Celine here, Jim’s Volunteer Coordinator. I want to take a few moments and share my experience from this last weekend. I attended the Oregon Women’s Campaign School, thanks to Jim’s generous sponsorship of my tuition. I participated in the staff track, and Kim (also staffing Jim) learned more about being a candidate to help the Crary campaign and her own bid for county commissioner.
We woke up early and spent Saturday and Sunday meeting and learning from the incredible people that work in our state, behind the scenes and on center stage. What a great example of the character of those who work in politics in Oregon. These women are hard-working and dedicated to making sure that everyone regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, bank account balance, or any other factor have a better life. It is so important that we have the plans, and not just ideas on how to further women’s and minority rights. That is part of why I originally supported Jim in his 2016 race. This will not be possible without plans for issues like Social Security, living wages, reproductive rights, education and more that disproportionately affect women and people of color.
Being on the weekend of the Women’s March and the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade made the time even more special. We have so much to learn from the past and so much to gain in the future. I hope that you were inspired and stay motivated to do the hard work we have ahead of us. We can do so much together, and you can make a difference with the choices you make. I hope you’ll join us in doing so, and I look forward to learning more from all of you as well.