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Healthy Democracy Oregon has put together a wonderful video illustrating their proposal to reform Oregon's initiative procedure by adding a citizen jury review panel to develop representative and unbiased pro and con statements for the voter information pamphlet. (The NI4D deliberative committee would go one step further and permit the panel to rewrite the initiative if a consensus can be reached.) If you are an Oregon resident, please contact your state senator and ask them to support the Citizens’ Initiative Review Bill. You can find your legislator’s contact information at www.leg.state.or.us/findlegsltr/.
Sen. Mike Gravel will be speaking atthis year'sDemocracyFest; a political festival for liberal/progressive activists which features trainings, speakers and entertainment; teaching people how to make a difference and have fun doing it! The 6th Annual DemocracyFest will be held July 17th-19th at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington, VT! For more information about the event, and to get your tickets, please go tohttp://www.DemocracyFest.net