SWV NOW October Newsletter

South Willamette Valley NOW News!

October 1, 2019   

We work to bring about equality for ALL women and girls!

Upcoming Oregon State NOW Meeting Come out and join our conversations about the upcoming elections and legislative year.   Join us on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, at the First Alternative Co-Op South Community Room, Corvallis, OR         

Upcoming SWV NOW Membership Meeting We will be discussing and voting on suggested changes to our SWV NOW bi-laws.   Join us on Mon., Oct. 21, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Natural Grocers, 201 Coburg Rd., Eugene, OR

What we’ve been up to… On September 9, SWV Now welcomed guest speakers Grayson Dempsey, the Executive Director of Oregon NARAL Pro Choice, Sahar Muranovic, the Executive Director of Oregon NOW, and Christine Chin Ryan, the President of Oregon NOW. Grayson Dempsey gave us an update on the current state of the anti-abortion movement. With 160 conservative federal judges in place and 9 states having passed anti-abortion laws, it is obvious how strategic the fight is. NARAL is working hard to reassure people that abortion is still legal and to make sure that it is affordable and accessible to all. What can we do to help? Sign up online for NARAL Pro Choice and get involved writing emails and making phone calls. Also, help destigmatize the idea/act of abortion and sponsor a book club about abortion. Go to ShoutYourAbortion.com to get more information. From Sahar and Christine, we heard updates on the issues Oregon and its local chapters of NOW are working hard to support - racial and economic justice, reproductive rights and justice and ensuring those who are marginalized and most negatively affected, are given a voice. What can we do to help? Stand up for historically marginalized communities.

Upcoming Social Justice and Community Event Eugene City Commission: Support Resolution 680 Condemning Abortion Bans in Eugene – resolution to declare the right to safe and legal abortion and the city of Eugene’s commitment to act in support of that right. Public Testimony on Mon., Oct. 14 at 7:30 pm and voting is Wed., Oct. 16 at 12:00 pm. at 125 E. 8th Ave, Eugene, OR

City Club of Eugene: Suicide as a Public Health Emergency – Fri., Oct. 11, from 12:00-1:15 pm at the Baker Center, 975 High St., Eugene, OR

City Club of Eugene: Equity in the Use of Prosecutorial Discretion – Fri., Oct. 18, from 12:00-1:15 pm at Baker Center, 975 High St., Eugene, OR

We Are Neighbors” Performances – Oct. 15th, Oct. 17th, and Nov.3rd. Click on We Are Neighbors for more details.

Eugene Environmental Film Festival – Oct. 4-6th. Click on Eugene Film Festival for more details.

Eugene City Council Considers Resolution Supporting the Climate Strike – Mon., Oct. 14 starting at 7:30 pm at Harris Hall, 8th and Oak St., Eugene, OR

Wayne Morse Center for Law & Politics: Disaster Resilience and How We Get There – Oct. 15 from 6:30-8:00 pm at UO campus, EMU, 1230 E. 13th Ave., Eugene, OR

Wayne Morse Center for Law & Politics: Maid - Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive – Nov. 6 from 6:30-8:00 pm at UO campus, Knight Law Center, Rm. 175, 1221 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Women in Black Weekly Peace Vigil – Mondays from 5:00-5:30 pm, across from the old federal building, Eugene, OR

Other Weekly Peace Vigils – Wednesdays from 4:30-5:00 pm, across from the old federal building, Eugene and Saturdays from 12:00-1:00 pm outside the Eugene Downtown Library, Eugene, OR

Upcoming Election Information Everytown for Gun Safety has a tracking tool to find out where 2020 candidates stand on gun safety based on their public statements and policy proposals released by their 2020 campaigns. Click here for the list:  Everytown for Gun Safety

Political Updates: NOW is one of 80 organizations to put together the Blueprint for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice    

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Toolkit – created by the National Taskforce to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Toolkit Subcommittee

DAME’s - She is Running Newsletter is dedicated to 2020 Democratic Women Candidates

For news on Oregon State Politics: Statesman Journal, OPB, Oregonian, Register Guard, Willamette WeekBend Bulletin

Find out what’s going on at the State Legislature by visiting Oregon Legislature.

Save the Date The National NOW meeting will be held June 5-7, 2020 in Washington, DC. There will be a special celebration for 100 years of voting rights for women. More details will follow. Learn more about the  passing of the 19th Amendment and Women’s Constitutional Right to Vote, visit the Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative. It is a collaboration of women-centered organizations, institutions, and scholars, from around the US working to ensure that the anniversary and the fight to achieve this success is remembered and celebrated.