Item: Cinco de Mayo is not a Mexican national holiday. However, it is observed in the Mexican city of Puebla, which is where the Mexican Army defeated French soldiers in a battle toward freedom in 1862. Commercial liquor and food interests have created the U.S. semi-holiday.
By William Street
May fifth binds Mexicans and Americans as we celebrate and are reminded of the wealth of contributions made to our lives by Mexican and Hispanic culture (hot sauce, tequila, a passion for living, a lyrical language, a pace of living counter to our industrial get-it-done-yesterday approach, appreciation of family, and a deep spirituality, to name a few).
Yet on May fifth, as every other work day of the year, Hispanics residing in Clackamas County and throughout Oregon, both documented and unauthorized, are routinely subjected to harassment, detention, and deportation without access to the fundamental freedom of our legal system and culture: due process. Continue reading
As the story goes, Franklin Roosevelt spent a good portion of his time as president during the midst of the Great Depression searching for a one-armed economist.
This search was driven by the fact that, whenever he would ask one of his economists how to solve the depression, they would give him an answer and then say: “Of course, on the other hand …” and give the exactly opposite suggestion.
Thus when more than two economists agree, it’s big news. So when 1,470 economists agree on something, it must be important. What have these Nobel laureates, former high level policy advisers, and academics agreed on? Continue reading
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 Nordbye
They Will Never Come for Me
We know it is happening even here. The federal government is using its entire repressive apparatus to detain U.S. and Clackamas County residents without due process and without just cause. The level of fear in many of our agricultural communities across the county is palpable.
Children are being withheld from school.
Crimes are not being reported. Continue reading