Help us defend Oregon’s values: Reject IP 22

First, let’s be clear: Oregon Environmental Council supports the right of all Oregonians to live fulfilling lives and feel safe to participate in their communities. We support rights for immigrants in our state.

We believe that immigrants in Oregon bring the social, cultural and economic diversity necessary for Oregon to thrive and build lasting environmental solutions. That’s why we reject the latest anti-immigrant initiative— Initiative Petition 22—and encourage our members and partners to do the same.

The initiative is the first step in pursuing a ballot measure (IP 22) that would repeal a 30-year old law in our state. Today, state and local law enforcement dollars are not to be used to enforce federal immigration law. If the law is repealed, neighborhood police and community safety dollars could be re-directed to federal immigration enforcement.

Oregon Environmental Council is built on the premise that, when we bring Oregonians together, we can solve environmental problems. When Oregonians fear law enforcement and find it risky to participate in our communities, we lose strength.  

Here’s another reason that rejecting IP 22 is the responsibility of the environmental community:

  • The initiative has earned the thousand signatures necessary to move to the next step of the ballot approval process due to the efforts of Oregonians for Immigration Reform, an organization with deep social and financial ties to white nationalist groups.  The group is part of a national trend that tries to pin environmental problems on immigration.
  • By fanning the flames of fear around water scarcity and climate change, the anti-immigrant movement attempts to advance a wide range of laws and measures restricting the rights of immigrants—yet the movement does not support proven environmental solutions and protections.
  • Oregon Environmental Council, as part of One Oregon, pledges to defend Oregon’s values and keep Oregon a welcoming state.

Help us defend Oregon’s values: sign One Oregon’s pledge to keep Oregon a welcoming state.  

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