Weekly Update: Our Pressure Is Working

Our Pressure is Working:
Congressional District 2 Town Halls

Our pressure to hold Congressman Greg Walden accountable is working! Here is a list of materials for preparing to attend these important events next week.  

Congressman Walden has scheduled a series of town halls across his district for the upcoming Congressional recess:

Wednesday, April 12

  • Wasco County, 11 a.m. to noon, Fort Dalles Readiness Center Assembly Hall, 402 E. Scenic Drive, The Dalles.
  • Hood River, 3 to 4 p.m., Hood River Middle School Auditorium, 1602 May St., Hood River.

Thursday, April 13

  • Crook County, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Crook County High School Auditorium, 1100 S.E. Lynn Blvd, Prineville.
  • Deschutes County, 5 to 6 p.m., Mountain View High School Main Gym, 2755 N.E. 27th St., Bend.

Friday, April 14

  • Jackson County, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., North Medford High School Performing Arts Auditorium, 1900 N. Keene Way Drive, Medford.
  • Josephine County, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Grants Pass High School Performing Arts Center, 830 N.E. Ninth St., Grants Pass.

Renter Protections Move Forward in Oregon Legislature

On Tuesday, the Oregon House approved HB 2004A, which protects Oregon renters from no-cause evictions while preserving property rights for landlords. The bill will also give local communities the legal right to create common sense rent stabilization policies that work best for local renters and landlords.

HB 2004A was amended prior to passage to exempt small landlords and reduce the relocation expenses for renters who are evicted without cause. This compromise bill now heads to the Oregon Senate with the full support of a broad coalition of Oregonians working for stable housing legislation.

Upon passage, Oregon tenants, landlords and advocates released the following statements:

“Passage of HB 2004 is important to renters who have faced no-cause evictions. My decades of excellent rental history were meaningless when it happened to me. Without HB 2004, there is absolutely no recourse for the renter as long as the landlord hides behind no-cause, no-reason evictions,” Leela Coleman.

“With over 1,800 units statewide, we have very few evictions and only use for-cause notices. House Bill 2004 treats our residents fairly and keeps our properties strong,” Martha McClennan, Executive Director, Northwest Housing Alternatives.

“Today’s vote in favor of HB 2004 is good news for Oregon communities. This legislation creates certainty for renters and landlords by creating a legal standard for evictions with cause and lease termination. It also gives local jurisdictions the right to set their own rent stabilization policies, working with tenants and landlords in their communities,” Pam Phan, Policy and Organizing Director for the Community Alliance of Tenants, on behalf of Stable Homes for Oregon Families.

Thank You, Senator Merkley!

Last night, Senator Jeff Merkley made national headlines by holding the Senate floor for over 15 hours in protest against the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

As we have included in previous Weekly Updates, Judge Gorsuch presents a serious threat to working people and our unions if appointed to the Supreme Court. Click here to read a letter from the national AFL-CIO to the US Senate about workers’ concerns over Judge Gorsuch.

Upcoming Events

Here are some upcoming events you won’t want to miss:

Inner City Blues Festival
Benefit concert for Health Care for All Oregon. (Click here for more information.)

PORTLAND - April 22, 5:30pm ~ 12:00 am (doors open 5:00pm)
Eagle's Lodge, 7611 N Exeter Ave. (& Lombard) Portland, OR 97203

The Future of Public Education
AFT President Randi Weingarten will be in Portland and Eugene to discuss the future of public education. (Click here for more information.)

PORTLAND - Tuesday, April 25, 5:30 p.m.
First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1126 SW Park Ave.

EUGENE - Wednesday, April 26, 7 p.m.
Guistina Ballroom, Ford Alumni Center, 1720 E 13th Ave.

Worker Memorial Day
The Oregon AFL-CIO, Oregon OSHA, and more will honor the workers who died on the job in 2016. (Click here for more information.)

SALEM – Friday, April 28, 12:00pm
Fallen Worker Memorial on State Capitol Mall, (outside Labor and Industries Building located at 350 Winter St NE, Salem, OR 97301)