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January 2016 Update

posted Jan 19, 2016, 11:45 AM by Beaverton SJL   [ updated Jan 19, 2016, 11:46 AM ]

New Year - New Actions
Happy New Year and welcome to 2016! We are working on 3 new exciting campaigns and need volunteers to help with their success.

Beaverton Bag Ban
Environment Oregon is helping us bring a plastic bag ban to Beaverton.
- Lead volunteer/contact for the campaign
- Signature gathering to petition City Council to enact a ban
- Get pledges from local businesses in support
- Data entry
- Graphic design we need a logo

Save the Sequoias at Vose Elementary
Two old 50+ yr old Sequoias are scheduled to be cut down in June
- We will be accelerating decisions about our actions this week. 
- Community meeting at Vose ES on Wed. Jan 20th 7pm-8:30pm
- City Planning Commission Hearing at City Hall on Jan 27th6:30pm
- Lots of talking to neighbors, sign holding, door knocking, meeting attending etc.

City "Camp Out"
Thanks to community partners and volunteers, we have been getting the word out about Beaverton's lack of an emergency warming shelter. Beaverton continues to hold the highest rate of homeless children in the state. To bring even more awareness to this issue we are co-hosting a city "Camp Out" with the Beaverton HELP Center. Community elected officials, leaders and partners will all be invited to join us for a one night "Camp Out" on the streets of Beaverton.
- Strategy meeting will be this month to begin hashing out the details - looking for strategists to join us.
- The event will take place February or March
- The Social Justice League will most likely need 7-10 volunteers for the event.

Any of these actions seem of interest to you? Contact us today!

September Update

posted Sep 20, 2015, 9:37 PM by Beaverton SJL   [ updated Sep 20, 2015, 9:37 PM ]

We hope you had a great summer! Just a few days left before it's officially fall.

Our September meeting is tomorrow, Monday Sept. 21st 7pm Pizza Schmizza Raleigh Hills on Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy. If you can make it please RSVP by responding to this email.

Happy Hour starts at 8pm for those who want to sit and chat after.

Our Oregon will be joining us and giving a short presentation. Then we will begin organizing a Plastic Bag Ban Task Force as well as getting serious about Beaverton's non-existent warming shelters.

Then we will be talking about this guy. What actions should we take, if any.

Our next meeting will be Monday, October 19th.

Stand for Peace Special Event
Wednesday, September 23, as part of Campaign Nonviolence, several area churches will gather, with the theme “Caring for our Common Home” in solidarity with Pope Francis's address to the U.S. Congress the next day. Please join us at the Washington County Peace Vigil, in Beaverton, at SW 5th and SW Hall St., at the city park, across from the Beaverton Library 6pm - 7pm.

Social Justice Update: Save Beaverton's Wetlands

posted Jul 25, 2015, 9:55 PM by Beaverton SJL   [ updated Jul 25, 2015, 9:56 PM ]

Did you survive the heat? We barely did and have to confess we did a little dancing in the rain today.

Our inaugural meeting was great! Lots of ideas and issues to address. We talked about:

- Beaverton and Washington County criminalizing homelessness
- Mental Health Training and the Beaverton Police Department
- Beaverton's lack of a Domestic Violence Unit with the BPD
- Plastic Bag ban
- Marijuana Education
- Future relationship with Sunset High School students
- Warming Shelters
- Submitting editorials and human
  interest stories.

Since our meeting, a few more issues have come to our attention and we will talk about adding them to our list at our August meeting.

Our next meeting is Monday, August 3rd 7pm

Pizza Schmizza Raleigh Hills on Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy. If you can make it please RSVP by responding to this email.

Happy Hour starts at 8pm for those who want to sit and chat after.

Our First Action!!

Save the date: Beaverton City Council Meeting, Tuesday, August 18th. 

Tualatin Riverkeepers and a property owner are appealing a decision by the City's Planning Commission to fill 2.5 acres of wetland for a new school's sports fields at Cooper Mountain. We will be attending in solidarity. It's also open public comment, so maybe we will prepare some words?

*Read the press release from Tualatin Riverkeepers
*Read the Beaverton Valley Times article
*Read The Oregonian article

Screening and Discussion on Domestic Violence - April 15th

posted Apr 6, 2015, 11:51 AM by Beaverton SJL   [ updated Apr 14, 2015, 3:52 PM ]

The Beaverton City Library will host a screening and inclusive discussion on the documentary film Private Violence on Wednesday, April 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the main library auditorium, 12375 SW Fifth St.  The film explores the experiences of American women challenged by violence at home, and hopes to provide greater understanding of the realities and policies in the United States.

The library welcomes the public, as well as local organizations and victims’ outreach workers, to participate in this critical discussion.  The 77-minute documentary will be followed by a 30-minute conversation led by Sarah Christie of the Domestic Violence Resource Center in Hillsboro and Katrina Rodriguez from the Beaverton Police Department’s victims’ services unit.  They will discuss questions including what drives abuse, what causes women to tolerate abuse, and how society can build a future without domestic violence.

This event is free and open to the public, but recommended only for adult audiences due to mature content.  No registration is required.  The event is using social media hashtags #PrivateViolence and #WhyIStayed for further discussion. To learn more about domestic violence and resources for getting help, visit  For more information about this event, contact Jill Adams, reference librarian, at 503-350-3613 or 

This event has also been approved for two non-clinical Continuing Education (CE) hours by the Oregon Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Attendees who plan to seek CE hours should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early to sign in. 

Developmental Disabilities Services - Call To Action

posted Mar 25, 2015, 3:40 PM by Beaverton SJL   [ updated Mar 25, 2015, 3:45 PM ]

We are entering the eighth week of the 2015 Legislative Session, which puts us a mere three weeks away from the first major committee deadline: Any bill that does not have a work session scheduled by April 10th in its chamber of origin will die in committee. Note: This deadline does not apply to the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, other joint committees, the Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue, House Committee on Revenue, and the Senate and House Committees on Rules.


The I/DD Coalition is tracking or monitoring 244 bills of interest to the developmental disability community. Just over one-third of those bills have had public hearings to date. Committee agendas are quickly filling up and will likely remain full as pressure builds in the coming weeks. 

Read more from the Oregon Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Coalition here.

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