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Sensible Changes Coming to Oregon – Be a part of history!

Let’s legalize marijuana – I want to see us sending less people to jail for no good reason. Labeling GMOs also makes sense. Voter registration in Oregon ends on 10.14 – don’t miss this historic opportunity!

Ed: 11.13.19 – Recreational Cannabis is now legal in Oregon! We won!

I’d love to legalize marijuana here in Oregon in a couple days. There are so many reasons this makes sense – not putting people in jail unnecessarily (freeing funds for other actual problems) – creating all sorts of job – making it easier for people who need marijuana-related products for healing to receive them, legally – reducing peoples’ intake of alcohol (more on that another time, but I see a connection) – hemp may be the best answer to a lot of problems we face today – climate change, clear-cut logging of Oregon forests for paper products. Anyway, I think I could probably brainstorm about 100 reasons why this will be good for Oregon (tourism) – feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section below. The news media mainly focuses on tax revenue – but I think that’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the positives!

We have 5 days left to register to vote here. And then, we get our ballots in 9 days, and then we vote.

We will also vote to Label GMOs (poison), which would delight me. As far as I can tell GMOs are poisons that are increasing the rates of cancer. By labeling any products that have them – I believe it will force food companies to reformulate their products (as they’ve done in other countries) so they can avoid having to include a GMO label. I learned about this and more in the film GMO OMG which has been showing around town. The film-makers are making screening rights free for anyone who wants to host a gathering on the topic – it’s quite brilliant and I highly recommend viewing it if you’re interested in learning more about the issue.

Some relevant links to share:

Register to vote on-line here

  1. Vote yes on 91 – Legalize It! Vote Yes on 91 – Endorsers
  2. Vote yes on 92 – Label GMO (poison) – YES!

91: Video with Rick Steves

92: Lively Video about GMOs by my friend, Dana Lyons

Thanks for your efforts to get everyone you know registered to vote. Know someone who has moved in the last 2 years? Know someone who turned or turns 18 before election day? Send them this link, thanks!

Both of these campaigns can also use our $-support and any time you can spare to Get out the Vote (GOTV) – Bring a posse with you for best results 🙂

National Voter Registration Day – 9.25.12

Voter Registration Day!National Voter Registration DayHappy National Voter Registration Day. Time to make sure everyone is registered to vote.  Here are some resources.

National Voter Registration Page:

Want to vote early? here are the details for each state: spread it!

Please post this further – ask everyone you know in person – “Are you registered to vote?” Many people move around and don’t register at their new place. This election is an important one – we need everyone to vote – to make their voice heard. Thanks!


Waffles are for eating! Stop Wafflinwaffle

Here ya go, waffling on voting this election? Here are some good reasons to stop waffling and start looking for a stamp.


This Fall’s Elections are important, please don’t sit them out

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We have elections coming up in November. Please make sure you are registered to vote. And, let’s talk about who’s running, and who deserves our vote. This would not be a great time for the US to have the Republicans running anything in Washington, DC. During the Bush years they sent us backwards and the damage they did was great. Let’s work to make sure that the Democrats retain power in Washington, DC. Help me with this, will you?


OLCV LogoAlbert Kaufman

Today I applied for the Executive Director position with OLCV.  Here is what I wrote to them:

To the members of the OLCV Search Committee <> :

I am applying for the position of Executive Director for the Oregon
League of Conservation Voters.  I have a long history of environmental
and legislative activism which I think will be a perfect fit with your

For the past 15 years I have been a tireless activist on numerous
levels – neighborhood, city, state, national, and international –
engaged in a wide range of issues.  These experiences have improved my
capacity to move progressive, environmental agendas and issues
forward.  From shutting down a neighborhood medical waste incinerator
in Seattle to leading lobbying efforts for increasing funding for
international family planning in Washington, DC, I have grown as an
activist and a leader.  I bring strong writing, organizing, media
outreach, volunteer management, membership, fundraising, technical,
and speaking skills to any effort I engage in.  I am well-connected in
Oregon and the Northwest with a monthly e-letter that I send to 2,000
people as well as active Facebook, Twitter, Linked In amongst other
social networking accounts with many connections.  I consider myself
well respected in the environmental and political communities in the
Pacific Northwest.

I bring skills to the table which OLCV does not appear to be
leveraging to the extent I believe possible – yet!  Presently, social
networking is being used increasingly by individuals and organizations
to successfully get their message out, fundraise and organize.  I
believe that OLCV, as the biggest Oregon environmental group, could
exert a significantly larger influence on the State by harnessing
these technologies, and am confident I would be effective and
successful leading the organization in that direction.  I also sense
that OLCV could be grown into a much bigger entity, through
fundraising, as well as capitalizing on the large numbers of talented
people who are available at this time in history to do great work.

Most importantly, I am dedicated to the work that OLCV does.  I
believe that change can come through electing good leaders and working
with them to write and pass progressive legislation.  My hope for the
next ten years is that we will see substantial increases in
environmental legislation in this state as we most certainly face
increasing pressures of population growth, water scarcity, species
loss, pollution, and the results of decisions that were made years ago
– such as the much needed cleaning of our waterways, and removal of
dams on many rivers.  I am committed, and always have been, to healing
this planet, and to me that means working doggedly and consistently in
a positive direction with our friends and future allies – those who
have not yet come to an understanding of our position.  Relationship
building is a key factor in the important work of OLCV, and I would
make that a centerpiece of my leadership.  The work of OLCV is part of
a long effort that will take many many years to achieve, and the best
way to get there will be to build relationships that are strong and

I look forward to speaking with you about these ideas and potential
new tools for effective advancement of OLCV’s goals, and expanding the
scope and breadth of OLCV in a personal interview.  I have enclosed my
resume for your consideration and would be glad to provide you with
references and writing samples at your request.  I look forward to
hearing from you and also wish you the best in this process.  There
are likely scores of people who would make a great candidate for this
position, and I hope you pick the best person available, as I believe
OLCV’s work is the most important in Oregon.


Albert Kaufman

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