Skewed News: Is Your Local TV Station Really on Your Side?

If you are reading this, you probably do not depend on Fox TV affiliate KPTV as a reliable, unbiased news source. But what about Portland-based KATU?

In case you missed it, the ABC affiliate was purchased by Sinclair Broadcast Group in 2013. Sinclair now owns more broadcast stations in the United States than any other company, with a total of 193 stations in more than 100 markets across the country, reaching 40 percent of U.S. households. So the company’s owners have the power to greatly influence what news and information are delivered to their audiences. Continue reading

Standing and District Committees February Meeting Round-Up

We’re pleased to share the highlights below from Standing and District Committee meetings held in February.

Campaign Committee chaired by Peter Toll

The committee continues to strategize in preparation for the May 15 primary. Peter and HD leaders are working with candidates as needed. Click here for a compelling analysis of the races that will impact all of us in Clackamas County. Continue reading

Labor Caucus Party Unity Forum

The DPO is hosting a program to increase awareness on the history and basics of the Labor Movement and union structure for all who want to more fully understand how and why unions are important to us all. Additional topics will include:

 

  • Apprenticeships
  • BOLI Commissioner’s Job
  • Labor Candidate School
  • Diversity and Equity

When: Saturday, April 7, 9am – 1pm
Where: IBEW 48
15937 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97230

For details of the program, see the poster here.

US Education Secretary Is Flunking and Endangering Our Public Schools

By Diane Jukofsky, Beavercreek

Kathleen Jeskey, co-founder of Oregon Save Our Schools

School safety is a prime concern always, but especially since the horrific shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, last month. The issue also underlines another striking difference in principles between the U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, and the nation’s leading teachers’ organizations. DeVos, who is heading a newly formed commission on school safety, has expressed her support for arming well trained school staff, including teachers.

But the National Education Association’s President, Lily Eskelsen García, roundly rejects the Trump-endorsed idea of arming teachers. “Bringing more guns into our schools does nothing to protect our students and educators from gun violence,” she said. “Our students need more books, art and music programs, nurses and school counselors; they do not need more guns in their classrooms.” Continue reading

L.A. County Learns a Lesson from Clackamas County: ICE Warrants Can Get You Sued

By William Street, HD 40 Co-Leader

Clackamas County shows up in curious places. There we were on page 39 of 48 of CV 12-09012-AB (FFMx) Date February 7, 2018 DUNCAN ROY ET AL. V. COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES ET AL. This time it was L.A. County learning what we know: ICE warrants are voluntary and to honor them exposes the Sheriff’s Department to wrongful imprisonment lawsuits.

Clackamas County was one of the first counties nationally to learn this lesson. It cost us county taxpayers more than $100,000. Now L.A. County knows what we know. Continue reading