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Who is really behind the push to give driver cards to illegal aliens?

Read OFIR President Cynthia Kendoll's guest commentary about the alliances and motives behind the driver card legislation.  Remember to vote NO in NOvember to overturn SB 833 - a new law granting state issued ID - in the form of driver cards - to illegal aliens.



Hurry - don't miss out!

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The first week of June a very generous OFIR member offered a $5,000 matching grant.  I am happy to report that we have nearly fulfilled that grant.

If you have not yet contributed - get in on this action and DOUBLE your contribution.  That's right!  If you give just $10 - our donor will match that with $10 - so your contribution is now $20.  You can contribute safely online or by check.

Hurry - before the opportunity slips away!


Cottage Grove 912 invites two OFIR speakers to upcoming meeting

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Katherine Stone and Cynthia Kendoll, of Oregonians for Immigration Reform, will discuss The Remembrance Project and provide an update on the Protect Oregon Driver Licenses referendum on the November ballot.  Please join us - The Cottage Grove 912 Project — 6:30 p.m. Monday at Stacy’s Covered Bridge Restaurant, 401 E. Main St. in Cottage Grove - no cost to attend.


Help spread the word statewide

Oregonians across the state worked so very hard last summer to collect the needed signatures for the citizen's veto referendum and we were successful. But, that success only got us invited to participate in the race.  Now, we need to prepare for and WIN the race. 

One of the necessary steps is to build up our resources.  Running the veto referendum signature gathering campaign depleted our funds appreciably.  It is critical to our success that OFIR and PODL supporters and their friends, family and co-workers that signed the petition understand that we need help now to gather the funds we need to run a winning campaign.

During the referendum campaign, a very generous OFIR member came forward and offered a matching grant.  That propelled us into an incredible fundraising event.

Now, as we move into the election campaign, he has stepped forward once again with a $5,000 matching grant to help us raise the funds we will need to be successful in November.

Read more about his very generous offer!  Then, please contribute to the campaign to stop our state from issuing driver cards to illegal aliens.


We'll be at the Multnomah County Fair this weekend - drop in and say hello!

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Oregonians for Immigration Reform and Protect Oregon Driver Licenses will be hosting a booth at the Multnomah County Fair this Memorial Day weekend.  Admission and parking are FREE!  Drop by and say hello if you are at the fair!

Primary Election Day - VOTE!

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It's too late to mail your ballot - please drop it in a designated drop box.  VOTE - it's your right and your responsibility!


It's too late to mail your ballot - find a drop box

Tuesday, May 20 is Election Day!  If you have not yet sent in your ballot - it's now TOO LATE to mail it. Is your ballot still kicking around on your coffee table waiting for you to fill it out and return it?

With a primary ballot return rate of less than 30 percent it would seem that 70% of the people living in Oregon are happy with the way things are going in our state?  Really?  I sure hear alot of complaining - but there doesn't seem to be much voting.  Make a pledge - if you don't VOTE - you don't COMPLAIN!

If not YOU, then WHO?  If not NOW, then WHEN? 

Capitol May Day rally draws a crowd

Hundreds gather in front of the Capitol for the annual May Day Rally & March, which seeks equality for all.

All ages, colors and species showed up for the May Day Rally and March at the Capitol today, demonstrating their support for the cause of equality for all.

Hundreds gathered in the street in front of the seat of state government, holding signs and wearing T-shirts seeking a spotlight for their cause.

There were groups seeking Driver's Cards for residents and urging them to vote for a referendum on the issue in November, while others sought a solid education for all children. Still other groups worked the crowd into a froth for immigration reform and better worker wage and safety protections.

Tim Stoelb, president of the Oregon School Employees Association, stood in front of a table laden with T-shirts and fliers. He and volunteers were there in support of immigration reform, having sent the membership, and anyone else who would listen, fliers and emails urging them to attend the rally and march.

"The issue is important to us because what's going on now is splitting families, which then has a significant impact on children and their ability to learn," Stoelb said. "It's hard for children to focus on their education when they are suffering the emotional trauma of having family members taken from them."

Stoelb said it's time for communities to understand that this an issue that affects more than people of color.

"One child's suffering hurts the entire class because it takes the teacher's time and attention away from the rest of the students," Stoelb said. "Children are impacted through no fault of their own. We want to reclaim the promise of education to help all children succeed."

There were plenty of children with their parents and other adults at the rally. There also were plenty of leashed dogs enjoying the sunshine and constant petting. Children clung to pant legs, scampered across the Capitol steps, and inched curiously toward an incense burner displayed in front of the Titlakawan group. The Aztecs, in full regalia, danced and played drums to lend their support to the idea of equality for all.

The polite crowd used crosswalks, and waved their protest signs in front of Oregon passing motorists until city of Salem public works staff and the Mobile Response Team -- Salem police officers on bicycles -- closed off Court Street NE in front of the Capitol. Also on hand to help with crowd control were Salem Police Department motorcycle officers.

Amid the frenzied crowd, there was much cheering while volunteer signature gathers seized the opportunity to register folks to vote. The Aztec drum group kept a steady beat.

The weather, which in years past has not cooperated, was textbook perfect with plenty of sunshine and a cool breeze. The crowd continued to swell approaching the noon hour, and the start of the march.

Get informed - read the immigration positions of candidates in May primary

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OFIR is summarizing information on candidates’ positions on immigration issues.  Please view the postings listed at  http://www.oregonir.org/immigration-topics/2014-primary-election
and click on any race for which there is a report.

Driver card referendum: Oregon Supreme Court rules on ballot title fight

The Oregon Supreme Court has certified a ballot title for the driver card referendum on the November ballot that includes a controversial reference to "legal presence."

The title will read: Provides Oregon resident "driver card" without requiring proof of legal presence in the United States.

...The titles are sometimes the only thing voters will read about a measure...

Supporters unsuccessfully pursued a legislative rewrite of the ballot title...

In its April 1 decision, the Oregon Supreme Court certified the ballot title written by Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.



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