Public Policy

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AAUW of Oregon Public Policy Activity:

The AAUW Oregon State Public Policy Committee maintains an email list to keep members informed about issues of interest to AAUW at the capital in Salem, Oregon.  Updates are sent periodically and, as the legislative session heats up, there may be calls to action.  Email the public policy chair if you want to receive these emails, or to become a member of the committee or of the AAUW Oregon Lobby Corp.

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Position Description: Public Policy Chair

AAUW of Oregon Position Statements on Current Events:

AAUW Condemns Anti-Asian Violence
“AAUW is saddened and angered by the senseless killings in Atlanta and stands with the AAPI community to demand an end to the anti-Asian racism and violence that has intensified in our nation over the past year.
     The shootings that took the lives of eight individuals, including six women of Asian descent, are the latest tragic example of the increased anti-Asian discrimination we’ve seen since the beginning of the pandemic. This crime is also a reminder of the misogyny and sexism that remain pervasive in our culture and are so often intertwined with white supremacy.
Racism, hate and violence against women have no place in our society. On behalf of our 170,000 members and supporters, we call on our nation’s leaders to forcefully address the toxic systemic racism and sexism that threaten the safety and well-being of our Asian-American community, especially women who are disproportionately vulnerable.
We vow to continue our work to advance deep cultural and policy change to ensure that all Americans are free of discrimination and oppression.”
AAUW CEO Kim Churches 

AAUW Condemns Racism
We condemn racism, which is so deeply rooted in our country and demonstrated in many aspects of our lives. There can be no justice or equality when any individuals or communities are treated with indignity or denied equitable access to health care, quality education, desirable housing, opportunities for job advancement and economic security. 
As advocates for equality, it behooves us as AAUW of Oregon members to recognize and speak up against racism. We therefore commit to fighting for justice, long-term and lasting change, and we stand in solidarity against racism. We pledge to take action in advancing policies and systemic changes that respond directly to racial biases. We also acknowledge that as an organization we have our own work to do.
AAUW of Oregon Board of Directors

January 6, 2021:
We express our profound shock and disappointment about the events that took place on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC and elsewhere. We also affirm our commitment to our democratic principles. Our country’s democracy is undeniably imperfect, but it represents a worthy ideal. Violence in the name of a political point of view should not be tolerated.

 

AAUW of Oregon Public Policy Program Goals 2020-2022:

Public Education: Pre-K through Higher Education

  • Improved and stable funding for Title IX enforcement;
  • Increased proficiency of K – 12 school students in civics and civic engagement;
  • Equal educational opportunities for all with emphasis on the protection and preservation of academic freedom and access to broad-based, bias-free education at all levels;
  • Opposition to the use of public funds for nonpublic elementary and secondary education and to charter schools that do not adhere to the same civil rights and accountability standards as required of other public schools;
  • Sufficient funding to ensure high quality, affordable education at all levels, especially for women in poverty and women who are incarcerated, including access to pre-school education, continuing education and workforce technical programs, and job training;
  • Closing of the persistent achievement gap that disproportionately affects low-income children and students from communities of color;
  • Support for programs that break through barriers for women and girls in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and civics, history and political science (CHiPS);
  • Provision of financial assistance for childcare and other costs associated with being a student parent.

Elimination of Discrimination and Violence

  • Protection of all persons from discrimination and violence on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability, age or class;
  • Elimination of bullying, sexual harassment and sexual assault;
  • Promotion of racial, ethnic and gender justice, including creating a diverse culture where the richness of ideas, backgrounds and perspectives is fully appreciated and utilized;
  • Adoption of the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution and the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women;
  • Support of programs that address human trafficking;
  • Freedom from violence and fear of violence, including hate crimes, in homes, schools, workplaces and communities.

State and Local Government

Judy Hale (Lake Oswego), Rep. Rachel Prusak, Dist. 37, Marguerite Damewood (Grants Pass), Ilga Ross (Tigard Area)

  • Ensure full and fair access to civil and constitutional rights, including meaningful campaign finance reform, nonpartisan voting districts, open and fair elections, and nonpartisan voter education efforts;
  • Fair and equitable taxation at all levels of government;
  • Elimination of the kicker and establishment of an adequate reserve fund;
  • Reaffirmation of the separation of church and state;
  • Ensure adequate long-term funding for education, public safety and human services;
  • Accountability and transparency in government operations;
  • Support of a fair, balanced and independent judiciary.

Health Care

    • Universal availability of quality, affordable and accessible health services for all;
    • The right of all persons to have access to the reproductive health care options of their choice;
    • Adoption of policies that mitigate climate change and lead to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment;
    • Recognition that gun violence is a health care crisis.

Economic Self-Sufficiency

    • Greater availability of and access to benefits that promote work and life balance, including quality and affordable dependent care;
    • Strengthening access to safe, affordable housing for women and children, especially those living at or below the poverty level;
    • Prevention of discrimination based on age;
    • Equitable advancement for and recognition of women in employment and leadership roles;
    • Pay equity and fairness in compensation.