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Update posted by Our Community Our Rights On Aug 31, 2016

With your help we temporarily stopped the Lane County Commissioners today! According to the Register Guard the Commissioners are giving it 6 months before they go any farther with their unconstitutional ordinance. We must stay vigilant and continue to collect signatures to get our initiative on the ballot in 2017. Hiring signature gatherers is expensive - You can help!!
Please give today, and help us with our continued battle to the ballot!! Thanks and

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Update posted by Our Community Our Rights On Jul 01, 2016

Community Rights Lane County’s Expansion for Local Democracy Scares the Lane County Commissioners Prompting Their Proposal to Block Citizen Initiatives

In the wake of the Lane County Circuit Court’s perceived failure to stop the democratic will of the people, the Lane County commissioners are considering giving themselves the ability to block any Lane County measure that they decide is not to be “of county concern”– thereby eliminating voter participation in the initiative process.

According to the Register Guard article, four of the five commissioners instructed county staff to revise an ordinance on the issue that was originally submitted by private attorney at the behalf of unnamed clients. Pete Sorenson, the only lawyer on the Commission, is notably, the lone dissenting vote against this assault on the people’s democratic rights.

Commissioners are posed to restrict the people’s authority – on advice from the Lane County Counsel – despite June 3, 2016 ruling from the Honorable Charles Carlson of the Lane County Circuit Court who ordered that the Lane County Self-Government Charter Amendment could not be kept from the ballot based on a pre-election challenge that it did not address “matters of county concern” because it is unconstitutional to make the determination at this stage of the initiative process. Commissioners and the County Counsel are ignoring the inconvenient ruling.

The Commissioners’ proposal should be rejected. Read More

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Diane Garcia

Backed with $20.00 On Jan 28, 2017

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Joan Cypress

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What this group is attempting to do, for all of us, is nothing short of radical. If only more of us would get involved in changing the way laws and protecting Democratic processes are done at the local level! I will continue to send money AND gather signatures for the petitions as best I can.

Robin Bloomgarden

Backed with $20.00 On Sep 04, 2016

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Backed with $30.00 On Aug 29, 2016

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This is an egregious proposal to stifle community rights!

Michael JamesLong

Backed with $30.00 On Aug 29, 2016

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Stanley Taylor

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We need to recall those commissioners who would obstruct our right to the initiative process.

Mora Dewey

Backed with $25.00 On Aug 29, 2016

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linda wylie

Backed with $25.00 On Aug 29, 2016

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Bill Evans

Backed with $40.00 On Aug 02, 2016

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