Democratic Party of Oregon Platform Convention
The Democratic Party of Oregon Platform Convention wrapped up Aug. 20 at Western Oregon University in Monmouth. Seventeen Linn County delegates participated in the three-day convention. "(DPO Chair) Rosa Colquitt got a bunch of legislators to interact with delegates in our (legislative action item) breakout sessions, so we felt our voices were heard," said Mary Cooke, Linn County delegate from Lebanon. Delegates will vote on the platform and legislative action items in coming days, and the documents will be finalized soon.
Anti-abortion ('pro-life') proclamation effort fizzles
SEPT 28 UPDATE: No anti-abortion ("pro-life") proclamation was made during the Sept. 27 Albany City Council meeting and no anti-abortion ("pro-life") flag is on display at City Hall. The issue appears to be dead.
MID-SEPTEMBER POST: Residents in Albany Ward III recently received a mailer from conservative activists pushing a radical proclamation and for the council approve flying an anti-abortion flag at City Hall throughout October. Albany's residents have strongly opposed restrictions on reproductive freedom, as the defeats of several anti-choice ballot measures in recent years show.
We cannot let extremist conservative activist voices carry the day. Contact the mayor and city councilors to let them know you oppose the proclamation and flying this flag. If you are able, please also plan on attending the Albany City Council meeting on Sept. 27.
Below are photos of both sides of the of mailer received by residents in Albany Ward III.
Bentz, DeRemer Accountability Teams (BAT/DRAT)
Video: Cherita Wilson, a Realtor with eXp Realty, sings the Black National Anthem — "Lift Every Voice and Sing" — during the Juneteenth Celebration on June 19 at Corvallis Community Center.
Video: Albany Mayor Alex Johnson talks about Juneteenth during the June 19 celebration at Corvallis Community Center.
Democratic Party of Oregon
condemns Supreme Court decisions
The Democratic Party of Oregon Statement on Supreme Court decisions:
“The Democratic Party of Oregon condemns the recent Supreme Court rulings that abolish affirmative action in college admissions, allows discrimination against LGBTQ+ people based on who they are, and blocks student loan relief for tens of millions of Americans,” said DPO Chair Dr. Rosa Colquitt.
“The extremist majority on the Supreme Court has walked away from its duty to uphold human rights in favor of being a political instrument of the Republican Party. In failing to uphold decades of precedent, this Court’s majority has demonstrated that political motivation outweighs its desire to uphold the principles of our Constitution.
America is stronger when our colleges are diverse, when people are free to be who they are without enduring discrimination, and when our federal government goes to bat for people who are struggling under the weight of predatory student loan debt. As President Biden said, ‘We cannot let this decision be the last word.’
It is clear that we cannot rely on the Supreme Court with its current ideological makeup to protect Americans’ rights or support long standing precedent. The answer is political — we must win back the United States Congress on behalf of the people. The answer to these gravely mistaken rulings is to restore a Democratic majority in the House, expand our majority in the Senate, and re-elect President Biden next year. The Democratic Party of Oregon expresses solidarity with the millions of Americans who are hurting today, and we reaffirm our resolve to do our part to secure the electoral wins necessary to codify into law the rights, protections, and economic relief that our fellow Americans deserve.”
Analyses of Supreme Court rulings
• Takeaways from the latest controversial and contentious Supreme Court terms (July 1, CNN)
• Curtailing affirmative action is a blow against a rising generation (June 29, The Atlantic)
Supreme Court guts affirmative action
• What the Supreme Court ruling does and does not do (June 29, CNN)
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