Blog: Issue Advocacy

Oregon Women's Campaign SchoolHave you ever thought about running for office? Are you an activist wanting to make a change? Or are you just interested in learning more about Oregon politics?

The Oregon Women’s Campaign School (OWCS) is just for you. As a non-profit, non-partisan, and independent organization, the OWCS has helped to organize women, and any pro-choice person, to run for office or work on an issue or candidate campaign for over 30 years.

By learning what it means to be a candidate or working as a staff member on a campaign, the Oregon Women’s Campaign School gives you the tools and guidance needed, from networking to fundraising, for a successful campaign.

The next Oregon Women’s Campaign School is coming up on March 15th – 16th at the World Trade Center in downtown Portland – there’s still time to register!

As one of this year’s sponsors, we think that this is a great opportunity to not only learn about Oregon politics, but also a great chance to meet the people that help shape them.

Register for the event here.

This year has had a series of momentous changes for marriage equality. The Supreme Court ruling of DOMA in March has been one of the biggest, and the support from state-to-state has been one major snowball effect. Even more so was the amount of people that changed their Facebook profile pictures to the Human Rights Campaign‘s most iconic image yet: the red equality symbol. All in support for marriage equality.

On Tuesday, Facebook released a report with the numbers. Now we can just how viral this campaign was and where the support may lie throughout the United States, and the world.


According to the report, with a 98.6% precision, they identified:

3.05m users who changed their profile picture in support of marriage equality. 2.77m of these users were in the United States, followed by about 52,000 in Canada, 37,000 in Australia, 33,000 in the United Kingdom, and 22,000 in Germany.

Now that’s what we call viral! Were you one of the 3 million?

WAMLast week, Women, Action & the Media (WAM!), the Everyday Sexism Project and author/activist Soraya Chemaly launched a campaign to get Facebook to crack down on gender-based hate speech the way it has with anti-Semitic, Islamophobic and homophobic speech.

The campaign sent more than 60,000 tweets and 5,000 emails, asking Facebook to stop allowing graphic, hateful imagery and messaging toward women on the social networking site. They also reached out to major advertisers to halt running ads until Facebook addressed the issue.

On May 28th, Facebook addressed the concerns of the campaign and committed to improving its efforts to remove gender-based hate speech from its site. Read Facebook’s response and plan of action here.

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Hillary Clinton Rainbow Pantsuit

Whether fashion inspiration or not, the infamous Hillary Clinton pantsuit has achieved a higher purpose. Now, these rainbow-inspired pantsuits convey a deeper meaning.

Can anyone say Pride 2013?

Thanks to Bullduke on Reddit!



The Human Rights Campaign’s iconic equal sign has gone viral. On the first day of oral arguments in marriage equality cases before the Supreme Court, hundreds of thousands of Facebook users have changed their profile pictures to the red equal sign as a show of support for marriage equality. Stay current on the Supreme Court hearings and find out how you can stand for marriage here.

PitbullWe wanted to personally thank Representative Earl Blumenauer for his continued support for animal rights!

He has added his name as co-sponsor of the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act (H.R. 366) that helps prohibit spectator support for animal fighting events. This bill helps close the loopholes that allow for such events to continue through knowing attendance and bringing a minor to such events.

To help add your representatives name as co-sponsor of the bill, send your message through the Humane Society of the United States.