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Read the latest news and opinion about the Yes on 1! campaign.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 6:00 AM

Salem News: Sanctuary ordinance stands in Salem voting

“Speaking as most of the results were in Tuesday night, Yes On 1 chairwoman Tanya Stepasiuk said she was ‘grateful to the voters of Salem for affirming the values of this city, because this ordinance keeps Salem safe and welcoming.’”

Friday, November 3, 2017 11:21 AM

The Salem News: Voting yes on Sanctuary -- 'A way to help neighbors living in fear'

"The last time I checked, America has been a place for a long time that held up the flame of hope and refuge for people fleeing from persecution and looking to build a better life.... We even erected an enormous copper symbol of this at the end of the 19th century. It's called the Statue of Liberty."

Thursday, November 2, 2017 11:28 AM

The Salem News: 'The Ordinance should stand.'

"Salem voters will also have a chance to weigh in on the city's so-called "Sanctuary for Peace" ordinance, which codifies city practices and police policies on immigration. The ordinance was actually approved by the City Council in March. Opponents, however, led a petition drive to get the measure on the ballot next week as Question 1. Such ballot measures do little to advance public dialogue. In actuality, they can bring an added level of divisiveness to city politics, and that has certainly been the case here. It's no way to run a city.

Councilors, the mayor and residents all had a chance to weigh in on the ordinance earlier this year, and the measure was approved on a 7-4 council vote in March. The ordinance should stand. That's how democracy is supposed to work."

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 3:00 PM

Brendan Walsh, Letter to Salem News: Ordinance expresses Salem's values

"Some of my peers believe that the ordinance is unnecessary because 'it doesn’t change anything.' Not so if you have spent your life among schoolchildren. Some of our schoolkids live in constant fear that their mommy or daddy or grandparents could be taken away. The vast majority of these children, by the way, are American citizens by birth, just like you and me."

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 12:00 PM

Ana Nuncio, Letter to Salem News: Vote yes on Question 1

"Voting yes on Question 1 will speak volumes to immigrants, their families, their neighbors, and their friends. It will signal that our community — despite fear-mongering assaults against immigrants by the Trump administration — is closing ranks around a group of people that it considers integral to its economic, cultural and civic well-being."

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 12:00 AM

Letter to Salem News: Sending a Message on Sanctuary

"It’s not 'feel-good' but 'feel-safe.' The ordinance is meant to reassure immigrants and their children — who add so much to the rich fabric of our community — that it’s safe to go to school, safe to use city services, safe to visit the emergency room, safe to serve as witnesses, safe to report crimes. Safe. That makes our entire community safer."

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