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Take the Pledge to Keep Oregon a Welcoming State by Denouncing IP 22 to Ensure Oregon Remains a Sanctuary State

In July of 2017, Audubon Society of Portland’s Board of Directors passed a resolution in opposition to Initiative Petition 22 (IP 22), a ballot measure that would repeal Oregon’s 30-year-old sanctuary law, which was passed to stop the practice of profiling immigrants by local law enforcement. See below for more information on IP 22.

In July of 2017, Audubon Society of Portland’s Board of Directors passed a resolution in opposition to Initiative Petition 22 (IP 22), a ballot measure that would repeal Oregon’s 30-year-old sanctuary law, which was passed to stop the practice of profiling immigrants by local law enforcement. See below for more information on IP 22. And click here to take the pledge to keep Oregon a welcoming state.

Opposing IP 22 is an opportunity to join with other progressive organizations and manifest our commitment to a community that is inclusive---to walk our talk on diversity, equity and inclusion. Other conservation organizations working on this issue include the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, Oregon Environmental Council, Climate Solutions, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Portland Audubon will work independently and within the One Oregon Coalition to oppose IP 22. The statewide coalition’s mission is to “defend against anti-immigration and anti-Muslim policies and ballot measures and works to ensure that all Oregonians, regardless of country of birth, are treated with dignity and respect.

It is particularly important for Conservation organizations to speak out as some of the rhetoric supporting anti-immigrant policies has wrapped itself in the language of sustainability and environmentalism. It is also important for conservation groups to speak out as the preeminent conservation issue of our generation, global climate change, will likely cause unprecedented displacement of human populations. An equitable and effective climate change strategy is inextricably linked to immigration policy. At a time when Portland Audubon has elevated both climate change and diversity, equity and inclusion as two of our highest priorities, IP 22 represents a threat to both initiatives.

As our Executive Director Nick Hardigg, described it, “Portland Audubon can’t allow this extreme, fear-mongering group to suggest that it’s in any way aligned with conservation. We work to protect the Earth for the health and benefit of all people.” We have long recognized that an effective environmental movement must be able to effectively intersect with other progressive and social justice movements. It was in that spirit that we recently joined One Oregon. Opposing IP 22 will send a strong message to staff, members, community partners, and the community at large about Portland Audubon’s values and its commitment to protecting and respecting the basic dignity of all members of our community.

Finally, Portland Audubon recognizes the importance of diversifying our base within Oregon, strengthening the depth and breadth of our understanding of environmental issues. We have long recognized that an effective environmental movement must be able to effectively intersect with other progressive and social justice movements. It was in that spirit that we recently joined One Oregon. Opposing IP 22 will send a strong message to staff, members, community partners, and the community at large about Audubon’s values and its commitment to protecting and respecting the basic dignity of all members of our community.

Please Join Portland Audubon by Taking the Pledge to Keep Oregon a Welcoming State by Denouncing IP 22. Take action here.

History of IP 22

IP 22 is a ballot measure that would repeal Oregon’s 30-year-old sanctuary law, which was passed to stop the practice of profiling immigrants by local law enforcement. IP 22 was initiated by two Salem legislators, Representative Sal Esquivel (R-Medford) and Representative Mike Nearman (R-Independence).  After failing to pass similar legislation through the Legislature, they have moved this effort to the ballot initiative system. The measure is also backed by Oregonians for Immigration Reform (OFIR) which uses environmental rhetoric to promote an aggressive anti-immigration position. If passed, IP 22 would allow the use of local and state resources to enforce immigration law if a person’s only crime is being in the country illegally.

IP 22 represents a significant threat to Oregon’s immigrant communities and to our state’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. It comes at a time when hostility toward immigrant communities and people of color has been gaining ground at both state and national levels. IP 22 recently obtained enough signatures (1,000) to officially begin the process of drafting a ballot title and language to potentially reach the November 2018 ballot. The chief proponents of IP 22, Oregonians for Immigration Reform (OFIR), have cloaked their fearful rhetoric within the wings of the conservation movement—choosing a tree as their logo, and writing Op-Eds about how immigrants are destroying the environment.

Additional Links

More on Oregon’s Sanctuary Law

IP22 and OFIR One Pager

Environment and the Anti-Immigrant Movement in Oregon 1 pager

Take Action! Sign the Pledge to Vote Against IP22

One Oregon Coalition

Over 80+ groups apart of coalition

OFIR Listed on Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Nativist extremist organization” list

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