County Board to Vote Thursday on not Cooperating with ICE

At the moment, county elected officials can be divided into two camps: those who think cooperating with ICE is illegal, and those who think cooperating with ICE is the best way to enforce the law.

Those who see partnership and cooperation as the best way to enforce the law face a dilemma. Under Oregon law and the most recent executive order on the subject by the governor, using any public resources to cooperate with ICE is illegal. Continue reading

Clackamas County Greets Merkley with a Sea of Green

Repetition can be tedious. It can also be affirming.

After every comment by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley at a recent town hall at Clackamas High School with some 650 people in attendance, he was inundated with a sea of large posterboard green cards. In bold type and all capital letters, each card read “AGREE.” Continue reading

Courtney Takes Stand on NPV but It’s Really Sort of a Crouch

By Peter Toll

It would appear the National Popular Vote bill, once thought dead in the Oregon Legislature, has come back to life. House Bill 2927, which would have Oregon sidestepping the Electoral College if certain things occur nationally, recently got a ‘do pass’ recommendation from the House Rules Committee. A full House vote and then off to the Senate are imminent.

Therein lies the rub. Senate President Peter Courtney has done his own little pocket veto of the legislation in three prior sessions. After passing the House, Courtney wouldn’t let it even have a hearing in the Senate, where it would thus die a dishonorable death without seeing the light of day there. Continue reading

Merkley Clackamas County Town Hall

Senator Merkley will update constituents on his work in Washington, D.C., answer their questions, and invite their suggestions about how to tackle the challenges facing Oregon and America.

May 30, 2017 @ 6:30 PM
Clackamas High School, Gym
14486 SE 122nd Ave.
Clackamas, OR 97015

An RSVP is not required to attend the Town Hall, but will assist in making sure that Senator Merkley’s office can secure a location that will accommodate all attendees. Your RSVP will also ensure that you receive updated information in the event that the time or location of the Town Hall should change.


Focused Clackamas Democratic Volunteer Effort Boosts Winning Turn Out by Double in May Vote

Clackamas Democrats have confirmed what experts say is the best way to win an election — with face-to-face visits with voter by volunteers. Consider the simple facts:

  • Ken Humberston defeated incumbent Tootie Smith for a County Commission seat after she earned 47 percent of the vote in a three-way primary. Humberston beat her by some 1,600 votes. That was in November.
  • Martha Spiers was elected to the Oregon City School District Board on May 16. She also took out an incumbent.
  • Dylan Hydes and Ginger Fitch won election for two open seats on the West Linn-Wilsonville School District Board.
  • Kathy Wai, in the same election, was chosen by voters for a place on the North Clackamas School Board.
  • Irene Konev also won her election, this one for the Clackamas Community College Board.
  • Sara Pocklington unseated a 10-year incumbent in her election to the Lake Oswego School Board.

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Activist Alert

Show up to promote justice for ALL Clackamas residents

On Thursday, June 8, at 10:30 am, the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners is voting to adopt an “Inclusivity” resolution which reinforces and clarifies the county’s position regarding cooperation with ICE when ICE is engaged in illegal actions within the county. The resolution also recognizes the importance of “due process” as a basic constitutional right for all residents.

View the resolution here.

The resolution is in part a response by the board to our resolution on Noncooperation with ICE which we passed at our monthly Central Committee meeting two months ago.

Since our passage of the Noncooperation resolution, we have learned that there has been a massive increase of deportations of migrants and refugees with NO criminal records. We have also learned that the threats to defund counties that are classified as “sanctuary” counties is unconstitutional based on a federal court ruling out of Northern California.

ICE has consistently been instructed by the courts to get detainer warrants issued by the courts based on critical due process Constitutional requirements. ICE has consistently ignored this process for the vast majority of their detainer warrants. They continue to have detainer warrants issued by ICE employees not part of the federal or state judiciary.

Please plan to attend and be a witness to history.

County Board of Commissioners Meeting
Thursday, June 8th, 10:30 am
150 Beavercreek Rd, Oregon City