For the first time in history, a ballot initiative to restore the right of adopted adults to access their original birth certificates is on a statewide ballot and will be put to a vote of the people this November. If passed, adopted adults born in Oregon will have the right to request and receive a certified copy of their OBC with no amendments, no restrictions and NO EXCEPTIONS. The passing of this initiative will put open records squarely on the map and will set a momentous precedent.
There are many ways adoptee-rights advocates across the nation and around the world can help make this historic event come to fruition. Below are six easy ways you can help Oregon's Adoptee Rights Initiative, easily right from your home, or with others in a more social setting. Choose one or all - you can't go wrong! :)
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We made it onto the ballot, now we need *your* help to ensure the initiative passes. We need advertising, neighborhood canvassing, lawn signs, bumper stickers, air time: all essential to remaining visible in the public eye. The constitutional rights aspect has proven to be crystal clear and deeply appreciated by the average citizen, and we need money to keep this message focused and intact. It is in our power to change history here, people. Please do your part and contribute!
You can print out the following form and send it with your contribution made out to Oregon Open '98. Contributions from Oregon residents are tax-deductible.
Name: Address: Phone:( ) Fax:( ) Email: Donation: $ 25 _____ $ 50 ______ $ 100 _____ Other _______ T-shirts: (fill in details as per below)
Make checks payable to Open 98, and mail them to Open 98, PO Box 353, Nehalem Oregon, 97131. For questions and information about the campaign, call (503) 368-5786 and check the campaign web site at http://www.plumsite.com/oregon/
Max the Open Records mascot adorns beautiful short and long sleeve T-shirts, fashionably declaring your support for adoptee rights! There are three designs to choose from, including Max the Wonder Dog. Shortsleeve ($15) or longsleeve ($20) plus $2.50 s/h, or 10% on orders of $30 or more. On 100% cotton, Large or X-Large. Make checks out to Oregon Open '98 and send to the address in the above form. All profits benefit the Oregon Adoptee Rights Initiative campaign. See http://www.plumsite.com/oregon/ortees.htm for T-shirt designs & details.
Raise money and awareness at the same time! You can help by calling and writing letters to targeted Oregon news media to let them know this is an important issue of nationwide concern. Bastard Nation members and OR residents can help raise money for OR Open '98 by cc:ing their emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your full name and contact info. at the bottom of letters, and eligible writers will be eligible for up to $40 per letter contributed to OR Open '98! Or start an OR letter-writing campaign on your email list! Start at offering $1 per letter and see if you can get others to match your contributions! For more info. on how to do it click here or, email email@example.com.
You can write a letter or article right now telling why you support the constitutional right of adult adoptee access to original birth certificates! Get the government out of our private lives and out of the business of perpetuating shame in adoption! Remember to put in the date and title of each article in your letter and to sign with your full name, address and phone number in case they decide to publish. Include any and all of your connections to Oregon.. Write to:
Let the world know about the Oregon initiative in your email signature and on your website. A sample sig. file:
********************************************* GOT RECORDS? MAX DOES! Support the Oregon Adoptee Rights Initiative http://www.plumsite.com/oregon/ *********************************************
Link to the Oregon Adoptee Rights page prominently on the pages of your website! A sample html snippet with nifty Max graphic!
In your Editor:
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Hold a local fundraiser in your area to raise awareness and raise money. Put on a raffle, a rummage sale, a benefit concert, a cocktail mixer, etc. Fundraisers are taking place around the country. Sample local fundraisers actually taking place. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details and ideas.
Tell people you know about the intiative, especially people in OR or with an OR connection. Let local adoption search and support groups know, adoptive parent groups, community groups, college newspapers, church groups - anywhere you feel the message needs to get out.
Thank you so much for reading and taking action. Together, educated, empowered and persistant, we will eventually be victorious. Feel free to repost this to mailing lists, to print out and copy, to share with whomever you like.
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