One week and counting: massive grassroots turnout to help pass Measure 101

With just one week until Election Day, Oregonians showed up to support Measure 101 over the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. Rallies, canvasses and phone banks were held in ten cities: Portland, Eugene, Bend, Salem, Corvallis, Medford, Hillsboro, The Dalles, Coos Bay and Lincoln City.

Photo: YES on Measure 101 supporters in Lincoln City. 

Over 550 volunteers came out across the state. In Portland there was a line around the block on Monday as health care supporters showed up to rally and then talk with their neighbors about Measure 101.

Photo: YES on Measure 101 supporters in Portland lined up around the block for a rally before canvassing. 

Photo: YES on Measure 101 supporters at a rally in Portland. 

Photo (from left to right): Senator Jeff Merkley, Meg Niemi (SEIU 49), OHP Member Crystal Baran and her daughter Lily, Senator Ron Wyden, and Serena Cruz (Executive Director, Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation) with her daughter Esperanza, all shared about the importance of Measure 101 at a rally on Sunday, 1/14.

Photo: OHP Member Crystal Baran and her daughter Lily at a rally in Portland.

Photo: Serena Cruz, Executive Director of Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation, spoke to Measure 101 supporters at a rally on Sunday, 1/14.

Photo: Aldo Solano (Oregon Latino Health Coalition), Representative Diego Hernandez, and Congressman Kurt Schrader at a rally in Portland on 1/15.

“One of the most gratifying parts of the campaign is how many young people are working both their online and real life networks in support of protecting health care for Oregon’s children, seniors and people with disabilities,” says Elvyss Argueta, Field Director for Measure 101. “There have been steady stream of #M101Selfie social media posts as Oregonians report that they have voted or volunteered.”

 

“This campaign has massive involvement from regular Oregonians who are coming together to protect health care,” says Argueta. “College students, young parents and working families know that without health care coverage they can’t protect their loved ones or they are at risk of losing coverage for themselves.”

Ballots are due by 8:00 pm on January 23rd. Here is the full list of drop box locations.

Volunteers will be working to get out the vote everyday between now and Election Day in cities around the state. To join the campaign and help spread the word, visit www.yesforhealthcare.org/get-involved.

About Measure 101:
Measure 101 funds the state Medicaid program which serves more than one million Oregonians – including 400,000 children – through temporary assessments on insurance companies and large hospitals. M101 also stabilizes health insurance premiums and lowers premiums for people who purchase their own health insurance. It is supported by more than 175 organizations, including the entire health care system and advocates for health care, children, education, people with disabilities, and seniors. Measure 101 has received support from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers. M101 has so far received the endorsement of 15 newspapers in every part of Oregon.