Hate and Fear have No Place in Oregon
This week, three legislators filed a potential ballot measure, IP 22, to repeal Oregon’s 30-year-old sanctuary law. This proposal is an all-out attack on our long-held Oregon values: IP 22 will divide our state and give Donald Trump’s harmful and hateful policies a foothold in Oregon.
That’s why we are standing with Representatives Teresa Alonso Leon and Diego Hernandez, who are calling on Oregon’s leaders to reject IP 22.
IP 22 sows fears and rips families apart. This proposal will create a culture of fear and hurt almost every aspect of our local economy. Already, families across Oregon are hiding in their homes, terrified to send their children to school, or go to work or the grocery store. People with no criminal histories are being deported. Families are being torn apart.
IP 22 will make everyone less safe. Oregon’s common-sense sanctuary law, like similar laws in 39 cities and 364 counties across the U.S., separates local law enforcement from federal immigration enforcement — which public safety experts say actually keeps our communities safer. That’s why the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) opposes local officers enforcing federal immigration law, because that “undermines the trust and cooperation with immigrant communities which are essential elements of community oriented policing.” IP 22 ignores experts, diverting already stretched thin public safety resources away from our communities and making it harder for law enforcement to keep us safe.
IP 22 doesn’t represent Oregon values. Oregon is better than this. We do not believe in small-minded fear mongering designed to pit neighbor against neighbor.
It’s time to call on our leadership: elected representatives, business CEOs, civic leaders and small business owners to reject this initiative and to work together for one Oregon where we can all work and live together.
Union Members Take Action Across Oregon
It’s been a busy week, and Oregon’s union movement has been active standing up and speaking out at a variety of events across the state.
On Friday, we gathered to mourn the Oregonians who died on the job in 2016. Click here to watch a video of the ceremony. Following Workers’ Memorial Day, Oregon AFSCME held a rally on the Oregon State Capitol steps to call for a revenue solution which does not balance the state’s budget on the backs of the workers who keep Oregon running.
On Monday, union members supported the rights of all workers and defending immigrants’ rights at May Day events in Salem and in Portland:
And in Florence, more than 100 nurses and community members participated in an informational picket in support of ONA nurses at PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center who have been working for months to reach a fair contract agreement.
Congresswoman Bonamici Town Hall in Portland on Sunday
Congresswoman Bonamici’s final Spring town hall will be this Sunday, May 7th at Lincoln High School Gym in Portland at 11 am. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Congress and to ask questions of Congresswoman Bonamici.
SAG-AFTRA leading the way on Preparedness Training
SAG-AFTRA Portland Local, partnering with Red Cross of Oregon, Portland Bureau of Emergency Management & Neighborhood Emergency Teams (PBEM/NET) invites organized labor community members to attend an:
Emergency Preparedness Workshop
Saturday May 13th, 2017, 12p-4p
Oregon Labor Center 3645 SE 32nd Ave in Portland
From planning your home prep kit to assisting others in need, come hear experts on a variety of preparedness topics aimed at ensuring your family’s readiness in the event of a major catastrophe. Each attendee will go home with an informational packet to share with others. Suggested $5 donation to cover food. Any remaining funds will be donated to Red Cross of Oregon. NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY!
RSVP by emailing Duane Hanson: firstname.lastname@example.org