OFIR Alerts and Updates
Mark your calendar and plan to attend the Oregon State Fair open now and running through Labor Day.
Oregonians for Immigration Reform (OFIR) is hosting a booth at the State Fair again this year. We encourage you to drop by and say hello. Learn more about what's happening here in Oregon and across the country!
If you have not yet joined OFIR, we encourage you to do so. It has been decades since the immigration issue has attracted such attention.
We have great news to share!
OFIR was invited to apply for a matching grant for funding our efforts here in Oregon to STOP illegal immigration and our application was accepted and approved!
US Inc. will match your contributions to OFIR of any size up to $15,000 total! Imagine that - if you contribute $20 it magically becomes $40 or contribute $100 and it magically becomes a $200 contribution!
OFIR fought very hard to defeat Ballot Measure 88 and our resources are running low. Your contribution now will help OFIR stay in the game during the critical, upcoming election cycle.
Please consider a generous contribution today and double your money. This wonderful opportunity just doesn't happen every day!
OFIR appreciates each and every one of our members. We understand that some of you may not be able to contribute financially. There are lots of things you can do to help http://www.oregonir.org/how-you-can-help-ofir
But, we hope that those of you that can, will dig deep and give generously. We need your help now - and your contribution to OFIR will be doubled. It's a WIN - WIN!
If you plan to visit the Oregon State Fair (Aug. 28 - Sept. 7), OFIR will be hosting a booth again this year! We will be located in the Jackman-Long Building. Please plan to stop and say hello to our wonderful volunteers, or visiting Legislators or a radio talk show host - all are volunteering in the OFIR booth during the fair!
We will be happy to accept your matching grant contribution at the State Fair. You can also go online http://www.oregonir.org/donate-ofir to contribute or mail your contribution to:
PO Box 7354
Salem, OR 97303
For those of you living in Congressional District 1:
Representative Suzanne Bonamici has scheduled 6 town hall meetings in August and September, beginning on August 29 in McMinnville.
Her announcement states: “It’s critical that I hear from my constituents about issues affecting them,” Congresswoman Bonamici said. “These town hall meetings provide me with a useful perspective that informs my work. I always appreciate hearing from my constituents about their ideas, concerns, and questions.”
OFIR encourages members in Congressional District 1 to attend one of these meetings and discuss immigration issues. Rep. Bonamici is rated F- by NumbersUSA on her voting record on immigration bills in the current Congress, and D- overall for her years in Congress, 2012-2015. In 2015 alone, she voted 4 times for amnesties to illegal aliens. The particular bills are listed here.
You might wish to read the useful tips posted on NumbersUSA’s website for constituents’ effective participation in town halls. We suggest that you express to Rep. Bonamici your concerns about her consistent support for illegal aliens and illegal immigration and her apparent disregard of the consequences for citizens and the viability of our nation.
If you wish, you can print copies of her voting records here, and give them to her.
Here is the Townhall schedule:
DATE & TIME
Saturday August 29
Saturday August 29
Monday August 31
Congress is in recess now for the month of August. Two members of Oregon's Congressional delegation, Senator Merkley and Rep. DeFazio, have announced town halls on their websites, and one, Rep. Walden, invites registration for telephone town halls. The schedule announced below is current as of August 3. You might check the links below for any updates.
Town halls offer the best opportunity for voters to address their legislators publicly and in person. They are your best chance to express your opinions directly to the legislator.
SENATOR JEFF MERKLEY
Sen. Merkley says he “will update constituents on his work in Washington, DC and answer their questions and invite their suggestions about how to tackle the challenges facing Oregon and America.” http://www.merkley.senate.gov/events/town-halls
August 10, 2015 @ 2:30 PM
Clackamas County Town Hall
Wilsonville Public Library, 8200 SW Wilsonville Road, Wilsonville, OR 97070
August 12, 2015 @ 4:00 PM
Wallowa County Town Hall
Joseph Charter School Cafeteria, 400 E Williams Ave, Joseph, OR 97846
August 12, 2015 @ 12:30 PM
Union County Town Hall
Pleasant Grove Grange Hall, 67218 Hunter Road, Summerville, OR 97876
August 13, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
Grant County Town Hall
Long Creek Community Center, 210 West 2nd Street, Long Creek, OR 97856
REPRESENTATIVE PETER DEFAZIO
“Each year, Rep DeFazio holds town hall meetings across Oregon's 4th District to hear from his constituents and update Oregonians about what's been going on in Washington.” His schedule is posted at http://defazio.house.gov/2015-town-hall-meeting-schedule
Wednesday, August 5
Brookings, 9-10 am, Chetco Activity Center, 550 Chetco Ln
Canyonville, 1-2 pm, Azalea Room, Seven Feathers Hotel, 146 Chief Miwaleta Ln
Roseburg, 5-6 pm, City Hall, 900 SE Douglas Ave.
Monday, August 24
Sweet Home, 10-11 am; Senior Community Center, 870 18th Ave.
Albany, 12-1 pm; City Hall, 333 Broadalbin St SW
Corvallis, 5:30-6:30, Benton Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave.
Tuesday, August 25
Eugene Seniors Town Hall Meeting, 10-11 am, Campbell Senior Center, 155 High St., Eugene
Springfield, 4:30-5 pm, Willamette Center for Sports & Recreation, 250 S. 32d St.
Eugene, 6-7 pm, NW Community Credit Union, 545 E. 8th Ave.
REPRESENTATIVE GREG WALDEN
Rep. Walden’s website invites constituents to sign up for his telephone town halls, after which they will be notified when a telephone town hall is scheduled. To add your name to the list, please visit https://walden.house.gov/telephone-town-hall-signup-form.
Plan to attend a very special Grassroots Rally in support of your 2nd Amendment Rights, limited government, less taxes, getting tough on crime, Official English and E-Verify
Join the crowd Saturday, June 27 from 3 - 5pm on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio from Arizona will be the featured speaker at the rally.
Sheriff Arpaio has been profiled in over 4,000 national and foreign newspapers, magazines, and TV news programs. His leadership and the excellent work of his staff have catapulted the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office into the ranks of elite law enforcement agencies.
Invite your friends and bring your children. Bring along an American flag - large or small and a patriotic sign, if you can!
To help offset costs of this event a special raffle will be held.
$5 gets a door prize ticket for the cool and even collectible items described below (multiple tickets can be purchased).
1. A pair of Maricopa County’s PINK inmate shorts.
2. Book written and signed by Sheriff Arpaio.
3. Sheriff Arpaio personal coin.
4. Book written and signed by Sheriff Arpaio
5. Private Dinner with Sheriff Arpaio at Representative & Mrs. Greg Barreto’s home in Keizer, OR.
While OFIR is a non-partisan, single issue organization, we appreciate the ORP's focus on the immigration issue and the visit of their very special guest.
The so-called free trade bill is being pushed again in the House, with all its harmful features expanding Presidential control of immigration, bringing in unlimited numbers of immigrants.
We are forwarding the alert from the Citizens Trade Campaign which targets Representatives who continue to support these bad trade bills. Please call or email again. Thank you!
Call Representative Earl Blumenauer: 202-225-4811, or in Oregon: 503-231-2300
Webform for email: Click Contact on the homepage of his website: http://blumenauer.house.gov
from Citizens Trade Campaign, June 17, 2015:
Fast Track Vote Imminent: Please Contact Your Rep Again Now
Apparently, some politicians didn’t get the message after last week’s vote blocking Fast Track legislation from moving forward in the House. As I write this, the House Rules Committee is meeting to discuss a new scheme that would allow Fast Track to be voted on again this Thursday.
TAKE ACTION: Please tell Congress again now to vote NO on Fast Track.
There’s a reason we were able to block Fast Track in the House last week: you and countless others keep telling Congress in no uncertain terms that you want "No Fast Track for the TPP!" We can't let up now.
Corporate lobbyists' and certain political elites' attempt to try ramming Fast Track legislation through again so soon after last week's failure � possibly as early as this Thursday � is a desperate movmove. I have every confidence we can stop them again, but we need your support once more.
Tell Congress enough is enough, and to say NO to Fast Track for the TPP.
You know as well as I do that the stakes here are very high. If passed, Fast Track would create a virtual rubber-stamp for dangerous trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that threaten jobs, wages, the environment, public health and more in your community and communities throughout the world.
As House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wrote recently in USA Today, "As we look to the future, it is clear that this debate on the trade authority is probably the last of it’s kind. The intense debate of the past few weeks has further convinced me that we need a new paradigm."
Fast Track legislation really did take a major blow last week. Winning this vote should knock Fast Track out for good. Please take action now.
Arthur Stamoulis, Executive Director
CITIZENS TRADE CAMPAIGN
From the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign:
We just found out that a stand-alone Fast Track bill for the TPP is going for a vote in the House tomorrow.
Congresswoman Bonamici has said publicly that she would not vote for Fast Track without Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). TAA helps workers whose jobs have been displaced by trade. We need to make sure she keeps her word and votes NO on Fast Track this time.
We need tons of constituent calls telling her to stand by her word and stand with Oregonians by voting NO on Fast Track when it comes for a vote tomorrow (Thursday). Please call her offices as soon as possible, and spread the word!
DC Office: (202) 225-0855
Oregon Office: (503) 469-6010
Hi, my name is ______ and I’m calling from __[City]__. Congresswoman Bonamici has said publicly that she would not vote for the Fast Track bill without Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). I’m calling as a constituent to ask her to keep her word and vote NO on the stand-alone Fast Track bill tomorrow [THURSDAY, JUNE 18].
Thank you! Let’s win this!
Elizabeth Swager & Robyn Gottlieb
Oregon Fair Trade Campaign
Senate Bill 932 would let those students — who must be Oregon high school graduates — receive state-funded, need-based college scholarships through the Oregon Opportunity Grant program. The scholarships are up to $2,000 per student per year.
The Ways and Means Committee will be having a hearing Monday morning at 8:30am.
If you can't make it to the hearing, please consider submitting testimony, so that the Committee will understand how many people oppose such a bill. There IS an emergency clause on this bill, as well. Designed to prevent citizens from referring the bill to the ballot - as OFIR did with SB 833 - the driver card bill.
Read the article in the Register Guard for possible ideas for testimony.
Send your testimony to Ways and Means: WaysandMeans.EducationSub@state.or.us
Senator Wyden has announced upcoming town hall meetings to be held soon in Polk, Yamhill, and Tillamook Counties. Please attend if you can, and speak to him about immigration issues.
Below the schedule, there is background information that may help you formulate your comments and questions.
Polk County town hall »
May 29 2015 10:00AM
Nesmith Readiness Center
12830 Westview Drive
Yamhill County town hall »
May 29 2015 1:00PM
McMinnville High School
615 NE 15th St
Tillamook County town hall »
May 30 2015 10:30AM
Port of Tillamook Bay Officers Mess Hall
6825 Officer's Row
YOU CAN PRINT OUT A REPORT CARD FOR SEN. WYDEN AND GIVE IT TO HIM:
Senator Wyden is graded F- by NumbersUSA based on his voting record on immigration issues in 2015. This year alone he voted 7 times in favor of measures supporting amnesty for illegal aliens: 6 times for funding President Obama’s amnesties and once to confirm a Presidential appointee for U.S. Attorney General who is openly in favor of amnesty.
Also, he has been a prominent advocate for Trade Promotion Authority that would fast-track international trade agreements without adequate examination by Congress or citizens, and including allowing unknown numbers of foreign workers to take jobs from citizens. See this report on Sen. Wyden’s role and the status of the fast-track bill in Congress now: http://www.eagleforum.org/publications/alerts/2015-archives/fast-track-passes-senate.html
Sen. Wyden has been in Congress for over 30 years. His overall career grade by NumbersUSA is F for his votes on immigration issues.
Tell Sen. Wyden politely but firmly - that U.S. immigration policies should put the interests of U.S. citizens first, not the interests of corporations that profit from cheap labor, and not the interests of illegal aliens and other foreign nationals.
Tell him that our country’s future is in grave danger from overpopulation which is primarily due to excessive immigration now and in recent decades. Furthermore, much of current immigration comes uninspected, allowing easy entry for persons who wish to harm us.
FAIR sends this urgent Action Alert about a bill to be voted on soon in Congress with a section allowing illegal aliens who are DACA recipients to join the military, at a time when the military is downsizing and citizens' applications to join are being turned down.
Worse still, the language used implies Congressional approval of amnesty. An amendment by Rep. Mel Brooks would strip out this offensive section.
Please read FAIR's description of the problem and make the call to your U.S. Representative.
Contact information for Oregon's U.S. Representatives is on the OFIR website at: http://www.oregonir.org/how-contact-oregon-congressional-delegation. or you can call the Capital switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your Representative.
Sometimes it seems that nothing we do works in stopping elected officials from moving in the wrong direction. But, this time it worked. You and your calls and emails stopped it. Read all about it - then pat yourself on the back!
If you quit - you lose for certain. If you stay and fight, you may lose...but, you just might win!