2022 ORUU Voices for Justice legislative action areas
Oregon UU Voices for Justice has four campaign areas -- Deepening Democracy, Human Rights, Economic Inequality, and Environmental Justice. At our annual conference in October 2017, we identified specific action items within each of these campaigns and people who are taking the lead on each. We have maintained those four campaigns since then.
Some of these campaigns will stay in touch throughout the year and organize via Zoom to continue the work started during the Annual Conference. If you have an interest in these campaigns, please contact the lead. Deepening Democracy - Lead: David Delk
Reforms to the Political Process: The group will meet again to focus the group on a specific issue. Under consideration: establish limits on campaign contributions now that Oregon voters approved BM107 amending state constitution to allow such limits, amend the US Constitution to end corporate personhood and money equals speech, limits on campaign contributions/expenditures, public funding of candidates, ranked choice voting, gerrymandering, full voting rights for felons, full disclosure of political ad funders.
Support for Public Banking:The Oregon Public Bank Alliance is active on this issue and meets via Zoom provided by the First Unitarian Church in Portland, focused principally on creating a public bank in Portland. That effort has the support of David Delk, Michael Wade and Harriet Cooke, all members of the Economic Justice Action Group of 1st Unitarian of Portland.
Suggested Action: Click on this link: The Oregon Public Bank Alliance, and sign the petition indicating your support for public banking in Oregon.
Issues of Housing - such as home/houselessness, affordable housing. This campaign will work with the Oregon Housing Alliance and Interfaith Alliance on Poverty. Lead: John Elizalde (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Clean Energy Jobs Bill, HB2020 - This carbon cap and invest bill is designed to reduce carbon emissions in Oregon.
Jordon Cove LNG Export Terminal - Track and support any action identified to oppose the project. Work with tribal leaders. Leads: Jean Townes and Sue Craig (email@example.com).
Single use straws - HB2800 - prohibits certain restaurants from offering single use straws
Prohibit fracking - HB2623 - prohibits use of fracking for oil, gas exploration and production
Single use checkout bags - HB2509/HB2653 - Prohibits use of single use checkout bags except in certain cases.
Polystyrene Containers - HB2883 - prohibits food vendors from using polystyrene containers in many cases
Small Nuclear Reactors - SB444 - Bill changes present approval requirements from vote by all Oregon voters to vote by voter of cities/counties in which Small Nuclear Reactors are being proposed for use in