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The Advocacy Commissions hold public meetings every other month. For the list of OCBA's upcoming public meetings, click here. For the list of all the Advocacy Commissions' upcoming meetings, click here.
As part of their statutory missions, the Commissions maintain an independent policy voice within the three branches of state government. They collaborate with the Governor’s office, Senate President's and House Speaker's offices, legislators, and judicial branch, in support of mutual areas of public policy concern, addressing long standing issues and lifting lesser known but important policy areas into prominence with advocacy, equity-focused policy research, partnerships and community engagement. Community Partnerships:The Oregon Commissions on Asian and Pacific Islanders Affairs, Black Affairs, Hispanic Affairs, and the Commission for Women work with their constituent community partners to grow the voice of underrepresented and marginalized communities in public policy statewide. Together with community partners, the OACs plan legislative advocacy, host joint legislative days at the Capitol, co-host community forums, and study longstanding community challenges.Departmental Partnerships:The Oregon Advocacy Commissions engage with state departmental leadership to plan and conduct equity-focused joint policy research; develop partner research/data sharing agreements; present research outcomes; advance equity-focused legislation and administrative rules, and access to granular data and equity-focused analytics.Governor's Initiatives Partnership:The Oregon Advocacy Commissions have a long history of working with Oregon governors to bring community voice and equity focus into their strategic initiatives to build a more equitable Oregon. This has included voter registration, supporting key initiatives around family leave, affordable housing, home ownership, diverse work forces, access to higher education, excellence in schools, and diversion from prisons, mental and behavioral health services.
Interested in learning more about partnering with the Advocacy Commissions? See our Partnerships page, and you can email us at OACO.firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include "Research Partnership" in the subject line.
Leadership Development opportunities may include scholarships from individual Commissions to attend culturally-specific leadership training and development opportunities. The Advocacy Commissions and Governor Brown also encourage community members to participate on Oregon's 200 + Boards and Commissions.
Commissioners are volunteers, appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. Contact the Oregon Advocacy Commissions Office at OACO.email@example.com with the date, time, location, length of speaking time and which Commission you are interested in.
Proclamation and CelebrationThe Oregon Advocacy Commissions historically work with the Governor’s Office to celebrate the contributions and leadership of Oregon’s Communities of Color and women statewide. Together they have hosted History Month proclamation signings, community gatherings with the Governor, and Women of Achievement awards. The Oregon State Capitol and the Oregon Advocacy Commissions also join with community partners for open weekend celebrations at the state capitol, with historical exhibits, capitol tours, interpreters, festivities and cultural presentations.
The Advocacy Commissions are a registered 501(c)(3) entity. Donations may be 100 % tax deductible. Click here to donate to the Oregon Commission on Black Affairs.
If you are seeking a personal advocate or are experiencing problems or issues associated with government services, please call the Governor’s Constituent Services Office at 503-378-4582.
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