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Following a month of terribly tragic traffic injuries and fatalities here in Portland, Blue Oregon just published our Board President's response to The Oregonian's recent op-ed on the deaths of three children who were killed while crossing the street in Springfield, OR this February.

We extend this sentiment to all the senseless deaths and in response to the unfathomable pain too many Oregon families are feeling right now: We must not accept this as inevitable. This has to change.

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    Last February, Oregon Walks launched a campaign for pedestrian safety in response to two horrific pedestrian fatalities in East Portland. We picked up over 800 citizen signatures and 25 organizations representing public health, active transportation, social justice, and local businesses to demand that city hall begin to take seriously the significant public health epidemic happening in the streets of our most disenfranchised communities. It was an unexpected move for an organization then operating without permanent staff – but we were bursting with energy from our volunteer base, new board members, all dedicated to keeping the organization moving and mission relevant.

Right now there are some key actions that will help support our efforts around Vision Zero and directly impact safety in the City of Portland and provide accessible transportation options for all

We need YOU to take action to make sure that these initiatives are successful and we begin to see the change needed to make Vision Zero a reality.