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Louise Owens, a longtime Linn County Democrat who served as vice chair of the local party for many years, died Saturday at Lebanon Community Hospital. She was 72.
Loyd Henion, former Linn Dems chair, paid tribute to his friend and Democratic Party colleague in this Facebook post:
It didn't take long for anyone who knew Louise to learn just what an extraordinary person she was. The longer one was acquainted with her, the deeper the awarenesses of her exceptionalism became.
Her diversity and depth of knowledge and experiences were revealed during every conversation.
She worked for the local and state Democratic Party from her home in Lebanon. Her love and expressions for truth and justice were transmitted to others in the most thoughtful, graceful and articulate way.
Her ability to express her thoughts in stories verbally and in essays, letters, prose and children's textbooks always left me mystified as to how one person could accomplish so much. And she did all of this without expecting any recognition.
She truly became one of my best lifetime – and most appreciated – friends. Some people are simply not replaceable.
Oh did I mention her wit and humor. She could always make me laugh even during the worst of times.
I could not have survived being Chair and Co-Chair of the Linn County Democrats for 10 years without Louise keeping me sane as the Vice Chair.
No memorial will be sufficient for my friend but we will stage one soon, obeying all the rules of social distancing, outside with limited numbers, (Zooming option will be available) and mask wearing at a location to be determined.
I will never forget you, Louise.
A look back at a month of protests against systemic racism, racial injustice
• Hundreds gather in Lebanon on June 14 for Black Lives Matter Demonstration
• More than 1,000 people lined Ellsworth Street in downtown Albany on June 2 to peacefully protest.
• Miriam Cummins, Democratic candidate for House District 15 State Representative, speaks June 6 at a protest at the State Capitol in Salem.
• Some 2,000 gathered in downtown Corvallis on May 31.
• An estimated 4,000 demonstrated June 7 in downtown Corvallis.
Also, Rosa Colquitt, Ph.D, Chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon's Black Caucus, wrote a message May 29 on Facebook, titled "George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and all who came before" And Rosa wrote "Juneteenth: Celebration of Freedom."
And see comments by Sen. Jeff Merkley, Congressman Peter DeFazio and State Rep. Marty Wilde.
And for more reading, see the "21-Day Racial Equity Challenge," by Dr. Eddie Moore
DeFazio: DACA decision is important, but temporary
By Rep. Peter DeFazio
From day one, the Trump administration has toyed with the lives of 650,000 DREAMers (10,000 in the state of Oregon) – undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children – breaking promises, demeaning character, attacking integrity, and threatening their livelihoods and their homes.DREAMers pitch in Little Leagues, go to prom, march in Fourth of July parades, raise families, and serve in the military. They are contributing members of every community. And nearly 30,000 DREAMers work in front-line health care jobs, fighting COVID.
None of that matters to Donald Trump.
I am proud of my longstanding support of DREAMers, I voted in favor of the DREAM Act back when it was first introduced in 2001, and I've been a cosponsor on every bill since. Congress has the power to stop Trump's cruelty by passing the DREAM Act. In fact, the House has already passed it, but Mitch McConnell refuses to let the Senate vote on it.
That's vile, Add your name to tell Senate Republicans to protect DREAMers now!
This week, the Supreme Court delivered a win for the rule of law and human decency by ruling that Donald Trump can't end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program – which protects DREAMers from deportation – just because he feels like it.
That's a big victory, Graham, but it's just temporary. Trump and his secretary of racism, Stephen Miller, have made it clear that they will never stop attacking immigrants and undocumented Americans. They're no doubt already planning their next assault on DREAMers.
Ending DACA is wholly immoral and cruel. Congress must pass the DREAM Act to stop Trump and protect the 650,000 American DREAMers once and for all.
Sign the petition now to tell Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans, "Do the right thing. Protect our DREAMers!"
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