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Oregon Citizens Lobby 2013 Training Schedule

December 12, 2012

The elections are over; the TV ads and campaigning are done.  The politicians have stopped making promises and drowning us in their rhetoric.  Now is the time for citizens to begin working in earnest.  As the 2013 legislative session approaches, who will take the time to watch over our representatives as they “work for the people”?

This is what Oregon Citizens Lobby does. Oregon Citizens Lobby is a statewide collaborative effort by citizens and organizations like AFP to promote legislative accountability. We analyze bills, lobby our representatives, provide testimony, and work with other citizens to let our legislators know that we are involved in the process, we are watching them, and we are keeping score.  As you can imagine this kind of effort takes coordination, but, more importantly, it takes a large number of concerned citizens who are willing to volunteer their time and their talent to join in this effort.

The 2013 legislative session will begin on February 4th.  Between now and then, we will be training and organizing our members in preparation for the session.  We hope that you will take the time to consider how you might contribute to our efforts and join our cause.  Please fill out one of the signup sheets and send it in or go online at www.oregoncitizenslobby.org/signup.html and submit the information there.

Then join us at one of the following OCL trainings where we will teach you some basics on how to analyze and grade a bill. This will include how to use the technology we have designed to help make this citizen effort easier.

Trainings will be around the state as follows:

Monday, January 21st from 6pm to 8pm at The Saddle Restaurant: 2220 SE Court Ave. Pendleton

Tuesday, January 22nd from 6pm to 8pm: Location to be announced. Bend

Wednesday, January 23rd from 6pm to 8pm at the Medford Public Library:  205 South Central Ave. Medford

Thursday, January 24th from 6pm to 8pm at the Springfield Utility Board (SUB): 223 “A” Str., Springfield

Monday, January 28th from 6pm to 8pm at the West End Building, Willamette Rm.: 4101 Kruse Way, Lake Oswego

The Monday, January 28th training in Lake Oswego will also be available live via the web in case anyone was unable to attend a prior training in person. To register to attend the webinar training go to http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=E951DB86854938

Thank you for your willingness to actively participate in the governance of our state.  It is imperative that the citizens of Oregon remain vigilant during this and future legislative sessions.  Without the voice of reason from the citizens of Oregon, there will be little accountability for the decisions legislators will be making on our behalf. If you have any questions contact us at: oregoncitizenslobby@gmail.com or find us at Oregon Citizens Lobby on Facebook.

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