For over thirty years Oregon law has prohibited the use of state and local resources to enforce Federal Immigration law if a person’s only crime is being in the country illegally. The original bill passed the Oregon House by a vote of 58 to 1 and the Senate by 29-1 in 1987 and was signed by Governor Neil Goldschmidt.
What’s DACA All About? Most American citizens are the children or grandchildren or great-grandchildren of immigrants. We know from our own family stories that whatever our roots, we found pathways to inclusion in the community, to productive places in the workforce, and to wide-ranging spots on the social and political spectrum. Is the situation of immigrants different today? Are the immigrants themselves any different? In this panel, we will hear from two experts on DACA—Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
Freedom of speech is an integral part of the U.S.A’s national identity. It allows us to freely engage in civil discourse, openly critique powerful institutions, and promote new ideas to improve our society. However, freedom of speech is also used to justify hate speech. This has led to a series of questions that are increasingly being asked nationwide.
Downtown Eugene will see a $60 million development begin this year. The expansion of the 5th Street Public Market will replace a parking lot with an 82-room boutique hotel, a 113-unit apartment building, and a three-story retail and office complex. It will be built on land owned by Lane County, and leased to Obie Companies.
Casey Barrett, Vice President of Obie Companies, visits City Club of Eugene to give an update on the proposed expansion and lay out the plans.
In a local tradition unique to City Club of Eugene, every year since 1991 the Turtle Award, a cast iron turtle, has been given to two, or three under-recognized civic leaders in Eugene for “sticking their necks out”. That is, they have demonstrated the strong beliefs, vision and courage required to persevere in a risk prone venture for the good of the whole community.
Both the Republican and Democratic primary races are contested this year for the Oregon State House District 11 Seat. The City Club hosted all four candidates on April 6th to learn more about their positions. This was a great opportunity to hear about each of the candidates’ unique perspectives and responses to your questions. The Lane County League of Women Voters provided the format and helped selecting the written questions and keeping the time.