State Rep. Janelle Bynum was canvassing her Clackamas County district, knocking on doors and talking to voters. After a few hours, a neighbor called 911 to report suspicious activity. A sheriff’s deputy arrived, spoke to Rep. Bynum, and agreed to take a selfie with her.
This phone call to police would never have happened to a well dressed white male or a white female in Happy Valley.
Why are we so afraid of our neighbors? Why are we so afraid of those who look different from us? Continue reading
With one memorable exception, virtually all major policies imposed by the Trump administration have caused division among party lines. That exception, of course, was the immigration strategy enforced in early May that separated children from their parents after they crossed the Southern U.S. border. As Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned at the time, “If you cross this border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you. … If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law. If you don’t like that, then don’t smuggle children over our border.”
As a result, nearly 3,000 children, including scores under the age of five, were removed from their parents and placed first in Customs and Border Protection facilities, then in shelters provided by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Continue reading
Postal Heritage Day is July 26th. Below is a flyer that describes the event. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Main Post Office located at SW Hoyt and Broadway in Portland. Speakers include Senators Wyden and Merkley and Representatives Blumenauer and Bonamici.
With unions facing unrelenting attacks from conservatives, I encourage all to participate in these events when possible. Also a reminder to you all that on Labor Day at Oaks Park there is an annual labor union event that we all need to support. We are planning to have a DPCC table at the Labor Day event to show our support.
Clackamas River Water is looking for a new board member. It services the part of unincorporated Clackamas county from the border of the city of Milwaukie to I-205 in the north and rural Oregon City outside of the Oregon City limits, including the Beavercreek area, in the south. The board meets twice a month and decides on policy for bringing potable water to customers of Clackamas River Water. An application can be found on the Clackamas River Water website.
Click here for the application form.
Stop Separating Families!
Father’s Day Rally at ICE
Hosted by Direct Action Alliance and Portland Democratic Socialists of America
Sunday, June 17th, at 3 PM
4310 SW Macadam Ave, Portland
Clackamas County Commissioners Ken Humberston, Martha Schrader, Paul Savas, Sonya Fischer, Chair Jim Bernard
Now that campaign fervor is slowing down for a moment, it is a good time to consider what your Democratically controlled Clackamas County Commission is doing to reflect your values. Three areas come to mind: Continue reading