Organizing for Education Opportunities

Hello Colleagues,
I would like to let you know of a few upcoming opportunities to get involved in efforts to better organize ourselves, and the State of Oregon towards much needed funding reform for education. There are four opportunities for engagement listed below.

Members of the higher ed/community college coalition are helping the Oregon Student Association with a lobby day and rally on February 12 focused on a push to restore university and community college funding.

There will be a rally on the State Capitol steps at 12:00 noon Thursday February 12, to call for investing in higher ed.  I’ve pasted a draft agenda for the full day below.

We have been asked to help with the following:
•  Help spread the word and turn out our members for the rally
•  Help find an instructor who could make brief (2-3 minute) remarks about the impacts in their CC classroom. (Ideally a member of an underrepresented community, as their existing slate of speakers doesn’t have much diversity)
•  Encourage CC faculty members to excuse from class those students who will be absent in order to participate in the rally/lobby day.

Draft Schedule
8:00 AM: Student Lobby Teams Arrive and Check-In at HR 50
9:00 — 9:45 AM: Welcome and Overview of Day, Lobby Team Breakout
10:00 — 11:30 AM: Morning Lobby Visits
11:30 AM: Buses with Students Arrive at Capitol
12:00 PM: Rally to Restore Funding to Higher Education (Emceed by University and Community College Students, with guests Rep. Buckley, Rep. Johnson, an unconfirmed SEIU member, and an  unconfirmed faculty member.)
1:00 — 4:00 PM: Afternoon Lobby Visits
4:00 — 5:00 PM: Clean Up and Head Home

OEA ORGANIZING SUMMIT: “Fighting For the Schools our Students Deserve”

We would like to bring a contingent of faculty at Lane to this event in order to strengthen our level of local and regional organizational effectiveness.

When: March 13, 14 and 15 ( Friday through Sunday Morning)
Where: Eugene Hilton
Who: OEA members who are committed to strengthening local and statewide organizing through practical skill-building and truing on proven organizing techniques.
Why: Creating the Schools our Students Deserve will require some challenging organizing as we work to reform State-wide educational funding in the 2016 elections.

Bring your voice to Salem on the issues that matter most to you and your students. Our lobby day will begin with a morning training at the Salem Convention Center; we’ll move to the State Capitol where you’ll have the chance to meet with your legislators and lobby them on our pro-public education agenda. It would be great to have a strong showing of faculty and students having their voices heard. We will make plans for carpooling and/or vans.        
When: March 23, 2015 (all day)
Where: The Capitol Building in Salem

Signature Gathering: The OEA and Partner organizations are working through OUR OREGON to develop a ballot measure intended to shore up Statewide revenue through tax reform, and ensure funding for education K-12 through Higher Ed.

Please take a moment to sign initiative forms intended to test the best verbiage for the measure, or better yet, volunteer to help as a signature gatherer. Also, the final Ballot Initiative language should be finalized this fall, and ready for circulation. Keep your eyes open for organizing opportunities as that time draws near so that we can best mobilize ourselves and our local community behind these efforts.

Please let me know if you would like more information about these opportunities, or would like to volunteer your time towards one or more effort.

Thank you,
Lee Imonen
OEA State Wide Organizing Taskforce Member
LCCEA Action Team chair

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