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Sunday, August 9, 2020

Join the August 28th March on Washington~Virtually

In a call for police reform and accountability and to mobilize voters for the November elections, the NAACP will lead a “2020 Virtual March on Washington” on August 28 with civil rights leaders, activists and families of those who have died at the hands of law enforcement. August 28th marks the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington, when Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. 

The virtual march begins at 5 pm PT on Thursday, August 27, with musical entertainment and comments from young activists and will be carried on television and via social media platforms. 

Starting at 8 am PT on August 28, Martin Luther King III will lead the march in tandem with a socially-distant, in-person march that will take place in Washington, D.C. Witness and virtually join this event via TV and social media to help revitalize and recommit to the dream Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. defined back in 1963.

The event will conclude at 6 pm PT with memorable musical performances and an inspiring keynote address.

Find more details and updates on the NAACP website.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

A Poem for Patriots

Amanda Gorman
Amanda Gorman

Patriotism is not a quality belonging to any particular political party, but to all of us. We may differ in how we choose to express – or not -- a feeling of national pride, but love of country should bring us together, never divide us. Take a minute to read In This Place (An American Lyric) by Amanda Gorman, the USA’s first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Vial Misses Mark, Rebound is Over

Richard Vial’s political career is over, at least for the time being. His attempt at mustering 1,000 registered voters in a Scholls farmer’s field for a nominating convention to put him on the ballot for Secretary of State failed. He needed 1,000 signatures and got closer to 500.

Elected to the Oregon House as a Republican in 2014, he was ousted by Democrat Courtney Neron in 2018. He then landed a job in 2019 as Deputy Secretary of State for fill-in Secretary of State Bev Clarno; she is not running in November.

Vial was exposed as a heavy moonlighter while supposedly putting in 40 hours a week as a state employee. A land use/landlord attorney, he was spending lots of weekdays in court with his private practice. By early spring of 2020 he was gone. His replacement was Cameron Smith.

Smith was going for the Secretary of State’s nomination in the 2020 primary when he left that race to become Clarno’s deputy, replacing Vial. The primary saw State Senator Shemia Fagan (D-Happy Valley) win a close race with State Senator Mark Haas (D-Beaverton) for the opportunity to face Kim Thatcher (R-Keizer) in November.

Adding to the Clackamas connection is that Vial represented Wilsonville in House District 26, which stretches out west to Scholls. Thatcher also represents it, as her State Senate district contains two house districts, and one of them is HD26.

Wilsonville was the site of a recent controversy leading to the ejection of outspoken Republican Doris Wehler from the West Linn-Wilsonville School District long-range planning committee. Wehler’s racist and bigoted comments went public and the school board decided to say, thank you for your service, but your kind of talk doesn’t reflect our values. A raging Trumper, Wehler has been active in Wilsonville politics a long time. She is a heavy-hitter in the big-time, GOP-studded Wilsonville chamber and pulls a lot of strings behind the scenes.

She was a key player in the recent Wilsonville ballot measure that successfully sought to purge one of Wehler’s chief foes, long-time Democratic leader Charlotte Lehan, off the council there. Silently aimed at Lehan, the measure’s passage created term limits for city councilors.

One of Wehler’s pals is former Wilsonville mayor and former county chair John Ludlow. He and Lehan have been going at it for years. Fair to say that bidding adieu to Wehler, as she happily bids adieu to Lehan is bittersweet. Charlotte deserved a much better fate for her years of outstanding public service in Wilsonville and Clackamas County.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

For a Safe, Legitimate, Democratic Election: Here’s What You Can Do

The President is rattling his dull sabre threatening to disrupt, delay or nullify the 2020 Election results. We need Clackamas County Volunteers to make sure we do our part to foil this very overt strategy. What can you do? Volunteer to observe the tabulation of votes at the Clackamas County Election Office. Here’s how:

1. Notify Craig Stephens, email: or by text: 503 312-4142, by Monday, September 7 (Labor Day) of your willingness to serve a one- hour vote tabulation observation shift. Leave your name, email and phone number so Craig can contact you.

2. The observation shifts will begin seven days prior to and including election day (November 3, 2020). A maximum of two people from the same household may observe at the same time. Observation schedules will be provided in advance. Training and reporting will all be electronic.

3. The purpose of the observation is to witness the tabulation process and look for any irregularities at the County Clerk’s Election Office in Oregon City.  We want to make sure and verify the Election Office is working as it should. 

We must stop President Trump in his attempt to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election.