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For Oregon educators, Measure 97 has become a groundbreaking effort of the heart

By Shannon Ballo

Photo Essay

Across our state, Oregon educators have been talking to voters about why passing Measure 97 is critical for providing our students the schools they deserve. 

Measure 97 is a chance to roll back decades of underfunding our schools. It would make large, out-of-state corporations with more than $25 million in Oregon sales nally pay their fair share of taxes.

As large corporations continue to pour in millions of dollars to defeat the measure, our grassroots e ort is getting the truth to voters. Thousands of OEA members have shown up for phone banks and neighborhood canvasses in communities large and small.

After hectic workdays, our dedicated members spend night after night with phones pressed to their ears and go door-to-door every weekend to share their personal experiences with voters. It can be grueling, and it can be soggy, and it can be also filled with incredible moments of joy — when the stories start rolling in about the impact education (and yes, educators!) have had on our fellow Oregonians’ lives.

If these photos tell any story at all, it’s that OEA members have sustained this groundbreaking campaign from the very beginning. We have so much to be proud of.

There is still time to join the effort. No one wants to wake up November 9 with a bad result and wonder if one more volunteer shift would have made the difference. Sign up for a shift at bit.ly/OEAsignup

  • Medford
  • Clackamas
  • Portland
  • Bend
  • Eugene
  • Phone bankers

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