Portland, OR (PressExposure) October 29, 2008 -- Last week, four of Oregon's leading charities and non-profit organizations gathered in Northeast Portland at the main headquarters of Oregon Humane Society to outline their strong opposition to Bill Sizemore's Measure 64. The initiative would cut funding to charities around the state. A video of their news conference is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMRPMa8mIC4.
Top officials from the Oregon Humane Society, Oregon Food Bank, Oregon PTA and Earth Share of Oregon joined together to denounce the measure. And on October 15th, the Don't Silence Our Voice Committee launched a new TV ad featuring Oregon Food Bank speaking out against Measure 64. The new ad can be viewed at [http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1637504677...].
"Every day, the Oregon Food Bank Network provides food for people who have nowhere else to turn. Sadly, the number of people who depend on our help is escalating," said Rachel Bristol, Executive Director and CEO of Oregon Food Bank. "Measure 64 would result in fewer resources for our statewide network, causing thousands more Oregonians to go hungry."
Oregon Food Bank collects food through its network of 915 hunger-relief agencies. It then distributes the food to 20 regional food banks across Oregon, 16 of which are independent charities. But because the Food Bank engages in political advocacy to eliminate the root causes of hunger, their funding would be cut as a result of Measure 64.
In 2007, state employees donated more than $350,000 and 750,000 pounds of food to Oregon Food Bank, which went directly to hungry families in Oregon. Those donations would no longer be allowed under Measure 64. Measure 64 would also hurt the Oregon Humane Society, which receives money through workplace giving programs.
"Simply put, if Measure 64 passes, we would be able to shelter fewer animals. That means more abused, neglected and mistreated dogs and cats would be left on their own," said Sharon Harmon, Executive Director of Oregon Humane Society. "That's a consequence that Oregon's pets simply can't afford."
A joint statement signed by the directors of these organizations is attached. A video of their news conference is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMRPMa8mIC4.
Measure 64 is being opposed by the Don't Silence Our Voice Committee ( http://www.DontSilenceOurVoice.com ), a broad coalition of more than 100 community advocates, charities and labor organizations committed to protecting the voices of all Oregonians.
For more information, visit [http://www.NoOnMeasure64.com], http://www.DontSilenceOurVoice.com or call 503-288-5864.