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Baertschiger Steps Down as Chair of ORP
“I will still be involved in making Oregon a better place”

Effective July 5, Oregon Republican Party Chair Herman Baertschiger will be stepping down as ORP Chair. Baertschiger took over the Chair when Dallas Heard resigned on March 11. In a letter to ORP members, Baertschiger sent a farewell message.

As many of you already know I have never intended to be the Chairman of the ORP, however it has been an honor. I ran as Vice-Chair, a supporting role within the leadership of the ORP. With Chair Heard stepping down I ascended to the position of Chairman of the ORP. I knew I had to lead the Party forward uninterrupted in its mission and create as smooth of a transition as possible. I also knew we have several open seats including the Vice-Chair position, all which needed to be filled. I think I have accomplished these things and now need to step away and let these new folks take the reins.

We are so fortunate to have so many wonderful people dedicated to the Republican Party here in Oregon. I am proud of them all and have enjoyed leading them through these times of transition. It is time to pass the torch. I am sure they will do a great job for the party as well as for Oregon.

I am not saying good-bye as I will still be involved in making Oregon a better place for us and our families. I am just saying my job in a leadership position has come to an end and I am very happy on what we have accomplished in these last few months. What great people I have met along the way. I look forward in seeing you again as a Republican.

Oregon Republican Party Vice-Chair Justin Hwang will be the new Chair.


--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2022-07-01 11:50:26Last Update: 2022-07-01 12:01:05



OHA: Climate Change Impacting Youth Mental Health
“They understand climate change as closely linked with systemic racism and oppression”

The Oregon Health Authority has issued a report claiming that “The mental health effects of climate change include those directly related to the physical and traumatic consequences of severe weather events, as well as anxiety, fear and distress associated with slower-moving stressors, perceptions and attempts to understand and respond appropriately to climate change and its implications.” In response to Governor Kate Brown's Executive Order 20-04, the OHA has also released a report describing the impact of Climate Change on Youth Mental Health.

According to this report, "As the effects of climate change grow, researchers and experts have become more concerned about how it will affect our mental health. Mental health impacts on youth are of particular concern as there is a growing youth mental health crisis in the United States.”

The Executive Summary of the Research is showing three main pathways climate change adversely affects our mental health: Study participants reported significant distress consistent with what youth across the globe are reporting. Youth in this study reported experiencing a range of feelings:

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One former legislator was critical of the report, calling into question the finding that youth “understand climate change as closely linked with systemic racism and oppression.” “I don't see kids making this connection. If anything, I think that kids have been driven to mental instability by disruption of their schooling patterns by government action in response to COVID. Government does more harm than climate” said the former legislator, who asked not to be identified.

Youth and key participants identified these strategies for nurturing hope and resilience: Decision-makers, educators, mental health professionals and environmental professionals support youth mental health and resilience in the face of climate change when they:
--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2022-07-01 06:01:44Last Update: 2022-06-30 10:38:04



COVID Rule Changes Proposed for Labor Housing
The comment period closes on August 12

Oregon OSHA, under the direction of acting administrator Renee Stapleton, is proposing to roll back COVID era restrictions on Employer Provided workplace housing and is asking that persons who wish to participate in the virtual meeting to register for Adjustments to COVID-19 Workplace Requirements for Employer-Provided Labor Housing on July 26, 2022 at 3:00pm

After registering for a webinar, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. In order to ensure as many people as possible are able to testify, Oregon OSHA reserves the right to restrict testimony to no more than 5 minutes.

The rule changes have been summarized by Oregon OSHA:

Due to reduced COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Oregon OSHA is proposing to make substantive changes to OAR 437-004-1115: COVID-19 Workplace Requirements for Employer-Provided Labor Housing to remove provisions no longer appropriate to this stage of the pandemic. These changes are in response to Governor Brown's announcement of updated health guidance on February 28, 2022 and direction from the Oregon Health Authority.

These proposed changes have been in effect as temporary amendments since April 13, 2022 and are set to expire on October 9, 2022. If these rulemaking adjustments are not made, the rule will revert to the stricter requirements in Administrative Order 15-2021 adopted on December 21, 2021.

Major proposed changes include the removal of several sections of the rule, including (3) Ventilation, (5) Physical distancing monitor, (7) Cleaning and sanitation, and (9) Non-employer-provided transportation for labor housing. In addition, the (2) Definitions section is greatly simplified.

The proposed amendments will remove the requirement for the use of the Air Purification Method or the Capacity Reduction Method to calculate the square footage of spaces where people sleep. However, if air purifiers were provided by the operator as part of this provision, occupants must be allowed to continue to use the air purifier at no cost including the maintenance of the equipment. If occupants choose to use their own air purifier, they must be allowed to do so but they are responsible for the maintenance of it.

As was the case before these adjustments, the proposed rule maintains language that an employee who chooses to wear a mask, face shield, or face covering, even when it is not required, must be allowed to do so.

These proposed adjustments represent a significant removal of COVID-19 requirements, and are a major step forward towards the full repeal of the rule. As stated in the rule, Oregon OSHA will repeal the rule when it is no longer necessary to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Because it is not possible to assign a specific time for that decision, Oregon OSHA will consult with the Oregon OSHA Partnership Committee, the Oregon Health Authority, and other stakeholders as circumstances change to determine when all or parts of the rule can be appropriately repealed.

The comment period closes on August 12. Adoption tentatively will be in September 2022.

To comment:

Department of Consumer and Business Services/Oregon OSHA
PO BOX 14480
Salem OR 97309-0405
Email – OSHA.rulemaking@dcbs.oregon.gov


--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2022-06-30 10:38:04Last Update: 2022-06-30 11:27:25



OHA Lacks Follow Through on SOS Audit
"The opioid crisis is a grave threat both in Oregon”

Secretary of State Shemia Fagan and the Oregon Audits Division released a follow-up report today to the 2018 audit of Oregon Health Authority's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. Auditors found that only four of 12 recommendations from the original audit have been fully implemented under the direction of OHA Director Pat Allen.

Despite criticizing her predecessor, Dennis Richardson, for doing "Gotcha" audits, Fagan was publicly and vocally critical of the OHA in the audit.

"The opioid crisis is a grave threat both in Oregon and the around the county," Secretary Fagan said. "This report includes specific actions we can take to improve outcomes in our communities. State legislators and the Oregon Health Authority should implement them as soon as possible."

Auditors focused on the status of 12 recommendations made in 2018. Auditors found four recommendations were fully implemented and three recommendations were partially implemented. Our follow-up work indicates Oregon could do more to promote and enhance the use of PDMP as a tool to help combat drug epidemics. However, legislative changes are needed to fully implement most of the outstanding recommendations. Those recommendations include areas such as data sharing, using the PDMP database, and collecting further information.

The misuse and abuse of opioids and risk of overdose remain a health threat nationally and in Oregon. This involves both prescription opioid pain medications and illicit opioids. Oregon has the highest rate of misuse of prescription opioids in the nation. Oregon's PDMP is an important tool to help address prescription drug abuse and misuse, including opioids, and improve health outcomes. Oregon is still one of the few states not requiring prescribers or pharmacists to use the PDMP database before certain prescriptions are written or dispensed.

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The 2018 Prescription Drug Monitoring Program audit won the National Association of State Auditors Excellence in Accountability award and influenced several other states to audit their PDMP program.


--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2022-06-30 08:45:01Last Update: 2022-06-30 09:01:44



DEQ Announces Rulemaking for Clean Fuels Program Expansion
Public Hearing to be Held July 19

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is proposing that the Environmental Quality Commission approve updates and revisions to the Clean Fuels Program rules. The policy objective of the Clean Fuels Program Expansion 2022 Rulemaking is to expand the program's carbon intensity reduction requirements beyond the currently adopted 10 percent reduction in average carbon intensity by 2025. The new long-term targets will create certainty for investment in and deployment of lower-, zero-, and negative-carbon transportation fuels that are necessary to decarbonize Oregon's transportation sector.

In addition to proposing new carbon intensity reduction requirements, DEQ is also proposing changes to Division 12 and Division 253 to: 1) support the expansion of the program, 2) make the program's rules clearer and more efficient, and 3) ensure that participants in the program are complying with all its requirements.

DEQ is asking for public comment on the proposed rules. Anyone can submit comments and questions about this rulemaking. A person can submit comments by email, regular mail or at the public hearing. DEQ will only consider comments on the proposed rules that DEQ receives by 4 p.m., on Thursday, July 21, 2022.

Interested persons may submit comment by email to:

CFP.2022@deq.oregon.gov

By mail
Oregon DEQ
Attn: Cory-Ann Wind
700 NE Multnomah St., Suite 600
Portland, OR 97232-4100

DEQ plans to hold one public hearing. Anyone can attend this hearing by webinar. The public hearing is online only on July 19, 2022 starting at 9:00am.

To view copies of the notice documents, learn more about this rulemaking, and how to submit comments, you can view the rulemaking web page.


--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2022-06-29 18:09:28Last Update: 2022-06-29 20:50:49



Secretary Fagan Completes Transit Redistricting
Directs Districts to Focus on Equity and Accessibility

Secretary of State Shemia Fagan announced the adoption of new mass transit maps today, completing the transit district redistricting process that occurs after each new census.

"Transit boards give the public a voice in how buses, trains and other transportation services operate in their communities," said Secretary Fagan. "The transit redistricting process takes place only once every 10 years and requires a great deal of cooperation. I want to thank Oregon's three mass transit districts for their partnership in this process, particularly their work to meet the public engagement requirements and diversity, equity, and inclusion values required by my office."

New districts maps are available on the Secretary of State's website.

ORS 267.090​  requires the Secretary of State to establish the process for creating and approving revised Mass Transit Redistricting Maps. These maps are redrawn every 10 years following the census. There are currently three Mass Transit Districts in Oregon: TriMet, Cherriots, and Lane Transit District. Members of the districts are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. 

In order to comply with ORS 267.090, the Secretary of State adopted 165-008-0150 Mass Transit District Reapportionment Process. This rule outlines the process mass transit districts must use for drawing new districts following the census. 


--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2022-06-28 17:45:18Last Update: 2022-06-28 18:09:28



Coastwide Late Berry Crop Leads to Problem Bears
Bear season opens August 1 statewide

A late salmonberry crop means hungry black bears are a problem for many of Oregon's coastal communities.

Salmonberries are typically ripe in May but the extended cool, wet spring on the Oregon coast slowed or disrupted that process. In many areas, the berries still have not ripened, and in some areas the pollination seems to have failed resulting in few berries available. Thimbleberries are behind schedule on the north coast although if forecasted clear weather occurs there may be hope for the upcoming huckleberry and blackberry crops.

Hungry bears, determined to eat are digging into residences' garbage, bird feeders, BBQ grills, pet food, chicken and livestock feed and in some instances, killing livestock. Bears attracted to humans for food can become a safety concern when they attempt to break into homes or approach people.

ODFW wildlife biologists coastwide have their hands full with bear complaints.

They say the best remedy is prevention and urge coastal residents to secure food, garbage, and recycling.

Help keep bears wild by following these BearWise tips: Use bearproof garbage cans if they are available from local waste management or keep garbage and recycling secure until collection day. Electric fencing is also an effective deterrent.

A bear habituated to human foods and other attractants may become extremely aggressive defending those food sources and pose a threat to human safety. When prevention measures fail to deter these bears, they are humanely euthanized, and the meat donated to charities.

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Securing attractants around your property is vital to keeping Oregon's bears safe and where they belong—in the wild.

Those who would like to help can purchase black bear tags at sporting goods stores. Bear season opens August 1 statewide.


--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2022-06-28 17:27:40Last Update: 2022-06-28 17:45:18



Mostly Peaceful March Turns Destructive Again
Portland Police Bureau is asking for assistance

On Sunday, June 26, 2022, at 8:12p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to a group of people marching through Southeast Portland, near the areas of Southeast Belmont Street and Southeast Hawthorne Street. The march was a splinter group of a larger, mostly peaceful "demonstration" which took place within Laurelhurst Park.

Officers were made aware of vandalism by this group of marchers to local businesses in the area. When officers responded, the crowd began throwing projectiles at officers, including commercial-grade fireworks, paint balloons and large rocks. Officers were able to recover a commercial-grade firework which did not seem to successfully detonate along the march route.

At one point during the event, Central Precinct officers attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle which had been observed to be involved in the march, impeding traffic along major roads.

During the traffic stop, a group rushed toward officers, throwing fireworks and rocks at them and their vehicles. One rock made contact with a patrol vehicle, shattering the windshield.

Based on the limited number of officers available citywide and the fact that police response to emergency calls for service was being significantly impacted, officers left the area and continued to monitor the situation.

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PPB says that individuals who engage in violent activity or property destruction will be investigated and are subject to arrest and prosecution.

Arrests do not always happen. PPB will continue to conduct follow-up investigations, supposedly make arrests, and forward cases to the Multnomah County District Attorney for prosecution.

The Portland Police Bureau is asking businesses and community members who have surveillance cameras to review footage to see if they captured any evidence that may assist with the investigations. If anyone has useful footage, they're asked to e-mail PPB and reference case number 22-170640.


--Ben Fisher

Post Date: 2022-06-27 20:15:59Last Update: 2022-06-27 20:26:38



Portland Leftists Cause Destruction Over Abortion Roadblocks
PPB did not have resources to intervene

A destructive group of leftist "protesters" caused damage to numerous businesses during a march through the Hollywood District in Portland, Oregon. On Saturday, June 25, 2022 at about 10:00p.m., a group of over 60 people marched out of Grant Park, Northeast 33rd Avenue and U.S. Grant Place. Participants, most dressed in all black, began breaking windows and scrawling graffiti.

Officers were monitoring the crowd, but did not have resources to intervene. At the time of this event, there was an injury shooting and a stabbing in East Precinct, and a felony assault in Central Precinct. Additionally, a community festival in North Precinct was underway, an impromptu "dance party" drew approximately 1000 people to Irving Park, and they held a march and blocked traffic. There were also calls about speed racers doing stunts in various parts of Portland.

The group supposedly left the area by 10:45p.m. Since then Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers have been taking reports of the damage. They have confirmed that several banks and coffee shops had broken windows.

A van belonging to Portland Public Schools was damaged, broken windows and tagged with paint.

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A pregnancy resource center was also vandalized.

PPB says that officers are working to contact affected business owners and assist with arrangements to secure the buildings. Efforts are already underway to get graffiti removed.

Individuals who engage in violent activity or property destruction will be investigated and are subject to arrest and prosecution. PPB says that does not always happen in the moment. PPB says they will continue to conduct follow-up investigations, make arrests, and forward cases to the Multnomah County District Attorney for prosecution if DA Mike Schmidt will do so. Schmidt has neglected to prosecute many such cases. PPB says that just because arrests are not made at the scene does not mean that people are not being charged with crimes later.

The Portland Police Bureau is asking businesses and community members who have surveillance cameras to review footage to see if they captured any evidence that may assist with the investigations. The bulk of the damage took place between 10:06p.m. and 10:40p.m. If anyone has useful footage, they're asked to e-mail them to the police. crimetips@portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 22-169901.


--Ben Fisher

Post Date: 2022-06-26 09:04:34Last Update: 2022-06-26 09:43:04



Oregon Democrats Respond to Pro-Life News
Legislators release fury over abortion roadblocks

Anticipating the overturn of Roe v. Wade, in May Oregon House Majority Leader Julie Fahey (D-West Eugene) and Representative Andrea Valderrama (D-East Portland) met with White House officials and state legislators from California, Washington, Illinois, Maryland, New York and Connecticut to discuss preparations and legislation to protect and expand abortion access.

Now their worst fears are materializing as some states across the country are proposing to ban abortion. Democrat legislators were falling all over themselves rushing to issue statements. Without exception, they all expressed an outrage at this decision to put the power in states to save innocent lives.

Representative Fahey stated: “We are prepared for this moment in Oregon because for the last decade, Oregonians have elected Democratic majorities to our Legislature. During my first term in 2017, I was proud to chief sponsor the Reproductive Health Equity Act (RHEA), one of the strongest abortion access laws in the country. RHEA codified the right to an abortion in state law and made the full range of reproductive health care services more affordable and accessible for all Oregonians. And this year we’ve taken even more action to close existing gaps, expand provider capacity and support for patients traveling to the state for care.”

House Speaker Dan Rayfield offered his conflicting statement after voting to mandate vaccinations. “This decision takes away the ability of Americans to control their own bodies and lives, and turns that power over to politicians. All individuals should have the right to make the most personal and private decisions that affect their lives, their health, and their families.”

Senate Majority Leader Rob Wagner (D-Lake Oswego) stated that “Pro-Choice states like Oregon are now the last line of defense to protect abortion and reproductive health care rights. It’s more important than ever to elect leaders that will protect abortion and reproductive health care. Our Democratic majority is the dividing line.”

Senator Akasha Lawrence Spence (D-Portland) said “The impact of overturning Roe will be felt largely by Black, Indigenous, and Latinx people, youth of color under 25, disabled people, immigrants, people living with low incomes, and people in rural areas— communities who have long faced barriers to abortion access due to systemic barriers and discrimination.”

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As part of a statement for the BIPOC Caucus (Legislative Black, Indigenous, People of Color), Co-Vice Chair Representative Andrea Valderrama (D-Portland) said, “With over 530 abortion restrictions introduced in states this year, fighting to make abortion care accessible to our most directly impacted pregnant people in Oregon and in neighboring states with active bans is a critical step towards dismantling systems of white supremacy and patriarchy.”

Representative Travis Nelson (D-Portland) declared that “At a time when the Black maternal mortality rate is nearly three times higher than the general population, the conservative majority of the Supreme Court is placing their extreme agenda over the lives of communities who already face systemic barriers to critical and essential care.”

Senate President Pro Tempore James Manning (D-Eugene) must have forgot his push for people to vaccinate when he stated, “Abortion bans disproportionately harm Black, Latino, Indigenous, and other people of color. We must continue to develop Oregon’s reproductive health care infrastructure and build on Oregon’s legacy of abortion access to ensure every Oregonian controls their body and their future.”

Senator Kayse Jama (D-Portland) stated, “Not only does this action set our nation back almost 50 years, from abortion to voting rights to gun control to the criminal justice system, this far-right Court has made it increasingly clear that the rights once thought fundamental to our Democracy are merely an illusory set of freedoms that can be removed by the stroke of a pen.”

Senator Deb Patterson (D-Salem), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health Care said, “I remember how terrifying it was for women to seek abortions before Roe v. Wade. We cannot go back.”

Democrat governor candidate, Tina Kotek, also conflicted her actions in the legislature supporting mandatory vaccines by her statement, “Our right to control our own bodies and futures has been gutted. I’m furious. I’m deeply concerned for women around the country.”

Unaffilated candidate Betsy Johnson stated, “I am pro-choice. This is a bedrock issue for me, and frankly, for Oregon. A fundamental right.”

Republican governor candidate Christine Drazan then pointed out that “Despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision, Oregon will continue to have among the most extreme abortion laws in the country and around the world. As governor, I will stand up for life by vetoing legislation designed to push Oregon further outside the mainstream.”


--Donna Bleiler

Post Date: 2022-06-26 06:43:34Last Update: 2022-06-25 17:19:47



New Funding for “Community-Focused Attorneys”
“Revamping how we respond to safety”

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt has announced the Multnomah County Commission approved funding for a new pilot program comprised of two attorneys, a victim advocate, and a legal assistant in the 2023 fiscal year.

Multnomah County says that the proposal, called the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office Access Attorney Program (MAAP), is a values-driven program centering equity, safety, and accountability through local partnerships and on-the-ground community engagement. They say that it seeks to address two key issues: public safety and community trust.

“Revamping how we respond to safety by moving away from a punishment paradigm to care-based supports for individual and community health is my vision of community safety. This proposal can be one tool to help support that shift. And as a local policy maker, I will work in collaboration with community partners to ensure that these types of advancements don’t repeat and maintain historic and current harms from the legal system,” Multnomah County Commissioner Susheela Jayapal stated.

Instead of operating out of police precincts like other neighborhood prosecution programs, MAAP attorneys will co-locate with community-based organizations.

The MAAP pilot will target two key regions in Multnomah County.

Multnomah County states that the ability to co-locate will hinge upon agreements between participating organizations and the DAs office. They say they want to ensure adequate equity and cultural competency training for attorneys prior to setting foot in a community space along with shared values, goals, and performance metrics.

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“MAAP will take attorneys out of the courthouse and put them into the community to help address local safety issues driven by local priorities, incorporating non-carceral solutions such as diversion programs, treatment, and restorative justice where possible, while pursuing accountability for high volume systems users. Putting our prosecutors out in the field also means reducing barriers to the system which often discourages disenfranchised communities from reporting crime in the first place.” DA Mike Schmidt stated.

“Community prosecutors get to know neighborhood residents. They attend community meetings, give presentations at schools and civic group meetings, encourage involvement and—most importantly—listen to what the community needs and then work collaboratively to find solutions.” Congressman Earl Blumenauer, representing Oregon’s 3rd congressional district stated.

MAAP attorneys would be tasked with attending and hosting community events, canvassing neighbors and businesses, and managing caseloads specific to the discrete area they serve.

These attorneys would also "work to lower barriers to success for justice-involved individuals" by delivering access to expungement, fine, and fee reduction to the communities most impacted.

MAAP is an expansion of the existing Strategic Prosecution and Services Unit within the DAs office, which focuses on “high volume systems users” for whom traditional criminal interventions repeatedly fail and who might benefit from a continuum of services and treatment to change their behavior and become contributing members of society.

“We need to completely reimagine how to keep our communities safe. Legal system partners inside communities that don’t rely on hyper-criminalization and instead lead with community engagement and supports to resolve legal system impacts can help fuel that connection. We welcome these types of efforts and will ensure that they make our communities truly safe and healthy,” Unite Oregon’s Executive Director Khanh Le stated.


--Ben Fisher

Post Date: 2022-06-26 06:01:06Last Update: 2022-06-25 16:19:11



Government Schools Sexualizing Children
An attack on public education

The biggest question facing parents this summer is not whether or not to homeschool, but how to make it happen. It has taken Democrat leadership sixteen years to establish a curriculum around pornography that is causing extreme dislike. It started with the passing of the 2007 Oregon Equality Act making it illegal to discriminate based specifically on the term “sexual orientation.”

Also in 2007, HB 2843 was passed making it a misdemeanor to lure a minor with sexually explicit material to address crimes of pornography predictors. The bill included an “affirmative defense” when the sexually explicit material was furnished, or the viewing was permitted, solely for the purpose of sex education, art education or psychological treatment and was furnished or permitted by the child′s parent or legal guardian, by an educator or treatment provider or by another person acting on behalf of the parent, legal guardian, educator or treatment provider. Little did they know how this would be used in 2022.

Two years later, in 2009, Oregon passed the Human Sexuality Education Law (ORS 336.455), which requires that each school district provide age-appropriate human sexuality education courses in all public elementary and secondary schools. This law also states that information is to be medically accurate, promote abstinence and mutually monogamous relationships and encourage family communication and involvement to help students learn to make responsible decisions.

This later became a step toward student autonomy preventing parent access and the right to know.

HB 4077 (ORS 339.366) was passed in 2012 as the Healthy Teens Relationships Act mandating each school district adopt a policy addressing teen dating violence.

Building on that law, in 2015, SB 856, the Child Sex Abuse Prevention (Erin’s) Law passed, which requires school districts to adopt a child sexual abuse prevention instructional program to help students, teachers and parents in recognizing child abuse (OAR 581-022-1440). These two laws were later used in developing the Comprehensive Sexual Education Act to require recognition of a child’s sexuality of choice as affirmation of their identity.

In 2017, HB 2845 passed on party lines that directed the State Board of Education to adopt ethnic studies standards into existing social studies standards for K-12 with the intent of teaching more robust historical narratives that includes the histories, contributions, and perspectives of traditionally marginalized communities.

The passage of HB 2845 opened the door in 2019 to what Colt Gill, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, called the next step. HB 2023, carried by Senator Sara Gelser Blouin (D-Corvallis/Albany), directed the State Board of Education to ensure that content standards for history, geography, economics, and civics include instruction on the histories, contributions, and perspectives of individuals who are Native American; of African, Asian, Pacific Island, Chicano, Latino or Middle Eastern descent; women; immigrants or refugees; lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender; or have disabilities by school year 2024, but allows instruction prior to the required date. The focus of discussion was on bullying and feeling unsafe of minorities, growing diversity and the equity lens. “Traditionally marginalized communities” took on a new definition mandating classroom instruction on homosexuals, lesbians and transgenders throughout all school subjects that is instigating a pushback.

HB 2023 passed despite testimony from Dr. Bruce Gilley, President of Oregon Association of Scholars warning against politicizing and contributing to the decay of public education. John Oakley Beahrs, retired psychiatry professor stated HB 2023 mandated coercive indoctrination into identity politics under the false guise of liberal education. It “replaces actual history with indoctrination that grossly alters it, and coercively mandates instructing in but one viewpoint – one that’s favored in today’s Oregon, but neither universal nor necessarily in the public interest. In other words, LGBTQ figures are featured because of their sexual preference and gender identity, not their relation to the subject being taught. Because the subject matter is part of every subject, the law implies parents cannot opt their children out.”

A turn of events in 2021, HB 3041 separated the definitions of gender identity and sexual orientation, and adds “gender identity” to all laws referencing sexual orientation amending the 2007 Oregon Equality Act making it illegal to discriminate based on gender identity along with sexual orientation. The bill didn’t get attention outside of LGBTQ activists claiming the law needed clarification to also give gender identity the same protections against discrimination.

Senator Sara Gelser Blouin (D- Corvallis/Albany) defended that bill, “The only thing that this bill does is eliminate an ambiguity and recognize how far we’ve come in terms of really recognizing the importance of identifying gender identity.” It gave way to a sensitivity of being called by a preferred pronoun. Courts have ruled against such requirements.

The stage was set when the State Board of Education in 2016, approved the Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE) creating standards by combining the Human Sexuality Education Law (2009), the Healthy Teen Relationship Act (2012), the Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Law (2015), and taking advantage of other laws. It requires replacing the model of abstinence-only education, failing to recognize a belief system forcing an opt-out method as the only option. However, in order to graduate, the student is still expected to know sexual education. The Board claims “the standards do not promote sexuality or impose a set of values, but they do admit they empower students to recognize, communicate, and advocate for their own health and boundaries.”

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Whether we are at this point by design or ignorance, parents are protesting over the position their elected representatives have put them in.

Conrad Woodall, a forensic psychologist takes the position that adults in schools may be taking advantage of vulnerable minors by teaching them pornography. He points out that the instructions in the classroom are identical to molesters pre-grooming, taking away the innocence of the child.

Woodall says he has statistical evidence that teachers and coaches are molesting students, stating that one molestation case that involved 73 student victims. There seem to be cases in which law enforcement may not prosecute them, so they just move to another school.

Kristin Stevens from Oregon City was recently on Fox News talking about finding 187 pornography books in school libraries. They range from teaching how to masturbate to performing gay sex acts. Some have been banned in other states. She did a FOIA request on who put the books in the library and who paid for them. The response was, “no record.”

The Education Action Committee in Tualatin says the truth about Comprehensive Sex Education is a secret. Parents aren’t permitted to see what their children are seeing in school without their knowledge. They’d be surprised that 10-year-olds can check out books such as one titled "Perfectly Normal" that illustrates group masturbation.

Suzanne Gallagher, Parents’ Rights in Education, confirmed a parent’s experience that in Oregon, if you object to a school talking to your child about their sexual identity, the school can report you to child services and they will remove your child from your home because you aren’t affirming their identity. If you remove them from school, they will still report you. The only recourse is to kidnap your child and flee the state.

Young students seem to be traumatized when told they can change their sex.

Where are public schools getting off track?

Oregon schools are required to teach sexual identity education and provides counseling over confusion. American Government was established to be neutral, but Oregon’s education system is anything but neutral or fact based. School board elections are in May 2023.


--Donna Bleiler

Post Date: 2022-06-25 12:55:32Last Update: 2022-06-25 13:50:16



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