Our state's path towards racial justice, civil rights and civil liberties will be shaped in Oregon's 2023 legislative session — from January 17 to June 25, 2023.
Here are the ACLU of Oregon's policy priorities for the 2023 session:
No one in Oregon should face criminal charges without access to legal support. This is a fundamental constitutional right that deeply impacts fairness in the criminal legal system. Hundreds of Oregonians are currently in limbo, many in custody, simply because they can’t afford an attorney.
When justice is delayed, it hurts everyone involved, including victims and survivors. Together, we can create more justice in our criminal legal system and provide quality legal representation for all who need it.
No one should be forced to carry a pregnancy against their will and face the life-altering consequences of being denied essential health care. While Oregon has broad legal protections of abortion and gender-affirming care, we have more work to do to ensure safe, equitable and continuing protections and access across our state.
Our rights are under attack and we must fight back together.
Our democracy works best when our elected officials reflect the values and lived experiences of our diverse communities. By raising legislator pay, we can ensure our elected officials truly reflect the people and communities they serve.
All Oregonians deserve a voice in our elections. Our lives are directly impacted by election outcomes. Incarcerated individuals are members of our communities, too. Expanding voting rights to incarcerated people will strengthen our democracy and align with Oregon’s rich tradition of making voting as inclusive and accessible as possible.
Our democracy works best when all our voices shape it.
We strive to center our work on the individuals and communities in Oregon who are the most marginalized and impacted by the systemic inequities of racism, xenophobia, misogyny, ableism, transphobia, homophobia, socioeconomic injustice and other types of oppression.