Hello Immigrant Rights Community of Oregon!

Hello Immigrant Rights Community of Oregon!

My name is Erin Grady, I work at the Civil Liberties Defense Center in Eugene, OR, and I am writing to tell you about an exciting opportunity. We are a legal non-profit of attorneys and organizers dedicated to empowering activists and other community members in need of solidarity through legal support and training.
 
We are offering a Fall 2019 Online Course: Bilingual Train the Trainer in Know Your Rights for the Undocumented Community in Oregon. This training is being offered on a sliding scale basis, from $15-$250 for the 10 week class. Please fill out an application, and if you are selected for the course, we will accept your tuition request at that point! 

Dates: October 15th-December 10th 

Know Your Rights for the Undocumented Community is essential information that we as a community need to be sharing as much as possible in these times! We have been training English/Spanish bilingual trainers in Lane County, and are ready to expand our efforts statewide using the online class format!
The class is 10 weeks long, and covers the following topics:
– Your constitutional rights and how/when to assert them (applicable to anyone physically present in this country)
– Interacting with police and how to keep yourself safe and avoid arrest
– Interacting with ICE and how to keep yourself safe and avoid deportation
– Specific issues you might face with ICE: car stops, workplace raids, borders, detention centers
– Other immigration issues this state and country are facing: DACA, Measure 105
By taking this training, you will be trained in depth about these concepts, as well as given the opportunity to practice this training in both Spanish and English. (Note: We know that there are many more languages this training should be given in. At this time, Spanish and English are the only languages we have it translated to, but are open to assistance from folks who want to help translate into other languages!) You will be given detailed powerpoints in both languages that you can use as visual aids, as well as other materials that you can hand out at the trainings you put on. You will also have access to the regular updates to that information.
The training will consist of one video lesson per week from Oct. 15th – Dec. 10th. There will be homework, an expectation of practice, and weekly group chats, that should consist of about 3-5 hours per week. 
There will be an option to test out of the class in person, by traveling to Eugene, or an option to test out via video chat. At the end of the course, you will be certified to be a KYR trainer!
You will need regular access to a computer for this training.
You are an ideal candidate for this training if:
– You are bilingual and very competent in both Spanish and English. The training is long, and contains legal jargon and concepts.
– You have access to the affected community, and a clear way to reach them with this information
– You have enough time in your schedule to provide this training regularly
– You have experience public speaking, or at least a willingness to try and practice!
– You are a self motivated learner who could get a lot out of an online learning environment
If you are interested in this free training, please fill out this application: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TNB6TG3
Please turn in your applications by Sept. 25th!
Please put time and care into your application. Because this is our first online class experience, we will be keeping the training to 15 participants!
Finally, please feel free to respond to this email with any questions, and forward to anyone you think would be an ideal candidate!
Thanks,
Erin
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Erin Grady
Organizer
Civil Liberties Defense Center
egrady@cldc.org


“See No Evil Betsy DeVos” Endangers Survivors Of Campus Sexual Misconduct

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is preparing new policies on campus sexual misconduct that turn the government’s response to assault, harassment and rape

Source: “See No Evil Betsy DeVos” Endangers Survivors Of Campus Sexual Misconduct | National Organization for Women

FYI NOW Newsletter – August 27, 2018

August 27, 2018
On Sunday, August 26, is the special day that has been set aside to honor the date of adoption in 1920 of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, known as the Women’s Suffrage Amendment. NOW President Toni Van Pelt is scheduled to join Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and other women’s organizations leaders on Tuesday, August 28, in ringing the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange to commemorate the historic event. You can watch at the Bell-ringing, Tuesday, August 28th at 4:00 p.m. ET.

The NYSE calendar for more information.

We are drawing close to the centennial of the 19th Amendment in just two years and hundreds of organizations across the country are readying plans for special observances. A round-up of some of these plans that state and local organizations are making for 2020, with a review of the amendment’s history including profiles of the women who led, are features in How Women Got the Vote Gazette, from the National Women’s History Project. Multiple copies for your chapter can be Ordered Here. from A new website, the Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative and on Facebook 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial, has been launched that will serve as an information-sharing center, with links to resources. At the national level, we are brainstorming about how NOW can celebrate this important date.

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Save the date: September 22nd for an Oregon NOW legislative meeting

We’re planning to meet in Bend on the 22nd. Details will follow, but the basic agenda is to strategize about how we can support candidates and issues in the upcoming election and to take a look ahead to the 2019 Oregon legislative session. We  will then have an opportunity to spend some time canvassing or phoning for the Jamie McLeod-Skinner campaign. There will be a recommended donation, payable onsite, to help defray the cost of the meeting room and any equipment that we need.

Basics:
Location – Bend’s Environmental Center
Time: 10a – 2p for formal meeting, preceded by coffee hour, followed by canvassing in the late afternoon
We are looking into the option of having remote sites (Portland, Coast?) connected electronically if there is demand for such an option. If you are interested in remote participation, please respond to this email [rnowlegislativetf@gmail.com] as soon as possible. It will take some time to make sure arrangements.
All of you have participated in legislative activities in the past. Please feel free to pass this information along to other NOW members who may be interested. We’ll post a registration page on the Oregon NOW website soon.
Thanks,
Becky Callison
Chair, Oregon NOW Legislative Task Force

Find sanctuary in the facts about law (NO on Measure 105)

Oregonian/OregonLive Editorial

Republican gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler recently made a campaign stop on conservative radio host Lars Larson’s show. Asked how he’ll vote on the controversial Measure 105, Buehler shared that he endorses the measure and will vote to repeal Oregon’s so-called sanctuary law.

“People who are here and committing crimes,” he continued, “there needs to be that kind of coordination and communication” between local law enforcement and immigration officers. “It is common sense.”

It is common sense and, in fact, that’s exactly what Oregon’s sanctuary law already provides. And that’s exactly why Measure 105 is wholly unnecessary…

Source: Editorial: Find sanctuary in the facts about law

FYI NOW Newsletter – August 2018

FYI NOW Newsletter – August 2018

August, 2018

In this issue:

  • Happy Women’s Equality Day – August 26
  • Chapter Portal Available Soon
  • #StopKavanaugh – Take Action NOW, Hearings Begin Sept. 4

Happy Women’s Equality Day – August 26 – Sunday, August 26, is the special day that has been set aside to honor the date of adoption in 1920 of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, known as the Women’s Suffrage Amendment. NOW President Toni Van Pelt is scheduled to join Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and other women’s organizations leaders on Tuesday, August 28, in ringing the bell at the opening of the New York Stock Exchange to commemorate the historic event. You can watch at the Bell-ringing, 9:26 a.m. ET.

We are drawing close to the centennial of the 19th Amendment in just two years and hundreds of organizations across the country are readying plans for special observances. A round-up of some of these plans that state and local organizations are making for 2020, with a review of the amendment’s history including profiles of the women who led, are features in How Women Got the Vote Gazette, from the National Women’s History Project. Multiple copies for your chapter can be Ordered Here. from A new website, the Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative and on Facebook 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial, has been launched that will serve as an information-sharing center, with links to resources. At the national level, we are brainstorming about how NOW can celebrate this important date.

New Chapter Portal Available Soon – NOW’s National Action Center is pleased to announce the release of the new chapter portal which will be available to all chapter leaders in the next coming months. The system will allow officers to run their membership lists, transaction lists, search for members, and update their chapter information. This chapter portal has been designed for the convenience of chapter leaders and will be rolled out in your state soon. Since you will be able to run membership lists, please bear in mind that Chapter membership lists can only be used for official NOW business and cannot be given to potential candidates or allied organizations.

Once the portal is available in your state, you will receive an email from the Chapter Services Specialist highlighting what to expect before logging on. The emails may have the tendency to go to your Spam folder. If you are in Alaska, Florida, Texas, Wisconsin, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Alabama, Kentucky or Tennessee and still did not receive the email to activate your account, please check your Spam inbox before contacting National. If you are a chapter leader and do not have an email address on NOW file, please contact us immediately if you would like the access to the portal. For the states who already have access, please email your questions and concerns to chapters@now.org and we will assist you as soon as possible. Please be patient with us as the portal is a new development for you as well as for the National office.

HERE ARE SEVERAL OF THE MANY REASONS TO OPPOSE JUDGE BRETT KAVANAUGH:

Access to Abortion – Clearly hostile to women’s reproductive freedom, Kavanaugh will likely vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. There are already four likely votes against Roe on the Court and Kavanaugh would provide that key fifth vote. Donald Trump has vowed that he will only put justices on the Supreme Court that pass his litmus test of overturning Roe v. Wade and he has also said that ‘women who have abortions should be punished’. Kavanaugh has said that Roe is a ‘settled issue,’ suggesting he would not vote to overturn – but that is not a credible statement based in his record. The nominee refused to say Yes when asked by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) asked a direct question on whether Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey were correctly decided, according to The Washington Post (8/21).

No Check on President – Kavanaugh’s writings raise concern that he would allow Donald Trump’s abuses of power to go unchecked. He has argued that “criminal investigations and prosecutions of the President” should be deferred while he is in office. In 1998, he wrote that “Congress should give back to the President the full power to act when he believes that a particular independent counsel is “out to get him”. Kavanaugh believes that a sitting president should not be able to be criminally indicted and that the President should be able to monitor and even terminate a special counsel’s investigation.

Challenge ACA Protections – Judge Kavanaugh has signaled that he will find unconstitutional protections for people with pre-existing conditions, an important provision of the Affordable Care Act that may come before the Court. Previously, Kavanaugh dissented from a ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act which provides healthcare for millions.

Hostile to Workers’ Rights – Kavanaugh’s record shows disdain for working Americans, opposing basic protections for workers banding together to hold their employers accountable, consistently ruling against claims of worker discrimination and safety issues. In one case, Kavanaugh ruled that the Government could abolish collective bargaining altogether. In multiple cases, he has supported new legal doctrines to preclude Black employees from litigating employment discrimination claims.

Opposes Sensible Gun Control – Judge Kavanaugh is expected to strike down as unconstitutional virtually any gun violence prevention law or regulation. His ruling in a D.C. case provides a standard that would mean all gun control measures that are not “longstanding or sufficiently rooted in text, history, and tradition” would be struck down regardless of the government’s reasoning for implementing the restrictions or the public health hazards created by weapons in common use.

Opposes Environmental Protections – Judge Kavanaugh has consistently ruled against environmental protections, striking down provisions under the Clean Air Act, opposing efforts to fight climate change and finding against protections for clean water and clean air – important and long-standing provisions in law that safeguard the health of the public and the integrity of the environment.

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