Spirit Led Justice Alliance *Action Alert* 3/19/20
As so many of us used to inhabiting public spaces without care now work from home, cancel public engagements, postpone trainings, meetings and rallies, we can still find meaning and connection through concerted action from home.
This week we invite you to sign a petition to Governor Brown to suspend rent, mortgage and utility payments during the Coronavirus crisis and also reach out to our legislators to support and protect those who are incarcerated. We also let you know about a cancellation of some previously shared events and invite you to save the date for a rally postponed until June.
Sending everyone blessings for ease, health, strength and peace as we navigate this anxiety producing time. Our prayers are with you and we hope you are finding ways to strengthen your soul and your heart.
In solidarity and with a great love,
Rabbi Debra Kolodny for the Portland Spirit Led Justice Alliance
Sign the Petition Urging Governor Kate Brown to Suspend Rent, Mortgage, & Utility Payments During the COVID-19 Crisis!
COVID-19 has been classified as a global pandemic. Oregon already has at least 38 cases statewide, including 2 deaths. State and federal officials are encouraging people who feel sick to stay home, but many workers already struggle to make rent or mortgage payments. The choice to skip work for the sake of community health could leave them and their families unsheltered.
In order to protect the health and housing security of our community, we, the undersigned, call on Governor Brown to act now so workers won’t have to make that choice. Specifically, we call for a suspension of all rent, mortgage, and utility payments for 2 full months to allow people to do what they need to in order to take care of themselves, their loved ones, and the community.
The legacy of every public official currently serving will be determined in the next few months.
It’s time to act now, and choose the right side of history. Choose the people.
Join with the Oregon Justice Resource Center in Lifting a Moral Voice in To Protect the Health of Oregonians in Prison!
Around fourteen thousand Oregonians are incarcerated in Oregon state prisons, and thousands more are held in jail and youth correctional facilities. They, and the correctional officers and other staff who work with will be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 in the likely circumstance that it enters Oregon’s prisons and jails. Courts may also encourage spread of the virus.
The Oregon Justice Resource Center is pressing elected and administrative leadership in state agencies to take the necessary steps to protect people from the threat of disease while continuing to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Oregonians.
We’ve been in contact with the key players, including the Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, who has the power to direct state courts’ response to the virus, the Department of Corrections, the Oregon State Sheriffs Association, the Oregon District Attorneys Association, and the Portland Immigration Court and ICE offices in Oregon and Tacoma, WA. Visit our dedicated COVID-19 resource page at our website to read our letters to each of these groups.
We’re already starting to see a shift. The Oregon Department of Corrections has closed its facilities to visitors and non-essential workers. The Chief Justice has ordered state courts to postpone trials and hearings (although this doesn’t apply to people who are in custody who have a right to a speedy trial and therefore it will have less impact on the criminal legal system.)
We’ve written to the major stakeholders with our proposals for action and we’re continuing to make additional outreach efforts which you’ll be able to find on our resource page:
Lift Every Voice – Change in Signature Gathering Process Due to COVID-19!
Training sessions scheduled at Augustana Lutheran Church in Portland on Tuesday, March 24th and Saturday, March 28th are CANCELLED.
In addition, Lift Every Voice recruited individuals and organizations to host trainings for signature gathering. To keep people as safe and healthy as possible, the campaign is now suggesting that people review the training materials individually by clicking here!.
Hold the Date! Until the Last Child is Free #AbolishICE
June 20, 2020
ICE Detention Center, 4310 SW Macadam Ave
Under Trump, ICE has become the American Gestapo, operating outside of local and international laws: imprisoning refugees in concentration camps, putting children in cages, hunting down our neighbors, and committing crimes against humanity.
ICE is a danger to our community, not just to those they target, to all of us. It is an organization that carries out raids and kidnappings in our “sanctuary city” with impunity, despite being embroiled in countless scandals. From abuse and sexual assaults on immigrants, to open cruelty and racism, to secret White Nationalist Facebook groups. Their recent public shooting during an arrest in New York demonstrates how reckless and dangerous they are.
In spite of this, our leaders continue to fail to protect our communities. In Multnomah County, ICE is deporting a Portland teacher, and the Mayor/Police Commissioner has been silent. It is on us, the people, to protect our community and defend our neighbors.
ICE is coming for someone who grew up in our community. Hector worked hard to make something of himself and give back to this community. He is a 3rd grade teacher in the Montavilla neighborhood. He is also a father to a child who would remain in Portland. Hector is a vital part of this community. Portland will fight for him like we mean it, because we do.
Hector faces deportation, we cannot and stay silent. We take this opportunity to demand ICE out of Oregon! We take this moment to demand an end to the deportations! We stand together to demand the abolition of ICE and the end of child and family separation! Until the last cage is ripped open and the last child is set free, WE WILL FIGHT.