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The Democratic Party has not lived up to our Party’s vision for true equality. This is why we are recommitting ourselves to the actions necessary to bring about needed changes that are so long overdue. Our eyes are open, we share the anger, and we stand in humble solidarity with all who are working to bring about critical cultural transformation.
We stand united with millions of people around the world in our condemnation of police violence against George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, and far too many other innocent black Americans whose lives were taken way too soon. Black lives matter. They are precious, glorious, and irreplaceable.
In these most extraordinary times, anger and frustration about the status quo is not just understandable, but justified. Violence and destruction are not. We will march shoulder to shoulder with those who have taken to the streets to peacefully protest. Making our voices heard is a moral imperative. If we want to bring about real systemic change, then the choice isn’t between protests and politics. We have to do both.
At a time when our nation is suffering under misguided and malevolent leadership that seeks to divide us and turn back the clock to a supposed “greater” America, we know that the greatness of our nation is in its diversity. And as we work to take back our democracy, we must move forward with a full understanding of our historical strengths and weaknesses. That means fighting against the forces that seek to divide us — including fascists, right-wing agitators, and those inclined to incite violence for violence’s sake.
DPO Black Caucus Chair, Rosa Colquitt, PhD, said it best last week when she wrote:
The very core of both our Platform and our belief system as Democrats is about the equality of all. But in the wake of yet another senseless killing, we face the sad reality that our advocacy and even our most heartfelt, passionate beliefs were not enough to save George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and the thousands who came before.
As the leadership of the Democratic Party of Oregon, we demand the public right to equal treatment before the law — regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, physical ability, or economic means.
We see and understand “unequal justice before the law.” In this tragic moment in history, we will work tirelessly to elect candidates who demand and act on reform to bring real systemic change for Black Americans and all other communities of color. With our eyes firmly on the prize, we will work with those who are striving to create a just and prosperous future for all.
Carla “K.C.” Hanson
Democratic Party of Oregon Chair
Democratic Party of Oregon Vice Chair
Democratic Party of Oregon Vice Chair
Democratic Party of Oregon Secretary
Democratic Party of Oregon Treasurer
Democratic National Committee Member
Democratic National Committee Member
Democratic National Committee Member
Wyden, Merkley Introduce $50 Billion Bill to Address Child Care Crisis
Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today joined U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., in introducing a bill that would address the child care crisis worsened by coronavirus in Oregon and across the country by creating a $50 billion Child Care Stabilization Fund.
The Child Care is Essential Act would provide grant funding to child care providers to stabilize the child care sector and support providers to safely reopen and operate.
”Child care workers in Oregon and nationwide are on the frontlines of this health and economic crisis, supporting families as parents return to work while trying to keep kids healthy and safe,” Wyden said. “Child care providers were undervalued well before this pandemic hit, and now they’re feeling the pinch more than ever. Congress is duty-bound to step in and invest in these essential businesses.”
“Child care services, and the workers who deliver them, are absolutely essential to countless families across Oregon,” said Merkley. “If child care providers are forced to shut their doors, countless working parents’ ability to go to work will be imperiled and the impact on children will be profound. And we know the impact would disproportionately hurt women, both among those who work in the child care field, as well as mothers who so often have to balance child rearing and breadwinning. This legislation is an important step forward in our efforts to support the child care sector, help families weather this storm, and ensuring that parents and children don’t pay the price for a lack of accessible and affordable child care.”
As businesses begin to reopen in Oregon and working families need child care, child care providers across the country are struggling to keep the doors open as they operate with significantly reduced capacity and face increased operating costs with limited revenue. Many are even at risk of permanent closure, resulting in the potential loss of up to 4.5 million child care slots across the country. Without federal help, families will struggle even more to find child care—with recent estimates from the National Women’s Law Center showing that it would take at least $9.6 billion per month to keep current child care providers in business.
Specifically, the Child Care Stabilization Fund would help child care providers and working families by:
- Covering child care providers’ operating expenses and heightened costs of providing care due to the pandemic;
- Ensuring that funding gets to providers quickly;
- Requiring that providers continue to pay their staff;
- Providing tuition and copayment relief for working families;
- Promoting health and safety through compliance with public health guidance;
- Prioritizing providers that serve underserved populations;
- Ensuring grants are awarded equitably across child care settings; and
- Conducting oversight through robust reporting requirements.
Joining Wyden, Merkley and Murray as co-sponsors on this bill are Senators Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Tina Smith, D-Minn., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Bob Casey, D-Penn., Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., Tim Kaine, D-Va., Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., Doug Jones, D-Ala., Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Jack Reed, D-R.I., Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii.
The Child Care is Essential Act is endorsed by more than 80 national organizations, including: Child Care Aware of America, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), First Five Years Fund, American Academy of Pediatrics, Save the Children Action Network (SCAN), Children’s Defense Fund, First Focus Campaign for Children, ZERO to Three, National Women’s Law Center, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), Center for American Politics (CAP), National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), National Domestic Workers Alliance, Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), National Association for Family Child Care, National Military Family Association, National Organization for Women (NOW), National Partnership for Women & Families, YWCA USA.
A copy of the bill text is here.
A one-page summary is here.
A web version of this release is here.
Lots of information in today’s post from Oregon Health Authority. June 5th is the date that Counties can apply to enter Phase 2, of which Josephine County will be one.
- Statewide reopening guidance, effective June 3 for zoos, museums, and outdoor gardens
- Guidance for counties that enter Phase 2:
- Indoor & Outdoor Entertainment Facilities Guidance
- Restaurants & Bars Guidance
- Swimming Pools, Spas, & Sports Courts Guidance
- Recreational Sport Guidance
Read the OHA full post here.
A Message from Rosa Colquitt, PhD, Chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon’s Black Caucus
On May 26, most Americans woke up to the news of a disturbing video showing 46-year-old George Floyd pinned to the concrete with the knee of a Minneapolis police officer on his neck. After more than seven minutes being pinned under the pressure of the officer’s knee, Mr. Floyd ultimately died.
My reaction as a Black mother was to hold my adult son to my bosom, to never release him, to protect him with my very life. I am incapable of speaking the fear inside of me for my Black son. I know I voice the sentiments of black mothers all over the country. Whites express grief: “How horrible, how wrong, yet again — it must stop.” Black Americans say, “Oh yes, again, who’s next?”
Weeks earlier, America witnessed the unspeakable trauma and grief over the killing of 26-year-old EMT Breonna Taylor while sleeping in her home in Louisville, Kentucky, by police officers serving a no-knock arrest warrant on her boyfriend. And more recently, the killing of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery while jogging in Glynn County, Georgia, by an armed father-son duo, supposedly for a “suspected robbery.” No doubt this is a month of national reckoning for Black people and for all conscientious Americans, all in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic that is disproportionately killing Black Americans.
Rev. Dr. Bernice King, youngest daughter of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. tweeted a picture of the police officer kneeling on George Floyd’s neck alongside a picture of Colin Kaepernick kneeling at a football game to protest the shootings of unarmed Black men by police. She wrote in part, “If you’re unbothered or mildly bothered by the first knee but outraged by the second, then in my father’s words, you’re more devoted to order than to justice.” Bernice King speaks profoundly to a nation so badly in need of healing.
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden spoke to the nation this afternoon about the killing of George Floyd. After speaking with Mr. Floyd’s family, Biden addressed the lack of presidential leadership in his speech, as well as the history connected to Floyd’s death. Part of the Vice President’s speech follows:
“Once again we heard the words, ‘I can’t breathe.’ An act of brutality so elemental, it did more than deny one more black man of America his civil rights and his human rights, it denied him of his very humanity, it denied him of his life … The same thing happened with Arbery, the same thing happened with Breonna Taylor, the same thing with George Floyd … they’re the latest additions to the endless list of stolen potential, wiped out unnecessarily. It’s a list that dates back more than 400 years, black men, black women, black children. The original sin of this country still stains our nation today, and sometimes we manage to overlook it. We just push forward with a thousand other tasks in our daily life, but it’s always there. On weeks like this, we see it plainly that we are a country with an open wound, and none of us can turn away, none of us can be silent. None of us can any longer — can we hear the words, ‘I can’t breathe,’ and do nothing.”
Biden went on to say it’s not a time for tweets and encouraging violence, but a time for leadership in a national crisis.
The leadership of the Democratic Party of Oregon strenuously rejects the unwarranted killings of Black Americans. The very core of both our Platform and our belief system as Democrats is about the equality of all. But in the wake of yet another senseless killing, we face the sad reality that our advocacy and even our most heartfelt, passionate beliefs were not enough to save George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the thousands who came before. The most virtuous beliefs mean nothing if they are not lived; the most comprehensive of policies are feckless if they are not promoted and enforced; and our visions of marching toward a truly more perfect union will go dark without all of us forging a path forward together.
May our passion and commitment, as well as our rage and grief, bring all of us together to fight this horrific and deadly disease that is racism.
Rosa Colquitt, PhD
Democratic Party of Oregon Black Caucus
Do you believe the redistricting process should be done by a committee with an equal number of Democrats, Republicans, and others? Instead of politicians (think Republican walk-outs)?
If so, read more about a petition to get that on the ballot. Then download the petition, sign it and mail in.
Hi, Fellow Democrats–
I’m forwarding an email sent by our DPO CD2 Chair, Nathan Soltz. This year’s convention is supposed to be in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but Covid19 may cause it to be electronic instead. You may either vote electronically or by mail if you wish vote for Oregon’s convention delegates, but you have to sign up now to be either a delegate voter or a delegate! Any registered Democrat can be a delegate voter or run to be a delegate to the the national convention. The convention is the week of August 17, 2020.
“I wanted to be sure to highlight to you all that tomorrow, Thursday, May 21st at 5pm PT is the deadline to file to be a candidate for delegate or to vote for the delegates. You can easily find out more information and file at dpo.org/2020; the direct link to the filing form is https://secure.ngpvan.com/gVE9iLiejEaMGRZLEzJ9Og2. Even if you have no interest in being a National Convention delegate, I want to strongly encourage everyone to at least sign up to vote for delegates; at this point, it looks like both Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders received enough votes to be awarded delegates. Signing up to be a voter is easy and requires no commitment from you besides filling out your ballot and either dropping it in the mail or submitting it electronically.”
Are we getting out the vote? Click on this link and it will take you to the Secretary of State’s website where you can see how many Josephine County voters have returned their 2020 Primary ballots and how that compares with other counties. Click on the upper right side of the screen at Daily Ballot Returns (in small print). https://sos.oregon.gov/voting/Pages/current-election.aspx
There is also a host of information on that page about our current primary election including who’s running for office, our voters’ pamphlet, and our county’s ballot drop box locations.