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Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

Next Saturday, September 12, at 10:00am, join me for a virtual Back-to-School Community Discussion on Zoom and Facebook Live with district leaders including Portland Public School Board Members Eilidh Lowery and Michelle DePass, and Beaverton School Board Member Anne Bryan. We will talk about school reopenings, educational equity and more. Please RSVP here to receive the zoom link and password. We will not be providing this without an RSVP to avoid disruptive interruptions by “zoom bombers.”

The community discussion will also be live streamed and recorded on Facebook at Facebook.com/MaxineforOregon/Live. If you would like to ask a question ahead of time, feel free to respond to this email and we will be sure to ask it during the community discussion.

Now and always, please reach out to my office if you need assistance with a state agency, accessing unemployment benefits, or just want to share your thoughts about how we can improve our community. My email is Rep.MaxineDexter@OregonLegislature.gov, we will get back to you in as timely a manner as possible.

Protest Statement

Last weekend, Portland witnessed a white-supremacy-fueled wave of violence intended to antagonize and demean our community’s powerful calls for racial justice and an end to the systemic racism that has held our Black community in perpetual bondage since our country’s inception. Tragically, this inflammation led to two senseless, and preventable deaths.

I’ve spent much of this week grappling with the events of the last several months. A global pandemic, a divisive and consequential presidential election, and our community beginning to reckon with centuries of deeply rooted racial oppression all while finding myself running for election and being appointed to Rep. Mitch Greenlick’s seat. As the week went on, I began to see the thin, but present, silver lining from these past months: the slow, persistent, growth of empowerment and solidarity within our community. Faced with a global pandemic, and the strain on our families in light of it, we continue to come together as best we can to support our communities. Innumerable local leaders - official and not - motivate and focus us to be united and actively engaged. Faced with the reality of the deep systemic racism that is built into the fabric of our state, we continue to come together to peacefully demand accountability and action from those, including myself, who are charged with representing and protecting us.

I do not take this responsibility lightly. I have heard many of your thoughts, and I would like to hear from many more.

Not everything is going well. It is crucial we acknowledge that. As our city cries for justice, some individuals have taken it upon themselves to commit divisive acts of destruction and violence. These acts not only go against the peaceful demands of demonstrators, but also the wishes of the communities most impacted by these actions. These acts do not define Black Lives Matter and the movement that has been sparked. Black Lives Matter is not about hate, but compassion, hope, and action. Compassion for our neighbors. Hope for our community. Action towards the structural change our Black and Indigenous neighbors have been advocating centuries for. They cannot wait any longer. It is our responsibility to meaningfully take action now.

As the quest for racial justice continues, I urge everyone to use their voice and stand up for what is just. Do it peacefully, and with compassion. Lead with hope, a desire to follow our Black leaders, and with a call to action in your heart. We must continue to tell truth to power and demand systemic change from our elected leaders. Myself included. 

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. We may not always agree, and I am here to listen to you with humility, curiosity and intent to best represent this amazing district.

Local Business Spotlight Announcement

Local businesses are not just the backbone of our economy, but the heart of our community. It has been devastating to see the impact of COVID-19 on the small businesses of House District 33, and I want to do all I can to support our local businesses. 

That is why I am incredibly excited to be launching a small business spotlight as a recurring feature of my newsletters and social media. If you own or know someone that owns a small business in House District 33, fill out this form to be possibly highlighted in a future newsletter and/or social media post.

Ways to Give Back

A constituent and Sunset High School student reached out to my office about a donation drive they were organizing, and I wanted to do my part to spread the word.

They will be collecting donations for food, clothing, school supplies and hygiene products every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday from 3pm-5pm at the Sunset Swim Center and Pioneer Park to benefit the houseless community. More info is available below.

If you know of volunteer or donation drive opportunities, fill out this form to possibly be featured in a future newsletter.

Stay in Touch!

The best way to stay informed and connect with my legislative work is through my Facebook page (State Representative Maxine Dexter), and my Twitter account (@RepDexterOR). Feel free to reach out to my office at Rep.MaxineDexter@OregonLegislature.gov. 

I’m looking forward to seeing you all next Saturday!

Gratefully,
Maxine Dexter, MD

Oregon State Representative
Northwest Portland to Northeast Washington County

Resources
Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s office has compiled an exhaustive list of COVID resources here.

- National Suicide Prevention Hotline | 1-800-273-TALK (8255)- Crisis Text Line | Text HOME to 741741

- Oregon Youthline | Call 877-968-8491 or text teen2teen to 839863 between 4pm - 10pm to text with another teen.

- National Youth Crisis Hotline | 1-800-442-HOPE (4673)

- Oregon Partnership 24 Hour Youth Helpline | 1-877-553-TEEN (8336)

- NAMI Oregon | 503-230-8009 or 800-343-6264, email namioregon@namior.org - Live support from 9am - 5pm, M-F.

- The Trevor Project | 1-866-488-7386 - 24/7 suicide prevention for LGBTQ.

- Senior Loneliness Line | 503-200-1633 or 800-282-7035 - For Oregonians 55+ years old. Get ongoing support, resources, and listening sessions.

- Veteran Crisis Line | 1-800-273-8255 - Call, chat, or text options, with deaf and hard of hearing support available.

- Housing assistance: Family Promise of Beaverton is committed to helping children and their families affected by homelessness in the Beaverton area. (https://www.familypromiseofbeaverton.org/#homepage

- Housing assistance: Community Housing Fund focuses on providing affordable housing and works on community projects. (http://www.thecommunityhousingfund.org/?page_id=38#.Xz9P3S2ZNQI)

- Housing assistance: Community Action helps pay rent and help to get people in need of housing. (https://caowash.org

- Housing assistance: Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter serves women in the community who are experiencing homelessness. (https://safes.salvationarmy.org

- Housing assistance, utility assistance, food assistance: United Way of the Columbia-Willamette provides access to critical services like housing assistance and utility assistance and access to food. (https://www.unitedway-pdx.org)

- Utility assistance: Oregon Energy Fund is a 30-year-old nonprofit that provides energy bill assistance to low-income Oregonians in support of household stability. (https://www.oregonenergyfund.org/about-us/

- Utility assistance: Oregon Citizens’ Utility Board provides equitable, affordable, and reliable utility services. (https://oregoncub.org

- Utility assistance: EnergyTrust helps people save money and energy. (https://www.energytrust.org)

- Disability assistance: Plan For Work services help individuals with disabilities and provide different services to those in need. (https://www.droregon.org/plan-for-work)  

- Youth assistance: New Avenues for Youth provides meals, showers, laundry, respite from the streets, engagement activities, and legal counsel. (https://newavenues.org/our-services)

- Community assistance: Oregon Solutions solves community problems using a problem-solving system. (https://orsolutions.org/about/what-we-do)

- Transportation assistance: Trimet has a reduced fare for low-income rider and seniors age 65+. (https://trimet.org/fares/honoredcitizen.htm)  

- Food assistance, water bill assistance, and grants, utility assistance: Care To Share coordinates assistance to families and individuals who seek emergency food and other basic necessities. (http://www.caretosharehelp.org)  

- Food assistance: Mercy Corps Northwest provides assistance for community members returning from prison. (https://www.mercycorpsnw.org/work/

 - Food assistance, housing assistance, utility assistance, disability assistance: Department of County Human Services ensures that everyone can reach their potential and contribute to communities. (https://multco.us/dchs)

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