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OCT
07
2014

Coming Out For Social Justice: We are Powerful! We are Raising our Voices!

  When the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed and enforced, it was the first time that African American communities became an electoral force in the South. For the first time in US history, communities of color had a foothold in our political system. This political power
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JUN
30
2014

OSA Capitol Update from Washington D.C

Senator Merkley invited our Executive Director Emma Kallaway to D.C. to testify in front of the Senate Economic Subcommittee on Banking and Housing on June 6/25. Senator Elizabeth Warren was also present to ask questions. Here are the links to her oral and written testimony. The
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MAR
10
2014

End of Session Update – 2014

The Oregon Student Association had one of the most robust agendas in the 77th Legislative Session and had a presence in the capitol every single day.  Students organized multiple lobby days and actions calling attention to statewide issues students care about.  Students worked on
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JAN
17
2014

INTERIM LEGISLATIVE DAYS – WINTER 2014

The January Legislative Days were packed for The Oregon Student Association. Our priorities this week were lobbying efforts on our Financial Aid Protection bill, Good Samaritan legislation, governance reform, and electoral engagement access. Lobby Visits OSA executed over thirty
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JAN
15
2014

Facing Race: the 2013 Oregon Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity

To mark Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday today, about 70 advocates and organizers, including the Oregon Student Association, will deliver “Facing Race: the 2013 Oregon Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity” to Oregon legislators in Salem. The report card is  a
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NOV
22
2013

Interim Legislative Days – Fall 2013

The Interim Legislative Days got off to a start Wednesday morning in Salem as legislators began three packed days of informal committee meetings.  From House Higher Education to Senate Rules, your OSA staff was there the entire time.  These final committee days of 2013 saw the
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OCT
03
2013

2013 Special Session Update – Additional $40 Million for Higher Education

The U.S Government has shut down the same week the U.S Congress discusses the need to slash food stamps, unemployment rates are at near record highs, and our class rooms are over capacity. Yesterday, the Oregon Legislature took the necessary votes to reinvest $40 million to
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AUG
05
2013

OSA Federal Update & United States Student Association National Student Congress

The Oregon Student Association’s mission of improving access and affordability for all students regularly reaches into federal policy. Below are some good articles about the bill that miraculously managed to pass the US House and Senate. OSA has been lobbying our Oregon
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JUL
08
2013

2013 End of Session Update

The Oregon Student Association would like to thank the members of the Oregon Legislature and the Governor’s office for working with the Oregon Student Association this session. Together our elected officials and students fought for the collective needs of students across the
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JUN
10
2013

Week 18 – 2013 Legislative Session: Financial Aid & Public Safety Reform

The last month of a legislative session can be hectic. So what are student working on during dead week and finals? Here are the top issues still up for debate: 1)      Funding for our schools and financial aid. 2)      Tuition ceilings for public universities 3)      Capitol
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