What about now? Now?
Right now—like, literally right now—legislators are talking amongst themselves about a huge game-changing public safety bill called HB 3194. The bill already received a hearing and the sausage-making has commenced.
If HB 3194 were to pass unchanged, it would:
- Flatline prison growth over the next decade and avoid $600 million in new prison expenses;
- Some of those savings would be re-invested into under-resourced parts of our public safety sector: community-based victim services, community corrections, drug courts, addiction and mental health treatment, and re-entry programs.
So, you know, pretty common sense stuff if you’re a lover of safety, savings, and justice. And let’s be real, who among us isn’t?
But as with actual sausage-making, the figurative sausage-making of the legislature ain’t pretty and it’s totally possible someone could lose a finger. You see, opponents are speaking out and they’re pressuring our policy makers to water down key parts of the bill.
This is where you come in. We need to make sure that the good people in our legislature aren’t just hearing from opponents; they need to hear from the supporters as well.
There’s two ways you can make sure they hear you now and help the bill get a good reception (get it? Because cell phones?) in the legislature.
Option 1: Come to Phone Phest Next Tuesday
Next Tuesday, Partnership for Safety & Justice and the Bus will be calling voters all over Oregon and encouraging them to have a phone date with their legislator. It’s a few hours of telephonic awesomeness plus good eats and great folks.
- When: April 30th, food at 5 PM, calls from 5:30 – 8:00
- Where: Bus Central, 333 SE 2nd Ave, Portland
Option 2: Make Yourself Heard
Can’t make the Phone Phest? No worries, friend. Just take 5 minutes today and call your legislator to let them know you support HB 3194. Even if your rep or senator is generally supportive, it still helps to hear friendly supporters cheering them on.