SALEM, ORE. — pro-Trump supporters gathered at the Oregon Capital in a nationwide “Stop the Steal” rally following the election results on Saturday, Nov. 7. Demonstrations continued on for the rest of the evening with counter-protestors bringing tension between the two groups present.
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For the last couple days, Oregon and her surrounding neighbors are currently experiencing a huge increase of wildfires; causing people to evacuate their towns and homes.
Salem, Ore., first received a blanket of smoke on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
The Oregon wildfires are scourging over 300,000 acres, with, according to KOIN, two confirmed dead. However, numbers may increase substantially once the fires subside; making this the most deadly wildfire season to date.
Oregon towns that were “substantially destroyed,” said by Gov. Kate Brown at a press conference, by the wildfires include: Detroit, Blue River, Vida, Phoenix, and Talent.
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Demonstrators took to the Oregon State Capital State Park to hold a “War on Racism” rally to “highlight the continued blatant inadequate actions of the Salem Police Department and the Oregon State Police” on Saturday, July 11.
The event was hosted by Greg Simpson Jr., Julianne Ashley Jackson, and Greggery V Peterson Sr.
During the rally, William Jones lead with a motivational speech and kneeling, asking the young generations for their help and guidance:
I know I am older, but that doesn’t mean I am smarter. I may have more experience, but it doesn’t mean I am smarter…I get that you young generation are angry, and I get that you young generation are mad because you think us old cats don’t understand you. I understand you. I understand that ya’ll are going through a rough time. I understand that ya’ll need a shoulder to lean on too…come lean on mine and let me listen to do, and let’s help each other form an old man to a young man, from an old man to a young woman, I can help you, let me help
“This is a time where you have to be strong mentally, [and] this is a time where you can’t be angry but you have to be smart. You got to learn how to use the tools that you have, because if you know how to use your tools this would be a whole different world right now.”
The event was also met with opposition from Joey Nations and other conservative groups with their own “Back the Blue” rally.
What they are really trying to do, or planning on doing, is replacing the police with leftist thought patrol, with leftist ability to creep into every part of your life because now they are enforcing the laws. They want to get rid of the police as we know it and replace it with leftist ideology and enforcement
The event ended on a positive note, aside from the one provocateur who managed to rile everyone up, everything began to settle down with a small group of the demonstrators able to have a peaceful dialogue with each other.
In the midst of quarantine, I thought it would be a good time more than anything to get some photos published from the Women’s March on Sunday, March 8, 2020, which took place at the Capitol days before this fiasco started.
With that in mind, many events in Salem, Oregon, had been recently impacted due to Covid-19 concerns. Which becomes apparent when it comes to the size and participation of the rallies in these recent days
However, regarding the annual Women’s March in Salem, this was the most anticipated event despite the crowd size and I do hope to continue going to these events to listen in on the students, guests, and main speakers.
Anti-lockdown protestors stormed the Oregon Capitol to demand that Oregon reduce state restrictions and allow them to go back to work on Saturday, May 2, 2020.
Ronnie Daniels, one of the speakers at the protest, spoke about the “Wuhan Virus,” and expressed concerns that, “This is a shutdown, 1 out of seven, in this state, right now, because we are worried about the Wuhan Virus,” Daniels said, “We’ve been fighting this for thousands of years, not even Moses shut down in the desert.”
“But nevertheless, people, we got a Governor [not] listening to the will of the people. We got a right…we need to let her know that we are tired of the tyranny that she put on this state, and that god said we need to make it happen and open up.”
“We never shut down in World War I, World War II, The depression, Korea, civil rights, Vietnam or 9/11. So, why do they want to shut us down? They love to exert control like a communist.”
“We don’t need violence, I don’t care about race, your income status, and I don’t care about anything else. At the end of the day, I do my thing, I address everybody…and stand up because we have to, if we don’t, then we’re setting example to be sheep ready for the slaughter.”
Joey Nations, a candidate running for a seat in Congress, also spoke at the protest to share his concerns and reasons to why he is running.
“Just like all of you, I am sick and tired of communists ruining my state and ruining my country,” Nations said railing the supermajority the democrats hold, “we got to get this state back to work and that means getting the right people as your representatives, as your leaders, because right now we have a real failure of leadership.”
Nations continued his criticism of “that marble nut house,” Nations said referring to the Oregon Capitol, “is filled with the worse kind of people. Those are the kind of people that wants to stop you from earning a living, they want to stop you from choosing for your family, they want to stop you from enjoying your civil liberties.”
Nations also included that he would use social media to reach out to people and inform them on what is really happening in the government. All-the-while, not selling a dime of stock and “draining the swamp” in making sure “America First” priorities come first to create an economy based off the people.
Joey Nations is not a backstabber, I am a front stabber, and that scares Washington D.C.
A Trucker from “Welderup Custom Hot Rods” showed up and spoke from his truck and encouraged people to “stand up.”
Indicating that he doesn’t want more people dying or getting sick, while also stating, “If everybody goes back to work on Monday, they are not going to arrest us all”
Despite Republican efforts to curb the climate bill, climate activists gathered behind Gov. Kate Brown in solidarity for taking climate action into the next step.
“While today’s young people are also encouraged to make our world a better place, our planet is running out of time. I have heard it loud and clear…climate action is crucial and its urgent. If we do not take action right away it is the next generation [who] would pay the price. Neglect on our part would mean their loss, and that is simply unacceptable,” Brown said.
Encouraging others, Gov. Brown held promises she had given since the beginning of 2019, which would bring new, science-based, greenhouse gas reduction goals to 45%—below 1990 levels—by 2035 and 80%—1990 levels—by 2050. Setting enforced sector specific caps on climate pollution in transportation, natural gas and large industrial polluters.
In hopes to reduce carbon emissions in Oregon, Gov. Brown hopes to cut down pollution to a very minimal cost.
Immediate efforts and bold action are needed to tackle this scourge that is devastating the Oregon we know and love, and a smart approach can both protect, our environment, and continue to grow our economy,” Brown said.
This is not the first time Republican lawmakers walked out to try and curb this bill, “Republicans lawmakers repeatedly walked out on the job, thwarting the democratic process,” Brown said. “their actions held Oregonians hostage and seriously damaged the legislative branch. Oregonians deserve to be healthy, safe and see opportunity in the future no matter what happens…in the Oregon Legislator.”
The climate investments Gov. Brown introduced would include money for three critical climate related investments, such as, funding for environmental justice work; which would include communities impacted by climate change; creating a clean transition fund to train and prepare workers for well-paying jobs, and tackles wildfire mitigation work in fuels reduction and “create jobs in rural Oregon and foster a healthy landscape,” Brown said. “add climate action as a lens to all state agency work, making lowering carbon emissions a priority.” Brown continued.
I look forward to working Oregonians across the state on implementing this order in such a way that does not exasperate existing economic disparities in our rural communities, tribes, low-income families and communities of color.
Climate Activists held a climate strike in front of the Oregon Capitol to advocate for climate action on Friday, Feb. 28.
Their mission began shortly after the Republican senators walked out on Monday, Feb. 25 to try and curb an environmental bill (HB 1530) from being passed. Telling them to “do their jobs and protect their constituents” from the impending climate crisis.
Groups came in two shifts, one from 12-1 p.m and the other from 3-4 p.m, made up of student activists from both high school and Universities.
While both groups had vastly different people show up, they all shared the same common interest as they advocated in front of the capitol on a cold friday afternoon.
The Oregon Vapor Trade Association (OVTA) held a lobby day in front of the Oregon Capitol on Monday, Feb. 10.
Their mission included representing manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, and retailers of vape products for the state of Oregon. Sharing a vision of unity regarding state and federal level advocacy programs and tobacco harm education with an emphasis on public education.
Jason Weber, Owner of Vape Crusaders Smokeless Solutions and board member of the OVTA, started the rally by setting expectations and stating, “vaping is a harm reduction tool and flavors are a crucial part of that.”
Shortly after expectations were set, Chris Ferreira, President of the OVTA, said in a speech that he “came here to talk about personal freedom and human rights,” Ferreira said.
Let’s not be crass about it. The right to vape flavors is at the core of these freedoms and is the absolute cornerstone of the modern human rights movement. By definition the human right to health means that everyone has the right to the highest attainable standards of physical and mental health, and, as former smokers, we know that tobacco harm reduction by vaping nicotine is that higher standard. We know that vaping nicotine in electronic delivered system, ENDS product, vape mod…is 95% safer than smoking so says the royal college of physicians.
Chris Ferreira, President of OVTA
Ferreira referenced a study by the department of environmental medicine at the New York University school of medicine, in which they have concluded “the measurement of nitrosamines in the body is the gold standard for accessing possible carcinogenic effects,” Ferreira said. “They found that by testing the urine and saliva of e-cig vapors, that we only have 5% of the levels found in comparable tobacco smokers. They went on to say, that this finding has supported the recommendation from public health experts including public health, including Public Health England, that electronic cigarettes are 95% safer than traditional cigarettes,” Ferreira said.
Flavors are a backbone to the vaping experience…it’s time to let out state representatives and senators know this.
Chris Ferreira, President of OVTA
“Outlawing flavors in Oregon will only serve as a vehicle to create more smokers, more misery, more suffering, more medical bankruptcies, and more deaths from smoking-related illnesses. It is 100% in the interest of Oregon’s public health to keep this life-saving, 21st-century technology, available as a tool, a different pathway, freedom of choice, an alternative to combustible or traditional tobacco,” Ferreira said.
The Oregon Vapor Trade Association conducted an in-store survey of over 1000 customers from participating member stores and found that not a single person was smoking a tobacco flavored e-liquid.
“not only would this legislation harm Oregon’s Public Health, but it would negatively impact the economy as well. Vapor businesses create jobs and contribute to the state’s fiscal budgets. Those jobs feed families, clothes children, pay rents, and provide revenue to Oregon via taxes,” Ferreira said.
Attendees heard from two lobbyists, Emily Smith and Shawn Cleave, about what they can do when it comes to speaking with legislators and how they should go about doing so.
“some of our legislators are going to be on our side with this issue, they are going to understand why these flavors are important to keep on the market. Some of them are not going to understand and some of them are not going to know yet because they think it is a complicated issue and they are hearing a lot of misinformation out there. So, this is our opportunity to educate them and show them that our products are safe and flavors should be on the market for adult consumers,” Smith said, a lobbyist for the OVTA.
On December 31, The Trump Administration announced a ban on the sales of flavored e-cigs, putting light on the vaping epidemic that has quickly spread among the youth and adults.
However, as expected, this sparked outrage and concern within the community about how the ban will affect the economy and community as a whole.
Greg Conley, President of The American Vaping Trade Association, spoke at the lobby day to express his concerns and disappointment “to have a republican president come out and say ‘we are going to do a ban,’ [and] to have republican senators come out and say, ‘oh yeah, the federal government banning stuff? That’s a good idea,'” with no push-back and criticism from democrats.
Holding rallies at Trump’s campaign events, people protested for their right to vape flavors. “If we lose multiple states to blanket flavor bans, that would make it so much harder to attain the sort of reform that we need at the federal level to keep these products around…for 5, 10 or 20 years, because smoking is a problem that is, unfortunately, is not going to go away tomorrow,” Conley said.
The rally ended with people signing letters to their legislators and heading inside the capitol to speak with their legislators to educate and inform them about their concerns in banning vape flavored products in Oregon.
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