Staying informed and involved are the best ways we can make a difference in our communities.
On this page, W2D will post upcoming issues we need to be aware of along with "Action Items" you can undertake to make a difference, such as:
Democracy is NOT a spectator sport!
on Ballot Measure 101
Oregon’s Ballot Measure 101 is a fee on hospitals and insurance companies that funds Medicaid, which provides healthcare coverage to 1 in 4 Oregonians. The money from Ballot Measure 101:
Click here for complete info on this measure.
ACLU's "They Report to You Campaign"
Daniel Lewkow of ACLU Oregon was the featured speaker at our January program. The ACLU’s “They Report to You” campaign is a major initiative to make Oregon's criminal justice system more effective, fair and accountable.
Most people don’t know who their district attorney is much less how much power they have in the Oregon criminal justice system. But because they are elected officials, voters can elect DAs who will reform the system to be fairer and more accountable.
Contact your DA to find out where he/she stands on this important issue.
On January 17, ACLU of Oregon is hosting an fun and informative event on this issue. For more info go to our Program & Events page and scroll down.
At recent programs, we've distributed prepaid postcards to attendees who wish to participate, and ask them to write a postcard to local politicians and/or organizations regarding issues that we, as Democrats care about. So far, we've sent postcards to:
One of the best ways to resist the Trump agenda is to sign up at INDIVISIBLE. If you haven't heard about them, click on the photo above to watch Rachel Maddow explain what it's all about.
Here are some quick links:
GO TO THE WEB SITE
DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE
FIND A LOCAL CHAPTER
Tips for Writing Letters to the Editor
Writing a letter to the editor (LTE) of your local or regional newspaper is an effective and easy way to reach a large audience. LTEs are printed on the editorial page, which is one of the most read pages in the paper.
Congressional staffers also tell us that members of congress keep a close eye on media coverage, including LTEs, in their local papers so they can keep a 'pulse' on issues of importance to their constituents. Having a strong letter published helps you reach both a wide public audience and your elected officials with the same effort! Even if your letter is not published, it is important for educating and persuading editors. The more letters they receive on a given topic, the more likely they are to dedicate more time in their newspaper to that issue—both on the editorial page and in news articles. It clearly expresses the issue’s importance to the community.
DOWNLOAD this handy flyer with tips on how to write an effective letter to the editor.
Attending a Town Hall
One of the most effective—and most underutilized—ways to communicate directly with Members of Congress is to attend their town hall meetings.
Members of Congress take to heart what they hear directly from constituents who make the effort to show up at a town hall meeting. Members see attendees first and foremost as concerned voters.
In addition, the media often attends these meetings providing another opportunity to spread the message.
DOWNLOAD this handy flyer on the best way to be effective at town hall meetings.