Palestine land loss

WHERE DID IT ALL BEGIN?

By John Hickox, Dufur, OR
Palestine land lossThis is not an easy subject but it is one that must be discussed.

The most recent episode of Israel’s bi-annual atrocities in Gaza has faded from the news. How can that be? An estimated 2106 citizens of Gaza were killed! Israel admits that “as many as 72% were civilians.” That means that 1516 non-Hamas men, women, children and babies were killed by rockets and bombs launched from American made Apache helicopters and F-16 jets.

Here are some important things to remember about this whole sordid affair:

1. It did not begin with three teen-age settlers being killed by Palestinians. It did not begin with a Palestinian teenager being burned alive by Israeli forces. It did not begin with the 6 day war in 1967 or any of the other events that may come to mind. It began with the brutal ethnic cleansing of hundreds of Palestinian villages by radical Zionists in 1949. So whenever you hear about a recent attack on Palestinians by Israel that “Israel is merely responding” to some Palestinian action or other, remember that it’s the other way around. Since the beginning, on May 1, 1949, the original unacceptable action was Israel’s killing and forced eviction of a majority of the Palestinian people.

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WINNING THE FREEDOM TO MARRY

 

PEOPLE OF FAITH SAY “I DO!”
SATURDAY, MAY 4,  2013  9 am – 5 pm
Central Lutheran Church
1820 NE 21st Ave., Portland, OR 97212

You are cordially invited to attend this special interfaith conference featuring keynote speaker Rev. MacArthur H. Flournoy, theologian, author, and Deputy Director of Religion & Faith Programs for the Human Rights Campaign.  MacArthur served as the Faith Director for Marylanders for Marriage Equality.  Also presenting will be Bishop Bonnie Radden, Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, and Oregon United for Marriage.

Learn why marriage matters for same-gender couples and how progressive people of faith are helping to win the freedom to marry.  Attend workshops where you will learn how to start a conversation about the freedom to marry with family &  friends (dispelling myths & misinformation) and how to get your message of support out to the community.  Learn how your religious community can support the movement to bring marriage equality to Oregon.

Registration is $15 at the door (scholarships available).  Please RSVP with CONFERENCE in the subject line to : Lk.kulm@gmail.com

Causa

Causa was founded in the fall of 1995 by farmworkers, immigrants and allies in order to defeat anti-immigrant ballot measures prepared for circulation to Oregon voters. Since 1995, Causa has defeated dozens of anti-immigrant bills, including attempts to pass E-verify, restrict bilingual education, reduce needed services for low-income immigrant families, and Arizona-style legislation. From 2009-2011 Causa expanded our work to advocate for statewide policies that positively affect Latino immigrant communities in Oregon such as health equity, affordable housing, and jobs and the economy. (Source: Causa website)

400 people attended Causa’s 14th Annual Statewide Immigrant Action Day in Salem on Saturday, January 21 to highlight:

Restoring driver’s licenses for all in Oregon

Stopping local law enforcement collaboration with ICE

How to get involved with our children’s education

Making your voice heard in elections

Equality for all members of our community

On January 24, Causa and a coalition of Eugene churches (including First Congregational UCC) and community groups hosted 350 guests a second annual Leaders Assembly. The issues addressed, to the attention of special guests from city, county, and state government, were a driver’s license restoration for all qualified Oregon residents and restoration of county funding for Centro LatinoAmericano in Eugene.

In 2005, the federal government passed the Real I.D. Act. In 2007, Governor Kulongoski followed by passing an order to get the Oregon driver’s license to meet the federal standard. This requires people to provide a birth certificate and documentation of legal status to renew or obtain a driver’s license. By the end of 2012, most of the immigrant community will be without a legal driver’s license. This is a losing situation for all—drivers, insurance companies, state licensing revenue, farmers and related industry, and certainly undocumented people who must work, go to the grocery or doctor, and take their children to school.

Gov. Kitzhaber has taken up this issue and will pursue passage of the Safer Roads Act to restore a driver’s-license-only for eligible drivers.

Centro LatinoAmericano, the largest and most established community-based organization in Lane County (and the southern Willamette Valley) serving the needs of low-income individuals and families, suffered drastic funding cuts from Lane County in June of 2011. This leaves poor citizens with fewer resources (e.g., heat assistance, language barrier assistance) to help them become self-reliant.

Currently, anti-immigrant groups with the support of Oregon State Representative Kim Thatcher (R), Oregon State Representative Jeff Barker (D) and others are preparing to introduce House Bill 4052 to force state agencies in Oregon to use the flawed E-verify system to “verify employment eligibility of applicants.” E-Verify, an Internet-based computer database run by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has a troubled history that would spell disaster for Oregonians and Oregon’s struggling budget. Readers can take action on this and other Causa issues by checking the website: http://causaoregon.org


Brenda Kame’enui
First Congregational Church
Eugene, Oregon

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