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Economic Development in Columbia County

Just over a year ago, when our county was moving ahead on a proposed coal export project that had been negotiated by the Port Commissioners behind closed doors, we hosted a standing room only “Kitchen Table Conversation” to explore the issue and bring the public’s voice into the discussion. As we unpacked the issue, many of us began to wonder just how economic development decisions are made in this county and who gets to participate.

We hope you can join us next Wednesday in St. Helens for:
A Kitchen Table Conversation about Economic Development
in Columbia County

How are economic development decisions currently made?
What does economic development mean to county, city and port officials? How can the public participate in those decisions?
What is the value of a community’s vision for economic development in the decision-making?

Date: Wednesday, January 29
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: Columbia Learning Center at 375 S. 18th St., St. Helens

This is your opportunity to add your voice to the discussion.

“The goal of this forum,” explains CCCHD member Ken Gates, “is to dive into how the community can participate in making economic development decisions. In accordance with our belief in inclusive democracy, we hope to create a needed opportunity to hear the voices of Columbia County residents who are most impacted by economic development decisions in this county.”

Sponsored by: Columbia County Citizens for Human Dignity in partnership with The Chronicle and St. Helens Economic Development Corp.

We hope to see you there!

June 04, 2013

Re: Public Health Issue of Gun Violence: A statement submitted by member Eloise Bates

Noting with deep concern the public health issue to all Americans through increased gun violence wherein an average of eight American children and ninety adults are shot and killed every day; with 4,694 shot and killed since Sandy Hook, in an effort to encourage new and stronger solutions to this crisis in public health, CCCHD therefore,

1. Calls upon all members of the legislator, both state and federal; companies; and educational institutions to establish common sense gun reforms; and

2. Urges all members of the Oregon Legislature to vote yes on Senate Bill 347 – allows K-12 school districts to adopt a policy that prohibits guns on campus, even if the weapon holder has a concealed carry permit. It puts the school district in charge not the gun holder. An exception to this rule is made for ROTC participants, gun safety classes, hunter training courses and similar programs; and

3. Urges all members of the Oregon Legislature to vote yes on Senate Bill 699 – Prohibits people with carry permits from bringing weapons into a public buildings or grounds without special permission from government officials unless it is hidden from view. Law enforcement officers, members of the military and other uniformed officials are not bound by this rule; and

4. Urges all members of the Oregon Legislature to vote yes on Senate Bill 700 – Mandates a criminal background check for the transfer and sale of firearms between private individuals with an exception of immediate family members; and

5. Urges all members of the Oregon Legislature to vote yes on Senate Bill 796 – Requires concealed handgun license applicants to personally demonstrate their competence with a firearm in front of an authorized instructor. Online and electronic training courses will no longer be allowed.

Upon motion duly made and seconded, the foregoing statement was adopted by Columbia County Citizens for Human Dignity June 4, 2013.

Coal In Columbia County?

CCCCHD AND THE SPOTLIGHT
Invite you to participate in
A Kitchen Table Conversation About The Coal Export Proposals

This is your opportunity to learn how Asian Export Coal will impact Columbia County. And, this is also an opportunity to add your voice to the discussion.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 11, 2012. 6 PM to 8:30 PM.
Doors open at 5:30 PM

WHERE: St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church: 51555 Southwest Old Portland Road, Scappoose, OR

“The goal of this forum is twofold,” explains CCCHD member David Scharf,” education and open public debate…By bringing to the table proponents, opponents and regulators we want to help bring some clarity to a complex issue. In accordance with our belief in inclusive democracy, we hope to create a needed opportunity to hear the voices of Columbia County residents, who would be most impacted by this project.”

We hope to see you there!

Columbia County Commissioners Candidate Forum

Mark your calendars for this latest Candidate Forum sponsored by CCCHD

When: April 26, 2012

Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Where:  Scappoose High School Auditorium

More details soon!

 

Scappoose Members “Occupy” The Post Office

Monday, December 19 was a remarkable day. Over 23 communities across Oregon came together to fight back against Congress’ move to privatize the Postal Service for corporate profit. Monday proved just how much rural Oregon cares about core community infrastructure that supports EVERYONE, not just the 1%. We sent a clear message: we USE and OCCUPY our Post Offices!

In Scappoose, about fifteen of us CCCHDers gathered outside of the Scappoose Post Office with dozens of cookies, hot cider, and a toy rocking horse deemed the “Pony Express”!  By total coincidence, we collected exactly 99 signatures representing the 99% of Columbia County!

Check out the article in the Spotlight: http://www.spotlightnews.net/news/story.php?story_id=132450488325651500

You can help save rural post offices! Sign our petition to Congress before the end of January demanding that they FIX the USPS’ financial crisis that they created in 2006 and that they save rural post offices!  We’re adding to the 2,000 signatures turned in by the Rural Organizing Project from all over the state!

Community Garden Update

…a Communique from our Intern Katy Giombolini:

Late last month, 15 Columbia County community members got their hands dirty in the community garden outside the ROP Office. We packed the raised beds with everything from fennel to tomatoes to kale; we tore out grass; we built amazing tomato trellises; we ate a lot of great food. The event brought together a great mix of people – long time ROPers, young adults interested in growing food, and community members curious about what goes on inside this small office in Scappoose, Oregon. With music, good conversation, and a common goal we showed our values by digging deep, planting seeds, and organizing ourselves to make sure this garden continues to grow.

Over the past 9 months at ROP, I’ve learned how we are in it for the long haul; we are about changing the way people think and act. It’s not some short term campaign but a continual struggle. For me that means changing the way we eat and changing the way we think about food and using food as a way to inspire those faced with a depressed economy. Here are ways ROP is using food as an organizing tool: Let’s Get Planting

Food has the amazing ability to bring people together and sustain us just like community, families, friends and neighbors. The people working in the garden this weekend were people looking for community, looking for a place to make something happen, to do something that reflected what they value. What do I value? What simple action can I do to reflect those values? Reminding ourselves what our values are and then finding ways to share our values with others through simple actions like planting a garden is an important excercise to re-energize and refocus ourselves as we continue on making change.

To order copies of our Local Farm & Food Guide, which compiles our wealth of local Columbia County food resources, please contact Amanda at 503-543-8417 or amanda@rop.org

Katy Giombolini

Meeting Agenda, May 11, 2011

Please join us for our May monthly CCCHD meeting, featuring guest Sheriff Jeff Dickerson.

When: Wednesday, May 11th, 6:00pm
Where: Scappoose Library meeting room
RSVP: tonancyward@hushmail.com

The main topic will be the Sheriff’s levy on the current ballot. CCCHD members will listen, then make a recommendation on the issue to our entire membership, and help get out the vote!

We are open to introducing other topics of interest at this gathering as well, but would like to plan in advance. Please submit topics or questions to Nancy at tonancyward@hushmail.com

Your timely RSVP is much appreciated – by Monday morning at the latest! Please let us know if you will be there so we have enough space for all.

Looking forward to a good turnout,

Nancy & Amanda

CCCHD Brings Film and Director to Scappoose Saturday, November 6, 2010

During this desperate time of youth suicide related to bullying and harassment, Director Joe Wilson is bringing his award-winning documentary Out in the Silence to Scappoose, Oregon. At 10:30 am Saturday, November 6, Columbia County Citizens for Human Dignity is presenting the film and a panel discussion afterward at the Scappoose Cinema 7 complex, 33520 SW Edward Lane, Scappoose. Joe Wilson, the director, will be on hand to discuss the film and talk about his own experiences that brought him to the development of the film.

Out in the Silence captures the remarkable chain of events that unfold when the announcement of filmmaker Joe Wilson’s wedding to another man ignites a firestorm of controversy in his small Pennsylvania hometown. Drawn back by a plea for help from the mother of a gay teen being tormented at school, Wilson’s journey dramatically illustrates the universal challenges of being an outsider in a conservative environment and the transformation that is possible when those who have long been constrained by a traditional code of silence summon the courage to break it.

Everyone is encouraged to attend this important movie and discussion. Admission is free, thanks to the generosity of local businesses and individuals.

Visit the film’s website at http://wpsu.org/outinthesilence/about_index

CCCHD “Walk and Drop” – Neighborhood Outreach Event

Come on down!  Pick up voters guides and CCCHD flyers for your family, friends and neighborhood!

* * * RSVP required! * * *

CCCHD is standing proud for progressive values this weekend.  We’ll be gathering on this Friday evening and Saturday morning for a “walk and drop” event to get important election time information into our neighbors’ hands.

Elections are a great time to remember that democracy is a year-round project – and that here in Columbia County is a group of people who stand up for fairness, dignity, and justice.

Come down to the office of the Rural Organizing Project at 5pm this Friday, or 10am this Saturday to pick up a bundle of voters’ guides with a CCCHD Flyer.  We’ll distribute guides and walk maps for everybody who is able to make it, then canvass several neighborhoods.  The purpose of this event is to distribute information and chat with our neighbors – we won’t have a “rap” to use to convince our neighbors to vote a certain way, but you’ll be welcome to get to know folks as you run into them!

When: This Friday the 15th from 5pm to 7pm, and Saturday the 16th from 10am to noon.
What: “Walk and Drop” to distribute voter & CCCHD information
Where: Meet at the ROP office at 33421 SW Maple in Scappoose

You must RSVP if you are coming! We need to know how many packets to prepare, and who to expect when!!  503-543-8417.  Ask for Amanda or Paul.

* If you’re not available or able to walk a route, come by ROP in the next week to pick up guides and local flyers for your friends and family.  Call 503-543-8417 to set up a pick-up time. *

Congratulations Grant County!

Congratulations to the citizens of John Day in Grant Co. for standing up to the Idaho Aryan Nations. Mayor Bob Quinton spoke against their attempt to purchase property in John Day and the community responded. Letters, signs, rallies and a large showing at public meetings made it clear that they would not tolerate hate groups in their town.
Former white supremacists have said that hate groups “test” a community by taking action and then seeing if anyone in the community responds. If they don’t, they set up shop.
This could happen anywhere, so let’s make sure communities all over the state stay alert and be ready to challenge any such groups. Just because we are rural does not mean that we would tolerate racist hate activity.
Columbia County Citizens for Human Dignity – CCCHD