Marriage Equality, Better Health Care, National Trails Day, Salmon Habitat, Climate Change, Drum Circles
Info from Coastal Progressives
Community Conversation tonight!
Please join us for the Community Conversation on Marriage Equality tonight, Wednesday, May 23, from 6-8 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Church, SW 9th and Hurbert, in Newport. Presenters from Basic Rights Oregon will give us an update on the statewide situation, then we’ll talk about plans for action in Lincoln County. We’ll have our poster–400 Lincoln County Signatures for Marriage Equality–to distribute and lots more beautiful Marriage Equality buttons.
And we’ll have delightful desserts and time to visit with your like-minded friends.
–Jeanne St.John, Chair PFLAG Oregon Central Coast email@example.com
Health Care for All-Oregon organizes local advocacy group
More than fifty Oregon community organizations and groups of doctors and nurses, as well as advocacy groups, have joined forces to obtain quality health care for everyone as a human right. The purpose of this Health Care for All coalition is to ensure that the efforts for improved delivery of medical services undertaken by the newly forming Coordinated Care Organizations will be made available to all residents of the state, regardless of ability to pay. Vermont has done this. We can too.
The effort to bring affordable universal health care to Oregon as a public good and a human right will require grassroots organizing and information-sharing. Mike Huntington, MD, president of the Health Care for All coalition and a founder of the Mad as Hell Doctors, will join Jerry Robbins, a local internist, and Lincoln County health care advocates on Thursday, June 7 at 7 p.m. in the second-floor meeting room of the Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive in Newport, to discuss organizing a chapter to advance these efforts in our community.
According to Dr. Huntington, health care in the US costs twice as much per capita as that of other industrialized countries: we overuse expensive high-tech medical procedures, we do not demand that our governments bargain for price with the health care industry, and we tolerate a 10-30% administrative overhead to accommodate the private insurance industry. There is little incentive for profit-motivated firms to invest in disadvantaged or underemployed Americans. 30% of Oregonians are uninsured or under-insured. Every two months 8,000 Americans (one in Lincoln County) die because they can’t afford health insurance. Annually 80,000 Americans go bankrupt (72 in Lincoln County) because of profit incentives that make health care either unavailable or too expensive.
Please join your neighbors at the HCAO organizational meeting on June 7 to help heal our broken medical system, to tell your story, and to work to make our community and our nation a better, healthier place for everyone.
–Joanne Cvar firstname.lastname@example.org
Yachats and Cape Perpetua celebrate National Trails Day
Stay perpetually healthy by exploring the multitude of public trails along the spectacular Central Coast region of Oregon on June 2, National Trails Day. Start at the U.S. Forest Service’s Cape Perpetua Visitor Center on a fee-free day for a list of available trails and services throughout the pristine Pacific Coast forests and rocky shores.
On the way, discover National Trails Day’s special focus trail; “Amanda’s Trail, a walk to remember our cultural past and better navigate our future,” says Joni Quarnstrom,
Siuslaw National Forest Public Affairs Officer. At Amanda’s bridge (directions available at Visitor Center), Tribal Flutists will be performing in conjunction with Tribal Ceremonies from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Naturalist/Cultural Interpreters will also be on hand from multiple organizations.
Representatives of the Siuslaw National Forest, along with partners from Oregon State Parks and Recreation, Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, GoYachats, City of Yachats Trails Committee, Yachats Chamber of Commerce and other family-oriented organizations will be present at the Cape’s Visitor Center to direct you to Amanda’s Trail and other appropriate adventures for visitors of all ages and abilities.
Cape Perpetua Visitor Center summer hours as of May 30: Open every day, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Beginning Memorial Day weekend, the Devil’s Churn Information Booth, located off Highway 101 within the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, will be open Thursday-Monday, 10 a.m. –4 p.m. You can contact the Visitor Center by phone at 541-547-3289.
For more information about the Siuslaw National Forest visit our web site at http://www.fs.usda.gov /siuslaw or call 541-750-7000. Stay in touch through twitter.com/siuslawNF and www.facebook.com/DiscoverSiuslawNF.
Lunch and Learn with Steve Adams
Newport Senior Activities Center (NSAC) is having Steve Adams, from the Oregon Wildlife Control Operator Program, as guest speaker for Lunch and Learn, Tuesday, May 29, from 12:45-1:45. Adams has over 42 years experience in trapping, and is currently an independent contractor for the Wildlife Control Operator Program, affiliated with ODFW. Steve’s talk, “Animal Damage Prevention,” is a how-to approach to help educate and critter-proof your home. Critters covered are raccoons, opossums, squirrels, mice and rats.
Bring your sack lunch for this special Tuesday Lunch and Learn at the NSAC. Please call NSAC at 541-265-9617 for additional information, or come by and see us at 20 S.E. 2nd St., or visit our website, www.newportoregon.gov/sc
Recorder concert celebrates 20th anniversary:
Oregon Coast Recorder Society to perform Sunday, June 3
The Oregon Coast Recorder Society (OCRS) will offer a program of diverse music on Sunday, June 3 at 3 p.m. on the second floor of Newport’s Visual Art Center.
The concert will feature music of celebration from medieval, renaissance, baroque, and contemporary times: dance music from Africa and Europe, a piece written especially for the birthday of an OCRS member, and a rousing arrangement of “Hava Nagila.” More sober pieces will be played in between, and the finale will be a composition from 1993 entitled “Many Happy Returns,” with a time signature of 17/8!
For Sunday’s concert, OCRS musicians will play recorders, violas da gamba, gemshorns, a guitar, a string bass, and percussion. Sunday’s audience will have an opportunity after the concert to take a closer look at the instruments and talk with players, and refreshments will be served. OCRS concerts are free and open to the public.
Newport’s Visual Art Center is located at 777 NW Beach Drive, on the Nye Beach turnaround. For further information, please call (541) 961-1228 or visit www.coastrecorder.org.
–Eileen Flory (541) 563-7897 email@example.com
Master Gardener Plant Sale
The Lincoln County Master Gardener Association will hold a plant sale on Saturday, June 2, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at the National Guard Armory, 541 SW Coast HWY in Newport, featuring native plants, annuals, perennials, veggies, herbs and more, as well as garden books and tools. Master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions.
For more information, call the OSU Extension Office at 541 574 6534.
Oregon industrial pollution in the news
The Oregonian an online article about a Portland clean air group that wants the state to reduce the amount of pollutants that industries can emit, for many of the same reasons we discovered in working to reduce pollution from the Toledo mill.
Our group signed on to this petition to the governor:
–Maxine Centala, Citizens for Clean Air firstname.lastname@example.org
Log roads, silt, gagging salmon, you know the topic. . . .
–Milton Freewater email@example.com
What is our moral responsibility in the face of climate change?
The moral issues raised by climate change and humanity’s role in altering the environment for future generations will be the subject of a free public lecture in Newport on Wednesday, May 30.
Allen Thompson of the Oregon State University Department of Philosophy will speak on “Climate Adaptation, Transformation, and Human Development” at 7:30 p.m. in the Guin Library at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. The event is sponsored by the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, as part of the group’s Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project.
Dr. Thompson, an assistant professor of philosophy, specializes in ethics and environmental philosophy. His recent work has focused on how conceptions of human “natural goodness” relate to our moral responsibility for managing ecosystems under conditions of global climate change. He co-edited and contributed to the just-published book Ethical Adaptation to Climate Change (MIT Press), and was a guest on National Public Radio’s “Philosophy Talk.” The episode, entitled “The Moral Costs of Climate Change,” was taped at OSU and will air this summer. He is currently co-editing The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics.
“The Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project has sponsored many talks during the past year on the science and planning issues raised by human-caused climate change,” says Phillip Johnson, Oregon Shores’ executive director. “On this occasion, we’ll step back and consider the broader question of how we should feel compelled to respond as human beings in a period of history when our actions may be profoundly altering the environment that future generations will experience.”
The climate project seeks to develop grassroots support for citizen-based plans for responding to climate change impacts such as sea level rise and increased flooding and erosion. It is currently nearing the end of a first pilot year in Lincoln County.
For more information about the event or the Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project, contact Paris Edwards, Oregon Shores’ volunteer coordinator, (541) 414-9371, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newport Drum Circle: The Movie
Café Mundo, 5-12-12
We have a right to know:
Right to Know Movement now in Oregon!
Organizers in Oregon are taking a cue from California and working to get an initiative on this year’s ballot mandating labeling of genetically engineered foods and expected to be ready for signature gathering at the beginning of June. That will give volunteers four weeks to gather at least 100,000 signatures before the initiative deadline.
For the Oregon Right to Know initiative to succeed, we need your help. If you live in Oregon, visit the campaign’s website and volunteer to help gather signatures. Whether you collect signatures from your friends, family, and co-workers, collect at your church, or table at the farmers market, everyone’s help is needed. Donations are critical to the success of any campaign, so please donate to ensure the success of Oregon’s Right to Know initiative.
For more information, visit the website: http://www.oregonrighttoknow.org/, or contact Scott Bates, the initiative’s chief petitioner, at email@example.com and (971)266-0920.
County Democrats to select applicants for Commissioner position tonight
It is expected that most if not all of the May 23 meeting will be used for the process of selecting a panel of three to five applicants from a group of nine. The applicants wish to fill the remainder of Commissioner Lindly’s term in office. This process will be composed of a series of votes of elected precinct committee persons, after each applicant uses ~5 minutes to talk.
If you’re not an elected precinct committee person, come anyway. If you are, you will soon receive a 1.7 megabyte .pdf file of the candidates’ applications. Please review them so you can determine who to vote for. A few copies will be at the meeting too.
This meeting of the Lincoln County Democratic Central Committee will take place tonight, Wednesday, May 23, at 7 p.m. In the Central Lincoln PUD meeting room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport (across US 101 from Safeway).
–Milton Freewater firstname.lastname@example.org