By William Street
Chair Peter Nordbye
What started as a draft resolution from the Clackamas County Democratic Party Resolution committee, which was recommended by the Executive Committee and adopted unanimously by the Clackamas County Democratic Central Committee, recently became an official policy of the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners.
“Today Clackamas County is more inclusive, more aware, and a marginally safer place for all residents because of the bold and creative action of our Board of County Commissioners and all the organizations that partnered with the Democratic Party,” said Clackamas County Democratic Party Chair Peter Nordbye. Continue reading
HD40 Leader William Street Speaks in Support of the Inclusivity Hearing
Clackamas County Board of County Commissioners today unanimously endorsed a resolution declaring Clackamas County a welcoming and Inclusive County. The resolution directs county staff to serve all residences regardless of immigration or refugee status, and prohibits the use by law enforcement of county funds or personnel for the enforcement of federal immigration law.
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
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
Now is the time to send an email to our County Commissioners to let them know we support their efforts to provide due process to all Clackamas residents.
Next week our Board of County Commissioners will address the issue of illegal and unwarranted deportations of our friends and neighbors. As two different federal courts have already ruled, President Trump’s executive orders on arrivals, deportations and withholding of funds to so-called “Sanctuary Counties” are unconstitutional.
Nevertheless, Dreamers are being deported, our neighbors are being detained, all without due process or in too many cases without even court ordered warrants. Continue reading
By Peter Toll
Clackamas County has a new legislator, and history repeats itself.
Silverton Mayor Rick Lewis was selected by commissioners from Marion and Clackamas Counties to succeed Vic Gilliam, also of Silverton, in the Oregon House of Representatives. Gilliam, very ill with Lou Gehrig’s disease, resigned Jan. 30 after his re-election in District 18.
Oregon law dictates that a replacement be from the same party (Republican, in this case,) and come from a short list of candidates submitted to commissioners by local party representatives. As Marion has more people in District 18 than Clackamas does, votes were appropriately weighted. Continue reading