Oregon State Bank Bill - Public Forum - Tuesday February 1st, 2011

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From: Steve Hughes, WFP <***email***>
To: person@domain.TLD
Date: Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 9:45 AM
Subject: Rep. Jenson (R-Pendleton) sponsors State Bank bill - public forum on Feb.1st

Dear [Email Recipient],

The Working Families Party proposal to create an Oregon State Bank modeled after the highly successful Bank of North Dakota has been garnering widespread, bi-partisan support. We expect several State Bank bills during the 2011 legislature, but we now have the first: a bill introduced by Rep. Bob Jenson (R - Pendleton).

Rep. Jenson, a Republican, was also a 2010 nominee of the Oregon Working Families Party.

According to Barbara Dudley of the Working Families Party, "As co-chair of the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Rep. Jenson understands as well as anyone the challenges facing Oregon's farmers and ranchers when it comes to getting the credit they need to run their businesses."

Next Tuesday, February 1st, we will be co-hosting a forum about the State Bank with Oregon Action and the Main Street Alliance.

Can you attend? RSVP on Facebook here, and then share with your friends.

"As co-chair of the House Committee on Agriculture... Rep. Jenson understands as well as anyone the challenges facing Oregon's farmers and ranchers when it comes to getting the credit they need to run their businesses."
- Barbara Dudley, Working Families Party

A Community Forum on Creating the Oregon State Bank

Tuesday Feb. 1, 2011
5:30 – 6 pm Reception
6 – 8 pm Public Forum
At the New Song Community Church
(2511 NE MLK Blvd., Portland)

RSVP on Facebook! (Then tell your friends.)

Forum Speakers

  • Barbara Dudley
Co-Chair of the Oregon Working Families Party
  • Jim Houser
Co­-Chair, Main Street Alliance of Oregon, and co owner of the Hawthorne Auto Clinic
  • Teresa Retzlaff
Farmer, 46 North Farm in Astoria, and member of Friends of Family Farmers
Oregon House of Representatives

Contact:

Tarana Jhane: 971-645-1944
Steve Hughes: 503-412-8041, shughes@oregonwfp.org

www.OregoniansForaStateBank.org

List of Forum Co-sponsors

(Updated 1/24/11)

AFSCME Council 75
Alliance for Democracy
Code Pink PDX Chapter
Communication Workers of America Local 7901
Economic Justice Action Group of the First Unitarian Church
Enlace
Jobs with Justice
Laborers Local 483
Main Street Alliance
National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 82
National Lawyers Guild, Portland Chapter
Oregon Action
Oregon Fair Trade Campaign
Oregon Renewable Energy Policy
Portland Alliance
PSU Faculty Association, AFT 3571
Real Wealth of Portland
The Northwest Alliance for Alternative Media & Education
UFCW Local 555
Women's International League for Peace & Freedom

What is Oregonians for a State Bank?

Over two years ago, 800 people gathered in Portland to develop unified responses to the financial melt down. One of the ideas that emerged from that gathering was to pursue the creation of the Oregon State Bank.

Since then a coalition of business owners, community bankers, family farmers, and concerned individuals have joined together to form Oregonians for a State Bank. We seek to answer our State’s need for financial independence from the big banks that failed to protect Oregonians like you and me.

Thank you for all you do,

Steve Hughes,
State Director, Oregon WFP