Ballot measure 105 violates several of our seven UU principles including:
1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
Ballot measure 105 would end the state’s tradition of being a sanctuary state, the first state to have adopted this position. For 30 years it has guided the state in its actions regarding immigration.
We received this message from CAUSA with suggestions on actions that should be taken to oppose Measure 105. Their message in part reads:
Late yesterday we learned that Oregonians for Immigration Reform turned in enough signatures to qualify their measure for the November ballot. Measure 105 would throw out Oregon’s sanctuary state law, a law that has been working for over 30 years to protect Oregonians from unfair racial profiling.
We need your help to power an inclusive, statewide campaign to defeat Measure 105. Here are some important actions we ask that you take ASAP to mobilize your supporters to join the campaign to VOTE NO on Measure 105:
Jordon Cove would be an environmental disaster for Oregon. The planned project, including the Pacific Connector Pipeline, would cross almost 500 wetlands, waterways, streams, and rivers and would need the largest dredging project for any coastal bay or estuary in Oregon's history.
Oregonians thought this project had been defeated but it raised its head again following the election of Pres. Trump.
Jordon Cove will make it impossible for Oregon's already approved climate and energy plans to succeed, and would doom the more aggressive plans we actually need!
The project has proposed building three 30 megawatt generators to provide power to the plant itself, which would require a permit from the State of Oregon’s Energy Facility Siting Council. But Jordon Cove has requested an exemption. Whether a permit is required or an exemption is given, a public comment period is required.
That gives us an opportunity to have our voices heard!
Read the Notice from Oregon Department of Energy
Action of the Week
We, the public, can comment until August 13, 2018. Send your comments to
Sean Mole, Federal Projects Coordinator
Oregon Department of Energy
550 Capitol St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
Change is in the works for Oregon Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice. Last Friday was my final day as the Executive Director.
I have spent the last two years working with a very able board to grow our organization. I believe that OregonVoices has made a difference under my tenure. We have raised the voice of Unitarian Universalism in Salem and around the state.
Last year I began sending out the Action of the Week. Nothing went out as an Action, unless there was something you could do about it! The Action varied by whatever was needed. You could attend a training, a rally, send an email, give testimony, gather signatures, sign a petition, attend a vigil. Each Action came with an explanation of what was happening here in Oregon or in the United States on that issue. Sometimes, the Action was to take good care of yourself and reflect on what it all meant.
People always want to know why you are leaving. I am leaving mainly because my salary was covered by a generous grant from the UU Funding Program for the last two years. As all good things do, this grant finally ran out!
Now it is up to the board to carry on. They are ready. They are excited. Support them as they move forward as a volunteer force. They will still need your gifts of time and money to continue.
I enjoyed your company over these last two years. I will miss you!
In Love and Faith,
Rev. Katie Larsell