As parents start to settle into the routine of a new school year, it’s easy to let advocating for issues affecting families move to the back burner. But Our Children Oregon, a nonprofit that speaks up for the essential needs of kids in our state, shared these three important issues that it hopes parents keep their eyes on as the Oregon legislature heads back for another session this month.
- Redistricting. Oregon’s districts are being redrawn following the 2020 census, which added an additional congressional seat for the state. Reach out to your representatives or participate in the upcoming public hearings (September 8-13) and be part of this process. Why is it so important? Redistricting impacts not only who serves as our national and state representatives, but also influences who is elected to our city councils and school boards, too. These elected officials make decisions that impact our children’s schools and education experience, in addition to our day-to-day lives. It is essential that parents participate in the redistricting process to ensure our communities are represented with strong advocates for families.
- The Child Tax Credit. While the tax credit is a federal policy, ask your state representatives how they are ensuring your eligible neighbors are signed up to receive these monthly dollars so we can cut childhood poverty in Oregon in half!
- Staying Engaged and Connected. Our Children Oregon is building a coalition of advocates called the All Children Thrive Collective, or ACT for short. You can become a member of the ACT Collective and join individuals and organizations coming together for children and families.