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Announcements for July 7, 2010
Uncover the Truth
The growth of police-ICE programs like the so-called “Secure Communities” continues to fuel an increase in deportations and detention, family separation, racial profiling, and a heightened fear and distrust between police and communities. The administration is ramping up its implementation of these secretive enforcement programs such as the misnamed “Secure Communities.” This program will be in place in every jail nationwide by 2013 unless we organize a strong local and national opposition.
Cities and states across the country like Washington DC, San Francisco, Santa Fe, and many others are providing examples of how local communities can advocate and organize to preserve community safety and turn back the tide against growing criminalization of migrant communities under the guise of immigration enforcement.
The Uncover the Truth Behind Police and ICE Collaborations campaign is coordinated by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network with local rights organizations and coalitions to demand information about police-ICE collaboration and to ask for a termination of these programs both locally and nationwide. Our core partners, The Center for Constitutional Rights and the Benjamin Cardozo Law Clinic have filed a federal FOIA lawsuit, NDLON v. ICE in the Southern District of New York, to require the administration to make basic information about Secure Communities public. We need more information to hold the government accountable. ICE has expedited its implementation of the “Secure Communities” program at a staggering rate and with ongoing secrecy.
To learn more or to become a local partner of the campaign Uncover The Truth Behind Police-ICE Collaborations click here: http://tinyurl.com/2b4nm8m. To learn more about our lawsuit to uncover the truth behind police and ICE collaboration, go to: http://ccrjustice.org/secure-communities .
–Sarahi Uribe, National Day Laborer Organizing Network
National Coordinator , Uncover the Truth Behind Police and ICE Collaborations
[Note, Locally, the Immigrant Information Response Team, will meet on Saturday, July 17, 11 a.m., at Centro de Ayuda in Newport, --firstname.lastname@example.org.]
City of Newport seeks volunteers to serve on Georgia-Pacific
Technical Advisory Task Force
The Newport City Council is soliciting names of persons interested in serving on the city’s Technical Advisory Task Force. The Technical Advisory Task Force will advise and work with the city on activities relating to ocean monitoring and testing. The Technical Advisory Task Force will have five to seven members and be effective from the date of appointment until January 2012. In 2009, the city established a task force to work with the city and Georgia-Pacific (G-P) in reaching an agreement related to G-P’s use of city rights of ways. During the course of their work, the task force recommended that franchise fees paid by G-P for the use of city rights of way be used for the monitoring and testing of ocean waters, habitat, beaches, and animals near the G-P outfall.
G-P paid the city approximately $170,000 in franchise fees which will be used for ocean monitoring and testing. Firms or persons conducting ocean monitoring will be selected through a proposal process. It is anticipated that the Technical Advisory Task Force will be actively involved in assisting the city in activities relating to the preparation of grant guidelines, grant solicitations, proposal review, and award recommendations, and monitoring the work performed under grant awards.
Anyone interested in serving on the city’s Technical Advisory Task Force should apply using the city’s committee application which is found on the city website at www.newportoregon.gov; click on “City Government;” then on “Committees”; and then on “Committee/Commission Application.” The completed form can be submitted electronically. Copies of the committee application form can also be obtained by contacting the City Manager’s Office at 169 SW Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon 97365, or by calling 541.574.0603.
- Penelope McCarthy, City Attorney 541.574.0607
We need a couple more volunteers for the table at the Saturday, July 17 Newport Farmer’s Market–one for the 8 a.m. shift and another for the 10:30 to 1 p.m. shift. Send me an email if you can be there!
On August 29 we celebrate the second anniversary of our OCC PFLAG chapter with the Second Annual PFLAG Family Picnic. Save the date–and invite family and friends.
The next PFLAG meeting is Wednesday, July 14 at 7 p.m. at St. Stephen’s in Newport. We’ll see the second half of Inlaws & Outlaws and talk about Marriage Matters plans.
–Jeanne StJohn email@example.com
Nye Beach Writers’ Series presents: Debra Gwartney
Debra Gwartney moved to Eugene Oregon to start a new life for herself and her four young daughters. She thought she did everything right. She paid attention to all their needs, giving them each what she could of herself from proper, at-the-table family meals to being open about and understanding their culture and where they were coming from. A modern mother in a changing culture–she adapted. She knew and accepted that, “Every parent gets frightened, overwhelmed once in a while,” but she had no idea that she had become, “the woman who unwittingly helped facilitate my daughters’ decision to jump on a train and go far away….”
Her memoir, Live Through This, is her unflinching story of the journey that she and her girls took once the two older sisters, aged 14 and 16, disappeared from their mother and sisters’ home, of the agony and fear that threatened to overwhelm her, and finally of their return, and the journey of their healing.
Gwartney will be reading from Live Through This and engaging in a question and answer session with the audience at her July 17 appearance for Writer’s On The Edge at The Visual Arts Center in Newport. She understands the need to be open about the trials of parenting, and life, that open discussion can result in learning how to also embrace the humor of the mutual staggers of childhood and parenting.
Live Through This was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in February of 2009 and is soon to be featured in People magazine and on “Good Morning America.” Gwartney currently teaches at Pacific University in Forest Grove and Portland State University. Her writing history includes working as a reporter for The Oregonian among several other publications. She is a multi-published author of primarily non-fiction.
Saturday, July 17th, 2010, 7 p.m.
Newport Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive, across from the Nye Beach Turnaround parking lot
General admission: $5 at the door, students always admitted free. Light refreshments will be available. An open mic closes the show.
Let’s welcome the Pastors for Peace to Newport
Please come welcome the 21st Pastors for Peace Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba for a dinner gathering at Canyon Way Books, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday July 8. The Caravan will stop once again in Newport on its way to cross from Texas into Mexico and on to Cuba with its cargo of humanitarian aid. Five or six “caravanistas” will be on the school bus that stops here on that day, on their way to Texas where they will join another 100 or so activists from bus routes through all parts of the country, in a courageous act of civil disobedience–defying the almost 50-year embargo on Cuba.
Their humanitarian aid this year continues to focus on building materials and tools to help reconstruction after the series of hurricanes that devastated the island in recent years, as well as medical supplies, such as wheel chairs and walkers. If you have materials you would like to send, please contact Elizabeth at 541-272-2123 as soon as possible so a place can be secured on the bus for the items.
We hope you will join us in welcoming these intrepid travelers. Please contact Elizabeth if you can offer overnight housing for one or more of the caravanistas.
–Elizabeth Atly firstname.lastname@example.org
Songs and stories of solidarity in Florence
Few musicians put their song words and bodies on the front lines the way Anne Feeney does. Like Joe Hill, you can find Anne “where working folks defend their rights.” Florence sampled that commitment last summer when Feeney brought a bevy of her musician friends to town to sing out for universal, affordable health care. It was a memorable night of musical merry-making for a great cause. [She also brought that performance to Newport and Yachats last fall.]
Anne Feeney will again grace us with her rousing presence on Thursday, July 8, 7 p.m. in the Bromley Room of the Siuslaw Public Library. No one will be turned away. Donations gratefully accepted. For more information call 541 997-2997 or visit www.annefeeney.com
And Chris Chandler follows on July 14 (Wed) with his unique brand of spoken word performance that’s wowed Florence audiences for the last several years.
–Stuart Henderson email@example.com
All of our people all over the country-except the pure-blooded Indians [Native Americans]-are immigrants or descendants of immigrants, including even those who came over here on the Mayflower.
—Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Campaign speech November 4, 1944