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Columbia County Latinos Lead Procession for Respect and Dignity

WHEN: Wednesday, February 18, 2009. 4pm - 6pm
WHERE: St. Helen's, Oregon. Starting out front of the Catholic Church at 175 S 13th, and ending at the County Courthouse
WHO: New community organization Latinos Unidos para un Futuro Mejor (LUFM), in collaboration withColumbia County Citizens for Human Dignity (CCCHD).
Contact:
Yesenia Sanchez, 503-396-9279,  ysanchez@uoregon.edu
Martha Olmstead, 503-369-9996,  martha.olmstead@yahoo.com

On Wednesday, February 18th, members of the Columbia County Latino community and their allies will join together for a community walk, entitled Procession for Respect and Dignity.

The walk is organized by the new group Latinos Unidos para un Futuro Mejor (LUFM, or Latinos United for a Better Future), and is a public demonstration of the faces of Columbia County's Latino Community that has been under attack for the last eighteen months by ballot measures 5-190 and 5-191. The Procession for Respect and Dignity will bring our neighbors and ourselves out of the shadows and show honest, responsible community members that work hard to support families and contribute to the local economy.

At a recent organizing meeting, community members brainstormed reasons that they felt the procession would be an important gesture. "We want to show the community that we are the same, we are human beings. We are respectful and contribute towards our community, and we deserve to be treated with dignity," said Yesenia Sanchez, LUFM president.

"It is important to be organized and united in these difficult economic times in order to support the entire community," added LUFM vice-president Martha Olmstead.

Latinos Unidos para un Futuro Mejor was formed in response to the passage of county ballot measure 5-190, yet to be implemented, which if enacted would fine local employers $10,000 for hiring undocumented workers. Since November, Columbia County has attracted wide attention for dramatic job loss as businesses close shop or move to other parts of the state. Lionila Jimenez, LUFM secretary commented, "I have the legal right to work in this country, but the measure has still affected me. My hours have been cut from five days a week to two or three. This measure is affecting the entire community."

Gary Liao, a local business owner and plaintiff in the court challenge to the measure said, "Measure 5-190, in addition to containing errors, omissions, and mixing jurisdictions, would create a climate of suspicion adversely affecting innocent employers and innocent people."

With measure 5-190 and its high-profile court challenge, the previously invisible Latino community has been thrust into the spotlight. In the Procession for Respect and Dignity, the community will speak with a united voice for the first time, and show that we are your neighbors: honest, working people who deserve respect and dignity.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 18, 2009. 4pm - 6pm
WHERE: In St. Helens, Oregon. Starting at the St. Frederic Catholic Church at 175 S 13th, and ending at the County Courthouse.
WHO: New community organization Latinos Unidos para un Futuro Mejor (LUFM), in collaboration with Columbia County Citizens for Human Dignity (CCCHD), and with support from the Rural Organizing Project, and CAUSA: Oregon's Immigrants Rights Coalition.

((( i ))) 17.Feb.2009 11:01

street reporter

see you all there

Help For My Friends 17.Feb.2009 23:01

Joe Anybody iam@joe-anybody.com

 http://tinyurl.com/ca47pz
Google Map from Portland To St. Helens

 http://tinyurl.com/apm8et
Link for Google Maps "Directions" type in your address to start from

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Drive from Portland start along Waterfront Ave
to St Helens...

1. Head east on NW Couch St toward NW Naito Pkwy/OR-99W 52 ft
2. Turn left at NW Naito Pkwy/OR-99W
Continue to follow NW Naito Pkwy 1.2 mi
3. Continue on NW Front Ave 0.6 mi
4. Turn left at NW Nicolai St 0.2 mi
5. Turn right at US-30/NW Yeon Ave
Continue to follow US-30 26.1 mi
6. Turn right at Bachelor Flat Rd/Columbia Blvd
Continue to follow Columbia Blvd 0.5 mi
7. Turn right at S 13th St 0.1 mi

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St Frederic Catholic Church
175 S 13th St, St Helens, OR 97051

directions to 13th street
directions to 13th street
view from google maps
view from google maps

Help For My Friends 17.Feb.2009 23:03

Joe Anybody iam@joe-anybody.com

 http://tinyurl.com/ca47pz
Google Map from Portland To St. Helens

 http://tinyurl.com/apm8et
Link for Google Maps "Directions" type in your address to start from

- - - - - - -
Drive from Portland start along Waterfront Ave
to St Helens...

1. Head east on NW Couch St toward NW Naito Pkwy/OR-99W 52 ft
2. Turn left at NW Naito Pkwy/OR-99W
Continue to follow NW Naito Pkwy 1.2 mi
3. Continue on NW Front Ave 0.6 mi
4. Turn left at NW Nicolai St 0.2 mi
5. Turn right at US-30/NW Yeon Ave
Continue to follow US-30 26.1 mi
6. Turn right at Bachelor Flat Rd/Columbia Blvd
Continue to follow Columbia Blvd 0.5 mi
7. Turn right at S 13th St 0.1 mi

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St Frederic Catholic Church
175 S 13th St, St Helens, OR 97051

directions to 13th street
directions to 13th street
view from google maps
view from google maps

Peaceful Long march 19.Feb.2009 14:16

Leting YaKnow

250 to 300 people participated

It Was A Peaceful March

Only seen 1 guy yelling "go home"-type-of-stuff as the marcher went by... (he was ignored)

The protest march stayed on the sidewalks which stretched out to be almost 3 blocks long at times
The march ended at the (court house) with a few speeches and someone offered a bouquet of flowers for(to) the city (hall)

Wow! 19.Feb.2009 19:34

cool!

Three hundred people turned out in little St Helens! Wow! Cool. Good to know not everyone is a racist shit-head ala Wayne-Whitebread Mayo.

5 videos from the rally & march 20.Feb.2009 03:15

Joe Anybody iam@joe-anybody.com

2.18.09
Human Rights march in St Helens Oregon

St Helens "Procession for Respect and Dignity" part 1 of 5
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acz2_XelqJ0

St Helens "Procession for Respect and Dignity" part 2 of 5
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Sxdj11kCRg

St Helens "Procession for Respect and Dignity" part 3 of 5
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wAOkGYV5Po

St Helens "Procession for Respect and Dignity" part 4 of 5
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H27bEBqz7SA

St Helens "Procession for Respect and Dignity" part 5 of 5 (before march)
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EY_BS2zEQaA

St. Helens Oregon 2.18.09
St. Helens Oregon 2.18.09