Contacts and Procedures for Immigration Allies, Lincoln County, Oregon

If you witness an individual or a group of people being detained by ICE, follow these                                  procedures:

  • Do not interfere with law enforcement. You could be detained or injured if you try to confront law enforcement agents.
  • Immediately or as soon as possible write down everything you are observing i.e. place, time, actions, identifications of arresting agency, any names of detainees.
  • If possible film or take photos of the detention activity. You have a legal right to do this.
  • Contact organizations in the state who need to know what has happened and can provide help to the detainees:
  • Oregon ACLU 503-227-3186 or 888-527-2258
  • Oregon Rural Organizing Project (ROP) 503-543-8417
  • Centro de Ayuda 541-265-6216
  • Servicios Legales de Oregon 503-981-5291 or 1-800-662-6096.

If a friend or acquaintance has been detained by I.C.E. or you think may have been

detained, the first thing you need to do is find where this person is.

 The quickest info available is usually the ICE hotline for detainees: 855-448-6903. Be sure to have the detainee’s full name. They should also have info on any court dates, attorney, expedited deportation order or other status.

  • To see if they are in custody of the Lincoln County Jail: 541-265-4277.

(If the person is in the county jail, they must have been arrested for a charge other      than immigration. It is illegal for Oregon law enforcement officials, funds or facilities be used  to enforce federal immigration laws.)

  • C.E. detainees are often sent to Immigration Detention in Tacoma, Washington 1-253-779-6000.

For information on dates and decisions of Immigration Court: 1-800-898-7180.

While locating the detainee also contact any of the organizations above for help.

Contact any family members or friends that you may know about to check on their well being.

Finally, keep informed, speak up and speak out!

This information has been summarized from a series of sources and does not constitute legal advice. For any legal questions, consult an attorney. Sponsoring organizations: Lincoln County Diversity Coalition, Immigration Information Response Team, Centro de Ayuda.


Informed Immigrant at

Info on the Trump Executive Order, and programs such as DACA. A great long list of other resources.

Innovation Law Lab at

“Tool Kit for An Inclusive Oregon.” It has a great video on local inclusivity resolutions.

Rural Organizing Project (ROP) at

One of Oregon’s most active human dignity organizations. Much info and ideas concerning immigration.

 Oregon Law Center at

Legal help for rural folks including immigrants. Will help individuals find an attorney or give advice on legal issues. English and Spanish.

ACLU Oregon at  or Facebook page

Updates on current situation of immigrants in Oregon. Useful short films.

“ACLU answers questions on ICE immigration activities in Oregon.” Update on what is happening and what are simply rumors.

Causa at

Organizer of marches and actions statewide. Contact for ways to participate and support.

Interfaith Movement for Immigration Justice (IMIrJ)

Info on the faith based sanctuary movement. Sanctuary Tool Kit.

Alto Trump at

“Know Your Rights” campaign. Report hate crimes here. A series of colorful handouts in English and Spanish on what to do in cases of ICE  actions or raids.

Don’t Get Your Undocumented Friends in Trouble: A How To. “

Very interesting explanation from an undocumented person of the kind of actions that may have negative affects on precisely the people you want to help. On the the Daily Demand website. Google the article.

Women still struggling

BY CALLEY HAIR    Of the News-Times, September 23, 2016


SALEM — A detailed report on the status of women and girls in Oregon reveals the state has a long way to go in achieving gender parity, from wage equality to child care to sexual assault.    However, that same report also shows Lincoln County is slightly more equitable than  the rest of Oregon in most categories.   

“Count Her In: A Report About Women and Girls in Oregon,” from the Portland based Women’s Foundation of Oregon, was released Wednesday, Sept. 21. The report is the result of comprehensive   data collection and a 14-stop listening tour, the first of its kind in 18 years.   

“We took our eye othe ball for a generation,” said Emily Evans, director of the foundation. “We wanted the data, because we wanted to know where our investments would make the most impact.”   

Statewide, the report turned up some discouraging results for women of all races and socioeconomic statuses.   

It found that the state’s females have the highest rates of reported depression and alcohol use in the country, and more than half have experienced some form of sexual or domestic violence. The report also shows that nearly half of Oregon’s pregnancies are unintended, while the cost of child care remains among the highest in the nation.   

Women and girls of color face poverty rates twice as high as their white counterparts, the report indicates.   

“It’s alarming”, Evans said. “But the first step in solving the problem is identifying the problem — especially in a   state used to coasting on the progressive reputation of its Pacific Northwest neighbors”.   

“We’re really hoping that it changes the perception of gender equality in the state,” Evans said. “In many ways, Oregon is kind of the stepchild that’s doing a lot worse than its regional counterparts. And we really need to grapple with that.”   

While Lincoln County remains far from immune to gender-specific struggles, the region appears, on the whole, slightly more hospitable to women than the rest of the state — or, more skeptically, equally inhospitable to both genders in some regards.   

Lincoln County’s employment numbers are low, but more even between genders than Oregon’s average.    “It usually means men and boys of that county are doing worse,” Evans said. “Places where there used to be a lot of robust, male dominated industries   , like logging or fi shing.”   

Women in the region are 4 percent less likely than men to join the workforce, but that disparity is smaller than the 9 percent statewide one.   

The wage gap in Lincoln County also remains slightly tighter than the rest of Oregon, with women earning $0.81 on the dollar compared with a statewide average of $0.79.   

The region’s women hold 38 percent of local leadership positions compared with the state average of 30 percent. The county’s 41 city council positions include 17 women, although top spots — including three county commissioners and four paid city managers — are all held by men.     

That’s a pretty common pattern across the state”, Evans said.    “The less accolades and less money involved in a position, the more women are involved in it,” she said. “Counties are so critical to the administration of services, (and) the fact that we have largely men making decisions about the distribution   of these resources seems a little out of proportion.”   

Child care is cheaper on the coast. Keeping a toddler in day care costs around $6,000 per year, half of Oregon’s $11,976 median.   

However, Lincoln County ranks second lowest in economic mobility for women, followed only by Jefferson County. By the time she’s 25, a Lincoln County girl’s location will negatively impact her earnings by an annual average of $1,485.    “There’s not that much opportunity to pull yourself up the economic ladder,” Evans said.     

Lincoln County also lacks a comprehensive reproductive health clinic that offers sexual health, family planning and abortion services.    “Being the most populous county on the coast, that’s a little alarming,” Evans said.   

Evans and her team stopped in Newport on April 5, the second sojourn in a spring listening tour that gathered personal stories from more than 1,000 women. Around 130 women showed up to the   event at Samaritan Health Education Center.   

“It was pretty uncanny, the way that the stories and the text polling we got during the tour lined up with the data,” Evans said.    The report isn’t all doom and gloom. It also found that Oregon’s women participate in public service and serve in the military at some of the highest rates in the nation. They’re also the country’s most physically active females.   

“We tried to have a hopeful report, as much as some of these things are startling,” Evans said. “Oregon women are giving more and getting less … Think about how much they would be contributing if they weren’t facing these daily   challenges.”   

A full copy of the 120-page report can be read at uploads/CountHerInreport. pdf   

Contact reporter Calley Hair at 541-265-857 1 ext. 211 or chair@newportnewstimes. com  

Newport News Times, Page A-1


Mother Nature is hurting, our health is threatened

Central Oregon Coast NOW President Sheila Swinford wrote this as a “Viewpoint” for the Newport News Times

I am writing this after reading the front page of the Friday, July 1, News-Times. The optimistic article about a soil study to prepare for log exports from the International Terminal on Yaquina Bay, and the photo of beautiful Spring Lake in Lincoln City were both there.   

As a resident of the coast range since 1973, I have observed the logging practices at close range for awhile. I do not share the optimism presented in the paper. The Spring Lake photo showed blooming Fox Glove, or digitalis, a non-native invasive and toxic plant well adapted to growing on recent clear-cuts, and that underlined the lack of environmental consideration that the piece about the International Terminal presented.   

Our beautiful county is chiefly supported by ecological tourism. Visitors come here excited   to be tourists and play at the beach, fish, hunt, dig clams, hike, boat, camp, and even bicycle and hunt mushrooms. They come to appreciate art and nature.   

Most of the county is forest, and, while we have federal and state land, most of the land is owned by private land holders, very big corporate land owners who do not live here and have out-of-state shareholders to be accountable to.   

The truth is that the county’s income is mostly property taxes from local business and homeowners. The taxes from logging are a tiny percentage of the total. Oregon also taxes the timber revenue at a very low rate, lower than Washington, California or Idaho. There is not a high proportion of jobs from logging, which depends on huge machinery and small   crews. The current time that replanted forests are allowed to grow is short, like 32 years, reduced from 40 years a while back, which does not support the environment in terms of carbon fixing, soil stability or a healthy environment in general. New plantings of Douglas fir are helicopter sprayed with extremely toxic mixtures of pesticides, killing all broad-leafed native plants, deer and elk forage. The toxins move about and stay in water, soil and air.   

Living in the industrial forest for the last 43 years, I have noticed a drastic reduction in observing deer, bunnies and other wildlife. There is no forage on sprayed clear-cuts. Hunters who have hunted here for generations are shocked by the lack of deer.   

Exporting our environmental foundation, our wealth of trees, the raw logs, is a detrimental   practice. Instead, we could be caring for the environment by longer rotations, thinning instead of clear-cutting and instituting non-toxic weed control. We could be creating local jobs of milling so a product could be sold. New jobs dealing with weed control, thinning and starting small businesses involved with wood could happen. Our community could come together in an awareness of our connection with our natural environment.   

Our beautiful county and eco-tourism are at risk. Mother Nature is hurting. Our health is threatened.

I felt sad looking at the front page of the News-Times because of the lack of awareness of what is being destroyed.   

Sheila Swinford lives near Toledo. 

Reprinted from Newport News Times, Friday, July 8, 2016, Page A6


Aerial spraying of pesticides in Lincoln County

Something is rotten in the state of Oregon. We all enjoy and are proud of our green state and our green and healthy county. Visitors from all over the world love it.

   We all know that logging has a long tradition in Oregon and is one of our important industries. We all have seen through a veil of trees along the roads that clearcutting is extensive. We might not like it, but we all have accepted this because it is the basis for jobs and income. We even have been accepting that mostly big corporations and landowners are reaping the fruit of this wealth.

  What is less known — and has little media attention — are the extent and methods of the logging operations. In order to maximize profits:   They log so intensively that big areas look like a desert.   They replant trees, but only as Douglas Fir monocultures (which is bad for our habitat eco-systems and species).   They use pesticides on an industrial scale to kill weeds and brush to foster faster growth of trees.   Pesticides used are not always tested, and their mix is considered a trade secret.   They use the worst form of pesticide application, which is aerial spraying by helicopter.   And that, in my opinion, is not acceptable and should be banned. Particularly in Lincoln County, where huge areas of corporate land directly neighbor or surround our coastal communities like Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport and Yachats, aerial spraying is a danger.  

Prevailing winds and sometimes pilot errors make it impossible to observe property limits when applying aerial spraying. These practices on private land cause substantial damage to all of us — our health, our children, our wildlife, water, soil, air and pets. There are endless well-documented reports that prove just that.  

Unfortunately, those worst off are the families who dwell in rural areas and suburbs, who are often directly exposed to sprayings. Birth defects, various forms of cancer, coughing, skin eczema, dying goat-herds, reduced/ defunct bird and bee populations have been the results. But we all are affected by indirect exposures.  

It is rarely contested that landowners can legally do what they want on their properties. We cannot let this be where neighboring residents are affected. It should be changed.   Why is it that aerial spraying has been banned on federal land for 30 years?  

If we can restrict smoking, why can we not restrict these poisonous pesticides?   How can we have fluoridation on the ballot but not vote on aerial spraying?   As for complaints by citizens, they are either not heard or denied for lack of proof. Bans have been discussed, but end up being renegotiated for what is called “risk-assessment.” Existing regulations are widely written by the interested industries themselves. Control is almost non-existent.

Most concerned groups and individual residents have capitulated in view of the power, money and lobbying of big corporations.   Changes, on a national or statewide level, are not expected.   Nothing will happen unless citizens insist on their constitutional rights to “peace, safety and happiness,” and get engaged and organized in their own communities. 

  Juergen Eckstein is a resident of South Beach.

Newport News Times “Viewpoint”, June 10, 2016.  Page A8

Christian meetings draw ire of parents

BY DENNIS ANSTINE   For the News-Times November 20, 2015

     NEWPORT — The Lincoln County School District has suspended the on-campus meetings of a national evangelical Christian group and other non-school affiliated organizations on the campus of its two Newport eleme ntary schools.  

In response to a letter from parents of a fifth-grade student at Sam Case School, LCSD Superintendent Steve Boynton said Thursday, Nov. 19, that his action would allow the district to review its policy at the Dec. 8 board of directors meeting.  

Newport parents Tom Hurst and Nancy Steinberg said in a Nov. 14 letter to Boynton that the principals at both schools have allowed the Good News Club “to present religious programming to students on campus during school hours.”   According to the website of the Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF), which operates the Good News Club nationally, it’s purpose is to “evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and establish (disciple) them in the Word of God and in a local church for Christian living.”

Boynton, who was hired in March 2014, said that in order for kids not to miss school time the district has allowed over several years non-instructional activities on campus during the lunch period, including Good News Club and other groups.   “We’ve gotten several letters during the last several days and we have suspended the meeting of all non-school affiliated groups until we conclude our investigation,” he said. “We have a policy, but the board needs to review it because of what we’re dealing with.”  

In their letter to Boynton, Hurst and Steinberg said that allowing this group to convene club meetings on school grounds “during school hours is highly objectionable, illegal and a violation of district policies, as well as state and federal laws ensuring the separation of church and state.”   They also wrote that Libba Sager, principal at Yaquina View Primary School, “has actively supported the group by posting its activity on the school calendar, allowing members to hand out flyers for the organization, offering access during school time and voicing her support as a Christian for the efforts of the group to a concerned parent.”   The letter also said that remediation should possibly include “disciplinary actions for staff members who actively participated in these violations or knowingly allowed them to occur.”

Education in Lincoln County

INVITATION for a special program event starting at 7pm Wednesday, April 8th at the Central Lincoln PUD facility in Newport, Oregon (click here for Google Map to CLPUD).

Education in Lincoln County: Challenges, Vision and Roadmap
We will be hosting presentations from:

Suzanne Miller, Director Child Development Services, Headstart
Steve Boynton, Lincoln County School District Superintendent
Brigitte Ryslinge, President Oregon Coast Community College
And together they will offer an overview spanning early childhood education through
K-14 education.

Central Lincoln PUD
2129 N Coast Hwy
Newport, OR 97365

Michelle Branam Appointed Lincoln County District Attorney

Michelle Branam Appointed Lincoln County District Attorney

Governor Kitzhaber today announced the appointment of Michelle Branam as Lincoln County District Attorney to fill the vacancy created by Rob Bovett’s resignation.

“I am pleased to appoint Michelle Branam to this position, continuing her commitment to serving the people of Lincoln County,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “The depth of her prosecutorial experience and her desire to bring together the entire criminal justice system to encourage collaboration and coordination will help keep our communities safe and reduce victimization.”

Branam received a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio State University and a Juris Doctorate from University of Idaho School of Law. Her legal experience includes serving as a court clerk for the New Haven (Connecticut) Superior Court and as a deputy district attorney in the Wasco County District Attorney’s Office. For most of the past decade, Branam has been a deputy district attorney in the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office, most recently serving as Chief Deputy, where she prosecuted a range of cases from wildlife offenses to homicides. She is an active member of the Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team and the Multi-Disciplinary Team, which collaborates on child abuse cases.

“Give a Hoot!” 5K for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and the
CARE Program is planning a 5K Run/Walk to raise
awareness of sexual assault in Lincoln
County and to help encourage our
community to break the silence and start
talking about it. The 1st Annual SAAM 5K
Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, April
20th at the Siletz Valley Charter School
football field, with the race starting at 9am.
The event is open to all ages and abilities,
and dogs are be invited to participate as
well. Registration is $20 for ages 13 and
over, and $18 for children 12 and under. All
participants that register by March 29th
receive a 1st Annual SAAM 5K t-shirt, as well as a goody
bag. All dogs receive a free bandana if they walk with a
registered participant!
Prizes will be given to the top overall male and female
finishers and master’s male/female, as well as awards
for the top finishers in each age group.
Following the 5K there will be an Earth Day
Fair from 10am to 1pm with local programs,
music, food, crafts and a silent auction. All
community members are invited to the Earth
Day Fair.
All proceeds from the 5K Run/Walk and
silent auction will go directly to services
benefiting victims of domestic violence,
sexual assault, dating violence and stalking
throughout Lincoln County.
Several volunteers are needed to help make
this event run smoothly — see page 2 for
more information about volunteer opportunities.
Event updates and race registration information are
available on our Facebook page at

REMINDER! One Billion Rising – Today, February 14 Newport Recreation Center at 5:30 p.m.


Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.

Central Oregon Coast Rising in Newport / Thursday, February 14, 2013 5:30 PM
Newport Recreation Center, 225 SE Avery St., Newport, Oregon, Newport, OR (directions)
It’s a surprise!  Just show up by 5:30 SHARP!  And bring every woman and man you know willing to RISE and say NO to violence against women!!!…

ONE BILLION RISING – February 14th



The truth is shocking.  According to the United Nations, one in three women on the planet will be physically or sexually abused in her lifetime.

That’s one billion women, one billion daughters, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, mates, and friends.

On February 14, 2013, one billion women and those who love them will be holding events activating women and men across 190 countries to rise up, dance, and call for an end to violence against women and girls.  This violence knows no national or cultural boundaries. It is not just a women’s issue; it is a global crisis.

ONE BILLION RISING is a worldwide strike, an act of unity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers.  It is a call to stop the culture of violence, a refusal to accept violence against women as a given. ONE BILLION RISING reveals the understanding that, until this desecration of human dignity ends, no society can prosper and life is diminished.

On February 14, at 5:30pm sharp, a local ONE BILLION RISING event will take place at the Newport Recreation Center.  It will raise awareness of violence against women in an artistic celebration in dance and song.  All women and men are invited to participate, to take a stand, dance, rise up, and add their voices to the Central Oregon Coast and the world saying “NO!” to violence against women.

For more information about ONE BILLION RISING, visit

For more information about the Newport Oregon Rising event call 541-563-2927.               For more information about services for women call 541-574-9424.

Thanks to the Central Oregon Coast Chapter of NOW and PFLAG, My Sisters’ Place, and the Newport Recreation Center.