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OLCV e-bulletin: T minus 12 days
Date:January 14, 2010
Like most Oregonians, you have probably received your ballot by now. Election Day is only 12 days away, and OLCV is working to talk to as many voters as possible before January 26.
That's where you come in. Take a moment now to sign up for an event in your area.
These measures will impact Oregon's environmental legacy for generations to come. If Measures 66 and 67 don't pass, programs we depend on face possible cuts--programs that protect our air, water and forests, and ensure that we are able invest in clean energy and local jobs. Find out more.
OLCV Executive Director Jon Isaacs has been blogging about the impact these measures could have on our state:
Check out Jon's blog about why Measures 66 and 67 are good for Oregon farmers.
And then get involved! OLCV volunteers have already filled nearly 300 shifts, calling voters and canvassing neighborhoods. The effort has been tremendous, but we must ramp up the work if we want these important measures to pass.
OLCV is working to fill 500 volunteer shifts in the final two weeks leading up to Election Day. Here are a few events you could sign up for:
Monday, Jan. 18: Canvass on MLK Day!
Wednesday, Jan. 20: Enviro Phone Banks!
Monday, Jan. 25: Donate a day to the campaign! We need 25 people to come work at the campaign office in Portland on the day before the election. It will be a day full of fun, exciting and meaningful work. Meals will be provided.
Click here to find an event in your area, but if you don't see one, remember: we are adding more every day. Contact Chris Edmonds at 503-961-4115 or email@example.com to find out how you can get involved and help Oregon win this important fight.
Finally, if you haven't yet, please take a moment to Take the Pledge! Add your name to the list of Oregonians who are committing to protecting Oregon's environmental legacy on January 26.
And please, tell your friends! Forward this email to two friends using the forward button at the top of this email.
The time is now. Election Day is January 26. We need your help to win!
Your ticket helps the environment!
The Portland Winterhawks Hockey Club is doing something great for Oregon’s environmental legacy. They’re using one of their exciting games to raise money for the Oregon Conservation Network!
Help make this night a success! If the game sells out, the Portland Winterhawks will donate $5,000 to OCN. Every fan through the doors helps us achieve that goal.
What: "Battle with Seattle" -- Portland Winterhawks versus the Seattle Thunderbirds
When: Saturday, January 30, 7 p.m. (Mascot Night)
Where: Portland Rose Garden
Order tickets today to get the best seats! Special ticket and Hawk Eyes Hat pricing starts at only $12 a person! Find out more and order tickets today to get the best seats!
|Gearing up for the February session
Less than a week after Election Day, state legislators will gather in Salem for the month-long special legislative session that starts Feb. 1. With the fate of many environmental programs in the hands of Oregon voters when they pass or reject Measures 66 and 67, our work will be at least somewhat dictated by Election Day results.
That said, OLCV and the Oregon Conservation Network, the coalition of more than 40 environmental groups coordinated by OLCV, have already identified a number of priorities that we'll be filling you in on soon.
Among those priorities, OCN will be working to protect children's health by phasing out the hormone-disrupting chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) in all reusable food and beverage containers, inlcuding baby bottles and sippy cups, as well as formula cans and baby food jars intended for children under three.
More and more scientific evidence shows that the chemical BPA is harmful to children’s health, even at extremely low exposure levels. Scientific studies have linked BPA to cancer, miscarriage, obesity, reproductive problems, heart disease, diabetes, liver abnormalities, and even attention deficit disorders. Find out more on the website of the Oregon Environmental Council.
The best way to stay up to date on session happenings is to sign up for SalemWatch. Published weekly during the session, SalemWatch details important and timely environmental developments in the Legislature and lets you know when you need to contact your legislators.
How did your legislators vote on the environment in 2009? Check out OLCV's 2009 Environmental Scorecard for the Oregon Legislature.
OLCV's county chapters are already working on a variety of races for the May 2010 Primary, taking the necessary steps to get pro-environment candidates elected. We've already weighed in on two county commission seats, a Metro seat, Salem Mayor, and a Marion County initiative. We're working on other endorsements around the state, and will announce more endorsements as we complete them, probably in early March.
Conservation forum in Portland tonight! Other events statewide
OLCV has more than a dozen events around the state planned for January. Here are some highlights:
TONIGHT at 6 p.m.: Multnomah County OLCV Conservation Forum with Portland City Commissioners at PCC Cascade Campus
From now until January 26: Sign up for a phone bank or canvass to help Measures 66 and 67 pass.
Saturday, January 30: Hockey goes green! Check out the Portland Winterhawks and help the environment at the same time.
Sunday, January 31: Washington County Campaign Kickoff--Come gear up for 2010!
And save the date! Sunday, February 14: Be Marion County's Valentine!
Find events in your area at www.olcv.org/events.
|Connect with OLCV online
Use www.olcv.org as your online source for all the latest information on pro-environment candidates, legislation that protects Oregon's environmental legacy, and opportunities to get involved in your local OLCV chapter.
There are other ways to stay informed on OLCV and the Oregon Conservation Network's activities:
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