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Lockdowns Criticized
Some alternate theories on COVID-19 exist

The Oregon Health Authority now recommends wearing a face covering/mask instead of a face shield (except in limited situations when a face shield by itself is appropriate, like talking to someone who is Deaf or hard of hearing and needs to read lips to communicate).

Jason Shurka studies body responses and is making a documentary on his findings, particularly body responses to diseases. A body always strives for balance. A fever is when the body heats to fight a virus. He says even cancer tumors are caused as a defense of another problem.

Shurka says a virus activates itself to detox the body against something that has attacked the body. He says that groups of people don’t spread a virus. They are just grouped in one frequency area so that the energy produced attacks the irregularity. The more vital the body is the more susceptible to toxic environments. He says the COVID-19 lockdown is detoxing the body from all the immunity our bodies have built up making us more susceptible to viruses.

So is COVID-19 a nature virus or a created irregularity attacking our bodies?

Dr. Reiner Fuellmich, consumer protection trial lawyer in California and Germany for 26 years and member of the German Corona Extra-Parliamentary Inquiry Committee, prosecutes those responsible for implementing the economically devastating lockdowns around the world as well as fraudulent testing to engineer the appearance of a dangerous pandemic.

In “Crimes against Humanity,” Fuellmich identifies their case showing lockdowns were unnecessary because the virus was already in retreat and infection rates were starting to decline when lockdowns were imposed. He says scientific evidence shows a majority of people already have built-in protection against the virus due to cross-reactive T-cell immunity. They also show that the PCR test -- a test for COVID-19 DNA -- cannot be used to identify an active infection with SARS-CoV-2 or any other virus, and mortality statistics during the pandemic have been within the norms of any given year, meaning the pandemic has not resulted in an excess number of deaths or a death toll higher than normal.

Fuellmich explains that crimes against humanity, first defined during the Nuremberg trials following World War II, are today regulated in Section 7 of the International Criminal Code. Pandemic measures, on the other hand, have "caused the loss of innumerable human lives, and have destroyed the economic existence of countless companies and individuals worldwide."

As noted by Fuellmich: "PCR tests are simply incapable of diagnosing any disease. A positive PCR test result does not mean that an infection is present. If someone tests positive, it does not mean that they're infected with anything, let alone with the contagious SARS-CoV-2 virus." Even the United States CDC … agrees with this and I quote directly from page 38 of one of its publications on the coronavirus and the PCR tests dated July 13 2020. Public health, both physical and mental, as well as the global economy, have all suffered tremendous blows. According to Fuellmich, there's evidence showing a range of falsehoods and misrepresentations of facts have purposely been circulated, such that, based on the rules of criminal law, it can only be assessed as fraud. Under the rules of civil tort law, all those who have been harmed by these PCR tests induced lockdowns are entitled to receive full compensation for their losses.

--Donna Bleiler

Post Date: 2020-10-19 21:14:25Last Update: 2020-10-20 08:28:02

Salem Center 50+ Launches Wellness Program
Mobile health care van provides services to seniors

City of Salem Center 50+ has launched the WOW van (Wellness on Wheels) to keep seniors connected to their community through life-enriching activities and services. With the support from Salem Health, United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley, P3 Health Partners Oregon, and Home Instead Senior Care, Center 50+ now delivers socially distanced wellness services to area seniors.

Front porch visits from the WOW Van includes fitness, nutrition, mobility and wellness programming, activities, lifelong learning instruction, social checks ins, and technology tutoring.

The Center 50+ is Salem’s premier non-membership community center providing programs and services to adults age 50 and older and their caregivers. Although the Center is temporarily closed to the public due to COVID-19, programs and services continue to be offered throughout the community. Center 50+ serves more than 850 people a day and hosts more than 150 programs and activities each term.

The WOW Van was inspired through the work of the Age-Friendly Salem Initiative and meets the goals of keeping seniors socially connected, engaged in their community, and able to remain safe and healthy in their homes for as long as possible. Center 50+ recognizes the importance of delivering services to older adults whose mobility and aptitude to travel around Salem has decreased because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Marilyn Daily who manages operations and programming for the center says, “Everyone on our staff is excited about the possibilities of this service and eager to bring classes and companionship to those who need it most.”

To find out more about the WOW Van residents are encouraged to email Connect50plus@cityofsalem.net or to visit the Center 50+ website.

--Donna Bleiler

Post Date: 2020-10-19 20:07:05Last Update: 2020-10-19 20:22:28

Kate Brown Will Appoint County Court Position
Judge James to Retire from Marion County Bench

Governor Kate Brown announced that she is accepting applications for a judicial vacancy on the Marion County Circuit Court created by the planned retirement of Judge Mary M. James. The Governor thanked Judge James for her dedicated judicial service, and announced that she will fill the position by appointment. Judge James’ retirement takes effect November 30, 2020.

Interested applicants should mail or submit online (no in-person delivery) their completed application forms to: Dustin Buehler, General Counsel, Office of the Governor, 900 Court Street NE #254, Salem, OR 97301-4047. Forms must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 9, 2020. Forms emailed by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date will be considered timely so long as original signed forms postmarked by the closing date are later received.

Governor Kate Brown fills judicial vacancies based on merit. She encourages applications from lawyers with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.

ORS 3.041 and 3.050 provide that at the time of appointment to the court, the candidate must be a citizen of the United States, a resident of Oregon, and a member of the Oregon State Bar. SB 977, recently passed by the Legislature, creates a new requirement. It amends ORS 3.041 and requires that these vacancies must be filled by persons who are residents of or have principal offices in the judicial districts to which they are appointed or adjacent judicial districts.

For questions about the appointment process, or to request an interest form, contact Shevaun Gutridge via Email here or at 503-378-6246

--Ben Fisher

Post Date: 2020-10-19 19:09:51Last Update: 2020-10-19 20:30:44

Albany Works to Accent Riverfront
A vibrant riverfront can encourage positive new redevelopment

The confluence of the Willamette and Calapooia Rivers was significant to the native Kalapuya peoples and to early European settlers who eventually built the city at this unique intersection of rivers, roads, and railroads.

Albany is one of last major cities on the Willamette to invest in its riverfront and today, the riverfront is separated from downtown Albany by parking lots, Water Avenue, railroad tracks, and is missing sidewalks and crossing options. The connection between downtown Albany and its waterfront has become largely hidden by thick foliage and poor water access.

Over time, the City has been taking steps to reestablish downtown Albany’s connection with its rivers. In recent years, the City has been preserving waterfront properties for public use, using the Central Albany Revitalization Area to make strategic investments in downtown, and planning improvements to Water Avenue and the waterfront parks.

Now, the City is taking the next steps in this long-standing effort to improve Albany’s waterfront and how it connects to downtown. The expectation is that new waterfront redevelopment will ultimately create one of the most unique downtowns in the state of Oregon. When complete, the riverfront will be a major downtown anchor, connecting the community to the river to which it was historically connected.

This project will create plans to improve Water Avenue, Monteith Park, and the publicly owned portion of the riverfront and Dave Clark Trail. The project area includes up to 24 acres of park space and 14 blocks of streetscape along Water Avenue between Monteith Park and Main Street.

This process is expected to generate a final design concept by Summer 2020 and a final design is expected to be ready for City Council approval by Spring 2021. A phased approach to construction will allow for individual projects to be built over time. Pending final review, approval, and permitting, it may be possible to begin construction of individual projects as soon as Fall/Winter of 2021. The cost has not been determined.

You can find out more at the Albany Waterfront Project website.

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2020-10-18 11:23:18Last Update: 2020-10-18 13:10:07

Portland Indian Leaders Denounce Leftist Mayhem in Portland
Destruction at the Oregon Historical Society very disappointing

Members of the Portland Indian Leaders Roundtable met and issued the following statement:

“We, the members of the Portland Indian Leaders Roundtable, disapprove of the destruction and theft of property, and threat of violence, by those participating in demonstrations last night. As with other resistance movements who have turned out in countless numbers this year, we understand that there is justifiable righteous indignation over the unconscionable mistreatment of our people and communities over centuries, and that Indigenous People’s Day is a time to reflect and speak out against these injustices. Yet, we cannot condone pointless acts of vandalism and the brandishing of weapons that serve only to detract from the real message that must be heard:

Many of us have spent our lives advocating for the needs of our people and working to prevent re-traumatization of our elders and families. Acting only in anger is not our way. Disavowing the teachings of our elders is not our way. Wielding weapons and stealing what is not ours is not our way.

The destruction at the Oregon Historical Society was so very disappointing, especially given the great care they have given to their most recent exhibit that displays Native American history so honestly and respectfully. We thank them for their deep consultation with tribal nations to create this exhibit and wish them the best in the repairs to their building.

On this Indigenous People’s Day of October 12, 2020, we choose to continue our important work being of service to those who need us. Relying upon the Indigenous values of respect, humility, kindness, and accountability, we will continue to work toward healing, using our traditions and culture as a guide.”

--Ben Fisher

Post Date: 2020-10-18 11:20:01Last Update: 2020-10-18 13:26:30

Donors Weigh in on Secretary of State Race
Fagan rakes in cash from the left

In a sign that the Secretary of State Election might be very close, a variety of left-leaning donors have dumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into the Shemia Fagan campaign for Secretary of State.

At this point in the campaign, state law requires reporting of contributions no later than seven days after being received. Below is a report of major donors to Fagan's campaign, during the first 9 days of October. It represents a broad cross-section of left leaning interests, labor unions, and individuals.

Some analysts point out that Oregon voters don't like a highly partisan race, especially for the office of Secretary of State -- a person in the position of being the referee on Oregon's elections. They have suggested that this large last-minute surge of cash is the result of an election that is turning out much like the Brad Avakian/Dennis Richardson Race four years ago, when the respected Richardson defeated the partisan Avakian.

The election is a mere 17 days from now.

Major donations to Committee to Elect Shemia Fagan just during the month of October 2020
10/09/2020Blue Wave Project$5,000
10/09/2020Portland Metro Fire Fighters PAC (223)$10,000
10/09/2020Oregon Nurses Political Action Committee (12986)$20,000
10/09/2020Earl Blumenauer for Congress$1,500
10/09/2020Oregon Health Care Association PAC (275)$5,000
10/09/2020Blue Wave Project$20,000
10/09/2020Aaron Mitchell$5,000
10/08/2020Dentists of Oregon PAC (54)$10,000
10/08/2020Citizen Action for Political Education (33)$2,500
10/08/2020Elect Ellen Rosenblum for Attorney General (15406)$2,500
10/08/2020Save Democracy PAC$5,000
10/08/2020Oregon League of Conservation Voters PAC (2352)$25,000
10/07/2020Citizen Action for Political Education (33)$25,000
10/06/2020Blue Wave Project$5,000
10/06/2020Holding Onto Oregons Priorities$10,000
10/05/2020The Mother PAC (14523)$1,000
10/05/2020Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde$2,500
10/04/2020Molly McCabe$10,000
10/03/2020OFNHP AFT 5017 Political Action Committee (17220)$4,000
10/03/2020Phillip Fogg Jr.$5,000
10/03/2020EmpRes Healthcare Management$2,500
10/02/2020Democratic Association of Secretaries of State$50,000
10/02/2020National Democratic Redistricting Committee$100,000
10/02/2020Local 48 Electricians PAC (4572)$30,000
10/02/2020Professional Firefighters PAC #3219 (3219)$5,000
10/02/2020Oregon League of Conservation Voters PAC (2352)$25,000
10/01/2020Salem Fire PAC (245)$1,000

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2020-10-17 18:32:45Last Update: 2020-10-17 20:50:16

Revenue Reminds Taxpayers to Check Withholding
Remember, unemployment compensation is taxable.

The Oregon Department of Revenue is reminding taxpayers that now is the perfect time to review their Oregon tax withholding and payments to avoid a surprise when filing next year.

“We encourage Oregon taxpayers to check their withholding for tax year 2020,” said Personal Tax and Compliance Division Administrator JoAnn Martin. “Not withholding enough during the year could lead to an unexpected tax bill in 2021.”

Oregon’s Form OR-W-4 and Revenue’s online withholding calculator allow taxpayers to determine the correct amount to withhold for Oregon personal income tax. The 2020 Form OR-W-4 and the withholding calculator are available on the department’s website.

Generally, wage earners should periodically review their withholding, especially when they had a recent personal or financial change that may affect their tax situation such as a change in income, filing status, or number of dependents.

This year, thousands of Oregon taxpayers have had to file for unemployment benefits, many of them for the first time. Unemployment compensation is taxable and withholding is not done automatically. If recipients did not elect to have state income tax withheld when applying for benefits, they will need to fill out Form 1040WH from the Oregon Employment Department website and submit it to the OED to authorize withholding.

To get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make payments, visit www.oregon.gov/dor or email questions.dor@oregon.gov. You can also call 800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish) or 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon.

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2020-10-17 11:30:33Last Update: 2020-10-17 18:32:45

Governor Brown Sued Over Shut Down
Separation of Powers is the Basis for Three Legislators

This afternoon Senator Dennis Linthicum (R-Klamath Falls), Representatives Mike Nearman (R-Independence) and E. Werner Reschke (R-Klamath Falls), and Neil Ruggles sued the Governor and State of Oregon in the Circuit Court for the County of Multnomah, challenging the Governor’s power to maintain a continuing state of emergency under ORS Chapter 401. The lawsuit claims that the Legislature’s attempt to delegate “all police powers vested in the state by the Oregon constitution” is in fact prohibited by several sections of the Oregon Constitution which provide for a separation of legislative, executive and judicial powers.

“This lawsuit raises constitutional claims not previously considered by the Supreme Court of Oregon in its Elkhorn Baptist Church case, which upheld the Governor’s exercise of emergency powers when challenged on statutory grounds,” explained James Buchal, counsel for plaintiffs. “We hope that the Oregon Supreme Court will follow the Supreme Court of Michigan and other state and federal courts which have recognized that the exercise of very broad statutory emergency powers for months on end infringes the rights of both citizens and legislators to have important general policy rules established by the legislative brand of government.”

The complaint cites Article III, Section 1 of the Oregon Constitution:

"The powers of the Government shall be divided into three separate (sic) departments, the Legislative, the Executive, including the administrative, and the Judicial; and no person charged with official duties under one of these departments, shall exercise any of the functions of another, except as in this Constitution expressly provided."

The lawsuit points out that the measures available to the legislature “places a significant burden on the Legislature to regain its own Legislative powers once the Governor declares an emergency. For example, recently in Pennsylvania, the power supposedly granted to the legislature to end the emergency by a simple majority vote of both houses in a joint resolution failed because the governor vetoed the bill.”

The complaint notes that "All rules and orders...shall have the full force and effect of law both during and after the declaration of a state of emergency. All existing laws, ordinances, rules and orders inconsistent with ORS 401.165 to 401.236 shall be inoperative during the period of time and to the extent such inconsistencies exist." The complaint describes the Governor as a “super-legislature who might strike down 'all existing law' at will after such a declaration of emergency, making the effect of all outstanding laws dependent upon the whim of the Governor.”

Ending on a grand note, the complaint notes that “allowing the Governor to exercise all police power of the state for an extended period of time beyond the statutory limits of ORS Chapter 433 and the Constitutional limits of Article X-A violates the federal rights of Oregonians to a Republican form of government under Article IV, § 4 of the U.S. Constitution.”

One of the plaintiffs, Neil Ruggles, has a Go Fund Me page to help cover the costs of the suit.

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2020-10-16 16:57:50Last Update: 2020-10-18 13:15:27

Occupational Safety Rules Proposed
Redefining “reasonable diligence”

Amidst the chaos of COVID-19, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration has quietly moved forward with proposed changes to two administrative rules that would stack the deck against employers in contested cases. Oregon OSHA’s Proposed Amendments in General Administrative Rules to Clarify Employer’s Responsibilities and Oregon OSHA’s Proposed Increase of Certain Minimum and Maximum Penalties for Alleged Violations.

These rule changes seem to be about agency convenience in contested cases, not employee safety.

Oregon law says that for an employer to be liable for a serious violation, Oregon OSHA must prove that the employer knew, or with the “exercise of reasonable diligence” could have known, of the violation. Recently, the Oregon Supreme Court has made clear that the burden is on Oregon OSHA to prove what is "reasonable" and what is "diligence" under the circumstances of each case. Now, Oregon OSHA is attempting to change that court ruling.

Oregon OSHA proposes redefining “reasonable diligence” to make employers strictly liable so that the agency can easily win a contested case. They are shifting the burden of determining fault to employers -- despite clear direction from the Supreme Court and legislature. Additionally, the agency’s rule changes make the “unpreventable employee conduct” defense entirely useless, which further lessens Oregon OSHA’s burden of proof. This is an abuse of power for an agency that already has stepped outside the bounds of its authority during this crisis.

Further, through a separate rulemaking, the agency is trying to give Oregon OSHA’s Administrator unlimited discretion to impose huge penalties: $13,538 for any “serious” violation and up to $135,382 for any “willful” violation. These enormous fines could be assessed for just repeat paperwork violations. Or worse, these new rules could be used against businesses struggling to comply with COVID-19 restrictions.

It is evident that these rule changes are focused on ensuring Oregon OSHA’s ability to penalize employers for serious violations with minimal effort and maximum penalties.

Oregon OSHA will adopt these rule changes at the end of October. There will be a final opportunity for in-person testimony on October 28, 2020 at 10:00 AM. Interested parties can register for the Public Hearing on Employer Responsibilities. Written comments are due on October 30th.

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2020-10-16 16:41:10Last Update: 2020-10-16 16:57:50

Mayhem and Violence Continues In Portland
144 Days And Counting

On October 15, 2020, a group gathered outside the Justice Center in Downtown Portland. Nearly 100 people began standing in the street on Southwest 2nd Avenue between Southwest Madison and Southwest Main Street. Members of the group were seen spray painting Central Precinct as well as putting garbage near the entryways and exits to the sally port garage doors. At the same time, members of the group started a large fire in the intersection located at Southwest Main Street and Southwest 3rd Avenue. As the fire grew larger, members stood near blocking vehicular traffic. Smaller fires were lit by igniting the garbage left near the sally port doors.

Warnings were issued over loudspeaker advising the crowd that all streets are open to vehicular traffic. You must immediately vacate the roadway and proceed to the sidewalk. If you remain in the roadway, you may be subject to arrest for Disorderly Conduct, Interfering with a Police Officer, and other State and City offenses. If you remain in the roadway and show the intent to engage in physical resistance to removal, or if emergency circumstances require, you may be subject to the use of force, including crowd control agents, tear gas, and impact weapons. Move to the sidewalk. Despite the warnings, the crowd continued to block vehicular traffic on Southwest 2nd Avenue as well as Southwest 3rd Avenue at Southwest Main Street.

A passenger vehicle associated with the group stopped near the sally port doors and a passenger exited the vehicle and added accelerant to the fires. The vehicle was later stopped and the passenger was cited for reckless burning and arson 1.

Portland Police along with Portland Fire moved in to the area of Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Main Street and Firefighters addressed the fire. After the fire was out, officers and firefighters left the area.

The group continued to stand in the street and block vehicular traffic. Members of the group also continued to light small fires. Once again the group was warned over loudspeaker to vacate the roadway or they would be subject to use of force, including crowd control agent, tear gas, and impact weapons. The group continued to stand in the roadway and officers arrived on scene and made some targeted arrests.

The group began to leave the area and was mostly dispersed by 12:30 a.m.

The Portland Police Bureau did not use crowd control munitions or CS (tear) gas.

The following person was cited on listed charges:
Talbot, Rachel Lee, 18-year-old, Reckless Burning, Arson 1

The following people were arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on listed charges:
Reinhardt, Zachary, 29-year-old of Portland, Oregon, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct II
Bowen, Justin, 25-year-old of Portland, Oregon, Reckless Burning

--Sabrina-Marie Fisher

Post Date: 2020-10-16 11:26:19Last Update: 2020-10-16 12:37:53

COVID-19 or the Common Cold?
More testing with less-than-accurate tests

As the Oregon Health Authority sends out notice of keeping face coverings dry during rainy weather, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website says people testing positive for COVID-19 may simply have the common cold. If you test positive, the test result may show you have antibodies from an infection from a virus that causes COVID-19. However, there is a chance you have antibodies from a virus from the same family of viruses called coronaviruses such as the one that causes the common cold.

“Some tests may exhibit cross-reactivity with other coronaviruses, such as those that cause the common cold. This could result in false-positive test results. Some persons may not develop detectable antibodies after coronavirus infection... Thus, serologic test results do not indicate with certainty the presence or absence of current or previous infection with SARS-CoV-2.”

“Serologic testing by itself should not be used to establish the presence or absence of SARS-CoV-2 infection or reinfection. Antibodies may not be present among those tested early in illness before antibodies develop or among those who never develop detectable antibodies following infection. In addition, the presence of antibodies may reflect previous infection and may be unrelated to the current illness.”

There are growing suggestions that we should wear masks to prevent spreading the flu and colds also. With the constant wearing of a face mask at work and schools, the question is how long can a person wear a mask without fear of hypoxia. According to a study in 2008 that studied the risk of hypoxia, the onset of slight hypoxia starts after the first hour of wearing a mask. It can trap the exhaled CO2 that limits the oxygen intake in the air we breathe and induce silent hypoxia. The inexpensive masks or cloth masks are for show. A respirator mask (N95 mask) filters out 95% of small flu particulate matter, and COVID-19 are smaller. Are we headed towards another medical crisis from wearing the wrong mask too long?

--Donna Bleiler

Post Date: 2020-10-16 07:34:29Last Update: 2020-10-16 08:22:20

Black Lives Matter Resolution Passed By Oregon Educators
Virtue Signaling from Oregon Board of Education

The Oregon State Board of Education has passed a resolution declaring “Black Lives Matter.”

The resolution strongly supports justice and dignity for all Black people and renews the Board’s commitment to anti-racism, equity, and access to education as a core value. It also urges Oregon school districts, public charter schools, and education service districts to take several actions to support Black students, educators, and community members including renewing their commitment to anti-racism and strengthening networks of support for students and families who are experiencing increased harassment, violence, bullying, or hatred based on race.

The Oregon State Board of Education, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), the Coalition of Oregon School Administrators (COSA), the Oregon Education Association (OEA), the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA), the Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA), the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA), the Oregon Association of Education Service Districts (OAESD), and the Oregon Association of Student Councils (OASC) have submitted a joint letter to the Oregon State Board of Education supporting the resolution.

The resolution and letter mirror similar actions taken by boards of education around the U.S., including Baltimore County Public Schools, Indianapolis Public Schools, Berkeley Public Schools, and many more.

“All students belong in Oregon schools. Sometimes, that means telling one student they belong and that they matter when they need to hear it,” said Kimberly Howard, Chair of Oregon State Board of Education. “Sometimes, that means telling a group of students that they matter when they have heard and felt the opposite for far too long.”

“We cannot be silent in response to the racism that students and staff experience in Oregon’s schools,” said Oregon Department of Education Director Colt Gill. “The Oregon Department of Education is committed to ensuring that Oregon’s schools are safe and inclusive for all students and staff, and that means conclusively and repeatedly saying, ‘Yes, we affirm the dignity and humanity of Black people.’ That’s what Black Lives Matter means, as a statement of love and justice. And love and justice are the side of history we all need to be on.”

“We applaud the Oregon State Board of Education for adopting a Black Lives Matter resolution today. This is an important step -- one of many -- toward affirming our Black children and families. Their lives, their dreams, and their futures matter,” said Craig Hawkins, Executive Director of Coalition of Oregon School Administrators. “As school leaders, it is our responsibility to make sure that all of our students feel seen, safe, and welcome in our schools so they can fulfill their potential and achieve their goals, and we commit to partnering with Black students and community to ensure that our systems change.”

“We fully support Black Lives Matter as a civil rights movement that aims to combat racism and support Black individuals,” said Jim Green, Executive Director of Oregon School Boards Association. “We stand beside Black Lives Matter, as a statement of social justice and an affirmation of the value and worth of Black people.”

ODE is supporting school districts in developing rules, policies, and procedures by providing guidance, educational resources, and toolkits to support implementation of policies prohibiting hate symbols. To provide clarity as questions arise, the resolution and letter affirm that Black Lives Matter slogans and insignias are neither considered hate symbols, nor are they political or attached to a specific candidate or party, so are not prohibited by the state.

Critics have noted that the organization known as BLM seems to be more focused on encouraging Marxism and Communism than on black livelihood.

--Ben Fisher

Post Date: 2020-10-15 18:03:23Last Update: 2020-10-15 21:15:39

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