UPDATE: Health Care Panel discussion featuring Mad as Hell Doctor in La Grande

Walden Town Hall Participation

Union County Democrats, Oregon Rural Action Health Care Reform Action Team and Union County Progressives are collaborating in response to Rep. Greg Walden's leadership in developing the cruel American Health Care Act.  We urge you to attend one or more of the Town Hall meetings.  Look for people wearing red Health Care for All shirts if you want to participate with the red, green or yellow response cards! Cheryl Simpson

Rep. Greg Walden's Monday, May 8th Town Hall Schedule

  • Baker City 9:30-10:30 am, High School Gym 2500 E. Street 541-524-2260
  • Elgin 12:15-1:30 pm Stella Mayfield Ele. School 1111 Division Street 541-437-2321
  • Wallowa 2:30-3:45 pm Wallowa Ele. School 315 W. 1st Street 541-886-2061

Photo from The White House

Health Care Panel discussion featuring Mad as Hell Doctor in La Grande

Democrats Rally at Walden's Office in La Grande

Greg Walden's empty chair

A crowd of 70 people gathered in front of Rep. Greg Walden's office Saturday, February 25th for a Healthcare Rally. An invitation was sent to Walden earlier in the week but no reply was given. One empty chair was provided in case he decided to show up. Families with young children, someone in a wheelchair, retired and working folks were there to show Walden that they won't stand for repealing the ACA or changing Medicare or Medicaid. The rally ended with a show of hands by people involved in the many progressive organizations in the area, including Union County Democrats.  

Rep. Walden to host pair of town hall meetings

Greg Walden 
Representative Greg Walden. Photo credit: Sam Churchill / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

From the East Oregonian - Published on February 7, 2017 10:12AM

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Oregon) will host a pair of town hall meetings Friday in Weston and Boardman.

Walden will meet with constituents at 11:30 a.m. at Weston Memorial Hall, 204 E. Main St. in Weston, before heading west for a town hall at 2:15 p.m. at the Port of Morrow Riverfront Center, 2 Marine Drive in Boardman.

Friday’s meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact Walden’s office at 202-225-6730.

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SAVE HEALTH CARE Rally in La Grande

Union County Democrats Past Chair Glen Scheele and other Precinct Committee Persons organized OUR FIRST STAND: SAVE HEALTH CARE Rally in La Grande, Oregon with more than 20 people braving 10 F weather to gather and march to Rep. Greg Walden's office to post our demands. Then on to share stories at Oregon Rural Action about the importance of health care for all people. Some participants traveled from Baker City to join the Rally. We expect to rally again in the weeks to come. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

An Open Letter to the Electors

This letter was in a variety of papers across the country on December 14th, 2016.

Esteemed Electors:

We, a bipartisan coalition of Americans including Electors, scholars, officials, and concerned citizens write to you in the spirit of fellowship, out of our sense of patriotism, and with great urgency.

There are times in the life of a nation when extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary measures. Now is a such time, and your courage and leadership are required.

Never in our Republic’s history has there been a President-apparent comparable to Donald Trump. His inauguration would present a grave and continual threat to the Constitution, to domestic tranquility, and to international stability:

Fair Success!

Thanks everyone who helped organize and staff our booth at the Union County Fair.  Despite the sweltering heat, it was a great success!

Gray McGuire deserves a HUGE round of applause for chairing the event.  Once again he brought great energy and innovative ideas to the task.  The booth looked GREAT!

Everyone who volunteered for a shift (or two) deserves our thanks, too.  Here is our list of stalwart supporters: Terry Edvalson, Lanetta Paul, Maryellen Laberge, Harris Shelton, Lynn Strandberg, Jerry Sebestyen, Margaret Mead, Jim Booker, Kelly Elliott, Kathleen Cathey, Dick McDaniels, Betty Hughes, Donna Skovlin, Cheryl Marie Cosgorve, Doug Ross, Norm Cimon, Shelly Cimon, Kathy McGuire, Mary Calder, Carol Halvorson, Bob Delve, Joyce Coulson, and Sandy Coulson.  (My apologies if I missed someone!)

While overall Fair attendance was down, we still had lots of visitors to our booth.  Nearly 700 votes were cast in our straw poll.  Here are the results:

MLK Day Events

EOU marks MLK, Jr. Day with march against bullying

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 |
Source contact: Bennie Moses | Multicultural Center Director
541-962-3741 |
EOU file photo / Students participate in the annual MLK, Jr. Day march. The event begins at 11 a.m. Monday at Max Square and ends back on campus.

EOU file photo / An MLK, Jr. Day march begins at 11 a.m. Monday at Max Square in honor of Jadin and Joe Bell. All are welcome to participate.

January 14, 2014
– Eastern Oregon University’s commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day begins with a march at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20.

Participants are asked to meet at Max Square where a member of EOU’s Black Student Union will give a short welcome, followed by brief presentations from Bud Hill and Dr. William Whitaker.

Hill will share information about Faces for Change, an anti-bullying foundation established in memory of La Grande teenager Jadin Bell.

Whitaker, representing Oregon Rural Action, will talk about his experience in the American civil rights movement and lead the song “Stayed on Freedom” to start the march.

Union County Democrats, Health Care for All - Oregon Resolution

Resolution on Health Care of the Democratic Party of Union County (DPUC) (essentially an agreement to join Health Care for All--Oregon)


1.    There are many components that contribute to good health, including the ability to respond to sickness, disease and injury;

2.    Achieving the goal of living a healthy life is impossible without the ability to access health care;

3.    Health care should be available to everyone;

4.    The lack of available health care is a barrier to opportunity, success and quality of life;

5.    Oregonians should not be divided between those who can afford to be healthy and those who cannot;

6.    Oregonians should not be divided between those who have hopes and dreams and those whose sickness, disease or injury robs them of their hopes and dreams;

7.    The cost of health care is the primary cause of personal bankruptcies, even though the majority were insured when their health crises occurred;

8.    The inclusion of health insurance in employer overhead makes Oregon (and U.S.) industry non-competitive with industry in most other industrialized nations where the cost of health care does not have to be added directly to the cost of production;
9.    Comprehensive single payer health care for everyone living in Oregon is estimated to cost no more than our current costs for incomplete and inadequate coverage, and to cost much less than the current system in the future;

10.    Private insurance markets are inherently ineffective, inequitable, excessively bureaucratic and wasteful as means to assure universal access to health care;

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