ACLU: Oregon Immigrants Featured in Powerful New Video about Voting NO on Measure 105

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 16, 2018

CONTACT: Sarah Armstrong, sarmstrong@aclu-or.org, 503.756.3147

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The American Civil Liberties Union today released digital ads to tell voters why it is important to vote NO on Measure 105. The video, part of a larger advertising strategy, features Oregon immigrants sharing their stories and sending a powerful message, “We all come from different places, but we are united by our values. We will not be divided. Vote NO on Measure 105.”


English: https://youtu.be/lf-2QM1GqBA

Spanish: https://youtu.be/yLYbjDabEgM


Kathy Wai, North Clackamas School Board member and TriMet Board member, is one of the people featured in the video. Wai said she was proud to participate to help tell Oregonians why voting NO on 105 is so critical.  

“Oregon’s diversity of languages, cultures, and backgrounds makes us a beautiful state,” Wai said. “It would be devastating to see our local law enforcement stop and question community members solely based on their appearance, race, or even the sound of their accent. Measure 105 erodes trust between immigrant communities and our law enforcement at a time where we need to be building more understanding, not creating further divisions. That’s why I’m proud to stand with other elected leaders and law enforcement leaders to vote No on 105.”

Andrea Gonzalez, who lives in Astoria, is also featured in the video. She said if Measure 105 passes, rural Oregonians of color would be at a high risk for unfair racial profiling.

“I’ve lived in Oregon my whole life, which is why I’m fighting to preserve our anti-racial profiling law,” said Gonzalez. “I want Oregon to be a welcoming and safe place for everyone in my community.”

Measure 105 would throw out the state’s 31-year-old law that protects Oregonians from racial profiling and prohibits local law enforcement from using local resources to enforce federal immigration law. Over 500 law enforcement leaders, labor groups, business, civil rights groups, and faith leaders have endorsed NO on 105, Oregonians United Against Profiling.

The video is part of the digital outreach for NO on 105. The video was paid for by the ACLU, and authorized by Oregonians United Against Profiling and the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon (ACLU of Oregon).

David Rogers, executive director of the ACLU of Oregon, said the group is committed to fighting Measure 105 on behalf of over 50,000 members and supporters statewide who have entrusted them to protect civil liberties and civil rights in Oregon.

“For over 31 years, Oregon state law has protected people from being targeted by local law enforcement based on the color of their skin or their accent. If the law is thrown out, Oregon police could become another arm of President Trump’s cruel deportation force which would bring serious civil rights violations. We must all vote no on Measure 105.”

The ACLU of Oregon has opened a temporary field office in Eugene for NO on 105 and NO on 106 at 1400 High Street, Suite A and is holding a campaign event there Wednesday, October 17 at 5:30 p.m. that is open to the public and the media. They have also transformed their Portland office into temporary campaign field office. Members of the public are encouraged to get involved by signing up to volunteer online at https://map.peoplepower.org/?us_state=OR.

More information about the campaign is online at https://orunited.org/.

The videos are online at: http://aclu-or.org/many-voices
YouTube (English): https://youtu.be/lf-2QM1GqBA
YouTube (Spanish): https://youtu.be/yLYbjDabEgM

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