It’s Official!! Potluck Open House for New Office is
The Potluck will be fromin the lovely conference room of our new headquarters. This is your chance to see our new facilities, and appreciate the effort put in by retiring Office Manager Michael Rey to accomplish the move.
The JCDs will provide beverages. Please bring "finger food" to share. There will also be an extra special feature for the evening.
GMO’s: The Science, The Myths, The Money and the Politics Topic for May
, at the OEA Building, 2495 S. Pacific Highway, Medford
Volunteer Office Staff Needed
Have a little spare time on your hands?
With the Departure of Michael Rey, the Jackson County Democratic Party is looking for an Office Manager & additional office staff for a few hours a week. To see what it entails, click here.
50/50 Drawing Tickets Available Now!
Tickets for the drawing are $25 each and will be available at the Open House and Central Committee meetings. You may also purchase them online securely by clicking on this link. Drawing winner will announced on . Good Luck!
JCD Website to Feature Blogs
The JCD website is undergoing a transformation! One of the new changes is a blogging area that will allow Committee Members and guest bloggers to present opinion pieces and share their letters representatives and newspapers. We have openings for both regular and guest bloggers, and would love hear from you about current topics of interest to Jackson County Democrats. If you are interested in writing a blog, please contactcommunicationschair@
The Executive Committee Will Meet
Support Common-Sense Gun Reform in Oregon – Speak Up Now!
Contact your legislator AGAIN. The message to convey, "You must take action to reduce gun violence this session." It is important to focus most strongly on SB 700A (Universal Background Checks) and SB 347A (Allows school districts to limit guns in K-12 schools).
Protect the Immigration Reform Bill
Nearly 300 amendments have been offered -- many that would gut the bill, destroy the path to citizenship for those without documents, and keep 11 million people in the shadows. Sign Schumer's Petition.
Mi Voz Cuenta and Unete have a request for you each
We ask that every you call to ask for Comprehensive Immigration Reform that Keeps Families Together.
- Senator Ron Wyden 202.224.5244 or 541.858.5122
- Senator Jeff Merkley 202.224.3753 or 541.608.9102
- Representative Greg Walden 202.225.6730 or 541.776.4646
- Representative Peter DeFazio 202.225.6416 or 541.440.3523
Go to Salem for Climate Action Day!
Oregon Climate Action Day event on will take place at the Salem Capitol steps, including meetings with our elected representatives. The goal is to lobby legislators about a revenue-neutral carbon tax, levied upstream on all fossil energy coming into Oregon. The "tax" would be redistributed to businesses and consumers to off-set the increased costs of fossil fuels. The goal is to incentivize businesses and consumers to imporove energy efficiency and to promote alternative renewable sources of energy like wind, solar, and ocean power. Contact Christine Haynie, co-organizer of this event, firstname.lastname@example.org.
JACKSON COUNTY & OREGON NEWS
The next Inside Source show will feature Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler
On Monday, May 13 at 11:15 am, Treasurer Ted Wheeler will be joining the next “Inside Source” to talk about a range of issues affecting Oregonians, like paying for college and protecting the state's investments. Go here to sign up, and if you've got a question for Treasurer Wheeler, send it to email@example.com.
Sal Esquivel Files to Stop New Driver’s License Law
Together with Rep. Kim Thatcher of Keizer and Portland activist Richard LaMountain with the group Oregonians for Immigration Reform, they are trying to stop the law from taking effect on . Read the Mail Tribune article here.
The Struggle to Retain Local Control of GMOs Goes On
Your voice is needed to help keep Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) out of our valley!
After passing in the Senate, SB633 is now in the Oregon House Speaker's office for a first reading and awaiting assignment to a House Committee by the Speaker of the House who is believed to be generally sympathetic to defeating SB633. Read more...
Oregon Live Has a Report on the Democrats’ Tax Bill and Republican Rejection
During a floor session , the House Democrats' bill (HB2456) to generate $275 million by closing tax loopholes was significantly changed, replaced with an amended version of the bill that would raise only $18 million. Now the bill moves forward to the Senate.
From the DPO: This is what competition looks like:
Oregon's rigorous public review of health insurance rates has already caused two insurers to request do-overs to lower their rates even before the state determines whether they're justified, one of them lowering its requested health insurance rates for 2014 by 15%. Follow the link to read more.
Join the Oregon League of Conservation Voters and Rogue Riverkeeper in Ashland next week for a happy hour for the Rogue River!
What: Happy Hour for the Rogue River
Where: The beautiful Ashland Creek Inn, 70 Water Street, Ashland
Hobnob with fellow conservationists, enjoy a drink on us, and find out what you can do to help OLCV and Rogue Riverkeeper stop suction-dredge mining on the Rogue River and many other iconic Oregon waterways during this legislative session.
Senator Alan Bates will join us if his legislative schedule permits.
RSVPS are required, as space is limited. please RSVP to Andrew Hogan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-224-4011 today!
Wine, beer, and hors d'oeuvres will be served. (Thanks for Wooldridge Creek Winery for donating the wine!)
A Bill That Will Shrink Big Banks, and Can Actually Pass, from Sen. Sherrod Brown
He has a new, bipartisan plan to end Too Big to Fail, and break up Wall Street megabanks for good. Learn about it here.
Call For an End to Citizens United – Support Tom Udall’s Constitutional Amendment
Special interest groups spent $1.1 billion in 2012 on attack ads, mailers, field operations and phone calls -- all without the American people knowing who or what entity was trying to influence their votes. Sign up and support the initiative here.
Fix the Filibuster – With Senator Jeff Merkley and Democracy for America
We can’t wait any longer for the Senate to work! Their petition is here.
Join Sen. Bernie Sanders and Jim Dean – Stop a Takeover of Major Media by the Koch Brothers
The Kochs spent $400 million just last year to further their extreme agenda. Now they want to own the Tribune companies . Speak up NOW for a balanced media!
Southern Oregon Climate Action Network Events – Details at soclimate.org
- , Send the Salmon to Salem, Porter’s Restaurant, 147 N Front St, Medford
- Oregon Climate Action Day in Salem
GMO Free Jackson County Has a Full May Schedule. Still to Come:
- May 13: Green Drinks in Medford
- : "GMO Pickle: Jackson County at the Crossroads" in Medford
- : Volunteer Orientation in Medford
- : March Against Monsanto in Medford & Grants Pass
Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness - A Weekend of Justice for All
at the home of Ms. Chris Donchin, 471 Lindsey Lane, Ashland
You are invited to the 4th Annual Southern Oregon Pride Festival’s fundraiser. You will enjoy hosted hors d’oeuvres, local wines, live entertainment, our silent auction and hear about the direction we are taking pride. There is a $20.00 donation at the door; all donations go to another successful SOPride Festival. Also in October SOPride gives a substantial percentage of our intake to a local non- profit.
Gen Silent – a Free Showing
, Smullin Center, 2825 E. Barnett Road, Medford
An award-winning film by Stu Maddux that shows the unique challenges of aging in the gay community. To be followed by a Q&A session.
Save the Date:
ROPNET’s 20th Annual Rural Caucus & Strategy Session in Woodburn
The 2013 ROP Caucus will focus on Envisioning Community… 2033.
Citizens for Peace and Justice - Films first
GMO Free Jackson County Mon , Gresham Room, Ashland Public Library.
Immense Possibilities - SOPTV, Fridays,
Peace House - Activities Calendar
Rogue Valley Veterans for Peace First Wednesdays, Check Website for Location
Stonewall Democrats & Southern Oregon Pride
Southern Oregon Climate Action Network
Unete - Center for Farmworker Advocacy