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Campus Organizer: Sarah Lukins,

Fall 2015 Campaigns:

Protect Crater Lake:

Our lead campaign this term is to protect Crater Lake. Oregonians love Crater Lake, but year after year logging companies push to clear-cut old-growth forest right outside the boundaries of Crater Lake National Park. This threatens the wildlife, waterways, and ecosystem within the park. So this fall we’re working on a campaign to permanently protect 500,000 acres of wilderness around Crater Lake National Park. 

Democracy/Get Big $ Out of Politics:

We're working to reclaim our democracy through fairer elections. Elections are supposed to be one person – one vote. Unfortunately, mega-donors and corporations are drowning out the voices of ordinary voters like you and me. As a result, instead of listening to their constituents on issues like the environment or public health, politicians favor the donors who funded their campaigns. So we're fighting to empower the voices of regular Americans by campaigning for a system that matches small contributions to candidates who don’t take money from large or corporate donors. We’re already seeing this system work in places like New York City, and we could definitely do this here in Oregon!


Everyone knows global warming is a huge problem- but we can’t wait to take action! We have the potential to get way more energy in Oregon from solar. And not only is solar power cheap and renewable, but it creates jobs, improves air quality, and reduces the impact of global warming. We had a lot of success last year when we won a ballot measure on campus to sign on the student body to asking Governor Brown to commit Oregon to 10% solar energy by 2025, and then brought that support to Salem to lobby her directly. Now we are working to get the city of Ashland to start leading the way and make an immediate impact with solar policies of its own.

Hunger and Homelessness:

Oregon has the highest rate of child hunger, at about 30%. We think that we can make a direct impact on this issue by partnering with local food banks to make sure our neighbors have access to good and healthy food. So, we’ll be working with groups like the Ashland and SOU Campus Food Banks to raise money and run food drives so that we can feed our neighbors. 

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