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JOIN THE SOUTHERN OREGON SANTA PROJECT
More than 100 families in Phoenix and Talent lost everything but the clothes on their backs when they fled their burning homes in September 2020.
Many of these folks are undocumented, and thus without access to assistance from official agencies. Children, hard-working parents, and the elderly are facing a Christmas season without homes or the basics needed to get by.
A small group of volunteers—led by my wonderful friend Angie Bowen—is collecting donations to spread a bit of warmth this holiday season, distributed as gift cards to the families who need it the most. Please visit the below link to donate.
FAMILY FARMS NEED HELP
My colleague Kathleen Bauer over at Good Stuff NW has compiled a list of organizations that are helping farming families whose land has been devastated by the fires.
Listen up, friends. This is important.
As Oregon continues to endure the worst wildfire season in history, many of us are wondering what steps we can take to save our communities and forests.
You may be unaware that Governor Kate Brown assembled a nonpartisan Council on Wildfire Response in January 2019 to address the state’s burgeoning wildfire risks and skyrocketing costs. Maddeningly, bills introduced from both sides of the aisle to act upon some of the 37 recommendations made in the commission’s report, summarized here, died in state legislature due to partisan politics.
To quote The Oregonian, “The major selling point of the council’s recommendations was that the state can save money, forestland, lives and communities in the long run by making investments and sensible policy changes now.”
The threat of wildfires in Oregon is now on par with that of a major seismic event. Scientists have known for decades how to reduce their effects. We can take action to change this by writing to our legislators now.
Please click this link to obtain the email address of the senator and representative for your district, then personalize the letter linked to below, and send it to your legislators. Choose your format:
You can copy and paste the Google doc content into your email. Let me know if you need the letter in another format.
Phone calls are even more effective than email. Call your representatives at the contact number provided, using the letter as guidance.
📷 eberhard grossgasteiger @ pexels