the federal government will put  in.   Please email and/or write your legislator urging them to reevaluate the CRC.

    Please take a moment and tell your legislators why you feel strongly about this issue.  Did you know you can increase the impact your letter will have by doing these two simple things:


    1) Write a unique email subject line

    2) Use the Talking Points below to personalize your Letter


    Your words make a difference!

     

    Talking points

      • We can't give ODOT a blank check to build the CRC as currently designed. Transit experts  have developed better, cheaper, and common sense alternatives to the CRC  that have never been given a fair review.
      • It would be unconscionable for Oregon to commit money to begin construction of the CRC without raising new revenue, given that Oregon  can’t afford to maintain existing roads and bridges.  
      • It is wrong to require all Oregonians to pay higher gas taxes and/or vehicle-related fees in order to fund a poorly planned highway  expansion. The same money could be better spent on solving transportation problems more evenly across the state.
      • According to the CRC’s Environmental Impact Statement, global warming pollution along the highway corridor after building the CRC  would be 31% higher than pollution today. We should not throw good money at bad solutions.

  • Oregon: Say no to Fossil Fuel Exports

    The fossil fuel industry has tageted Oregon as a shipping point for fuels that will, if not checked, make the earth virtually uninhabitable. Tell Governor Kitzhaber to deny permits to build two liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities and permits for coal exports.


    Increase the impact your letter will have by doing these two simple things:
    1.) Write a unique subject line.
    2.) Personalize the email body. Include why YOU feel strongly that the Governor should put the brakes on fossil fuel exports from our state.


    Talking Points

    • Fossil fuels will destroy the earth unless we keep them in the ground
    • Oregon shouldn’t be an exporter of fossil fuels
    • We need to become far less dependent on fossil fuels
    • The fossil fuel industry needs to be opposed every chance we get

  • Save West Hayden Island Habitat

    Tell the mayor and city council that the current plan to annex West Hayden Island is highly flawed and premature. The Port’s current plan will destroy vital fish and wildlife habitat; is not critically needed; will cost tens of millions in taxpayer dollars; and will harm a local affordable housing community.


    Increase the impact your letter will have on the city council by doing these two simple things:
    1.) Write a unique subject line.
    2.) Personalize the email body. Include why YOU feel strongly that the city should put the brakes on its WHI annexation plan.

    Talking Points:

    ·      Protect critical habitat with a specific plan for full mitigation of unavoidable impacts.
    ·      Address the issues of port competition and excess capacity in coordination with the Port of Vancouver
    .      Address Hayden Island residents’ concerns; mitigate negative impacts on air quality, property values and quality of life; complete the health assessment.
    .      Resolve uncertainties about how the Columbia River Crossing (CRC) and Superfund Mitigation requirements may impact West Hayden Island development
     .     Support jobs and economic development without compromising environmental and community values.
    .      The Port's mission is to “enhance the region’s economy and quality of life…,” not one or the other.

  • Save Progressive Radio KPOJ



    Increase the impact your letter will have on Clear Channel by doing these two simple things:
           1) Write a unique subject line.
           2) Personalize the email body. Include why YOU feel strongly about progressive radio.

    Talking Points: 
     

      - Portland already has two all-sports stations.

      - Portland progressive radio has a large and committed audience.

  • Don’t Spend Our Money On A Convention Center Hotel

    Metro is seriously considering subsidizing a convention center hotel to the tune of $111 million over thirty years, with an upfront cash subsidy of $10.4 million. We need to tell Metro that this is a poor use of our money given more pressing needs parks, schools, and public transportation.

    Please take a moment and tell Metro why you feel strongly about this issue.  Did you know you can increase the impact your letter will have by doing these two simple things:


    1) Write a unique email subject line

    2) Use the Talking Points below to personalize your letter


    Your words make a difference!

     

    Talking points


    • No public funds for a private hotel
    • Fund critical services before private development
    • If a hotel is viable it should be privately funded
    • Convention hotels are a risky investment
    • Redevelop existing buildings for hotel purposes if necessary
    • PDC to focus on needy areas such as 82nd Avenue, NE Portland

  • Don’t Spend Our Money On A Convention Center Hotel

    Metro and the Portland City Council are seriously considering subsidizing a convention center hotel to the tune of $111 million over thirty years, with an upfront cash subsidy of $10.4 million. We need to tell Metro and the Portland City Council that this is a poor use of our money given more pressing needs parks, schools, and public transportation.

    Please take a moment and tell Metro and the Portland City Council why you feel strongly about this issue.  Did you know you can increase the impact your letter will have by doing these two simple things:


    1) Write a unique email subject line

    2) Use the Talking Points below to personalize your letter


    Your words make a difference!

     

    Talking points

    • No public funds for a private hotel
    • Fund critical services before private development
    • If a hotel is viable it should be privately funded
    • Convention hotels are a risky investment
    • Redevelop existing buildings for hotel purposes if necessary
    • PDC to focus on needy areas such as 82nd Avenue, NE Portland

  • Tell the City Council: It's time to dethrone King Coal

    Please take a moment and tell the City why you feel strongly about this issue.  Did you know you can increase the impact your letter will have by doing these two simple things:


    1) Write a unique email subject line

    2) Use the Talking Points below to personalize your Letter


    Your words make a difference!

    Talking Points
    • As many as six export terminals are planned in Oregon and Washington
    • Each shipment through our communities will expose residents to coal trains more than a mile long
    • Increased train shipments though our communities will worsen traffic jams and will require expensive new bridges or tunnels
    • Diesel exhaust and coal dust from coal trains can cause serious long-term health problems
  • Tell the City Council to Save Taxpayers $138 Million

    Please take a moment and tell the City why you feel strongly about this issue.  Did you know you can increase the impact your letter will have by doing these two simple things:


    1) Write a unique email subject line

    2) Use the Talking Points below to personalize your Letter


    Your words make a difference!

    Talking Points
    • This option costs less  -- an estimated $138 million less.

    • This option retains more water storage capacity, and for less money, than the buried reservoir plan.

    • This option supports a dual track approach, preserving the functionality of the reservoirs while the LT2 Rule is revised.


  • All Mortgage Lenders Should Obey Fairness in Lending Rules

    All Oregon mortgage providers should be held to the same fairness standards.  Tell AG Rosenblum in your own words:

      • Your own mortgage experience
      • Your belief in fairness – particularly a single point of contact and single track
      • The need to reduce administrative costs for mortgage servicing – this helps the banks as well as the homeowner
      • The need for uniform rules for all lending institutions – so borrowers don’t get bamboozled
      • Not to let Oregon’s temporary rules for mortgage servicing expire without putting permanent rules in place.


    Hearings were held in late June on this issue and the date for action is uncertain but letters to the new Attorney General are important. Let AG Rosenblum know that Oregonians care about fairness in lending and foreclosure processes.



  • Oregon needs flame retardant regulation

    Halogenated flame retardants (HFRs), ubiquitous in our homes and environment, are dangerous toxins. They harm humans and wildlife. Nor are they effective in suppressing household fires.Washington and California have or are producing strict regulations for HFRs. The Oregon Legislature needs to regulate these chemicals.


    Please take a moment and tell your legislators why you feel strongly about this issue.  Did you know you can increase the impact your letter will have by doing these two simple things:


    1) Write a unique email subject line

    2) Use the Talking Points below to personalize your Letter


    Your words make a difference!

     

    Talking points


    • Flame retardants used in furniture upholstery are toxic and carcinogenic and lead to birth defects.

    • Flame retardants have spread throughout our environment. They have been widely detected in Americans and in breast milk.

    • Their effectiveness in preventing and retarding fires is dubious.

    • The decline in home fires is largely due to the reduction in smoking and building codes that require sprinklers, not the use of flame retardants in furnishings..

    • Other methods--fire prevention, introduction of fire-safe cigarettes and candles--should be used or developed to prevent fires.

    • The fire-retardant industry has been caught exaggerating the benefits of flame retardants.

  • Keep Waldo Lake Pristine

    Waldo Lake is one of the largest natural lakes in Oregon and one of the purest in the world. Visitors are attracted to this lake for the solitude and pristine beauty the lake provides, which is why public support for the ban has been overwhelming throughout the current and past process. Please urge the Marine and Aviation Boards to continue the current protections for Waldo Lake. 

    Increase the impact your letter will have on the governor by doing these two simple things:
           1) Write a unique subject line.
           2) Personalize the email body. Include why YOU feel strongly about keeping the rule banning gasoline motors on Waldo Lake. Feel free to draw on your own experiences at Waldo Lake.


     

           

  • Wal-Mart isn't a Portland Kind of Business

    Wal-Mart is looking to open 17 stores in the Portland area including one on Hayden Island. But Wal-Mart is not the kind of company our city needs if we're to build a equitable, sustainable, and prosperous economy. Wal-Mart doesn't provide living-wage jobs to Portlanders.

    Tell the City Council that Wal-Mart isn't a Portland kind of business.
    Increase the impact your letter will have on the city council by doing these two simple things:
    1.) Write a unique subject line.
    2.) Personalize the email body. Include why YOU feel strongly that the city should not allow Wal-Marts.
    Talking Points:

    Wal-Mart isn't a Portland kind of business

    Wal-Mart doesn't pay sustainable wages

    Wal--Mart doesn't provide sufficient health insurance for employees

    We need businesses that provide sustainable wages and health insurance

  • It's Time to Move Portland's Money

    Two weeks after Portland mayoral candidate  State Rep. Jefferson Smith publicly challenged Portland to move some of its money from too-big-to-fail banks to local credit unions and community banks, Mayor Sam Adams has said he would pursue the cause.

    The mayor's comments follow on the heels of the Occupy Wall Street movement and related protests against national banks. In the last month nearly 700,000 Americans have opened accounts in credit unions-more than all of 2010. As a result $4.5 billion has gone into local credit unions.  San Jose has moved nearly $1 billion from Bank of America this year, showing how much more can be re-purposed if cities take the lead. Tell the Portland City Council it's time to move our money to a Portland community bank or credit union.

    Increase the impact your letter will have on the city council by doing these two simple things:
    1.) Write a unique subject line.
    2.) Personalize the email body. Include why YOU feel strongly that the city should move its money away from the big banks.

    Talking Points:

    1.The City of Portland needs to put its money in banks that will invest in our community.

    2. Portland needs to move its money from too-big-to-fail banks to local credit unions and community banks.

    3. In the last month 700,000 Americans have opened accounts in credit unions, more than all of 2010. It's time Portland joins this movement.

    4. San Jose has moved nearly $1 billion from Bank of America this year, showing how much more can be re-purposed if cities take the lead.

  • Urge Governor Kitzhaber: Designate Oregon's Marine Reserves Now



    Increase the impact your letter will have on the governor by doing these two simple things:
           1) Write a unique subject line.
           2) Personalize the email body. Include why YOU feel strongly about designating Oregon's marine reserves.

    Talking Points: 
     
    • Population increases, habitat destruction, climate change, increased demand for fresh seafood, and other pressures are growing by the year, and ocean systems need a lifeline in order to survive and thrive into the future.
    • This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to build a system of marine reserves and protected areas that will safeguard the bounty and beauty of Oregon’s coast for generations to come.
    • Coastal volunteers and marine scientists invested 25,000 volunteer hours in public meetings to come to these recommendations.

  • Bottling Gorge Water: Let’s Take A Closer Look

    Increase the impact your letter will have on the governor by doing these two simple things:

          1) Write a unique subject line.

          2) Personalize the email body. Include why YOU feel strongly about bottled water from the Gorge.

    We've provided some starter text and talking points for you to work with. Please take a moment and tell the governor why you feel strongly about this issue. Your words make a difference!

     

    Talking Points and Questions

    • Nestlé would produce more individual-serve plastic water bottles and inevitably more waste.

    • Will the bottles used contain BPA (bisphenol A), a known toxin to children?

    • Will the Nestlé’s plant provide family wage jobs?

  • Ban BPA for Multnomah County Babies

    Increase the impact your letter will have on the commissioners by doing these two simple things:

          1) Write a unique subject line.
          2) Personalize the email body. Include why YOU feel strongly about banning BPA.
    We've provided some starter text and talking points for you to work with. Please take a moment and tell the commission why you feel strongly about this issue and make sure to note you're a constituent. Your words make a difference!

     

    Talking Points

    • BPA is a risk to health, particularly to infants and babies, since it can mimic estrogenic hormones.
    • Current proposed bans would selectively target infant and child products that 
      would not have a large impact on the industry in general. Other products
      and manufacturing methods are readily available (e.g. polypropylene).
    • The industry at large, including Wal-Mart, has already removed BPA from 
      common adult water bottles, but there are many manufactures that have 
      not followed suit.

  • Tell Your State Legislators to Approve the State Bank

    Increase the impact your letter will have on your legislator by doing these two simple things:

     

    1) Write a unique email subject line

    2) Personalize the email body (Include why YOU feel strongly about a State Bank)


    We’ve provided some starter text and talking points for you to work with. Please take a moment and tell your representative why you feel strongly about this issue and make sure to note you’re a constituent! Your words make a difference!


    A State Bank is good for Oregon:

    Let's follow the model of the Bank of North Dakota. It doesn’t compete with community banks; it supports them. From 2007 to 2009 — through the trough of the financial crisis — BND’s business lending actually grew by 35 percent.

    A recent study of a similar proposal in Oregon predicted that a fully-operational state bank would help Oregon community banks expand lending by $1.3 billion and lead to 5,391 new small business and farm jobs in the first 3-5 years. This would be accomplished at a profit for Oregon.


    The legislature is talking about going home at the end of the week, but this is a jobs bill still sitting on their desks awaiting a vote.  If they don't act before going home this bill will die. 

    This bill is about investing in Oregon.  It is about investing in small businesses and family farms so they can grow their businesses and create jobs.  But if the legislature goes home early without even putting this bill to a vote they will have missed a huge opportunity to create jobs and support a more resilient local economy in Oregon. 

  • No Blank Check for the CRC

    10 reasons we need to re-think the Columbia River Crossing:
    1. Too expensive: The Columbia River Crossing is a gigantic project and we can’t afford it; bridge construction represents only 10-20 percent of the total project cost.
    2. Smaller solutions work: Most of the traffic over the bridge is local and can be fixed with smaller, less expensive solutions.  Yet there has been no meaningful discussion by planners of alternatives like a freight lane, retro-fitting, or other alternatives that exist.
    3. It will go over budget: ODOT is two times over budget on three of its largest projects, studies of mega-projects like the CRC over the past 70 years have found 90% of them go over budget.
    4. Fixing the bridge is cheap: Demolishing the bridge costs the same as retrofitting the bridge to be seismically safe.
    5. There are worse bridges: The Oregon Department of Transportation has identified 29 structurally unsafe interstate bridges in Oregon, the I-5 bridge ISN’T on that list (but the Marquam bridge is)
    6. A bridge for Washingtonians: The bridge mostly benefits commuters in Washington’s Clark County, but Oregonians will foot most of the cost.  And while the Columbia River Crossing wouldn't benefit the whole state, the whole state will pay.
    7. Tolling causes chaos: Unless I-205 is tolled, traffic would flood over to that freeway crossing.
    8. Spreading Sprawl: The Columbia River Crossing would ignite Vancouver sprawl. Indeed, Clark County developers will benefit from avoiding Oregon’s income tax and urban growth boundary.
    9. Light rail is uncertain: There’s no commitment from Vancouver/Clark County to build light rail.
    10. Communities don’t want it: The Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, which represents 12 neighborhood associations, has taken a position against the bridge.

    Increase the impact your letter will have on your legislator by doing these two simple things:

    1) Write a unique email subject line

    2) Personalize the email body (Include why YOU feel strongly about the CRC)


    We’ve provided some starter text and talking points for you to work with. Please take a moment and tell your representative why you feel strongly about this issue and make sure to note you’re a constituent! Your words make a difference!

  • Demand a Vote on BPA Ban

    Call your state Representative. Ask if he or she has signed the petition and urge them to do so. If they refuse, ask why not — and let us know on our Facebook page. (We're asking that you phone because, at this stage, this is the most effective way to get your voice heard.)

    This is a good, simple bill. SB 695 protects infants and toddlers at a time in their lives when their bodies are vulnerable to chemicals like BPA.

    Call your state Representative. Insist she or he sign the discharge petition and ensure a vote on SB 695.

    Take action now. Call your Representative and tell them to sign the discharge petition.

    Use the tool to look up your State Legislatures phone number and send them a quick message -- MAKE SURE TO ALSO CALL THEM

  • Save the 3-Creeks Natural Area

     Increase the impact your letter will have on your legislator by doing these two simple things:

    1) Write a unique email subject line

    2) Personalize the email body (Include why YOU feel strongly about the Sunnybrook extension)

    We’ve provided some starter text and talking points for you to work with. Please take a moment and tell your County Commissioner why you feel strongly about this issue. Your words make a difference!


    Talking Points

    • Regional governments are spending millions of dollars to save and restore Oregon white oak habitats. Clackamas County should not be spending 10 million on an ill-conceived road that would harm one of the last, best oak habitats in the region.

    • 3-Creeks Natural Area provides hiking, birding, wildflower viewing, and wildlife viewing opportunities within the urban landscape. The Sunnybrook Extension would cut off the community from this regionally significant recreational resource and sentence this vital public space to obscurity.

    • The old growth trees at 3-Creeks have been estimated to be up to 500 years old.

    • Clearing forest lands for a new road would direct more storm water run-off into the already failing Mt.Scott-Kellogg Creek watershed. Pulling the plug on the Sunnybrook extension would prevent further degradation of this salmon habitat and reduce flood risk.

    • The Sunnybrook Extension is a remnant of an outdated transportation plan that never considered impacts to the regionally significant 3-Creeks Natural Area. Clackamas County needs to ensure critical public natural areas are protected before proposing new roads.

    • Oak woodlands have been designated a “special habitat of concern,” which the County should protect to comply with its obligations under statewide planning laws.

    • The Project Advisory Committee, every neighborhood association near the 3-Creeks Natural Area, the local county Community Planning Organizations and the City of Milwaukie have unequivocally opposed the road for several years, yet the County has repeatedly ignored the public’s concerns.

  • LNG is a bad idea...bad,bad,bad.

    Write a little something.

     It's a bad idea.

     It's also not a very good idea.

    It's a slam dunk not to have LNG.

    Lee Beyer, Chair (D – District 6)

    Capitol Phone: 503-986-1706

    Jason Atkinson, Vice-Chair (R –District 2)

    Capitol Phone: 503-986-1702

    Ginny Burdick (D – District 18)

    Capitol Phone: 503-986-1718

    Chris Edwards (D – District 7)

    Capitol Phone: 503-986-1707

    Fred Girod (R – District 9)

    Capitol Phone: 503-986-1709

    Bruce Starr (R – District 15)

    Capitol Phone: 503-986-1715

    District Phone: 503-352-0922

     

     

     

  • Stop the LNG Pipeline Fast-Track in the State Senate

    Use the points below to craft your own short message.

    (Sending a personalized email to your senator will increase the impact of your letter.)

    • HB 2700 must be amended to exclude LNG.

    • If the bill is not amended, it must be defeated again.

    • LNG pipelines through rural Oregon will damage farms, forestry, and nurseries.

    • The State of Oregon has documented that LNG is totally unnecessary for our energy needs.

    • The safety concerns posed by pipelines endanger rural Oregon


    The LNG pipeline power-grab in HB 2700 is now in the Senate Business, Transportation, and Economic Development Committee. We encourage you to call the Committee members as well as take action. Their contact information is below:


    Lee Beyer, Chair (D – District 6)

    Capitol Phone: 503-986-1706


    Jason Atkinson, Vice-Chair (R –District 2)

    Capitol Phone: 503-986-1702


    Ginny Burdick (D – District 18)

    Capitol Phone: 503-986-1718


    Chris Edwards (D – District 7)

    Capitol Phone: 503-986-1707


    Fred Girod (R – District 9)

    Capitol Phone: 503-986-1709


    Bruce Starr (R – District 15)

    Capitol Phone: 503-986-1715

    District Phone: 503-352-0922

     

     

     

  • CRC Needs a Course Correction

    Increase the impact your letter will have on your legislator by doing these two simple things:

          1) Write a unique subject line.

          2) Personalize the email body. Include why YOU feel strongly about revisitng the CRC plans.

    We've provided some starter text and talking points for you to work with. Please take a moment and tell your legislator why you feel strongly about this issue. Your words make a difference!

     

    Talking Points

    • It must be affordable by both states

    • It must improve cross-river transportation

    • It must manage traffic congestion

    • It must not simply transfer traffice problems to the Rose Quarter area

  • Portland's $100 million water treatment plant isn't necessary

    Portland has enjoyed over a century of clean, safe drinking water piped directly from the Bull Run Reservoir. The recent EPA Surface Water Treatment Rule is a blanket regulation covering over 14,000 separate water systems nationwide aimed at stamping out a bacteria, Cryptosporidium.  However scientists in Oregon worked with the EPA to develop the most rigorous testing for the bacteria in the nation and in over 750 separate samples over the past 12 months didn’t find any Cryptosporidium.  Portland’s water already receives minimal treatment to remove any bacterial threats. The current regulation would be overkill, forcing the city to spend money while we’ll end up footing the bill.


    Quench your thirst for good governance by signing the petition below. Let our city and state leaders know you want to see them talk to the EPA and sink wasteful spending before we’re all washed up.

  • I Support an Oregon State Bank

    The “too big to fail” banks got billions in bailouts but they still refuse to provide credit to small local businesses and farms.  An “Oregon State Bank” would keep the money that Oregonians pay in taxes and fees in Oregon, and that would allow community banks and credit unions to extend credit to those seeking to create jobs in Oregon.  Support Onward Oregon: sign our petition asking the 2011 Legislature to develop a State Bank that will put Oregon’s money to work for our state.