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Monday, June 12, 2017

Mantener a Oregon un estado cordial

El 7 de Junio, la organización llamada Oregonians for Immigration Reform, que tiene vínculos muy fuertes con grupos de supremacistas blancos, está avanzando rápidamente con la iniciativa llamada: “Petition 22”, que anularía y quitaría la ley de inclusividad que ha estado en nuestro estado por más de 30 años (ORS 181A.820), que prohíbe el uso de recursos estatales y locales para hacer cumplir la ley federal de inmigración.

Esta ley estatal fue aprobada en 1987, debido a que fuerzas policiales locales discriminaban a ciudadanos estadounidenses por su perfil racial, haciendo redadas en lugares donde estos vivían, trabajaban y oraban. La ley ORS 181A.820 prohíbe este tipo de discriminación.

También hemos escuchado de parte de funcionarios de gobierno en todo el estado, que ellos no quieren gastar recursos valiosos solo para hacer cumplir las políticas cuestionables de Trump y opinan que reforzar la ley de inmigración es responsabilidad del gobierno federal solamente.


La IP 22 es mala para Oregon.

Perjudicaría la confianza de la comunidad. Las fuerzas policiacas estatales y locales en el estado de Oregon apoyan fuertemente y aseguran que la aplicación de reforzar la ley de inmigración es solamente responsabilidad del gobierno federal, porque saben por experiencia propia que esto hace que nuestras comunidades sean más seguras para todos. Cuando los miembros de la comunidad no confían o temen a las fuerza policiaca estatal y/o local, no reportan delitos a la policía ni van a corte ante el tribunal para testificar.

Perjudicaría a las familias de Oregon. Las familias de inmigrantes han estado en Oregon por generaciones y son parte de la fuerza de nuestro estado. Quitar esta ley permitirá que la discriminación racial y las injusticias aumenten para estos ciudadanos y para los que aspiran a ser ciudadanos. Los inmigrantes son nuestros vecinos y compañeros, nuestros amigos y familiares, por lo tanto, merecen ser tratados con dignidad y respeto, independientemente de cual sea su país de origen. Y al igual que otros estadounidenses, los inmigrantes tienen derecho a un juicio y a un proceso justo.

Debilitaría la economía de Oregon. Los inmigrantes juegan un papel vital en la cultura y economía de nuestro estado y han fortalecido nuestras comunidades por generaciones. Sabemos que los inmigrantes, más que los nativos de Oregon; tienen una fuerte tendencia a abrir pequeños negocios, y estos son la columna vertebral de nuestra economía local. Muchos sectores dependen de los empleados inmigrantes para que sus negocios sigan creciendo y para que sean mas competitivos, incluyendo la agricultura y la tecnología. El quitar esta ley enviaría un mensaje, diciendo que Oregon no es un estado seguro, ni hospitalario, esto sólo empeoraría nuestra escasez de mano de obra y perjudicaría nuestra economía.

Únase a nuestro movimiento para mantener a Oregon como un estado donde todos seamos tratados con dignidad y respeto.

Mantenga a Oregon fuerte. Firmenuestra declaración de apoyo.



Monday, June 5, 2017

Volunteer Highlight: Diana Marquez Guerrero

My name is Diana Marquez Guerrero and I am a first year student at Willamette University. I have volunteered at Causa for three years now and I have loved every single minute of it. I began volunteering during the measure 88 campaign. Through my time canvassing and phone banking, I realized the importance of community activism. I became fully aware of the value in using one’s voice and time to help advocate for immigrant rights. Through Causa, I use my voice and skills to defend my family and community members. Now, I am the Recruitment Coordinator for the Salem Leadership team; Causa’s group of volunteer leaders. I am part of expanding Causa’s volunteer base and creating ways for community members to serve their community as well.


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Community Statement on May 26th, 2017 Killings by White Supremacist

Causa joins hundreds of community leaders in the following statement.

May 27, 2017

Community Statement on May 26th, 2017 Killings by White Supremacist

We are grieving the brutal stabbing and murder of two courageous bystanders who sought to disrupt a potential assault on a Muslim woman on the TriMet Hollywood MAX station. We extend our heartfelt care and support to the people and their families impacted by this trauma. This senseless tragedy happened on the eve of the Holy Month of Ramadan, a period that draws Muslim communities together with intentions for peace and harmony by centering our purpose and relationship with God.
We wish to extend our gratitude to fellow commuters who spoke out against racist and xenophobic taunts. We expect that those responsible for their deaths are held accountable, and that we will seek community-driven ways to restore safety. News that the perpetrator was a known White Supremacist, and was intimidating People of Color, Immigrants and Refugees on April 29th on 82nd Ave calls us to be vigilant in our resistance.
This horrific violence requires us to reflect deeply on root causes, and is not an excuse to further militarize our communities. We believe in a world where everyone lives without fear of discrimination, exclusion or harm.May more Oregonians take action to interrupt hate and stand for love. In these terrible moments, we are reminded of our fragile humanity and the need to build institutions around the inherent worth and dignity of all people, institutions that function as systems of care.
Here are several concrete ways community members can show support:
We all have a role in creating the society we live in. As organizations and individuals committed to human rights, we are dedicated to confronting the forces of hate and building movements for social justice. May we find courage and purpose, challenge anti-Muslim Islamophobia,  and foster community that ensures each of us have the rights, resources and recognition to thrive.

Sincerely,

Co-Signers:

Rev. Joseph Santos-Lyons, Executive Director APANO and APANO Communities United Fund
Diego Hernandez, Oregon State Representative
Lew Frederick, Oregon State Senator
Karin Power, Oregon State Representative
Jessica Vega Pederson, Multnomah County Commissioner
Andrea Valderrama, David Douglas School Board
Ann Linninger, Oregon State Representative
Ana del Rocío, David Douglas School Board Member-Elect
Chloe Eudaly, City of Portland Commissioner
Wajdi Said, Muslim Education Trust
Rania Ayoub, Muslim Education Trust
Congressman Earl Blumenauer
Andrea Williams, Executive Director, Causa Oregon
Bobbin Singh, Executive Director , Oregon Justice Resource Center
Duncan Hwang, APANO and APANO Communities Fund
Khanh Le, State Director, Main Street Alliance of Oregon
Mary Nolan, Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon
Rev. Michael Ellick Senior Minister, First Congregational United Church of Christ
Jan Elfers, Executive Director, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
Andrea Paluso, Executive Director, Family Forward Oregon and Family Forward Action
Kayse Jama, Executive Director, Unite Oregon
Nancy Haque, Co-Executive Director, Basic Rights Oregon
Amy Herzfeld-Copple, Co-Executive Director, Basic Rights Oregon
Grayson Dempsey, Executive Director, NARAL Pro Choice Oregon
Rev. Lynne Smouse Lopez, Pastor, Ainsworth United Church Of Christ
Jackie Yerby, Executive Director, Bradley Angle
Toya Fick, Executive Director, Stand for Children Oregon Chapter
Nikki Fisher, Executive Director, Bus Project and Co-Director of New Leaders Council Portland Chapter
Charles McGee, Executive Director, Black Parent Initiative
Jackie Leung, Chair, Micronesian Islander Community of Oregon
Rev. Barbara Stevens, Universalist Recovery Church
Alan Hipolito, Executive Director, Verde
Jillian Schoene, Executive Director, Emerge Oregon
Rev. Kit Ketcham, Pacific Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Ashnie Butler, Regional Outreach Director, Family Forward Oregon.
Rev. Tracy Springberry, West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Maureen Andersen, Event Coordinator, Portland Indivisible
Samantha Gladu, Co-Director, New Leaders Council Portland Chapter
Noel Mickelberry, Executive Director, Oregon Walks
Huy Ong, Executive Director, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon
Patricia Rojas,  Executive Director, El Programa Hispano Catolico
Lamar Wise, Oregon Student Association Legislative Director
Rev. Ron Werner, Jr, Oregon Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Sasha Vidales, Director, Creative Goal Solutions
David Rogers, Executive Director, ACLU of Oregon
Cindy Casama Gerber, Community Member
Aimee Santos-Lyons, APANO Member
Bea Downing, Community Member
Zeenia Junkeer, Community Member
Marlie Cardiff, Community Member
Heather Fercho, Community Member
Amy Casso, Gender Justice Program Dir, Western States Center
Hannah Love, Campaign Manager, A Better Oregon
Heidi Guenin, community member
Meg Niemi, President SEIU Local 49
Brian Rudiger, Executive Director SEIU Local 503
Bea Downing, Community Member
Zeenia Junkeer, Community Member
Marlie Cardiff, Community Member
Heather Fercho, Community Member
Amy Casso, Gender Justice Program Dir, Western States Center
Rachel Hirsch, Community Member
Jim Labbe & Rita Sabler, Community Members
Megan and William Bird, Community Members
Beatriz Gutierrez, Community Member
Vivian Satterfield, Community Member
Natalie Lerner, Community Member
Ivan Hernandez, Community Member
Megan Kovacs, Community Member
Whitney Grubbs, Community Member
Channbunmorl (Chom) Sou, CEO of JustBarz
Yian Saechao, APANO Youth Organizer

For a full list of signers, visit APANO's website. 




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