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Meet Jamie McLeod-Skinner

To the Editor:

Indivisible Sisters invites you to come and meet Jamie McLeod-Skinner, candidate for U.S. Representative in CD5. Learn how Jamie is “in it, for us.” From a working-class background, she understands hardships and knows what families of essential workers have experienced during this ongoing pandemic. Her career has focused on rebuilding communities. She managed recovery efforts from wildfires, and she is a longtime advocate for climate justice, reproductive rights, racial justice, and working families of all stripes.

Recently, she led efforts in Talent, Oregon, to secure millions of dollars in aid and to provide housing to those who lost it all to fires. Jamie has worked in refugee resettlements and provided humanitarian aid in former war zones rebuilding schools and hospitals. She is an effective worker for Oregonians, a bridge builder who mends urban-rural divides. She tirelessly supports and mentors many young candidates and leaders. Maybe you remember how she drove all over Central Oregon (45,000 miles in 2018) to hear from us to learn what matters most to us.

Come meet her again — or for the first time. Check out her website, Bring your burning questions for this brilliant candidate. Jamie will be in the conference room at the Sisters Library on Thursday, December 16, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. It’s first come, first seated. Seating begins at 6:15 p.m., masks on at all times, and we’ll find you a seat (all spaced for safety). No food or drinks, please.

Susan Cobb

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Oregon Cultural Trust Tax Credit

To the Editor:

Are you an Oregon resident who values live music, public radio, libraries, museums, and monuments? If so, please consider taking advantage of Oregon’s most generous offer to support them, the Oregon Cultural Trust tax credit.

Here’s how it works: Donate to one or more of Oregon’s 1,400+ cultural nonprofits, then make a matching gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust, both by December 31. You’ll get 100 percent of the Cultural Trust donation back when you file your state taxes and claim the cultural tax credit; and the state legislature then invests that same amount in Oregon culture. Since its inception in 2001, the Cultural Trust has awarded more than $30 million to Oregon cultural nonprofits, including Sisters Folk Festival Inc.

Today, the Cultural Trust tax credit is an even more important tool for Oregon taxpayers. While new tax laws have reduced the number of Oregonians who itemize deductions at the federal level, the benefits of investing in Oregon culture remain the same. Whether or not you itemize, your matching donation to the Cultural Trust still qualifies for a 100 percent tax credit on your state taxes!

If you enjoy Oregon’s arts and culture community, participating in the Cultural Trust tax credit program is the best way to give back and ensure that a portion of your state taxes supports the things you love.

To learn more about the program or to make a contribution to the Cultural Trust, visit It’s an easy way to double the impact of your charitable giving this year.


Crista Munro, Executive Director, Sisters Folk Festival Inc.


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