The Immigration Dialog
How is Lincoln County affected by the current national immigration controversy? What are the economic and societal effects locally? What are the public safety issues for all residents? Go beyond the headlines and join the discussion with community leaders on Friday, March 15th at 6:30pm. The forum will be held in the Community Room at Oregon Coast Community College, Newport at 400 SE College Way.
The panel of four will begin the program followed by an open discussion period with audience participation.
Pastor Bob Barrett, Yachats Community Presbyterian Church.
Bob just returned from a trip to the Mexican Border. He will share some of his experiences and observations. Prior to ordained ministry Bob worked as a Developmental Disabilities Case Manager for the State of CT, and later for the County Mental Health Department, in Winfield, Kansas. When not preaching, or otherwise engaged in “church work,” Bob can be found advocating, agitating, instigating and protesting; working for a just world.
Katie Moss is an activist and volunteer from Yamhill County. Last summer she found herself in the center of a human rights crisis with immigrants being held secretly at the local federal prison, co-housed with criminals and violent offenders. She organize a large group of volunteers who signed to pick up these asylum seekers when they were released. They were taken to safe shelters, also housed in churches,
organizing the same group of volunteers to give rides to and raise money for ICE victims’ families who become orphans and widows for many months as their fathers and husbands are held in detention centers across the west coast.
Sheriff Curtis Landers, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Landers has been with Sheriff’s Office for 31 years. He has held positions of Records/Property Clerk, Corrections Deputy, Patrol Deputy, Patrol Supervisor, Administrative Lieutenant and has been serving as Sheriff since June 2016. Sheriff Landers attended the FBI National Academy, the Oregon State Sheriff Association Command College, the Supervisory and Middle Management courses and possess an executive certification from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.
Pastor Angel Torres, associate pastor at First Baptist Church in Newport. He is in charge of the Hispanic ministry working closely with immigrants. Angel went to Bible college in Texas where he got his Bachelor degree in theology. He is married and has two sons – both attend Newport High School. Angel has been a pastor for over twenty years. He spent fifteen years pastoring in Spain and came to Newport five years ago.
Please take the opportunity to join this informative conversation in a comfortable and safe environment.
This event is sponsored by KYAQ Community Radio Station, National Organization of Women (NOW), and the Yachats Community Presbyterian Church.