Unite Oregon hit it by pulling together a cross-generational, cross-cultural and multiracial effort with a strong slogan. Present today were Africans, Latiinos, First Nations people, Anglos, Muslims, Christians and others. We couldn't join in the lobbying---we didn't know that it was happening---but the people most involved seemed to have their act together and a good shared message. It was good that so many people attended from beyond the Willamette Valley and that Causa participated and that labor allies got mentioned. Three legislators spoke, and it was especially good to hear from Representatives Teresa Alonso Leon and Tawna D, Sanchez.
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The continuing narrative that "this is a nation of immigrants" and that "everyone came here to do better" omits First Nations peoples and takes slavery out of the country's narrative. We heard a bit of that today, but Representative Sanchez, a First Nations woman, was remarkably strong in her remarks in supporting a pro-immigrant message and helping white people get past their privileges.
This is the best way forward: coalitions and united fronts led by people of color with strong demands and a strategy which pushes us forward against Trump's agenda and which forces liberals into action.
From the Unite Oregon website