If you're going to be baking in the heat here in Salem next Saturday afternoon, why not do it for a good cause?
The Oregon Republican Party has brought anti-immigrant Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio to town for a fund-raising rally on the Capitol steps. There will be a counter-rally across the street at the Capitol water fountain at 2:30 pm.
Check out the counter-rally Facebook page.
Courtney Garcia says in her post:
There are two ways for you to take action!
1. Join the counter-rally!
On Saturday, June 27th at 2:30PM, we will gather at the Oregon State Capitol Fountain (near 900 Court St. NE, Salem)!
Bring signs! Here are some ideas:
Arpaio Doesn't Speak for Oregon!
We support civil rights in Oregon!
We support our immigrant neighbors!
2. Write the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association (OSSA) asking them to publicly denounce Sheriff Arpaio and his racist tactics!
Email OSSA President Sheriff Jason Myers and Executive Director Ret. Sheriff John Bishop and ask them to publicly denounce Sheriff Arpaio's tactics, methods, and behavior! Sheriff Arpaio does not represent Oregon's values!
Get your group together and write a joint letter. Send it to your own county's sheriff and state representatives! Click here to download a sample letter!
How will you take action? Send us an email at [email protected] and let us know!
See you in Salem!
I'm thinking of going to the rally after spending some time at the World Beat Festival in Riverfront Park. The Festival opens at 10 am. I go every year no matter the weather.
Don't be heat-weenies, fellow Oregonians. Yeah, it'll be hot on Saturday.
But nowhere near as hot as it often is for people who risk crossing the desert border between the United States and Mexico in search of a better life -- the same reason my relatives came to this country.
What I find most amazing about the Oregon Republican Party's decision to bring Sheriff Arpaio to Salem is that they actually think this will help rebuild the GOP's tarnished image in this state. They said:
We bring Sheriff Joe Arpaio to Oregon to help rebuild Oregon Republican Party in order to take back Oregon in 2016.
A Republican hasn't won a statewide office in a long time. The GOP lost seats in both the state House and Senate in 2014. But somehow the R's think that bringing the country's most notorious anti-immigrant sheriff to town, who is viewed as a racist by many, will lead young people, Hispanics, and other voters into the Republican fold.
Good luck with that, Oregon GOP. Liberals like me want to thank you for another in a stunning series of politically-brain-dead strategic moves. Keep it up... please!