State of Oregon Archives: on Families & Children

Jason Conger: Rated 79% by Oregon Stand for Children

2011: Oregon Stand for Children--Positions: rated Congers at 79%.

Organization description: "Stand for Children is a leading voice for Oregon's children. We bring together people from all walks of life--parents, grandparents, people who work with children, and others who care about the next generation--in order to make children a top political priority. Since 1999, Stand for Children has championed countless policy and budget choices across ten states that continue to benefit millions of children today. For the organization's first 13 years, members in Stand states and chapters worked independently to identify local challenges facing children, and to advocate for effective solutions. In 2012, to ensure that we are maximizing our collective impact, we decided to develop a shared viewpoint on how to accomplish our mission and to prioritize strategies that have proven effective in closing the achievement gap. "What We Stand For" is that shared point of view.

Source: VoteSmart ratings: 2014 Oregon Senate legislative session Dec 31, 2011

John Kitzhaber: Invest in children in early years to prevent tragic failures

Each year in Oregon, we lose thousands of our children to school failure, school drop out and subsequent involvement in the criminal justice system.

If there were a disease that affected this many children we would view it as an epidemic. We would muster our resources and meet the challenge aggressively. There would be no question. Well, this is an epidemic -- and its course is just as deadly sure -- not from an infectious agent, but from drugs or alcohol or violence. from neglect and indifference.

This tragedy is due, in large part, to our failure to make adequate investments in our children in their earliest years. As a consequence, we pay for their failure, instead of benefiting from their success. We know who these children are long before they get into trouble. And we know the kinds of programs and supports that are effective in keeping them on the path to success.

Source: Opening Address 71st Legislative Session of Oregon Jan 8, 2001

Winona LaDuke: Gore and Bush endorse a myth of the American family

LaDuke, whose children are her first priority, feels that family values are very important. She said that the values set by Gore and Bush are mythologized. Today’s families are far more diverse, she said, such as children being raised by single gay parents and gay couples. Being a mom, she said she sees much of what many men do not see, such as the need for an affordable health care system.
Source: (X-ref health) U-wire article, “Native Week at Oregon State” May 23, 2000

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