2021 Oregon KIDS COUNT Data Cards Release: The Future for Oregon’s Children is Tied to Today’s Investments

Now is the time for our legislators, county leaders, and other public officials to commit to continued and new strategic investments for children, their families, and our communities...

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Keeping Children Connected: Policy Efforts to Improve Broadband Access and Affordability (Part 2)

As part one of this blog described, broadband access and affordability in Oregon is essential for children, families, and individuals. Recognizing the importance of addressing and improving broadband availability, many of Oregon’s legislators are working to implement and further policy changes this legislative session...

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Our Children Oregon Statement on the Guilty Verdict in the Chauvin Trial

Our Children Oregon acknowledges the guilty verdict against Derek Chauvin on all three counts for George Floyd's murder. We know that while this verdict may offer some solace to the Floyd family, it does not bring back their son, their father, their brother, their loved one...

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Keeping Children Connected: Broadband internet access and affordability in Oregon is essential (part 1)

As more people gain access to COVID-19 vaccinations, we are looking at a post-pandemic life that will look quite different than pre-pandemic. As the lasting tragedy and economic devastation caused by the pandemic continues, this moment also presents an opportunity to mindfully address long-standing socioeconomic and equity issues that have been laid bare. Among these issues is access to broadband internet...

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Our Children Oregon condemns the hate crimes and racial violence against our Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities

Our Children Oregon condemns the hate crimes and racial violence against our Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities. Nationwide and right here in Oregon, acts of harassment, violence, and trauma against Asian Americans have progressively increased since the pandemic began—a trend fueled by deep-rooted white supremacy and systemic racism. This is unacceptable...

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Centering children and youth in the upcoming legislative session

As we move into 2021, we are busy finalizing the 2021 Children’s Agenda. The Children’s Agenda serves as a comprehensive roadmap to the policy solutions and investments necessary to create an Oregon where our children and youth are able to achieve their highest potential. With the contributions and voices of over 115 partners from across the state, this unifying, equity-centered platform sets the course towards improved whole child well-being. The 7th annual Children’s Agenda will be officially released on January 19th to coincide with the opening of the 2021 Oregon Legislative Session...

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Our Children Oregon denounces yesterday’s domestic terrorist attack in the U.S. Capitol

Our Children Oregon denounces the violent, white nationalist attack on the U.S. Capitol yesterday in what was an attempt to stop the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s election win and undermine our democracy. We condemn the law enforcement response to this attack that reinforced the racist double standard that exists and persists in our nation between white and BIPOC communities. Further, it was unacceptable that the confederate flag was flown in the halls of our government and we acknowledge that many in our community are experiencing deep pain at seeing this allowed...

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