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Had enough? Want to get involved? Learn how this Saturday!

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January 22, 2014
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SOUND AWESOME? ...IT IS! Attend the Western Liberty Network's Second Annual Leadership and Training Conference and Expo.

The event's theme is “TAKE THE OFFENSIVE!” and will start at 9:00AM on Saturday, January 25th, 2014 at the Sheraton Airport Hotel located at 8235 NW Airport Way in Portland.

You can take in a full day of training that will give you the tools you need to be a more effective activist or volunteer. Additional courses will be offered to those interested in applying or running for local public office, those interested in building their local grassroots organizations, and for veterans who want to participate more effectively in the communities they helped to protect.  Cynthia Kendoll - OFIR President and Authorized Agent for the Protect Oregon Driver Licenses successful veto referendum campaign, will be speaking about how to manage a grassroots referendum or initiative campaign. Click on the agenda link for time and location of each break out session.

Before the debate, awards will be presented to leading activists and grass roots organizations.

STOP PLAYING DEFENSE...learn how you can go on the offense to create the change we are all working toward.

On January 25th you can see the first major US Senate candidate debate of 2014 hosted by national news personality Lars Larson. You can also see presentations by candidates running for Oregon governor, and enjoy a Mexican buffet lunch prepared by an award winning restaurant.

KXL Radio, the Lars Larson Show, Cascade Policy Institute, Oregon Capitol Watch, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, I-Spy Radio, and author and entrepreneur Sam Carpenter are sponsoring the debate. The night before the conference there will be a reception at the hotel free to all registrants featuring live music and hot appetizers. This promises to be the premiere grass roots training event of the year. Registrants can submit questions to be asked during the debate and will assist in enforcing time limits. This is going to be a FUN, INFORMATIVE, and INSPIRING.

To REGISTER, click HERE or go to the www.westernlibertynetwork.org website to download a full agenda and click on the “REGISTER NOW” button when you are ready to register.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Colorado pot shops likely targets of cartels, say experts

As the smoke settles from the first week of legal marijuana sales in Colorado, experts are warning that sanctioned pot dealers could become targets for the very folks they put out of business.

Taking over a trade once ruled by drug cartels and turning it into an all-cash business could make pot shops prime targets for extortion, black-market competition and robbery. One veteran border narcotics agent told FoxNews.com Colorado's legal pot industry will find it hard to keep the criminals from horning in on a lucrative business they once controlled.

"What is quite possible is that cartels will hire straw owners who have clean records who can apply for a license, then sell large quantities both legally and on the black market."

- Denver DEA office spokesman Albert Villasuso

"Mexico is already in Colorado without the risks," the agent, who requested anonymity, said of the state's heavy pre-existing cartel presence. "Legal businesses will likely see a rise in extortion attempts while law enforcement will see a lot of backdoor deals being made."

Cartels, especially the Juarez and Sinaloa, who have a strong presence in Colorado, could not have been happy with the estimated $1 million in sales Jan. 1, the first day of legalized retail sales. In 2012 the Mexican Competitiveness Institute issued a report saying that Mexico’s cartels would lose as much as $1.425 billion if Colorado legalized marijuana. The organization also predicted that drug trafficking revenues would fall 20 to 30 percent, and the Sinaloa cartel, which would be the most affected, would lose up to 50 percent.

Faced with such losses, the violent cartels could force their way in as black market wholesalers or simply rob pot dispensaries, which take only cash and have not been able to establish accounts with banks because of lenders' fears of violating federal laws. But the general consensus is that the Mexican cartels will not quietly relinquish the Denver market.

The owner of the Colorado Springs dispensary told the Denver Post he is planning to get a concealed-weapons permit, for protection when he has to move money out of the store.

"Any way you plan it out, there's going to be a large amount of cash around," he said. "And that's extremely scary."

Denver police are taking a wait-and-see posture as to what may emerge.

“It’s only been a week, so we still have to sit back and see how this will play out,” Denver Police spokesman Sonny Jackson told FoxNews.com. “We’re a police department, we’re always concerns about what may happen.”

Jackson said he would not speculate as to if or which cartels may decide to infiltrate the legitimate businesses or how.

“We’re concerned with the public consumption right now,” Jackson said.

The Marijuana Enforcement Division of the Colorado Department of Revenue, the primary enforcement office responsible for overseeing the production and sale of the retail marijuana, did not return repeated attempts by Fox News.com for comment.

Denver DEA office spokesman Albert Villasuso said with some 50 retail outlets in operation, the agency can only monitor if, how and when the cartels decide to move in to the legalized retail industry in Colorado.

"What is quite possible is that cartels will hire straw owners who have clean records who can apply for a license, then sell large quantities both legally and on the black market," Villasuso said. "We still don't know what the fall out will be but when there is this much money involved the potential is great for groups to want capitalize."

Villasuso also said that even if legal stores do face extortion efforts by cartel groups it is unlikely law enforcement will even be made aware of it if merchants are too frightened to come to police. Extortion has proven to be a lucrative ancillary enterprise for cartels in Mexico resulting in thousands of businesses closing rather than pay the quota, as it is called, or the store owners face the threat of death, which too has occurred.

One group who hopes to mitigate any risks is the Blue Line Protection Group, which specializes only in security for the marijuana stores.

Seeing a growing market, Ted Daniels started the company and uses ex-military and law enforcement to provide security for the stores' money and supply shipments, and the growing operations. The highly-trained and combat-experienced guards are heavily-armed with assault rifles and protective vests.

"This was an industry here that created a lot of challenges," Daniels told WDVR television news in Denver Jan. 7. "This group I put together is designed specifically to protect product, people, and money." Read more about Colorado pot shops likely targets of cartels, say experts

DMV: Most Fail Test For Driver Authorization Card

Will this same problem be coming to Oregon?  It will be very likely, if we don't overturn SB 833.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles officials have advice for (illegal) immigrants seeking a driver authorization card: study.

They estimate 75 percent of applicants have failed the written test needed for the card under a new law...

...Thousands more Nevada (illegal) immigrants jammed DMV offices on Saturday to obtain the cards...

Read the full article about driver cards for illegal aliens.

 

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Only FIVE DAYS left to take advantage of this great opportunity

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December 16, 2013
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Just how often does an awesome win – win opportunity come your way? You can help your favorite Oregon Political Action Committee and it won't cost you a dime! But, you must hurry – this opportunity ends December 31, 2013.

The choice is yours - you can do nothing and let the government take your money and do what they do best. Better yet, you can send your contribution to OFIR PAC and let us put it to work for you in the fight against illegal immigration here in Oregon and across the country.

The New Year promises to bring a new fight in the continuous effort by Congress to pass a mass amnesty bill. Active, grassroots organizations like OFIR have been successful in stopping any bills from getting through Congress again this year. Contributions from our members have kept us involved and in the fight.

Oregon residents can make a contribution to one Oregon Political Action Committee per year. Through Oregon's political tax credit, married couples filing joint Oregon Income Tax Returns receive a dollar for dollar credit of up to $100 - (it's $50 for singles and married couples filing separately) - for contributions to a Political Action Committee like OFIR PAC.

This is not a tax deduction but a credit. If you owe money on your tax return, you would owe $100 less. Of course, you may contribute in excess of the deductible amount, and we encourage you to do so, but you may only deduct the allowable limit.

OFIR has become one of the most active immigration groups in the country.


Please send your PAC contribution to:

OFIR PAC

P.O. Box 7354

Salem, OR 97303


For even greater convenience, you can contribute online at: http://www.oregonir.org/donate-ofir

You know how OFIR will squeeze every dime out of your contribution! We have an all volunteer Board and incredible members who volunteer their time and talents to OFIR!

If you have not yet taken advantage of this unique opportunity, please do so before the end of the year so that you can get credit for your OFIR PAC contribution against any taxes you owe in 2013. Don't miss out - it's a win – win for everyone!

Oregon Voters Delay Law Giving Licenses to Illegals

Oregon voters have successfully delayed the implementation of a state law that would give illegal immigrants driver's licenses when enough of them signed a petition to put the issue on the ballot in the November 2014 elections. The law, which was scheduled to go into effect at the start of 2014, cannot be implemented until after the November 2014 referendum.

After Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) signed the law in May, Oregonians for Immigration Reform "gathered 71,000 signatures in just a few months to refer the measure to the November 2014 ballot," and it succeeded when just over 58,000 were determined to be valid by Oregon's Secretary of State.

As Judicial Watch notes, Oregon's Senate Bill 833 allows "special driver cards" to be given to illegal immigrants so long as they pass a driving test and prove they have been an Oregon resident for a year. It also allows the "Department of Motor Vehicle offices" to "accept foreign identification cards issued by the consulates of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico and South Korea" so long as they are not expired.

Kitzhaber said the measure would allow illegal immigrants to "come out of the shadows" and “contribute to our economic recovery.”

Oregon is attempting to join California, Illinois, and ten other states that have passed laws granting licenses to illegal immigrants.

"If the results of the election reverse the legislation, DMV will cancel all work on the Driver Card program, but if the election upholds the legislation, we'll launch 30 days after the results are official," an administrator said. Read more about Oregon Voters Delay Law Giving Licenses to Illegals

SB 833 - is the Oregon Legislature representing you?

David Cross, heard weekly on the Lars Larson radio show, has written a great opinion piece, published today in the Statesman, that lays out just how citizens were shut out of the legislative process regarding SB 833. 

Even more important however, is how citizens actively responded to being shunned by our elected officials with the referendum petition that was recently verified with an impressive validity rate.

Hopefully, this sends a powerful message to those in the Legislature that choose to pander to illegal alien advocate groups, businesses that rely on illegal alien workers and other special interest groups.

In November, we are confident the message will be even louder!  The citizens of Oregon expect Legislators to work for the best interests of Oregon and her legal residents!
  Read more about SB 833 - is the Oregon Legislature representing you?

Referendum approval draws support

The Bend Bulletin published a great editorial about SB 833 and their support of the referendum process.  They agree that citizens should have the right to vote - and overturn - the new law giving driver cards to illegal aliens.

  Read more about Referendum approval draws support

Coming soon...

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October 22, 2013
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OFIR and PODL would like to thank all of our wonderful volunteers, donors and supporters that helped us throughout the summer as we worked diligently on the referendum petition to get SB 833 on the ballot.  Our success is sweet! 

Now, we take a deep breath and begin preparing for the upcoming campaign.  We hope that each and every one of you will, once again, be by our side as we head toward the November 2014 election.

The Protect Oregon Driver License website will be going through a metamorphosis over the next few weeks as it transforms from a signature gathering website into a campaign website loaded with ideas about how you can help with the upcoming campaign. 

OFIR and PODL extends a great big thank you to Fred Elbel, our talented web designer.

The PODL website generated more single signer signature sheets than any initiative or referendum campaign in Oregon history.  We collected over 10,700 e-sheets just from our website.
 

Driver cards referendum qualifies for 2014 ballot

Members of the group Oregonians for Immigration Reform were quietly celebrating Friday after learning that the Oregon Secretary of State’s office had officially qualified Referendum No. 301 for the November 2014 ballot.

The OFIR group believes residents, not lawmakers, should decide whether the state should issue driver-privilege cards to individuals without required documentation such as a U.S. birth certificate or U.S. passport.

Gov. John Kitzhaber signed Senate Bill 833 into law in May after a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers and interested parties joined forces to create safer roads. The bill authorized the issuance of driver-privilege cards beginning in January, but the referendum’s qualification means the new law won’t go into effect as planned.

Cynthia Kendoll, president of OFIR, said she was pleased with the outcome of the process. She said volunteers had only a few months to gather signatures, and worked diligently to ensure that the people of Oregon would have a say on what OFIR believes is de facto immigration policy.

The group turned in 71,000 signatures gathered throughout the summer during drive-through efforts and at places such as the Capitol building steps, the state fair and Center 50+.

“We are delighted,” Kendoll said. “We really turned in the valedictorian of signature-gathering efforts. We passed with the first sample, which is terrific. It was so clean – they didn’t find any duplicate signatures in the sample.”

Summer Davis, compliance specialist with the Elections Division of the Secretary of State’s office, and Tony Green, a spokesman for Secretary of State Kate Brown, confirmed that many ballot measures that go on to qualify for the ballot often don’t succeed on the first sample, which contains 1,000 signatures.

Jeff Stone, executive director of the Oregon Association of Nurseries, which was part of the coalition that helped pass SB-833, said the qualification wasn’t exactly a surprise.

He predicted that the faith communities, law enforcement agencies and farming communities that worked together with lawmakers in a bipartisan fashion to pass this year’s bill, would rally to help pass the referendum. As No. 301 is written, if residents vote “yes” on the referendum, the law created by SB-833 will go into effect 30 days after the election next year. If voters reject the referendum, driver privilege cards will not be issued in Oregon.

“My hope is that these groups will provide volunteers and thoughtful leaders who offer rational conversation, and that they will help put together a good communications plan to help Oregon make a sensible decision and see this referendum for what it is,” Stone said. “I do know the nursery and greenhouse industries will vigorously defend this good piece (SB-833) of public-safety legislation.”
  Read more about Driver cards referendum qualifies for 2014 ballot

DMV suspends Driver Card program pending vote

DMV has suspended implementation of the Driver Card program pending the outcome of a statewide referendum vote in the November 2014 election.
 
The Oregon Secretary of State’s Office announced Oct. 18 that a referendum on Senate Bill 833 has qualified for the ballot, so the law will not go into effect as scheduled.
 
“If the results of the election reverse the legislation, DMV will cancel all work on the Driver Card program,” DMV Administrator Tom McClellan said. “If the election upholds the legislation, DMV will launch the Driver Card program 30 days after the results are official.”
 
Senate Bill 833, passed by the 2013 Oregon Legislature, provides driving privileges to people who meet all requirements of a regular driver license but cannot prove they are lawfully present in the United States.
 
“DMV does not take a position in elections or legislation,” McClellan noted. “Our role is to implement Oregon driver and vehicle laws as efficiently and effectively as possible.”
 
For all customers, DMV suggests that you first check www.OregonDMV.com before visiting a field office in person. Customers can complete some DMV business online or find out how to make their visit as efficient as possible.
 

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