Woodburn is the largest town in Oregon with a Latino majority. More than a dozen men have been picked up in immigration raids. Now Latinos are afraid to leave their homes.
Seattle will argue that an executive order by President Donald Trump violates the Constitution by trying to make local governments enforce federal immigration law.
With women’s rights facing more severe threats than we have seen in decades, NOW is fighting back. We are standing up for the rights and well being of all women, in all our diversity and in all communities. We are showing up for our allies in Muslim communities, in immigrant communities, in LGBTQIA communities. We have a message for Donald Trump and every politician enabling his white male supremacist agenda: We are leading societal change and promoting feminist ideals — and you need to get out of our way.
I am thrilled to let you know that today we are launching NOW’s expanded National Action Program. This program encompasses five action campaigns that not only defend the gains we have made, but also work pro-actively to achieve real equality for women and girls.
- Our campaign to Mobilize for Reproductive Justice will work to defeat Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court, and we will fight to defeat Trump’s Alternative Health Care Act (Trumpcare), which would defund Planned Parenthood, drastically cut maternity care coverage, and imperil access to birth control. We will also promote pro-active bills like the EACH Woman Act to guarantee full coverage of abortion care in all plans including Medicaid–thus permanently repealing the Hyde Amendment–and the Women’s Health Protection Act to stop states from using deceptive legislation to shutter abortion clinics.
- Through our campaign to End the Sex Abuse to Prison Pipeline, we will urge the Title IX coordinators in middle and high schools around the country to ensure that students who are survivors of sexual assault receive the wraparound services they need in order to stay in school, recover from their trauma, and thrive. Survivors in far too many public schools, especially girls of color and LGBTQIA students, face penalties, punishment, and school pushout instead of the trauma-informed services they need.
- Our campaign to Advance Voting Rights recognizes and responds to the impacts on women in communities targeted by right-wing voter suppression schemes. We will work with our allies in the civil and human rights communities to overturn measures like racial gerrymandering, voter ID laws, and voter purges. And we will work with our civic engagement allies to encourage women of color not only to vote, but also to run for public office and for leadership roles in their political parties.
- Our renewed campaign to Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment includes working for ratification of the 1972 ERA by three more states (to meet the constitutional requirement that three-fourths of the states ratify a proposed amendment), as well as supporting a start-over strategy for a new ERA, and engaging younger women and girls in the struggle for women’s constitutional equality. In this effort, NOW is committed to an inclusive and intersectional ERA interpretation that includes equitable access to all aspects of reproductive health care, and centers marginalized people including LGBTQIA individuals, immigrants, women of color, and women with disabilities.
- Finally, our campaign to Protect Immigrant Rights will work with our allies in the immigrant rights community to oppose Trump’s unconstitutional Muslim ban and to stop the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s abusive raids, detentions, and deportations that tear families apart. We will in particular work to keep restaurant workers safe from abusive enforcement tactics, knowing that the restaurant industry employs over one million undocumented workers, second only to the construction industry.
NOW’s national action program will propose concrete actions our local chapters, state organizations, members and activists can take, as well as anyone in the general public interested in addressing such issues, along with resources and platforms for engagement. The program will also grow and evolve as we respond in very real-time to the harmful and discriminatory actions of Donald Trump’s administration.
As NOW members and leaders, your role is central to our success. The tools created by the NA Program are intended to be helpful for you as you engage your communities, and your representatives, both locally and nationally. We want to hear from you: your successes, your challenges. How can we better support and equip you to do this important work? This program will strive to increase engagement at all levels of NOW–from the local to the national–and to build unity among our thousands of dedicated grassroots activists across the country.
This is undeniably a challenging time for all of us. But we have been so inspired by the millions of people who have already stood up and committed themselves to resistance just in the last few months. Let’s build on this momentum and make sure this current administration knows we are here, we are watching them, and we are prepared to take the necessary action to defend our rights–and especially the rights of the most marginalized across this country.
If you witness an individual or a group of people being detained by ICE, follow these procedures:
- Do not interfere with law enforcement. You could be detained or injured if you try to confront law enforcement agents.
- Immediately or as soon as possible write down everything you are observing i.e. place, time, actions, identifications of arresting agency, any names of detainees.
- If possible film or take photos of the detention activity. You have a legal right to do this.
- Contact organizations in the state who need to know what has happened and can provide help to the detainees:
- Oregon ACLU 503-227-3186 or 888-527-2258
- Oregon Rural Organizing Project (ROP) 503-543-8417
- Centro de Ayuda 541-265-6216
- Servicios Legales de Oregon 503-981-5291 or 1-800-662-6096.
If a friend or acquaintance has been detained by I.C.E. or you think may have been
detained, the first thing you need to do is find where this person is.
The quickest info available is usually the ICE hotline for detainees: 855-448-6903. Be sure to have the detainee’s full name. They should also have info on any court dates, attorney, expedited deportation order or other status.
- To see if they are in custody of the Lincoln County Jail: 541-265-4277.
(If the person is in the county jail, they must have been arrested for a charge other than immigration. It is illegal for Oregon law enforcement officials, funds or facilities be used to enforce federal immigration laws.)
- C.E. detainees are often sent to Immigration Detention in Tacoma, Washington 1-253-779-6000.
For information on dates and decisions of Immigration Court: 1-800-898-7180.
While locating the detainee also contact any of the organizations above for help.
Contact any family members or friends that you may know about to check on their well being.
Finally, keep informed, speak up and speak out!
This information has been summarized from a series of sources and does not constitute legal advice. For any legal questions, consult an attorney. Sponsoring organizations: Lincoln County Diversity Coalition, Immigration Information Response Team, Centro de Ayuda.
SOURCES OF INFORMATION ON CURRENT SITUATION OF IMMIGRANT WORKERS IN OREGON
Informed Immigrant at informedimmigrant.com
Info on the Trump Executive Order, and programs such as DACA. A great long list of other resources.
Innovation Law Lab at innivationlawlad.org
“Tool Kit for An Inclusive Oregon.” It has a great video on local inclusivity resolutions.
Rural Organizing Project (ROP) at rop.org
One of Oregon’s most active human dignity organizations. Much info and ideas concerning immigration.
Oregon Law Center at oregonlawcenter.org
Legal help for rural folks including immigrants. Will help individuals find an attorney or give advice on legal issues. English and Spanish.
Updates on current situation of immigrants in Oregon. Useful short films.
“ACLU answers questions on ICE immigration activities in Oregon.” Update on what is happening and what are simply rumors.
Causa at causaoregon.org
Organizer of marches and actions statewide. Contact for ways to participate and support.
Info on the faith based sanctuary movement. Sanctuary Tool Kit.
Alto Trump at altotrump.com
“Know Your Rights” campaign. Report hate crimes here. A series of colorful handouts in English and Spanish on what to do in cases of ICE actions or raids.
Very interesting explanation from an undocumented person of the kind of actions that may have negative affects on precisely the people you want to help. On the the Daily Demand website. Google the article.
The new order is still a Muslim ban, it still does nothing to keep Americans safe, and it still puts tens of thousands of refugee families at risk. The United Nations says that the revised travel ban will increase danger to the world’s refugees, with families fleeing deadly violence who once had hope of being allowed to emigrate left in perilous refugee camps.
This is the image that Donald Trump is projecting to the world—the heavy hand of U.S. government officials extinguishing the promise of welcome that has always been the bedrock of our country’s values. NOW stands in solidarity with our Muslim sisters and brothers, and we will work with our allies in opposing this unconstitutional and morally repugnant executive order.
M.E. Ficarra , email@example.com , 951-547-1241