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Thu. August 25, 2016

pledge card.jpegReminder, Friday, August 26th is the last day to receive free materials/hand-out for voter registration activities.

There is also a voter registration webinar happening today from 2-3pm ET, 11am PT. Sign up at http://bit.ly/Aug25thwebinar

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Celebrate Women's Equality Day on August 26, 2016

Wed. August 24, 2016

Celebrate Women’s Equality Day on August 26, 2016. This day commemorates the passing of the 19th amendment in 1920 which secures women’s right to vote. The battle for women’s rights formally began in 1848 at the first Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York. At the convention Women advocated for Women’s rights. This campaign continued until the passage of the Voting Rights Act and still continues today. Women’s Equality Day recognizes this important achievement but also inspires continuing efforts for Women’s rights. Women have made great advancements but still have a long battle for complete equality. Women's committees are encouraged to target August 26th as an opportunity to educate members on the disparity in women's rights. Click Here for a downloadable flyer suitable for distribution or posting on bulletin boards.

FIRE UPDATE - Monday, Aug. 22, 2016

Tue. August 23, 2016

Fires on ODF-Protected Lands
The weather service issued a red flag warning effective through today in South Central Oregon.

NEW

Shed Fire
The 12-acre Shed Fire about 10 miles east of Chiloquin started yesterday evening. The cause is under investigation.

UPDATE

Withers Fire
The 3,424-acre Withers Fire one mile north of Paisley is 85 percent contained. Evacuation notices lifted. For more information click here.

An arsonist started the fire. Officials are conducting a criminal investigation. Specific details will not be released during the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call 541-947-2504. For information on any other suspicious activity on public lands call Oregon State Police at 503-375-3555. For emergencies call 911.

Fires on Other Jurisdictions

FIRE UPDATE - Friday, Aug. 19, 2016

Tue. August 23, 2016

Fires on ODF-Protected Lands
The weather service issued a red flag warning effective through Saturday.

NEW

None.

UPDATE

Withers Fire
The 3,422-acre Withers Fire one mile north of Paisley is 40 percent contained. This human-caused fire is under investigation. Evacuation notices in effect. For more information click here.

Fires on Other Jurisdictions

VoteVets launches a newly $500,000 ad campaign against privatization of veterans’ care

Tue. August 23, 2016

The largest progressive veterans group in America, VoteVets Action Fund, is today launching a $460,000 ad campaign, aimed at pressuring Congress to oppose any move to privatize veterans’ health care.

The ad features Kevin Pannell, an Iraq War veteran who lost both of his legs in Iraq in a grenade ambush.

Watch: Promise

Talk about sending some veterans health care services to the private, for-profit sector is gaining steam. Recent articles from Forbes,The New Republic, The Fiscal Times, have detailed how privatization talk is picking up on Capitol Hill.

Polling has shown that the idea is extremely unpopular among veterans. In a poll of veterans, commissioned by the Vet Voice Foundation, performed by GOP and Democratic pollsters, 64 percent of veterans opposed the idea of moving veterans care to the private system, while just 29 percent supported it.

FIRE DANGER RISING TO EXTREME: HIGH TEMPERATURES, LOW HUMIDITY AND GUSTY WINDS

Tue. August 23, 2016

News Release from Oregon Dept. of Forestry - Posted on FlashAlert: August 18th, 2016 8:29 AM

The heat is on! A wave of hot dry windy weather is expected to hit the region Thursday and last through Saturday. Just a single spark under these conditions could lead to a significant and costly wildfire. Fire managers are reminding the public to be extra careful with fire as they seek ways to stay cool.

"Everyone will be looking for ways to beat the heat. Remember to take extra precaution with fires or anything that could start a wildfire," said Oregon Department of Forestry Unit Forester Michael Curran.

African-American Equal Pay Day

Tue. August 23, 2016

african amer equal pay dayToday is African-American Equal Pay Day. This marks the symbolic day that the earnings of African American women will catch up to their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts’ earnings from last year.

Decades after the passage of the Equal Pay Act in 1963, African American working women are facing a wage gap that is not narrowing. Last year, African American women made 64 cents on the dollar made by White, non-Hispanic men. This year, it’s 60 cents.

African American women also make less on average than African American men and White, non-Hispanic women. This gap hurts not only women, but also the families and communities that depend on them. In 2016, this is unacceptable. We need to act now.

For information visit National Women’s Law Center.