It's August; The Election Season Heats Up
Incredible Candidates - Plus "Wine in the Garden" - RSVP by August 10
Sunday, August 19th, 4 to 6 p.m., South Stage Cellars, Jacksonville
Join Candidates Jeff Scroggin (County Commissioner), Joyce Segers (2nd Congressional District) and Ted Wheeler (State Treasurer) for a lovely afternoon of fine wine, delicious hors d'oeuvres, and convivial conversation. Bring your friends! View the flyer here and call the office for tickets at 541-858-1050 ASAP to reserve your space! Seating is limited.
Blue Bash Planning Underway
Yes, we're already making plans for the Jackson County Democrats Blue Bash on election night, November 6, at the Historic Ashland Armory. Mark your calendars! We need YOUR help! We are looking for a vacation home or timeshare that we can use as the Grand Prize for the drawing, which helps us raise approximately $5,000 in the election year to cover the cost of supporting local, state and national candidates and important issues on the ballot.
Do you have anything you can donate to this fabulous cause? If yes, please contact the JCD fundraising committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Volunteer Management Needs Three More!
Volunteer Management now has one of the four persons needed to energize JCD projects ("Lift All Dems" project for one.) and get them off the ground for this election cycle. We need you to fill out the team. Contact Jan Waitt at email@example.com or 541-482-8249. Our website has details for all the positions. Find your place to help here.
JACKSON COUNTY & OREGON NEWS
Jackson County Democratic Candidates' list is now available
Pick up your copy of the slate at Jackson County Democrats Headquarters, 40 S. Central, Medford during office hours ( 11-3 Tuesdays through Saturdays) or see it at www.jcdemocrats.org.
His latest articles include:
- A New Kind of Community,
- Funding for Sustainable Valley,
- Information on Help for Oregonians Facing Foreclosures,
- A Note on JPR/SOU, and
- An Opportunity or Two To Make A Difference
If local issues are important to you, go to his Website here and sign up for his newsletter.
Two Congressional District 2 Delegates to the National Convention Need Help
They are Stacy Bannerman, Jackson County, and Patrick Vroman, Klamath Falls
See Stacy's statement here. She has offered to keep us updated on all the doings.
See Patrick's information here also. Patrick was selected at our recent delegate convention as the one man from the southern part Congressional District #2 (Klamath Falls, Jackson and Josephine Counties). He is also an LGBT delegate. He has secured his plane ticket, now he needs room and board. Attending this convention is especially important to the LGBT community because marriage equality may be on the Democratic Platform; an historic event. If you can help, make a contribution to Patrick Vroman, savings account, at Rogue Federal Credit Union. He's part way there; we can send him all the way. Please help them if you can. It looks like marriage equality will be on the National Democratic Party Platform. See articles below.
John Huddle, Candidate for State Representative Dist. 55- Eagle Point, Shady Cove and Northeast Jackson County Opens Office
You are invited to the opening of his office in LaPine on Wednesday, August 8, 4 - 6 p.m.
His Web site can be seen here.
Read John's invitation and issue statement here.
Oregon's Economy: Learn About It Here
"The Suffocation of Oregon's Middle Class" and "Oregon Ties for the Nation's Lowest Business Taxes"
These two articles from the Oregon Center for Public Policy's July newsletter shed light on Oregon's pressing economic issues. Click here to read these articles and others.
DPO In The News Provides a List of Links to Recent Articles that Keep Us in Touch With What Our Elected Officials Are Doing
Read all the interesting articles here. These articles provide material that inspires letters to the editor.
Support Marriage Equality on the Democratic Party Platform
This is big news. Sign Senator Jeff Merkley's co-sponsored petition here, and add your voice to equal rights and protections under the law for LGBT couples.
Senator Merkley Introduces the 4% Mortgage Plan to Rebuild American Homeownership
See his video about the plan here, and learn more about the plan by signing up for his newsletter.
Affordable Care Act: New Services for Women
As of August 1, 2012, all new health plans must cover eight women's preventive services, including birth control, without cost sharing.
Preventive services are critical to a woman's health, and cost has remained a burden for far too long. With the Department of Health and Human Services regulations going into effect on August 1, the following services will now be available without copays:
- Breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling;
- Screening and counseling for interpersonal and domestic violence;
- Screening for gestational diabetes;
- DNA testing for high-risk strains of HPV;
- Counseling regarding sexually transmitted infections, including HIV;
- Screening for HIV;
- Contraceptive methods and counseling; and
- Well woman visits.
Senator Wyden Questions Surveillance of Americans
Congress needs to take a closer look at FISA Amendment before reauthorizing
In a letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, a group of senators asked for unclassified information on how many communications to or from Americans may have had been collected under section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act and whether the government has conducted warrantless searches for the phone calls or emails of individual Americans.
One reform that Wyden wants discussed is his concern that warrantless data collection could be used to locate the communications of a specific American without a warrant. That, he says, is "a backdoor warrantless search" of Americans —a "loophole" that he insists must be closed. Read the letter here.
Three Women for U.S. Senate Need Your Support
Take a look at Elizabeth Warren (MA), Tulsi Gabbard (HI) and Elizabeth Esty (CT) on Emily's List. Click here to support them.
Tomorrow! The 27th Annual Hiroshima-Nagasaki Vigil in Ashland
Monday through Thursday, August 6 to 9, with an 8am opening ceremony at the entrance to Lithia Park
See their flyer here for a complete schedule of performers and events.
"Our Changing Climate: What's Going to Happen 'Here', and What Can I Do About It?"
Monday, August 6, at 7pm in Science Hall Room 118 on the Southern Oregon University campus
This is an event for the entire Rogue Valley Community, young, older, and in between. Seven specialists will address what it will mean for all of us, our children, and beyond as our climate changes over the next 20-50 years. Learn how the anticipated global and local changes will affect local lives and businesses (think agriculture, human disease, and recreational changes to start). We will invite the audience to join a responsible grass roots organization whose purpose will be for all of us to work together to learn how to adjust to anticipated changes and teach individuals what they may do in their day-to-day lives to reduce climate change impacts. For further information please contact the M.C., Ray Seidler (email firstname.lastname@example.org), or call 541-601-9955. More details about the program and speakers can be seen here.
"Walmart -- We can't afford it!" Rally with RAW
Wednesday, August 15, 5 p.m. at the new Walmart, South Medford
That's the rallying cry of a brand new Southern Oregon community action group called Residents Against Walmart or RAW, which invites you to attend a rally and press conference at the opening of the new Medford Walmart. The event begins at 5 p.m. and continues for an hour with a press conference designed to inform and educate our community about Walmart's opening, what it means for Medford and what can be done to protect our community. The RAW campaign is led by a Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice steering committee, which is fighting for local businesses as well as the rights of the employees of Walmart.
Foreclosure & Debt Rally Victory Celebration!
Saturday August 18, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., United Church of Christ, 1801 East Jackson Street, Medford. Please come, bring friends and interested community members. Let us know if you can also bring cookies or snacks. For information, contact Nancie Koerber, Executive Director, Project REconomy/Good Grief America at www.ProjectReconomy.org, or call her at 541.690.8334.
Immigration Event Sponsored by RVUUF Social Justice & Action Committee
Sunday, August 19, 6:30 p.m., Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth Street, Ashland
Peg Bowden, former Director of the Jackson County Nursing Department, will be visiting us in the valley again from Arizona. She has kindly consented to present her work with the Samaritans (a nonprofit volunteer group working with migrants on the border of Arizona and Mexico). She will be sharing her experiences with us. She will relate personal stories of migrants, both those trying to enter the United States and those who are dumped at the border by ICE.
Oregon Action Voter Registration
1 to 2 hr shifts tabling in Medford or Ashland, Saturdays or Sundays. Some canvasses. To schedule call Virginia 541-772-4029
Citizens for Peace and Justice Film Night, Tuesday Aug. 7
First Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Lidgate Hall, Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson Street, Medford
Tuesday, August 7 will feature The Strangest Dream. For further information, contact Allen Hallmark. E-mail: Hallmark@mind.net
"Immense Possibilities" Has Moved to Fridays
"Immense Possibilities" will now be seen on SOPTV, Friday, 8:30 p.m.
See what's coming at www.immensepossibilities.org
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