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Occupy La Grande!

Over the past few weeks Occupy Wall Street has grown from a handful of protestors in New York City to a national mobilization of tens of thousands.

 

Demonstrations of more than 20,000 are occurring in New York. 10,000 people marched and filled Pioneer Square in Portland!  More and more Occupy groups are organizing and demonstrating every day.  And now... Occupy La Grande!

 

Persuasive Letter Writing Workshop with Mike Shearer

You may remember a letter in the Observer a few months back.  Written by Mike Shearer, it was brief but excellent guide to writing more effective and persuasive Letters to the Editor.  (Note - you can read Mike’s piece at: http://www.lagrandeobserver.com/Opinion/Community-Comment/Letters-to-the...)

 

Last month, Mike kindly agreed to conduct a seminar to expand on the ideas he presented in his article.  If you weren’t able to attend on September 14, you missed an informative session! 

 

Here are some important concepts from the seminar.  Many thanks to Sharon Evoy and Jerry Sebestyen for their notes!

 

Democrats booth at the 2011 Union County Fair

Wasn’t it great to be out at the Union County Fair – meeting good friends, enjoying the passing scene, and admiring the creativity and industry of our neighbors? The Fair is an enduring celebration of our way of life and our community.

The Union County Democrats were proud to be a part of that celebration again this year. As we do each year, we asked fairgoers to speak out on their most important issues. We counted 2,081 votes in our straw poll. That’s a 50% increase over last year and a new record of participation! Here is a breakdown of the tally:

ISSUE

Votes

% of Total

Ending the Conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan

401

19%

Improving Family Wages, Jobs, and Home Ownership

334

16%

Access to Quality Affordable Health Care for all Americans

312

15%

Access to Quality Education for all Americans

275

13%

Preserving Social Security and Medicare

220

11%

Tax Fairness for People and Corporations

204

10%

Preventing Another Financial Meltdown and Bailout

189

9%

Promoting Energy Independence and US Energy Jobs

146

7%

 

2,081

100%

June 1, 2011

Union County Democratic Central Committee
Meeting Minutes for June 1, 2011

Minutes include:

  • Meeting Called to Order
  • Present
  • Introductions
  • Treasurer's Report and Minutes Approval
  • Adopt a highway
  • DPO OFA Grassroots Volunteer Training
  • Union County Fair
  • SCC State Central Committee
  • Ad Hoc Strategic Planning Committee May 24th
  • Wyden Town Hall
  • Adjourned

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June 1, 2011

Union County Democratic Central Committee
Meeting Minutes for June 1, 2011

Minutes include:

  • Meeting Called to Order
  • Present
  • Introductions
  • Treasurer's Report and Minutes Approval
  • Adopt a highway
  • DPO OFA Grassroots Volunteer Training
  • Union County Fair
  • SCC State Central Committee
  • Ad Hoc Strategic Planning Committee May 24th
  • Wyden Town Hall
  • Adjourned

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Union County Democrats Clean Up

UC Dems Adopt a Highway

Union County Democrats spent a pleasant Spring morning cleaning their adopted section of Highway Highway 82. A group of Democrats met in town and carpooled out to their assigned 2 ½ mile stretch of Highway 82, just past Pierce Lane to Market. All went well in spite of the rain.

Nicole Foss Presents "A Century of Challenges"

Our friends at ORA, Grande Ronde Transition, and EOU Students in Free Enterpirse are bringing internationally renowned writer and speaker Nicole Foss to La Grande.

Nicole will present "A Century of Challenges" at 7 pm on Sunday May 29 in Huber Auditorium at Badgley Hall on the EOU campus. Her lecture will focus on the economic dislocations stemming from Peak Oil and rapidly rising energy costs. Foss will also show that strong communities and localized, sustainable economies can answer the challenges posed by the end of cheap fossil fuels.

Admission is free and open to the public.  Don't miss this important event!  For more information go to http://granderondetransition.com

Learn Effective Community Leadership Skills

Do you ever feel frustrated with politics as usual?  Does it seem to you that the media pundits and Washington DC elites have lost touch with the concerns of everyday people?  Do you sometimes think that the voices of common folks are drowned out by the big money of special interests?

If so, you have an opportunity to do something about it!  The Democratic Party of Oregon and Organizing for America are teaming up to host an intensive half-day training on community organizing and leadership skills.  The training will be held on Saturday, May 7, from 10 am to 3 pm in Hoke Hall Room 301 at Eastern Oregon University.

The training will cover everything you need to become an effective community leader, volunteer, and grassroots activist.  The purpose is to empower people to organize in their own communities to better their lives and the lives of those around them.  Topics include principles of organizing, building effective teams, tapping into social networks, recruiting and retaining active volunteers, crafting effective messages, and reaching out to other constituencies.

Better still, the training is FREE!  But space is limited and going fast.  So please register now at http://bit.ly/EasternOregonTraining

For more information, please call Nikki Javurek at 503.546.0413.  Or e-mail Glen Scheele at chair@union.oregondemocrats.org.

 

Learn More About Single Payer Health Care

The Affordable Care Act signed into law last year by President Obama has already delivered significant benefits.  You can no longer be denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions, it bans the practice of rescission (dropping your coverage when you get sick), and it eliminates lifetime caps.  These benefits are just a few that are already in force... more will come into play as additional facets of the law are phased in.

But the ACA left in place the fundamental dynamic of a health care system delivered through private insurance plans.  We know that private insurance companies absorb one out of every three dollars spent on health care in the US.  So 30% of our health care spending goes to private insurers for overhead, underwriting, billing, sales and marketing... not to mention huge profits and exorbitant executive pay. 

By moving to single payer, those dollars can be recaptured to deliver quality health care for everyone.  When the patchwork of policies and insurers is replaced, massive efficiencies can be gained.  The bargaining power gained by such consolidation can bring real savings in health care delivery.

Oregon Rural Action and Physicians for a National Health Care Program are sponsoring a free presentation and discussion on the benefits of single payer.  Join the traveling Mad As Doctors on Tuesday, April 26th from 7 to 8:30 pm in the Mount Emily Room at the Grande Ronde Hospital at 900 Sunset Drive. 

For more information contact Bill Whitaker, bill@oregonrural.org, 541-805-5681.  Or visit the PNHP website at www.pnhp.org.

 

Join Us for a Free Film Presentation

Spring has been wet and cold, but the trees are beginning to bud here in Cove.  Soon the cherry orchards will be in bloom.  Before long we'll see beekeepers trucking in their hives to insure the trees are pollinated and later bear fruit.

 

Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables.  It is an industry that is responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelons, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables.

But honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives.  Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon is a grave threat to our food supply and to our agricultural livelihood in Union County.

 

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