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No on 13 heads down the 30-day stretch with a rally Oct . 9
by Inga Sorensen
pponents of Ballot Measure 13, a
go through this again,” she says.
broad-reaching, anti-gay and -lesbian
Two years ago voters rejected the OCA’s
rights initiative on the November bal
Ballot Measure 9. Many speculated that if the
lot, hope to make a strong statement
OCA eliminated the inflammatory language found
with a massive Oct. 9 rally in
in Ballot Measure 9, a new initiative would win
Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square. big. A recent poll of 801 registered voters showed
“We want 10,000 people to jam the square to
52 percent rejecting Ballot Measure 13 and 37
send the message that we are united in our fight
percent favoring it; 11 percent said they were
against discrimination,” says No on 13 campaign
manager Julie Davis. “For many people this rally
“If you figure the undecideds are really people
is a good way to make contact with the campaign.
who plan to vote for it, and you factor in the
We hope to let everybody know that there is a way
margin of error, then I would say this race, at least
for them to become involved during these final,
based on that poll, is dead even,” says William
critical days before the election.”
Lunch, a political commentator for Oregon Pub
Voters will cast their ballots Nov. 8 on the
Minority Status and Child Protection Act, a pro
Davis adds, “We are so close to winning, but
c o n stitu tio n al
I’m not sure if the gay
community knows this.
state and local govern
We have a chance to put
ments from extending anti-
the OCA to rest, at least
when it comes to directly
to gay men and lesbians.
The initiative, sponsored
Davis says No on 13
by the Oregon Citizens
has raised $500,000, but
Alliance, also bars the gov
needs to pull in $1.5 mil
ernment from “promotion
lion more to run an effec
tive media blitz. Cam
According to Davis, it
paign officials say many
has been particularly dif
m ore vo lu n teers are
ficult getting the lesbian
and gay community in
“We need 250 volun
volved in the campaign. “I
teers per day to do some
understand that people are
type of voter outreach—
still shell shocked from Measure 9, but we have to
that includes phone canvassing or conducting
push ourselves past that.”
literature drops. If people can just dedicate a few
Even though the OCA has two discriminatory
hours a week to do one activity, we can win this,”
says Davis. “We hope we can inspire thousands,
initiatives poised for the 1996 ballot, Davis says
an OCA defeat this time is vital.
not only to come to our rally but to get involved in
campaign over the next 30 days.”
“If Measure 13 wins, the right wing will think
this newer language sells to the broader popula
The Oct. 9 rally will feature a wide array of
tion. This will just be the beginning. On the other
speakers and music. It will begin at 2 pm in
hand, if Oregonians reject Measure 13, we will
Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square. For infor
mation about how to become involved with No on
effectively put an end to the OCA’s anti-gay
13, call (503) 222-6151; send checks to No on 13,
effort here in Oregon. The public will have made
PO Box 40625, Portland, OR 97240.
its opinion known and won’t appreciate having to
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“We need 250 volunteers
per day to do some type
of voter outreach—that
includes phone canvassing
or conducting literature
drops. If people can just
dedicate a few hours
a week to do one activity
we can win this.
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Hate campaign forces move
Dan Davenport and Sherry and Lee Armstrong
will be leaving Reedsport, Ore., after a campaign
of hate mail, death threats and anti-Semitic graf
fiti culminated in the burning of their apartment,
reported The Oregonian.
The hate campaign had been going on since
April, according to the three friends, who shared
the apartment. At first, the town seemed to be
supportive of them.
“This town, who in front of the camera.' pledged
their support, said they would stand behind us and
that this kind of stuff doesn’t happen here,” said
Sherry Armstrong. “Not one person has contacted
When hate mail warned them that their time
was up, they moved their pets and some belong
ings out of their apartment. Then, Aug. 31, while
the three were on a job-hunting trip to Portland, a
fire broke out in their apartment building. Au
thorities are investigating the fire, which appar
ently began in their apartment. Arson has not been
“ Bottom” of the class
Sens. Mark Hatfield and Bob Packwood each
scored in the low D-minus range on the Christian
Action Network’s report card for the 103rd Con
gress. Washington state’s Patty Murray tied for
the lowest grade, prompting the group to label her
a “Bottom Senator.” Jim Jones, legislative assis
tant to Sen. Murray pointed out, "They’re entitled
to their opinion, but I don’t understand why they
categorize senators as ‘top’ or ‘bottom.’ Isn’t that
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