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  Table of Contents  
  • End of Session Town Hall
  • International Women's Day 
  • Final Week of Short Session
  • In the News 
  • Connect with Our Office
  • Emergency Rental Assistance
  • Resources

 End of Session Town Hall with Drea 

 

RSVP to my End of Session Town Hall Thursday, March 10th, 2022 at 6:00pm and tell your friends and neighbors! You can register below. 

We will have two, amazing youth facilitators - Raaga Mandala and Taneesh Garg and Special co-hosts Rep. Rachel Prusak - HD 37, Kim McCarty - Community Alliance of Tenants, JR Lilly - East Portland Action Plan, and Raymond Arias - Oregon Association of Student Councils.

Hope to see you there!

RSVP To The Meeting!

 International Women's Day 

 

There’s so much work to be done around gender equity using an intersectional and anti-racist approach. 

International Women's Day is an opportunity to acknowledge the local and global disparities that girls and women navigate every day due to systems of oppression that continue to disparately harm Black, Brown, trans, queer, and disabled women and to celebrate the immense accomplishments - big and small, the ones we know and the ones we’re learning about - of women throughout history and today. 

I’m centering munay (love) and ayni (reciprocity) by celebrating and sending you the fierceness that resonates from my incredible team of queens today. They came through this short session and are all leaders in their own unique way. I’m so proud to have Lisa, Amanda, Kimberléa and Kendall on this team!

I’m also acknowledging the women who have come before me, the women who inspire me now, and the women who will come after me. We deserve, and will continue to work towards, a world where all women can live in safety, joy, and abundance. 

✨ Happy International Women’s Day! ✨

  Final Week of Short Session  

Drea breaks down our last week of short session right at 60 seconds - did you catch the blooper? :)
It's SB 1543 not SB 1453! 

 

Reproductive Equity Fund
Through HB 5202, the budget reconciliation bill, the Legislature appropriated $15 million to Seeding Justice to administer the Reproductive Equity Fund. This funding will ensure that Oregon is prepared to address unprecedented threats to reproductive freedom. The fund will advance reproductive equity in supporting key investments in capital, infrastructure, outreach andengagement and other strategies to address unmet patient needs, provide a robust and transparent community-informed process, and achieve geographic impact in communities hardest hit by abortion bans in neighboring states, the Hyde and Weldon amendments, and the economic fallout from the global pandemic.

 

Oregon Worker Relief Fund
Through HB 5202, the budget reconciliation bill, the Legislature allocated $65 million to the Oregon Worker Relief Fund to provide pandemic relief for individuals who lost work because of COVID-19 but are ineligible for unemployment because of immigration status and to provide direct $600 payments to ITIN filers.

Stay tuned next week for my end of session report and a farewell to Amanda and Kendall!

  In The News!  

  Connect with Our Office!  

 

Do you have a question, need support, or want to share with us something that's important to you? You can reach our HD 47 staff by sending an email  to Rep.AndreaValderrama@oregonlegislature.gov  or calling (503) 986-1447.

 Emergency Rental Assistance  


The Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance portal will close on Monday, March 14th at 11:59pm. If you are in need of emergency rental assistance apply as soon as you are able.
 
Apply for Rental Assistance

  Resources Reminders 
 

 
 Non-Emergency Bias Response Hotline 

The Oregon Department of Justice now has a trauma informed hotline for community members who have experienced or witnessed a hate incident or crime. The operators on this line are trained to help survivors and there is multilingual support with interpreters in 240 languages.

The response hotline is open from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday PST. For community members with a hearing disability, please dial 711.
You can also visit: standagainsthate.oregon.gov

 Wellness 

As we continue to experience public health and safety issues due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many people are struggling with their mental health. Many feelings of fatigue and repetition are normal when navigating a phenomenon like this, but if you are consistently experiencing depression or hopelessness please talk to someone who can offer you support

If you are in need of food access or other services, please check out Street Root's Rose City Resource for a comprehensive list of supportive services. 

  • Lines for Life Racial Equity Line: 503-575-3764
    • Support by people who have lived experience of racism, weekdays 10am to 7pm
  • Call to Safety: 503-235-5333
    • Trauma informed support for domestic and sexual abuse survivors, 24/7
  • The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386
    • Support for queer youth, 24/7 via phone, text, or chat
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
    • Support for people considering suicide in English and Español, 24/7 - you matter, please call if you are contemplating suicide. Also available for those who have a hearing disability. Chat option available.
       
 Covid-19 Vaccine Resources 

For the most up-to-date information, including eligibility for Booster shots, visit Oregon Health Authority (OHA)’s booster and third doses web page. Vaccines are safe and effective. To learn more, visit the OHA FAQ pageUse the OHA Vaccine Locator Map to find a vaccination site close to you.
 
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