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As elders with a strong sense of history, we actively promote peace, social and economic justice, and environmental sustainability.
    

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Protest Trump's Fake
Border Emergency

When: Monday, February 18th, 5:00 pm
Where: Peace Corner (NW Greenwood and Wall)
Co-Hosts: Indivisible Bend, Central Oregon Women’s March, The Vocal Seniority, Protect Our Progress Coalition, Central Oregon Jobs With Justice, and Latino Community Association.   Click here or on the "Issues" link at the top of this page. 


Event details here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1299542883527598/

Resist Trump Tuesday

When: Tues, Feb 19, 11:30am-12:30pm
Where: Peace Corner (Wall & Greenwood)

Hey Walden!
Support HR1, For Democracy’s Sake
Indivisibles across the country are supporting HR1 and asking our Representative Greg Walden to co-sponsor the bill or at a minimum, to vote in favor of it. This is a comprehensive democracy reform bill to increase voter access, getting big money and corruption out of politics.

HR1 is an important bill, which the party in power uses to signal their top priority. In 2017, Republicans put forward their #GOPTAXSCAM bill as their number one priority to give a hand-out to corporations and the wealthiest 1%. Democrats have chosen Democracy as their number one priority which should be nonpartisan and something that every representative in Congress would support! 

For more information, click  here .

Reminder:   We may be an unruly lot at times, but we must remain a peaceful one. Please DO NOT ENGAGE with any counter-protesters that may be present. There’s plenty of room for all.

That said, bring your signs! Bring your voices! Bring your friends! Vive la résistance!

The Vocal Seniority, with our partners Indivisible Bend

Responses to the VS
​"Member" Survey  Jan 2019

A few weeks ago we sent out a survey asking those on our mailing list their opinions on The Vocal Seniority's past work and priorities for the new year. Results of that survey may be read here .

Waste: Learn more about why
less matters

When: Wed, Feb 20, 12:00 - 12:55 pm
Where: Sisters Library, 110 N Cedar St, Sisters, OR 97759
Hosted by: The Environmental Center

Know Less Waste explores how the stuff we buy, use and get rid of everyday, is impacting our world. From furniture to food, our purchasing decisions and behaviors are where we have the most impact, both positively and negatively. We all know the 3 R’s: Reduce Reuse and Recycle, but while most people focus on the 3rd R, – Recycling – it’s Reduce that is the most important.

Join staff from The Environmental Center’s Rethink Waste Project to learn more about why stuff matters, globally and here in Deschutes County, and leave with hands on tips to do something about it.

Denise Rowcroft and Ani Kasch are Sustainability Educators with The Environmental Center, a local non-profit organization working to embed sustainability into daily life in Central Oregon. Denise has managed their Rethink Waste Project and Learning Garden since 2011, and enjoys creatively repurposing leftover and found materials. Ani has been coordinating our LED light bulb installations since 2016 and this past spring kicked off our community Rethink Food Waste Challenge. She is an avid bike commuter and loves cooking meals only with things found in her kitchen.

2019 Legislative Session
Debrief

When: Thurs, Feb 28, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Where: Deschutes Public Library Administration, 507 NW Wall, Bend
Hosted by: Central Oregon Labor Chapter and Central Oregon Strong Voice

Join Central Oregon Strong Voice for an hour-long debrief of the most important bills affecting workers this legislative session.

https://www.facebook.com/events/252697565650030/

Continuing conversation on "White Fragility"

When: Thursday, February 21, 6 - 7:30 pm
Where: COCC Wille Hall Campus Center 2600 NW College Way, Bend

Once An Undocumented Immigrant & Foster Child: Now An Oregon Judge

No cover, but ticket required: 
http://www.cocc.edu/foundation/vsp

Judge Xiomara Torres will share her story of overcoming adversity after arriving undocumented in the US at age 9. Currently a Judge, she brings diversity to the bench not often seen in Oregon — as a Latinx, but also as a child abuse victim and product of foster care.

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What: Lunchtime conversation
When: Thursday, February 21, noon to 1
Where: OSU-Cascades, Tykeson Hall, 206

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged as space is limited:  https://osucascades.edu/webform/register-seeing-whiteness-culture-colorblindness

This lunchtime conversation is part of OSU-Cascades' campus reading of Robin DiAngelo's bestseller "White Fragility." To request accommodations or learn more about upcoming events, contact [email protected] or call 541-382-2044.

Deschutes County Town Hall with Senator Ron Wyden

When: Saturday, February 23 at 10:00 am
Where: Summit High School gym, 2855 NW Clearwater Dr., Bend

Senator Wyden is holding a Deschutes County town hall this Saturday. It had been scheduled for January 26 but had to be postponed so that Senator Wyden could return to Washington to pass legislation that ended the #TrumpShutdown.

Hearing on the
Clean Energy Jobs Bill

When: ​Sat, March 2, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Central Oregon Community College Cascade Hall, Room 246-248
Hosted by: JOINT COMMITTEE ON CARBON REDUCTION

We have a real opportunity to pass HB2020 in the 2019 Legislative Session, and begin in a meaningful way to tackle the urgent and immense problem of climate change. The cap-and-invest system set up by the Clean Energy Jobs bill not only guarantees the reduction of harmful pollution from the largest emitters, but it will also strengthen our economy with living-wage jobs. Big Oil is pulling out all the stops to keep from being held accountable for their pollution and is fighting this legislation tooth and nail.  Legislators need to hear your voice!

Please click the "ISSUES" link at the top of this page for more important information about the Bill and about the hearings.....

Film:
​"In The Executioner's Shadow"

​What: A documentary film looking at alternatives to the death penalty
When: Monday, February 25, 7:00 pm
Where: UUFCO, 61980 Skyline Ranch Rd, Bend
Hosted by: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon is hosting a documentary sponsored by Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

“In the Executioner’s Shadow” casts a penetrating look at the consequences of the death penalty through three powerful stories - the rare perspective of a former state executioner who comes within days of executing an innocent person; a Boston Marathon bombing victim who struggles to decide what justice really means; and the parents of a murder victim who choose to fight for the life of their daughter’s killer. As the battle to overturn capital punishment comes to a head in the U.S., this provocative film challenges viewers to question their deepest beliefs about justice.  Discussion panel to follow - all are invited

GUN SAFETY 
​Urgent Action Needed

Tell the Deschutes County Commissioners: Enforce State & Federal Gun Violence Prevention Laws!

Our County Commissioners are considering an ordinance that would allow our county to OPT OUT  of enforcing state and federal gun violence prevention laws, nullifying them in Deschutes County.  Here’s a link to the January 23rd Bend Bulletin article about the proposed ordinance:  https://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/6872301-151/deschutes-county-commissioners-to-discuss-gun-rights-ordinance

Would you please help us spread the word about this alarming ordinance among your organizations, members and constituents?   This is an URGENT call to action!!  Please consider joining us in the following:

1)  Contact our County Commissioners and urge them not to pass this ordinance: 
[email protected]    (541) 388-6568
[email protected]        (541) 388-6567
[email protected]     (541) 388-6569 

2) Attend the next County Commission meeting Wednesday, January 30th at 10 am.  We are encouraging people to arrive a few minutes early to sign up for public comment.   Location: Barnes Sawyer Rooms - Deschutes Services Center – 1300 NW Wall Street – Bend.

3) Share the Bulletin article on Facebook and urge your members to attend the meeting and contact the commissioners.  

4) Write a Letter to the Editor of the Bend Bulletin

5) Share this e-mail with your friends, members, constituents, etc... Or cut and paste it into an e-mail directly from your organization.

6) Join the Bend La Pine Gun Safety Coalition on Facebook to stay informed.   https://www.facebook.com/groups/209143179823650/