Caring for Our Communities
The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed to many what our communities have already known, the systems created by white wealthy folks does not serve every day people. As such, we have come together for these policies:
SB 706 COFA Medicaid Outreach and Education declares an emergency and requires the Oregon Health Authority to provide grants to organizations for the purpose of conducting outreach to Oregonians who are COFA citizens to enroll in medical assistance. (COFA stands for Compact of Free Association. COFA citizens are people from Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau. They can live in the US as permanent resident status or some other status under US immigration law, but do not have access to certain types of federal student aid, healthcare services, stimulus packages, etc).
We are building a targeted universal childcare program designed with a focus on BIPOC mothers, children, and providers to:
Reforming the current Employment Related Day Care program
Aligning all childcare programs under one agency that will ensure affordability by capping cost at 7% of family income and pay by enrollment, increase the flexibility of the program for parents to use outside of just work hours.
Expand childcare to all children regardless of status, and protect eligibility for at least a year.
Across Oregon people are still struggling to pay their bills, keep wildfire smoke out of their homes, and lost income due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and climate crisis. As such, we have come together with out partners to reduce energy bills, support home upgrades that help keep families healthy, and create good jobs in clean energy projects across Oregon:
HB 2842 Healthy Homes distributes grants to local governments, local housing authorities, nonprofit organizations, community or federally recognized tribes in this state to help low income households or environmental justice communities with home repairs and retrofits while ensuring better coordination between agencies doing home improvement work.
HB 2475 Oregon Energy Affordability gives the Public Utilities Commission the ability to allow utilities to provide rate designs, such as discounts, that help reduce the energy burden for low-income and other underserved customers. Organizations who represent the people most impacted by energy burden will be able to access funding to participate in regulatory processes in the same manner as other broad customer groups, like the Citizens’ Utility Board.
HB 2995 Clean Energy for All
Establishes a 100% clean energy standard requiring the following:
Generated using renewable or emissions-free resources
Maximizes community benefits like jobs and resiliency
Phase out of coal by 2025
Requires utilities to acquire a certain amount of energy from community-benefitting sources such as solar storage projects
Requires utilities to invest in resiliency and reliability for the grid and for Oregon’s communities
Strong labor standards for renewable energy projects
APANO continues to fight so that our communities have the rights, resources and recognition we deserve. These policies get us one step closer to the world we envision becoming a reality.
HB 2678 & SB 791 Ranked Choice Voting Statewide Implementation Bill
Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) lets people rank candidates in the order they prefer. To win, a candidate must receive more than 50% of the vote. If no candidate gets 50%, an “instant runoff” occurs where the ballots for the last-place candidate are instantly recounted for the voters’ second choice.
HB 2678 brings RCV to Oregon by 1) Using RCV in all partisan primaries and 2) Replacing nonpartisan primaries with an RCV general election in November (except for counties in which home rule applies).
HB 2499 Expansion of the Automatic Voter Registration extends automatic voter registration to Oregon Health Authority and any state agency designated by the Governor.
HB 2745 Equal Voter Access Act requires that voter registration cards and electronic voter registration pages include the ability for Oregon voters to mark optional demographic information, including: race, ethnicity and preferred language.
SJR 10 Removing the Slavery Exception Clause in OR proposes amendment to Oregon Constitution that will prohibit slavery and involuntary servitude in all circumstances.
SB 571 Restoration of Voting Rights provides in statute that Oregonians in prison can vote in the location they were processed in.
HB 2366 Restoration of Voting Rights allows persons convicted of felony to register to vote, update voter registration and vote in elections while incarcerated. Specifies that person’s residence is where the person resided prior to incarceration. Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die.
Migration is central to the story of our API community and we must continue to fight for a safer home for everyone.
HB 2205 Just Enforcement deputizes whistleblowers so that they can bring enforcement actions against employers that break labor laws on behalf of the state, if the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) cannot. As of March 29, HB 2205 Just Enforcement died in the committee. There will be no further action on this bill.
HB 3230 Universal Legal Representation would expand legal services to Oregonians at risk of deportation through use of massive collaborative representation through community-based lawyering and client empowerment.
Through the COVID 19 Pandemic, the inequities in our education system were laid bare for all to see. Now we must support bold policies to close these gaps.
HB 2496 & SB553 COFA Tuition equity would allow COFA citizens to pay in state tuition rate instead of out of state tuition rates once residency is established in Oregon.
SB 5513 Build on the Student Success Act as a Foundation for Equity
HB 2056 & SB 227 Hold Our Public Education System Accountable to All Students
APANO is proud to support
LC 2690 Sanctuary Promise Act
HB 2825 Survivor-Defendant bill
HB 2544 Youth Homelessness
HB 2835 Food Security for Students
HB 2528 Oregon Dental Access
HB 2359 Interpretation Accountability Act
HJR 11 Same Day Voter Registration
SB 755 Health Justice Recovery Alliance
HB 2169 Justice for All
SB 282 Tenant COVID protection
Fighting for an Equitable Redistricting Process
We also are proud to endorse the Fairshot Coalition agenda.
Learn more about the 2021 Oregon Partners for Education Justice agenda.
Political Director | Marchel Hirschfield
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