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 Public Policy Program Goals 2020-2022>

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

  • Public Education: Pre-K through Higher Education
  • Elimination of Discrimination and Violence
  • State and Local Government
  • Health Care
  • Economic Self-Sufficiency

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, 3/19/21 >

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.