August 1, 2019
Your Action of the Week:
"Sign petition: Hold ICE Accountable"
Sign IMIrJ's Petition To Hold ICE Accountable!
Join IMIrJ this summer in an effort to disentangle local law enforcement from ICE and hold our public officials accountable to the vision of a welcoming Oregon that voters overwhelmingly affirmed in the defeat of Measure 105 last fall.
IMIrJ is coordinating these actions as part of a broader strategy being developed with our partners at Innovation Law Lab, CAUSA, ROP, Unidos Bridging Community and other groups in the Oregon Ready Coalition!
Sign this petition for a safe and inclusive Oregon!
Keep Oregon Courthouses Safe & Accessible!
Oregon Chief Justice Martha Walters has the power to issue a ruling that explicitly prohibits ICE arrests in and around our courthouses. In December, a group of Oregon advocates and service providers submitted a formal request to the chief justice urging her to do just that. Advocates hoped for a speedy reply. Unfortunately, months have gone by without a resolution. Meanwhile, New York's Court has issued a similar directive, and a recent injunction has prohibited ICE arrests in Massachusetts courthouses.
On July 3rd, IMIrJ sent Justice Walters this letter, signed in less than 5 days by nearly 300 clergy across the state, urging her to take action. On July 8th, Justice Walters indicated that she wants more information from ICE, effectively further delaying her decision. Now we are asking community members to follow up, and ensure Chief Justice Walters knows that keeping ICE out of our courthouses is urgent and a priority for Oregonians
Please call Justice Walters today!
For more information, read here and here and here
Your Action of the Week:
"Support a Driver's License for all"
HB 2015 Driver’s Licenses for All
The ability to drive legally is vital for many Oregonians as they take their kids to school, commute to work, and contribute to their communities. Without the ability to apply for a license to drive, parents are forced to make an impossible choice between risking arrest and deportation or choosing not to drive and being unable to care for their families. Having the ability to apply for a license to drive gives all Oregonians, including those without legal status, the opportunity to follow the law, get to work and school safely, and provide for their families and communities.
Today, we are one step closer to passing Driver’s Licenses for ALL. The Joint Committee on Transportation moved the Equal Access to Roads Act (HB 2015) out of the committee. We are one step closer to making sure not one more person is separated from their families over a simple traffic stop.
As we move on to the Ways and Means committee, we need you to persist in contacting your legislators to urge them to move HB 2015 forward. The countdown has started and our opposition isn’t backing down. We can’t allow their hate and xenophobia to deter our legislators from doing the right thing by passing Driver’s Licenses for All.
Our goal is to generate 5,000 emails into legislative offices this week.
Will you help us get there by sending an email today and sharing this link with 5 of your friends?
Email your legislator
Printable PDFs of
Action of the Week here.