This is the home of the League of Women Voters of Klamath County. We are a non-partisan organization that:
►encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government (see- GET INVOLVED)
► influences public policy through education and advocacy (see- BECOME AN INFORMED VOTER)
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE BIAS TRAINING HOSTED BY LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS KLAMATH COUNTY
Oregon is a safe place for everyone!
Since the passage of SB 577 in 2019, the civil rights unit at the Oregon department of justice operates the nation’s first statewide hate crime and bias incident response hotline, dedicated to supporting victims and witnesses targeted with hate or bias based on their protected status (such as race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender.
- The civil rights unit engages in community, government, and law enforcement outreach and training regarding civil rights issues affecting communities in the state of Oregon;
- Topics which will be discussed in this presentation will be the latest laws regarding hate crimes and bias incidents in the state, and what are examples of hate crimes and bias incidents;
- What is the difference between hate speech and free speech, and how can I respond to affirm community values when I witness or learn about bias or hate;
- What can I do about the escalation of hate, intimidation, extremism and the growth of racism and intolerance in our communities;
- What resources are available for victims and witnesses of discrimination and bias ;
- How can the statewide bias response hotline help you report hate crimes and bias incidents and explore support.
The League of Women Voters of Klamath Falls is hosting the Oregon Department of Justice Bias Training:
Where: SKYLAKES COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION CENTER, Multipurpose Room 2200 N. Eldorado Ave. Klamath Falls, Oregon
When: November 15, 2023, 4:00 P.M.
For More Information email:
We all have a role to play in ensuring our communities are safe, inclusive spaces where everyone is celebrated for who they are, and where everyone feels a sense of belonging. When hate or bias occurs in your community, how you respond is critical. If you were victimized, do you know where you can report? Or how to interact with the police? If you were a witness, do you know how to safely intervene? Or what language to use in speaking with the victim? What about online safety? Do you know how to talk to kids about hate and bias?
How county election offices really work
Capital Community Media has recently released a 30-minute video that goes into the Marion County, Oregon Elections Office during an election and tracks ballots from the time they enter the building until the votes are counted. This is a genuine view of the process for anyone who has never observed it, or anyone who isn’t sure if the work of county election officers is transparent.Watch it HERE.
What is our Impact in Oregon Elections?
Here in Oregon, the League of Women Voters participates in and promotes voter education through the Vote 411 website. Here voters can learn about every election, candidates and issues. How well does it work? Here is one answer in the video below.
Read the full Impact Report.
League of Women Voters Latest PSA- Don’t Spread Misinformation
Do you want to ensure transparency among elected officials? Become an observer!
Get Involved in Democracy. KEEPING DEMOCRACY ALIVE TAKES EVERY ONE OF US.
Observers in Klamath can attend meetings of
a) Klamath County Commissioner
b) Klamath Falls City Council
c) Klamath County School Board
d) Klamath Falls City Schools
e) any elected Board in the county for various services
Most of these meetings are available by Zoom so that you can attend from your own home. Remember that you cannot say anything at the meeting. You are literally there JUST to observe and report to LWV Klamath. Be sure to complete the Observer Corps form so that we can follow up on anything you suggest.
Our first action item was THIS letter we recently sent to the Klamath County Schools Board.
Our observations work like this:
1) Observation reports are due the Sunday before the upcoming monthly LWV Klamath Board meeting, at 4 pm . Send the Observer form to Leslie Lowe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) The Observer committee will meet at 4 pm the following day (Monday) by Zoom to discuss any reports and what action to suggest to the Board (Letter to Editor or to agency observed, website information, action plan, etc.)
3) The Board will decide what to do at the subsequent Thursday meeting
Be sure to complete the Observer Corps form so that we can follow up on anything you suggest.
Learn more from this pamphlet: Observing Your Government in Action, Protecting Your Right to Know.
And HERE is a recent post on the observer corps.
Want more info? Contact Leslie Lowe at 541-882-6509.
Join the LWV Klamath!
Why? Because we do important local work to strengthen our political system and democracy:
- Klamath County Commissioners are now non-partisan officials thanks to our leading efforts.
- The transient room tax we supported is aiding efforts to promote tourism in Klamath County.
- We study issues like air pollution, the justice system, the environment, and sustainable development. We make recommendations to local, state, and federal levels of government.
- Our focus is to educate voters before elections so they can make informed decisions.
- The LWV works on a non-partisan basis to get out the vote, thus improving our democratic process.
What can YOU do?
- study local issues in detail, with the help of experts, and help frame policy recommendations
- work with other Oregon chapters to study larger issues and submit reports to the Oregon Legislature
- help with educating voters before elections, such as holding candidate forums
- join national non-partisan efforts to recommend sound policy on many issues
- become an informed voter
LWV Klamath Board Meetings
Second Thursday of the month at 4:00 pm at various locations in Klamath Falls (or online). Request an agenda for each meeting from email@example.com. Everyone has a voice at our meetings. (Only Board members are allowed to vote.)
Find our recent board meeting minutes HERE.
See the treasurer’s report for 2021-22 and proposed budget for 2022-23 HERE.
You can pay your dues by sending $65 for individual or $97.50 for family membership to LWV Klamath, 8880 Tingley Lane, Klamath Falls, OR 97603.
Want to talk with someone about any of this? Call Diane Eastman-Shockey, President at 989-501-0013 or Leslie Lowe, Treasurer 541-882-6509
subscribe to our newsletter to stay informed of upcoming activities.
CONTACT: LWV of Klamath County 8880 Tingley Lane, Klamath Falls OR 97603 541-882-6509
For more information, contact our president at firstname.lastname@example.org