LWV/Harvard Public Program

Event cancelled due to health emergency

League of Women Voters and Harvard University partner to train local history teachers







Klamath Union: Jonathan Chenjeri

Mazama High School: Kelly Patzke, Laura Estes

Lost River High School: Kjirsten Spark-Stahl

Paisley High School: Courtney Wertz

SATURDAY MAY 16, 2020, 2:00- 4:00 PM Klamath Community College, KLAMATH FALLS, OREGON




RSVP: admin@lwvklamath.org

*Note all participants must provide a valid email address to receive study materials one month before the seminar. Participants are expected to read the materials provided and be prepared to engage with fellow attendees under the direction of the teacher leaders, using Harvard’s case study method.

background and press release

In August of 2019, the League of Women Voters of Oregon sent 13 Oregon high school history and government teachers to a three-day training course at Harvard University as part of a nation-wide curriculum development program. 5 of the Oregon teachers came from the Klamath Basin region: one from Klamath Union HS, two from Mazama HS, one from Lost River HS, and one from Paisley HS. These five teachers are currently using their new materials based on historical case studies in their classes and find it challenging and invigorating for their students. In May, 2020 these five teachers will offer a public forum using their new teaching methods so the community can experience the lessons of President Madison’ tenure as they apply to our country today.

Harvard University’s Business School developed their case method project to bring this professional development opportunity to high school teachers across the U.S. Their aim is to deepen students’ understanding of American democracy. Based on the highly successful experience of Harvard Business School and other graduate and professional programs that use case-based teaching, they believe this method can be employed to strengthen high school education, ensuring a more exciting, relevant, and effective experience for students and teachers, especially for students in history and democracy classes. Harvard University believes it presents a unique opportunity to help reverse the broad decline in civic education – and civic engagement – in the United States. Each case study explores a key decision point in the history of American democracy.

This year for the first time, Oregon participated by sending 13 teachers from across the state. Now the public in the Klamath Basin will be able to benefit from the teachers’ new skills by sitting in a two-hour actual study session, where they prepare by reading the study materials and then sit with others to discuss it under the teachers’ direction, much like their students did in their classes this year. This will be a one-time unique opportunity for community education directly from Harvard University, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Klamath County and Klamath Community College.

US Climate Strike, 2019

Join Americans of all stripes on September 20, 2019 in support of our youth who will inherit a future much less certain than ours was. Check their web site for more information, sponsors and partners worldwide, and an event near us. As of August, an event is scheduled in Ashland. It is possible an event will be organized in Klamath Falls. Stay tuned to their website. https://strikewithus.org/

With the consequences of climate change becoming ever more clear and dire with each passing day, a new powerful wave of the climate movement has been swelling up over the last couple of years. Young people around the world have been rising up to defend our future, and have been going on strike – every week, all over the planet – for months. On September 20, for the first time, the adults are joining us.

We, as a global society, are at a crossroads. We have a decision to make. Are we going to choose money or power or are we going to choose the future? The September 20 strike is an invitation to everyone to choose us. Choose the kids, choose humanity, choose the future.

Led by a diverse coalition of youth-led and adult-led organizations, September 20 is an intergenerational day of striking that will launch an entire week of climate action across the world. Find out more about week of action here.
September 20 is only the beginning. We must carry this energy to the 2020 elections, and beyond to ensure real, bold action is taken to address the climate crises. This is history in the making, and it’s time we take back the narrative to save our futures.

LWVUS Position on Climate change

The League of Women Voters (US) has long held positions on environmental issues. https://www.lwv.org/environment/defending-environment

The League of Women Voters has been at the forefront of the environmental protection movement for decades, consistently supporting legislation to preserve our nation’s natural resources and protect our public health. We support legislation that seeks to protect our country from the physical, economic and public health effects of climate change while also providing pathways to economic prosperity. 

The League believes that averting the damaging effects of climate change requires action from both individuals and governments at the local, state, national and international levels. By raising public awareness of the causes and likely impacts of climate change, helping citizens learn what they can do to protect the environment and building broad support for effective climate solutions, we can help put our country — and our planet — on the path to a sustainable future. 

We believe that a path toward a clean energy future will strengthen our economy by opening up millions of jobs to Americans while also rescuing America from its dependence on fossil fuels, reducing threats to our health, protecting the natural resources that we depend upon for survival and creating millions of domestic jobs. The League’s environmental work falls into the three categories below: 

Global Climate Change Climate change is the greatest environmental challenge of our generation. The League supports legislative solutions, including setting caps on greenhouse gas and carbon pollution, encouraging conservation and renewable energy and investing in a new clean energy economy. We also support strong executive branch action under the Clean Air Act to cut industrial carbon pollution from new and existing power plants, which are the largest source of industrial carbon pollution in the US.  The League works to build grassroots support for action on climate change nationally and at the state and local levels in order to avoid irrevocable damage to our planet. 

Clean Air Defense We work to protect our air quality by advocating for federal air pollution controls on industrial processes, government installations, fuels and motor vehicles. League members across the country actively campaign to urge the President and Congress to lead the world in the fight against climate change by controlling carbon pollution from new and existing power plants. The League presses for full implementation of the Clean Air Act of 1970 and for strengthening amendments, while fighting against attempts to weaken it. 

Clean Energy The League advocates for legislation to improve energy efficiency throughout the economy and improve pollution control, including shifting to renewable energy, establishing federal fuel-efficiency standards and opposing oil drilling in environmentally sensitive areas. The League opposes the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which threatens to pollute huge drinking water reserves, increase the world’s dependence on dirty oil and increase the greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. Preservation of a healthy environment is a top priority, and state Leagues have taken the lead in working to block fracking and dangerous mining processes that threaten to pollute natural resources in their communities. 

Recent News and Events, July, 2019

ACLU Oregon
Victory for youth justice reform

Oregon’s youth justice reform bill signed into law

Governor Kate Brown recently signed the historic juvenile justice reform bill — Senate Bill 1008 — into law, ensuring that our youth justice system focuses on education, rehabilitation, and opportunity, not prison. People like you made hundreds of phone calls and sent thousands of emails to legislators to help pass this important legislation.

Oregonians believe that our youth justice system should focus on prevention and rehabilitation, and value forgiveness and second chances. Senate Bill 1008 passed with bipartisan support. Now Oregon will end the practice of automatically trying youth as adults for certain crimes, will ensure all youth convicted of a crime will receive a chance at parole, and provide youth with the best chance to repair the damage they’ve caused, while also healing their own trauma and getting them the help they need.

Thanks for sticking with us,

ACLU of Oregon

Note that our Klamath County League engaged in a year-long study on criminal justice and immigration issues, including juvenile justice, in 2018-19, which will be presented as a complete report by the end of 2019.

Medford Guest View

Jordan Cove has underestimated Oregonians

Pembina Pipeline Corporation, the Canadian company behind the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and Pacific Connector pipeline, thought it had Oregon pegged. Since inheriting the project from Veresen in 2017, Pembina has taken the attitude of a benevolent benefactor taking pity on a rural, economically depressed region.

On July 5, the comment period on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the project ended. Many of the original comments, submitted by state agencies, county commissioners, tribal members, landowners, fishermen, conservation organizations, climate activists and Oregon citizens, pointed out inaccuracies, errors and vague or inadequate statements about how the company plans to mitigate the project’s negative impacts. Looks like Pembina has some ’splaining to do.

During an investors meeting in May, Pembina CEO Michael Dilger said he thought Oregon state agencies were “overwhelmed” by the project application for Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector. “ they haven’t seen billion-dollar projects, let alone billion-dollar hydrocarbon projects,” he said. “Their regulators aren’t quite capable of this.”

In fact, Oregon agencies, including the Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI), Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), and Department of State Lands (DSL) have consistently pushed the company to supply additional information, correct inaccuracies and supplement vague statements with specific details. In late 2017, DOGAMI submitted comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), pointing out “insufficiencies in the scientific and engineering analyses related to geologic hazards.” This spring, DEQ denied the project water quality certification, and DSL sent Pembina a nine-page letter requesting additional information. Most recently, Oregon agencies collectively submitted over 200 pages of comments to FERC, stating numerous concerns about the project’s safety, environmental consequences and impacts to landowners, and recommending that FERC balance the project’s predicted economic benefits with its negative consequences, which include higher domestic natural gas prices and property devalued by the pipeline.

Pembina has sent land agents to ply landowners with ever-increasing offers for easements for the 36-inch pipeline. Some landowners report these agents used underhanded tactics to persuade them to sell: misrepresenting the percentage of easements already secured, declaring that the project was a “done deal,” and even threatening some property owners with eminent domain.

Nonetheless, at least 90 private landowners have refused to sign easement agreements. Over the protracted process, several have become skilled organizers and experts on the regulatory process — a great expenditure of time, money and emotional energy. In its information request, the DSL referred to the “substantial comments” of several individuals, many of them landowners, and it was the arguments of landowners that contributed to FERC’s denial of the project in 2016.

Before the 2018 election, the company donated heavily to Oregon Political Action Committees (PACs) and to several individual candidates in Coos County. While some elected officials have capitulated, others maintain the project is bad for their constituents. Jackson County commissioners decided the project is not worth the risks, even though the county would receive an estimated $5.3 million annually in property tax revenue from Pembina. In comments to FERC, commissioners summarized their concerns, which include negative impacts to waterways and drinking water wells, the lack of a wildfire mitigation plan, and the use of eminent domain in exchange for no clear public benefits.

In fall of 2018, Pembina launched a multi-million dollar PR blitz. In a blizzard of glossy brochures and deluge of radio and television ads, Pembina presented itself as a friendly “neighbor” blessing southwest Oregon with an environmentally benign project and promising a windfall of jobs.

Most Oregonians saw through the slick messaging. In fact, recent polling shows that opposition to the project across the state, regardless of political affiliation, is stronger than ever. The poll, yet to be released, includes a question about Jordan Cove that is worded similarly to a question from a 2018 poll. While the percentage of those opposing the project held steady at 57 percent, the portion of those who strongly oppose the project grew from 30 to 35 percent. At the same time, support fell from 22 to 19 percent, and only 4 percent say they strongly support the project.

By the time FERC makes its final decision on Jordan Cove next January, Oregon will have been dealing with the threat of this project for 15 years. The protracted process is not only testing our mettle, it is showing us who we are. Whether rural or urban, young or old, conservative, liberal or something in between, Oregonians can’t be bought, and we can’t be fooled.

Deb Evans is an affected landowner who owns timber property in Klamath County. Juliet Grable is a writer who lives in Jackson County.

–originally published Sunday, July 21st 2019 in the Medford Oregon Mail Tribune. The authors are LWV members.

Klamath and Rogue members meet for lunch

Klamath County and Rogue valley Women meet for joint discussions

On July 21, 2019 nearly 20 women and men from Klamath County and Rogue Valley met for lunch and discussions at the Greensprings Inn on Highway 66. Friendships were made and renewed, mutual concerns were discussed, and connections were made for mutual support. Everyone enjoyed the lunch and relaxed atmosphere so much that they agreed to try to make this an annual summer event.

statewide health care coverage law, July 17, 2019

SB 770 was in the logjam of bills while the Senate Rs walked out. But yesterday and today the Senate and House managed to pass, under suspension of the rules, our bill. To get the details go to
You can see the history and who voted how at various points.
This is great news. When the Governor signs it and starts to appoint members of the Taskforce/Commission we can monitor the process and hopefully be involved at appropriate times.

Recent news and events: May- June, 2019

Recent news: DC statehood push

House committee to hold hearing on DC statehood bill this summer

Read the article at CNN HERE. This is an example of a non-partisan voter support issue that the League endorses and promotes.

Get Off Your Duff: Political Volunteering With a Disability

Read this article at New Mobility. The League actively supports voter rights and action at every level. Learn how you can help promote voting rights at the local or state level.

LWV Klamath county supports climate change lawsuit: June 4, 2019

Several members of the LWV Klamath County including Leslie Lowe, Diane Eastman-Shockey, and Courtney Neubauer gathered in front of the LNG pipeline offices to hand out 25 copies of this HANDOUT.

They received lots of thumbs up from drivers.  Even better, they observed no negative behaviors in pedestrians or drivers.  7 people total came to hold signs.  They accomplished what they set out to do, which was bring awareness of this lawsuit to our community. 
Event Signage was created by Teresa Wilson and Leslie Lowe.

lwv Oregon State Convention, Ashland, OR may 17-19

Two members of the LWV Klamath County attended the recent state convention to represent our rural area. Emily Strauss and Julie Ryder attended the day-and-a half- series of meetings to share, listen, and vote on business. Read a summary of the convention HERE.

LWV’s Position Paper on Climate Change

position paper on climate change, US map

position paper on climate change

The LWV’s position on climate change is important for all league members and voters interested in this issue.

Recently the LWV US has added a Toolkit of information for league members and other interested parties regarding the League’s position on Climate Change. The recent League Update included Talking Points on the Green New Deal, which can be found HERE.

Here you can read about the League’s Position Paper on climate change as of January, 2019. It includes several resolutions that provide further guidance and emphasis for Leagues wishing to engage in climate action. Here is where state and local leagues may find information and language to use when contacting local legislators. It also gives guidance on how to influence their support of federal legislation on climate change.

This is another example of how national and state leagues work together to support position papers developed after close study. When you join our Klamath County League, you also join the national league and lend your voice to discussions of national issues such as climate change.

climate change

Annual Meeting April 18, 2019

April 18, 2019 6:30 PM Terra Veg vegan restaurant, 249 E. Main Street, Klamath Falls

Join us for an informal dinner and meeting to elect officers and decide on major study issues for the upcoming year. This year we will visit the newly-opened vegan restaurant, created by the former chef at Leap of Taste, Liz Arraj, featuring Mediterranean, Spanish, Greek, Middle Eastern, Central-Italian cuisines. We will be there after regular hours, and will order from a list of special items. Expect dinner to cost around $10-$15. For more information and to RSVP, contact Leslie Lowe.

LWV joins LNG demonstration

LWV joins with Indivisible Klamath in demonstration
Demonstrating against LNG pipeline

On Thursday March 28, 2019, several members of LWV Klamath County joined with others to demonstrate against the proposed LNG pipeline. This was part of our continuing efforts to engage in activities relevant to our community. Attending were Valerie Lenardson, Diane Eastman -Shockey, Christina Pasillas, Julie Ryder, Leslie Lowe,  and former LWV member Barbara Turk. 

For further information: Indivisible Klamath

According to a recent Klamath Indivisible press release:

  • The proposed Pacific Connector gas pipeline would be built across public and private lands. After 13 years, 60 landowners object to this pipeline and could have their land seized by eminent domain;
  • The pipeline would cross 485 rivers, streams and wetlands including the Rogue, Klamath and Umpqua rivers, and impact the fishing and tourist industries;
  • Constructing the pipeline would require clear-cutting a 95-foot buffer through public lands, impacting a region with significant fire and earthquake hazards;
  • The pipeline would carry 1.6 billion cubic feet of fracked gas per year;
  • Despite Pembina’s claims in its thousands of TV ads and mailers, LNG pipelines are not safe. Gas pipelines and facilities are highly explosive, and have resulted in injuries, deaths and evacuations;
  • The pipeline would end at a huge refinery called Jordan Cove, built at Coos Bay, on our pristine and protected Oregon coast;
  • The project threatens cultural resources, traditional tribal territories and burial grounds of the Karuk, Yurok and Klamath Tribes. They oppose the project;
  • The project would not result in additional jobs. An estimated 1,000 temporary workers would be involved with the construction, most from out of state;
  • Promoting more Liquified Natural Gas is a huge step backward for fighting climate change. Fracking wells produce substantial amounts of methane which could be worse than coal in a 20-year timeframe. The U.S. Department of Energy says shipping natural gas from the U.S. to Asia could end up being worse than if China simply built a new power plant and burned its own coal supplies. And the terminal would become the largest source of climate pollution in the state;
  • The project benefits two foreign interests: Pembina, a Canadian fossil fuels company, and the Asian markets that will receive the LNG shipped from Jordan Cove.

Here is information from Pembina, Inc. Pipeline proposal

Pembina continues to progress its proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon, and the related Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline that will transport natural gas from the Malin Hub in southern Oregon to the export terminal. In September 2017, the Company filed applications with the United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the construction and operation of Jordan Cove.  The Company received a FERC Notice of Schedule during Q3 2018 and based on that notice, currently anticipates a final FERC decision on Jordan Cove in November of 2019.  Pembina continues to anticipate first gas in 2024, pending the receipt of the necessary regulatory approvals, a positive final investment decision and other requirements.

Project highlights:

  • 7.8 MMTPA (~1.3 Bcf/d) greenfield liquefied natural gas export facility
  • Price competitive with USGC brownfield on a delivered into Tokyo basis
  • 9 days shipping to Tokyo with no hurricane risk or Panama Canal risk
  • Access to long-term and diverse natural gas supply from WCSB and US Rockies
  • Large-scale existing regional gas transportation network
  • ~229 mile (~369 km) greenfield pipeline to connect Malin Hub in southern Oregon to Jordan Cove Terminal