HEALTH CARE MATTERS
We recently had a defining election in our country. In light of the election results, our mission at Virginia Garcia is even more important. We aim to provide high quality, comprehensive, and culturally appropriate primary health care to the communities of Washington and Yamhill counties with a special emphasis on migrant and seasonal farmworkers and others with barriers to receiving care. Virginia Garcia, like other community health centers across the country, needs to continue being a place of healing and hope for vulnerable people.
Unfortunately immigrants were negatively portrayed in this election, making it even more important for Virginia Garcia to be a welcoming place for our immigrant community to seek the health and support they need. I can’t help but think that this election has been a bit of a “set back” for us in community health, but I’m reassured by words of Martin Luther King Jr. who said: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it tends towards justice.”
We also believe our clinics should be a place of safety. As a result, we have drafted a Resolution stating just that. It was reviewed and approved unanimously by our Health Center Board of Directors on December 21. We are encouraging cities in the Portland-Metro area to declare themselves Sanctuary Cities and we encourage all organizations that support equal rights for all to create their own resolution.
We created this webpage as a community resource – if you think we ought to include other resources please send a note to our Public Relations Officer.
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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
It is important that everyone have a firm understanding of their rights. Below are articles and links to information and resources that will help you stay up-to-date on current events and activities.
RESOURCES AND WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
- Saturday, February 25 beginning at noon Senator Ron Wyden will be holding a town hall discussion at David Douglas High School.
- Saturday, March 11 Representative Susan McLain will be holding a “Constituent Coffee” from 10:30am – Noon at the Hillsboro Library – Shute Park Branch. The discussions will include topics such as senior services and health care needs in our state.
- Causa Oregon offers Know Your Rights trainings. Check their website for more information and to sign up.
- Depending on your view, there are several events going on in the Portland area and around the state this coming weekend. For a list of some of the events happening, check out the OregonLive website.
- NACHC (National Assosciation of Community Health Centers)has a website set up to help you get involved.
- UniteOregon and the City of Beaverton are hosting a BOLD (Beaverton Organizing and Leadership Development) Program on March 18, April 15 and May 20. The training is free and is available to anyone that wants to get find out more about how to get involved in their community. English is not a requirement and interpretation is provided. Click here to find out more and register.
OTHER LINKS AND RELEVANT INFORMATION
The Latino Network provides information for the members of the community.
The National Immigration Law Center provides important information on immigration rights and is dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.
The ILRC (Immigrant Legal Resource Center) offers free “red cards” (know your rights cards), that can be ordered from the email provided on their website. Here is the direct link to ordering the cards: https://www.ilrc.org/red-cards
They also offer a sample “preparedness plan” worksheet. It discusses a plan for minor children, and the right to request a hearing before an immigration judge if detained. Here is the direct link: https://www.ilrc.org/sites/default/files/resources/family_preparedness_plan.pdf
The ACLU website also provides comprehensive “know your rights” material. Pages 1, 7,8, and 9, are the most relevant. https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/what-do-if-youre-stopped-police-immigration-agents-or-fbi
Check out this article: “Yes illegal alien’s have constitutional rights” which summarizes the 129 years of constitutional protections for undocumented immigrants.
Know your budget. The Oregon Legislature has some big decisions to make very soon. Find out what they are proposing and what it means.