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The demonstrations & protests are making a difference. Now is not the time for complacency. While we may not be able to fill the hearing rooms physically, we can continue to peacefully make our voices heard.

Show you remain enaged by tuning in and encouraging others to do the same. Currently up:

POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY
1. Police Discipline Statewide Database
2. Attorney General Lead for Use of Force Investigations
3. Require Mandatory Reporting by Officers of Other Officer Behavior
4. Ban on Tear Gas, Militarization…?
5. Law Enforcement Arbitration (HB 1567A, 2020)
6. Outlaw use of Chokeholds

As we get more information regarding the agenda & schedule we will update you. As of now the session is scheduled to begin at 8am. Join us in watching whenever you can for however long you can.

Call your representatives beforehand, you can find their contact info here: https://tinyurl.com/OrLegblacklivesmatter and let them know your stance & that you’ll be watching. After the session, call again, let them know if you feel they represented those who elected them.

While you’re at it, you can register to vote (or update your voter registration information) here: https://sos.oregon.gov/voting/Pages/registration.aspx?lang=en

“Gov. Kate Brown is calling the Legislature back into special session on June 24 to focus on passing tougher police accountability laws and address some of the issues raised by the coronavirus pandemic.

With widespread protests against racial injustice and police brutality continuing across the state and nation, the governor said it’s time for the state Legislature to act.

“The public’s call for significant police reform is too urgent to wait until the next regular legislative session,” Brown said in a statement.

The governor’s office sent out a list of 27 legislative measures she would like lawmakers to consider in an upcoming legislative session.

There are six measures on the list addressing police accountability issues, including; a bill to ban the use of chokeholds, another to create a statewide police discipline database, a measure to have the Attorney General lead investigations when police use of force results in death or serious injury, a bill to make it easier for police officers to be fired if found guilty of misconduct and another requiring officers to report misconduct of other officers.”

Source: https://www.opb.org/news/article/gov-brown-oregon-special-session-police-accountability-pandemic/


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