February 28th, 2023
State panel holds informational hearing
In English: The City of Albany, in partnership with the Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments (OCWCOG) is hosting a public meeting to present potential Climate Friendly Area locations - places where people can meet most of their daily needs without having to drive by having housing near a mix of jobs, businesses, and services. The meeting will consist of a presentation on the proposed areas from OCWCOG representatives and a public input forum to gather community feedback on the potential sites.
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6 to 7:30 pm.
City Hall Council Chambers
Broadalbin St. S.W.
An online survey will be available on the project website beginning February 21st to provide another opportunity for comments: https://www.cityofalbany.net/cd/cfec. Learn more online and view the November 2022 public overview meeting video and slides.
To help provide residents with more housing and transportation choices, and meet Oregon’s adopted climate goals, cities must reduce barriers to walkable and accessible communities. The Climate Friendly Areas process requires centering voices of underserved populations and working towards equitable outcomes.
Please contact Anne Catlin, firstname.lastname@example.org, 541-917-7560, to request translation services to participate in the meeting, to invite city staff to attend a meeting or event, or to schedule a one-on-one meeting. Share this invitation with your contacts.
En español: Reunión públicas para presentar propuestas de zonas ecológicas
La ciudad de Albany, en colaboración con el Consejo Gubernamental de las Cascadas Occidentales de Oregon (OCWCOG, por sus siglas en inglés), celebrarán una reunión pública para presentar posibles ubicaciones de zonas ecológicas en ambas comunidades - lugares en los que las personas puedan satisfacer la mayoría de sus necesidades diarias sin tener que conducir, gracias a viviendas ubicadas cerca de una variedad de puestos de trabajo, empresas y servicios. La reunión consistirá en una presentación de las zonas propuestas por parte de representantes del OCWCOG y un foro de opinión pública para recabar los comentarios de la comunidad sobre los posibles emplazamientos.
Martes 21 de febrero, De 6 a 7:30 p. m.
Sala de plenos del ayuntamiento
333 Broadalbin Street SW, Albany
Una encuesta en línea estará disponible en el sitio web de los proyecto a partir del 21 de febrero a fin de ofrecer otra oportunidad de presentar opiniones: https://www.cityofalbany.net/cd/cfec. Para obtener más información, consulte el sitio web y vea el video y las diapositivas de la reunión públicas de noviembre de 2022.
Con el fin de ofrecer a los habitantes más opciones de vivienda y transporte, y cumplir los objetivos climáticos adoptados por Oregon, las ciudades deben reducir los obstáculos a los que se enfrentan los constructores locales que desean desarrollar urbanizaciones tradicionales y más transitables. El proceso de creación de zonas ecológicas requiere que se preste especial atención a las opiniones de las poblaciones más desfavorecidas y que se trabaje para lograr resultados equitativos.
Póngase en contacto Anne Catlin para si necesita servicios de traducción para participar en la reunión, para invitar al personal del ayuntamiento a asistir a una reunión o evento, o para programar una reunión privada: email@example.com, 541-917-7550. Comparte esta invitación con tus contactos
Reflections on Black History Month
February is Black History Month and this year's theme, as selected by Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), is "Black Resistance."
LaGarrett King, an associate professor of social studies education at the University at Buffalo, commented about the theme to NPR. "With resistance there is an implied understanding of oppression, and it seems to be a segment of the population who do not want to admit those historical facts. Yet, resistance helps us understand the power that Black people have in terms of their historical realities, which counters the concept of victimhood that many say drives Black History education."
The ASALH notes:
"African Americans have resisted historic and ongoing oppression, in all forms, especially the racial terrorism of lynching, racial pogroms, and police killings since our arrival upon these shores. These efforts have been to advocate for a dignified self-determined life in a just democratic society in the United States and beyond the United States political jurisdiction.[...]
As societal and political forces escalate to limit access to and exercise of the ballot, eliminate the teaching of Black history, and work to push us back into the 1890s, we can only rely on our capacity to resist. The enactment of HR 40, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, the Breathe Act, and the closure of the racial wealth gap is not the end. They too will require us to mobilize our resources, human and material, and fight for 'freedom, justice, and equality'; 'self-determination', and/or 'social transformation'.”
In communities and states across the country, including here in Oregon, the political right isn't just trying to erase Black History, they are. For example, in Florida, an Advanced Placement African American Studies course has been banned, in Alabama, the State Board of Education has limited how educators talk about race, in Oregon, School Boards have banned symbols relating to Black Lives Matter and have fired educators and school administrators who support equity work [Albany] [Newberg], and books touching on the topics of race and racial justice continue to top the list of most-banned books according to the American Library Association.
We all have work to do in understanding how racism permeates our institutions, and to change or dismantle
systems that perpetuate it. Part of that work includes holding our elected officials accountable, and by electing and supporting leaders, especially those running for School Boards, who understand that diversity is a strength. We are stronger as a community when we can acknowledge, honor, learn from and respect the contributions and lived experiences of one another, inclusive of race.
— Jerred Taylor, Linn County Democrats Chair
The mission of the Linn Benton NAACP Branch in Oregon is the same as the national organization. The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
Merkley continues his town hall tradition
ALBANY — Sen. Jeff Merkley, started his 19th Town Hall of 2023 and 525th overall on Saturday afternoon at Linn-Benton Community College by noting that few senators hold town halls anymore.
“We have such a tribal divide,” said Merkley, who has served in the Senate since 2009. Yet he and his fellow Oregon colleague, Sen. Ron Wyden, who spoke in the same LBCC Forum auditorium last month, both believe the town halls provide important opportunities to hear Oregonians' concerns and viewpoints. And like Wyden, he asks audiences to adhere to one basic thing: Be respectful of others’ views.
The 60 people who turned out Saturday modeled that respect, as Merkley fielded more than a dozen questions on a wide range of topics.
The senator said he supports ending the U.S. embargo against Cuba, deplores tobacco companies marketing of flavored vapes to teens and wants a windfall profit tax on oil companies for their record $200 billion in profits in 2022. Merkley calculated that those profits amounted to $2 per gallon.
“They’re gouging Americans,” he said.
As for a Universal Health Care bill being considered in Salem, Merkley said that if the state comes up with a plan, he’d work to provide necessary support for it at the federal level.
He also said he’s calling for intense scrutiny of questionable practices within Medicare Advantage and that “no one should be shunted into Medicare Advantage.”
Before he concluded his remarks, Merkley noticed Scio-area resident Christina Eastman standing with a sign protesting the industrial chicken factory proposed for the rural area close to her home.
“A good activist seizes the moment,” he said. “Well done.”
Albany Mayor Alex Johnson, who introduced Merkley, had the final words during the hourlong town hall. He mentioned the controversy over the planned removal of 84 trees in and near Monteith Riverpark to make way for the waterfront renovation project. Also planned is the planting of 3,000 new plants and trees, and he noted that a hotel is interested in locating downtown.
“Be patient.” he said.
Drinking Liberally now offers three options in mid-valley
• Corvallis: First Tuesday of the month, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St.
• Lebanon: Second Thursday of the month, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dos Arbolitos, 50 W. Oak St.
• Albany Third Wednesday of the month, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Taqueria Alonzo, 240 Broadalbin St. (in Two Rivers Market), 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Neighborhood Leaders to look
at how to engage in legislative session
Special guest Representative David Gomberg will share his experience. We'll walk through how to navigate the Oregon State Legislature website, to find out about and advocate on the issues that matter to you. Role-plays on contacting your elected representatives will be included. To receive Zoom access for the meeting and for more information about NLP, please contact NLP Leadership Team member Nancy Greenman.
Next Up: Save the Dates:
- New Linn County Neighborhood Leaders Orientation — You should have received a separate email with information and links to the program orientation by Zoom at 5;30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, and Sunday, Feb 26. If you didn't get the email, please "reply" to let Nancy know.
- Sunday, March 5, 5 p.m. -- As promised, we'll take an in-depth look at the so-called "parent power" movement in public education, as well as why removing books from access is not a good idea. Vince Adams, Corvallis School Board (and Oregon State Bar Association), and School Librarian Dana Zachary will share their expertise with us.
Linda, Steve, Susan, Mark, Brenda, Carol and Nancy
Linn Benton Democrats Organization Team
February 15th, 2023
State of the Union
'My economic plan is about investing in places and people that have been forgotten. Amid the economic upheaval of the past four decades, too many people have been left behind or treated like they’re invisible.'
• Republicans repeatedly heckle Biden during speech (Feb. 8, CNN)
• How Biden successfully baited Congressional Republicans (Feb. 7, The Atlantic)
• Full transcript of Biden's State of the Union address (Feb. 7, Axios)
February 15th, 2023
Petition urges legislators to support moratorium
on industrial-scale animal feeding operations
February 07th, 2023
Black History Month events
News & Updates
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