Thank you for joining me here today to celebrate bills from the Oregon Legislature that advance equity and opportunity, close disparities, protect against discrimination, and promote civic participation for all residents.
Grassroots groups – representing communities of color, immigrants and refugees, and public health – came together across Oregon to secure these important changes. This effort also had the benefit of building capacity of historically under-represented communities to be fully engaged in the political process.
The engine behind much of the work includes the Oregon Health Equity Alliance and the HOPE Coalition, which brought together dozens of community organizations to work alongside Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature.
I want to thank the many people who worked on the four bills in front of me, including:
- Reverend Joseph Santos-Lyons and the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon;
- Tricia Tillman, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, and the Race, Ethnicity and Language Data Leadership Workgroup at the Oregon Health Authority;
- Causa of Oregon, Center for Intercultural Organizing, Oregon Action, Oregon Latino Health Coalition, Tobacco Free Coalition of Oregon, Upstream Public Health, and the Urban League of Portland.