SB 719 Extreme Risk Protection Order Passes House

From Ceasefire Oregon:

Oregon legislators pass bipartisan bill to reduce suicide and domestic violence deaths

Portland, Oregon -- Today the Oregon legislature passed SB 719, the Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) bill, which allows families and law enforcement to prevent tragedies by petitioning a court to temporarily suspend a person’s access to firearms and other dangerous weapons. The bill, cosponsored by Senator Boquist and Senator Burdick, is expected to be signed into law by Governor Kate Brown.

Oregonians now have an important tool to help reduce suicide, domestic violence, and shootings.

“People who are thinking of killing themselves or harming others often often show signs or declare their intentions well before committing the act. The first people to see those signs are often family members,” stated Joanne Skirving, president of Ceasefire Oregon. “An ERPO gives families and law enforcement a chance to intervene and perhaps prevent a tragedy. In Oregon, where suicide is 85% of all gunshot deaths, temporarily removing access to guns is especially important to prevent suicide.”

Washington state voters passed Initiative 14911, an ERPO law, in November 2016 by a 40 point margin (70% to 30%). Indiana and Connecticut2 also have versions of ERPO. In 2014, California passed AB 1014,3 called a Gun Violence Restraining Order, in response to a killing rampage earlier that year in Isla Vista.

Jenna Yuille of Americans for Responsible Solutions noted, “In 1999, Connecticut became the first state to pass a similar law and they've seen life-saving results. In the first 14 years of its implementation, police issued 762 orders, which helped save dozens of lives.4 We thank Senators Boquist and Burdick for their efforts to make ERPO a reality in Oregon.”

Once an ERPO has been filed, a court must find clear and convincing evidence that an individual is threatening harm to self or others, before the court can order the respondent to temporarily surrender any guns to the police. The respondent will not be able to buy, sell, or possess other firearms for a temporary period of time.

Penny Okamoto, executive director of Ceasefire Oregon explained the ERPO due process protections. “To protect the rights of the respondent, the bill establishes procedures for the respondent to request a hearing. The burden of proof is on the petitioner to show clear and convincing evidence.”  Okamoto added, “ERPOs are not to be taken lightly. False applications of ERPO or violation of ERPO is punishable by one year’s imprisonment, $6,250 fine or both.”

Passage of this bill has been a bipartisan effort across Oregon.

“Oregon continues to show that we can move past partisanship to find common ground when it comes to gun safety,” said Oregon Alliance for Gun Safety President Jenn Lynch. “Building on our bipartisan work in 2015 to address the nexus between domestic violence and gun violence, this legislation shows how leaders can move past political posturing to find real solutions to make our communities safer.”

Passing this bill is the culmination of work by many gun violence prevention advocates in Oregon including the family of Laura Magee, Melissa Keyser, Central Coast Ceasefire Oregon, Ceasefire Oregon, Americans for Responsible Solutions, the Oregon Alliance for Gun Safety, Gun Owners for Responsible Ownership, League of Women Voters of Oregon, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Oregon Brady Campaign, Pastor Mark Knutson, Rev. Lynne Smouse Lopez, Rev. Chuck Currie, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Moms Demand Action, and Everytown for Gun Safety and thousands of individual gun violence prevention advocates across Oregon.

  1. http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/extreme-risk-protection-order-initiative-1491/

  2. https://www.thetrace.org/2016/09/gun-violence-restraining-order-suicide-reduction-connecticut/

  3. http://smartgunlaws.org/californias-new-gun-violence-restraining-order-law/

  4. Swanson, Jeffrey W. and Norko, Michael and Lin, Hsiu-Ju and Alanis-Hirsch, Kelly and Frisman, Linda and Baranoski, Madelon and Easter, Michele and Gilbert, Allison and Swartz, Marvin and Bonnie, Richard J., Implementation and Effectiveness of Connecticut's Risk-Based Gun Removal Law: Does it Prevent Suicides? (August 24, 2016). Law and Contemporary Problems, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=28288

LCC Early Childhood Education on chopping block: Can you help? Email, letters, etc.

Pass along if you can: This is from Nancy Wood, faithful SWV NOW member and faculty at LCC. She apprised us last night that dangerous cuts were being made to the curriculum at LCC; including Early Childhood Education, which means there will be no source for Early Childhood Educators get certified or receive training in a all of Lane County. That, combined with the shortage of Early Childhood Educators in our community, will have a detrimental effect on child care and day care locally.

From Nancy: Here is some more information regarding the LCC Programs being considered
for elimination. I have included both op-eds and letters from faculty as
well as dates and times of meetings if any NOW members would like to
attend a meeting and comment. I have also attached the names/emails of the
LCC Board and Budget committee members, if anyone would like to email the
Board directly.

Here is some information for our members to read in the forms of guest
viewpoints from various faculty:

Early Childhood Education:

http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/35492337-78/keep-lccs-early-childhood-education-program.html.csp


Philosophy:
http://eugeneweekly.com/20170427/guest-viewpoint/philosophy-dangerous

Respiratory Care:

http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/35518628-78/losing-rt-program-will-cost-dearly.html.csp


If anyone in the community would like to comment, here are the times and
dates of the meetings:

This week on May 3rd, Wed, starting at 5:30 p.m. in CML, Rm 104, the
second of three scheduled Budget Committee meetings will be held.  Public
comment will be accepted.Sign up for public comment begins at 4:30.

05/03/17 - Second Budget Committee Meeting, 5:30 p.m.  (Public comment
accepted)

05/10/17 - Third Budget Committee Meeting, 5:00 p.m.  (Public comment
accepted)

05/10/17 - Board of Education monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m.

06/14/17 - Annual Budget Hearing at 6:30 p.m. followed by regular Board of
Education meeting.

 Thanks for sharing this information widely!

Monthly meeting tomorrow, May 1! Silent auction needs donations!

Hello all--

We are sure to have a rousing meeting tomorrow night at the same location, 1645 High Street (Eugene Garden Center). Doors open at 5:30, meeting begins at 6. Bring some snacks or finger foods, whatever you can scratch up between now and then, to share. Parling is also available at the Jennings Prperties parking lot across the street starting at 5:30

We have a lot of information to update the chapter on the legislation we have been helping to support, will hear from committee chairs on their updates, and will have an open discussion. Our featured speaker is Laurie Trieger from Family Forward, who will inform us on the legislative work FF supports (Paid Family Leave!!) and why it's important to start work locally.

Also of note: Ericka Thessen, Event Chair and all around SWV NOW was featured in the RG today and sends a powerful message about Trump's first 100 days.  http://cloud.registerguard.com/trump-100-days/

We also co-sponsored Take Back the Night, and you can find that coverage here:  http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/35514021-75/take-back-the-night-on-thursday-to-raise-awareness-against-sexual-violence.html.csp

Items of note:

We are asking for donations for our silent auction fundraiser during our Open House taking place May 8, at 2 pm at the Eugene Garden Center. If you own a services/retail business, we ask that you consider donating items or a gift certificate to our roster of items, and if you know of someone who is a business owner to pass on the message. Ericka Thessen has our donation receipts with out TIN number on them so businesses can claim tax deductions for the donation. Also please sign up for food items to bring for the Open House. Everyone is welcome, please invite family, friends, neighbors to come on over and talk about women's issues.

We are also collecting books (any size, kind, genre) to help the NAACP build their library at the historic Mims House. Eric Richardson, the president of the local NAACP chapter, will be speaking at our June meeting.

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow night,

Laurie

Immediate Action Needed to Keep these Bills Alive!

Help to pass effective gun laws. The following gun bills introduced to the Oregon State Legislature need to be scheduled for a hearing by April 7th otherwise they die. Therefore, we need your immediate help to keep these bills alive. Call the members of the Legislature; tell them your name and that you are a member of the SWV Now.  Let them know you support the specified bill, because it is important for the safety of women and children and that you want them to schedule a hearing for the bill immediately.

SB868: Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) It creates a process for obtaining an ERPO prohibiting a person from possessing firearms when the court finds that person present an imminent risk, or risk in foreseeable future, of suicide or causing injury to other persons. It establishes procedures for a peace officer or family or household member of a person to apply for the order. It would potentially allow families and law enforcement to prevent tragedy by petitioning a court to temporarily suspend a person's access to firearms if there is documented evidence that an individual is threatening to him/herself or others.

This bill has been introduced in the Oregon legislature and referred to the Senate Committee on Judiciary on March 2nd, 2017. The chief sponsors are Senators Boquist (503-986-1712) and Burdick(503-986-1700). Phone calls can also be directed to Senate President Courtney (503-986-1600).

SB 1026: Child Access Prevention - It creates a crime of endangering a minor by allowing access to a firearm. It requires the gun dealer to post a notice concerning obligations to prevent minors from accessing a firearm without consent of the minor's parent or guardian. It holds the gun owner responsible if a minor accesses an unsecured gun. This bill had been referred to the Judiciary, then Ways and Means on March 20, 2017. Chief sponsors are Senator Riley (503-986-1715), Representatives Smith Warner (503-986-1445), Keny-Guyer (503-986-1446) and Regular Sponsor is Rep. Piluso (503-986-1450).

SB 797: Firearm Safety Package of 2017: Close Charleston Loophole; no guns for stalkers; close Dating Partner Loophole

It provides that conviction for stalking causes a person to be prohibited from possessing a firearm unless the person obtains relief from prohibition.

It closes the Dating Partner (boyfriend/girlfriend) Loophole. It modifies the definition of relationship status pertaining to types of court orders and misdemeanor convictions that cause a person to be prohibited from possessing firearms. Closing the loophole would allow an abused person who had been married to, living with, or had a child with an abuser to be protected. Currently dating partners lack protection under certain court orders and convictions for domestic violence. This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Judiciary February 14, 2017. Phone calls can be directed to the Senate Judiciary Chair Sen. Prozanski (503-986-1704), Senate Judiciary Vice-Chair Thatcher (503-986-1713) and Senate President Courtney (503-986-1600).

Thank you for your support!

Legislative Committee-- Becky, Glenna and Faelynn

Volunteers for Positions

We are looking for several volunteers for committee chair positions and committee members. If you are interested in any of these, please email us or contact me during our meeting on April 3rd.

Membership Chair: Responsible for helping members sign up/join SWV NOW at our meetings or on our website; keeps current records of membership; looks for ways and opportunities to increase membership; collects membership forms and send them onto State and National NOW. 

Fundraising Committee Chair: Responsible for developing and implementing opportunities to help our chapter meet fundraising goals; organizing fundraising events; research grants and other funds we may be eligible for. Point person for working with other organizations for fundraising for important events, i.e.,Take Back the Night. Chairs the Fundraising Committee; will schedule and run committee meetings. It is likely that you will be working in conjunction with the Events Committee Chair, Ericka Thessen, often. 

Reproductive Rights Chair: Responsible for finding opportunities for outreach, researching current legislation (working in conjunction with Legislative Committee); finding events we can be involved with; knowing the current and upcoming bills and laws that have direct effect on Reproductive Rights. Martina Shabram is on this committee, but cannot serve as Chair due to her employment with Planned Parenthood. She remains dedicated to the committee, and can operate as an informative guide. This position chairs the Reproductive Rights Committee; will schedule and run committee meetings.

Violence Against Women Committee Chair: Responsible for finding opportunities for outreach, researching current legislation (working in conjunction with Legislative Committee); finding events we can be involved with; knowing the current and upcoming bills and laws that have direct affect on Violence Against Women. Keeping chapter updated on recent developments about or around this issue. Chairs the Violence Against Women Committee; will schedule and run committee meetings.

I am happy, as is all current leadership, to help anyone interested in these positions get up and running. We have a little experience under our belts now and will not expect you to start out alone. We can also offer training on how to run meetings and committees if that would be helpful. 

In closing, we are always still looking for committee members of those committees about to be formed and those already up and running. You can join at any time; our committees so far have made great progress, and we are eager to share those updates with the chapter at the next meeting. 

Many thanks,

Laurie

Note From The President

Dear SWV NOW;

We at NOW believe that all voices are welcome at our meetings; we want to encourage people from all perspectives to bring their concerns. However, that also opens the door for situations in which an opposing viewpoint is heard. Sometimes, although not always, this may lead to a derailment of polite discourse. I regret to say that such an event happened at our last meeting.

I, as president of our chapter, take full responsibility for not vocalizing discussion ground rules beforehand. Ground rules, therefore, will have a permanent place on our agenda. While I don't believe this is a water-tight solution to avoid this sort of event in the future, it will certainly provide grounds to request that those who do not adhere to the guidelines table their comments.

I believe it is important to respond--even to harsh words--with civility and respect, even if that courtesy is not reciprocated. I have faith that engaging in a respectful dialogue is the most beneficial response, and ultimately, represents us more fully as an organization and can lead to both education and awareness.

Thus we are reminded that the message of inclusivity is one that still needs to be sown and nurtured. Our diversity team is working on precisely that, and with that knowledge under our collective belt, we have a better chance of diffusing conflicts swiftly in the future.

We can choose to see last night's example as an unwanted disruption or we can choose to learn from it, adapt our strategies and move forward.

Let's move forward together.

All best,
Laurie

March SWVNOW meeting and ideas

I'd like to toss out a couple of ideas for discussion at our next meeting, which will be Monday, March 6 at the Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High Street. It is on the right side of the street, and some lot parking is available as well as street parking. The time is still TBA until we get all of the new questionnaires input, but it will be relatively close to the time we have been starting. I am not opposed to pushing it later to 6 pm so that you have time to grab a coffee or a taco before the meeting starts. The Garden Club does have a kitchen, so there is a possibility of bringing some vittles if anyone is interested. If you are, let me know (email me).

At this meeting, I'd like to discuss the possibility of us having an actual social event to get to know one another. We are always so busy at meetings that it is difficult to make personal connections, and more than anything, we have such a great resource in one another. We have many members who are new to Eugene/Springfield, and I think this is a great opportunity to make connections and new friends. 

Additionally, I wanted to see what you thought of starting a SWVNOW Book Club. I just ordered Notorious RBG, a biography of Ruth Bader Ginsberg and was wondering if there was anyone out there who would like to join me in learning more about our superhero Supreme Court Justice. Any takers, let's talk about it at the next meeting. 

And just as a warning, I'm going to asking if anyone would like to be our Events Chairperson. If you have experience with event planning or even think you did a really great job at planning your wedding, we kinda need you.

Annual NOW Meeting

  • The Annual NOW meeting will take place in Newport on April 9. Everyone is encouraged to go, and the details will be at the link below. There will be speakers, brainstorming meetings and keynotes from our state leaders about the issues for the upcoming year. This will be an excellent opportunity for us to meet our sisters from other chapters and to see how they identify issues and execute action plans. Mark out your calendar now. I will have more information as it is passed along to me. 

Notes on Diversity Meeting

For those of you who weren't able to make the meeting, we asked for people to join our diversity committee to ensure we have a well-represented table going forward. Sarah Stoeckl is our Diversity Chair and will be heading the three committees as we develop them. Inclusion and diversity all across the board (ethnic background, orientation, socio-economic, age, gender identification, and yes, sex--men are welcome at our table, too) is essential to building a strong chapter, and we want to hear all voices as we move forward and navigate our path. 

The best way to build diversity is to bring your friends to a meeting; that is our first approach in creating a wide range of voices and perspectives for the South Willamette Valley chapter. We genuinely want to be able to represent all women, but in order for that to happen, we need to bring those women into our circle and hear their worries, their issues, their concerns. We can't do this without all of our members participating. 

In addition, we have created a Diversity Plan and had our first committee meeting this past Wednesday; below are Sarah's notes on the meeting so you can have a solid idea what we're working for:

Following up about our chapter diversity building meeting last night. Here are the highlights:

  • First, we did introductions and talked about how we define ourselves individually and each person's experience or interest in building diversity. We also talked about openness to getting things wrong and a willingness to be corrected and learn from each other and others.
  • We then talked about national NOW's priorities, which (at a high level) emphasize 1) increasing our chapter membership's awareness and knowledge; 2) interacting with other groups and working to increase chapter diversity, including within our leadership.
  • Discussion of how the 3 committees proposed by national NOW seem to require some overlapping staggering one-to-the-next in our starting chapter: community assessment to chapter awareness to outreach.
  • The group then brainstormed ways that we might begin reaching out, contacts people already had, etc.

Next steps:

  • Because we had a small group last night, we agreed to get to work and not worry yet about placing people on specific committees.
  • This group is beginning to compile via a shared Google sheet/list of other organizations and groups in the Eugene-Springfield area that we can consider reaching out to. The focus will first be on 1) learning more about that organization and 2) finding out how NOW can help them. If anyone is interested in helping with this research-compiling work, let me know and I'll add you to the sheet.
  • Other next steps will be:
  • Beginning to actively reach out to diverse groups in our community.
  • Discussion and proposal from our committee on what areas of cross-collaboration our NOW chapter should focus on first.
  • Ideas for increasing knowledge and sensitivity in our chapter.

February meeting

Every time we've met our turnout has exceeded our expectations and our space, and the February meeting was no exception.  It's a good problem to have, of course.  Can't complain about the enthusiasm!  We had around 70 people show up at Gerlinger Hall that night and not enough desks.  Next month, we'll find a bigger space.

In the meantime, we've begun to form some committees, had a couple of initial meetings, and we're off to a good start.