The Northwest Connection

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Two year old female Amur tiger, Eloise, at the Oregon Zoo. ©Oregon Zoo / photo by Kelsey Wallace

Zoo teams up with Safe Kids Portland Metro to educate kids, families on safe play

For kids, summer is traditionally a time for play, with activities like swimming, skateboarding and riding bikes. To make sure the risk of injuries doesn’t rise with the temperatures, some simple safety measures can help.

On Saturday, May 4, the Oregon Zoo will team up with Safe Kids Portland Metro, led by American Medical Response, to host its 21st annual Safe Kids Day at the zoo. Activities will focus on simple actions that can save lives — like wearing bicycle helmets, life jackets and seat belts. Safe Kids Day activities run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and are free with zoo admission.

Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meieran and Portland Police bike officers will be on hand to help raffle off bicycles at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m., respectively. Continue reading

Over 1.5 million families have pledged to stop shopping at Target since it announced it would allow men to enter women’s dressing rooms and bathrooms, putting women and children in danger of sexual assault.

AFA has made it clear since the boycott began that our worries do not stem from fear of the transgender community, but rather from the very real threat that predators and voyeurs, or anyone with evil intentions, would take advantage of the Target bathroom policy to harm women and children. And they have.

Now Target has gone on public record stating they fully and wholeheartedly support the passage of the Equality Act now before Congress, meaning it supports government-sanctioned discrimination against churches and Christian business owners. Continue reading

Kathryn Hickock, Cascade Policy Institute

This week, the Florida legislature passed a bill that would create a scholarship program for lower-income families called the Family Empowerment Scholarship. The Family Empowerment Scholarship will provide lower-income children with scholarships equal to 95% of the state portion of funding to school districts. The Family Empowerment Scholarship is expected to be signed into law soon by Governor Ron DeSantis.

The Family Empowerment Scholarship will complement Florida’s other parental choice programs, the McKay Scholarship for children with special needs and Step Up for Students for children from low-income families. According to the American Federation for Children, which promotes parental choice in K-12 education, the parents of more than 170,000 Florida children wanted to apply for 100,000 scholarships available through Step Up for Students for the current school year. By authorizing 18,000 new scholarships in its first year, with a subsequent annual growth rate of 7,000 per year, the new Florida law will increase the education options available to low-income Florida parents. Continue reading

Secretary of State Bev Clarno

The National State Auditors Association (NSAA) announced today that the Oregon Secretary of State Audits Division has won the Excellence in Accountability Award for its audit of Oregon’s foster care system.

The purpose of the audit, issued in January of 2018, was to determine necessary changes and improvements that the Department of Human Services (DHS) can make to better promote the well-being of children in foster care.

Congratulations to the team that worked on this important audit, this recognition is much deserved,” said Secretary of State Bev Clarno. “Audits like this bring to light serious issues that must be addressed to ensure Oregon’s government is operating efficiently and fairly. The Oregon Audits Division continues to produce professional work that increases transparency and accountability in state government.” Continue reading

The Presidential Prayer Team, the national, nonpartisan prayer ministry for America and its leaders, announced today that it will host the largest online prayer event in the nation’s history on the National Day of Prayer on May 2, 2019. The event will allow participants to unite online and pray together for the leadership of our country and be part of the largest collective prayer event in US history.

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance that seeks to encourage and emphasize prayer among people of all faiths, regardless of current issues and positions. This year’s theme is “Love One Another,” as referenced in John 13:34.

With one week until the National Day of Prayer, more praying Americans are signing up to intercede for America’s leaders and its families according to His leading. Continue reading

Eric Fruits, Ph.D.

Apparently, there is no limit to the Oregon legislature’s disdain for businesses and other employers. This disdain is demonstrated in three bills that seek to saddle employers with expensive mandates and expansive regulations that will smother job opportunities, stifle employment growth, and do little improve the everyday lives of most working Oregonians.

Paid family leave

Oregon’s legislature is currently considering HB 2005, which would turn family and medical leave in Oregon into a universal benefit that would pay out a portion of an employee’s wages while they are out of work because of a difficult pregnancy, a serious injury or illness, a family emergency, or the birth or adoption of a child. Continue reading

James Buchal, Multnomah County Republican Chair

Ms. Schow

Multnomah County Republican Party Chairman James Buchal announced that student Mika Schow, president of the Grant High School conservative group Speak Up, has joined the lawsuit charging the Portland Public Schools (PPS) with misuse of taxpayer funds and violations of the constitutional rights of taxpayers and students.

“We are pleased to announce the involvement of Ms. Schow,” said Buchal, “and she has provided important information about Leftist indoctrination programs at Grant and the Leftist cooption of student governments at PPS, which has provided important amendments to the initial complaint.  We learned that most student leaders are now screened by PPS officials though limited entry into ‘Leadership’ classes rather than being the product of democratic choices by students.” Continue reading

Marlon Furtado

The Bible is full of stories of real people who faced real challenges. One such account is that of a young Jewish girl named Esther. After her parents died she was raised by her cousin, Mordecai [more-dah-kye]. She lived in the Persian capital city of Susa about 500 years before Christ. Hers is a remarkable story of God’s intervention, mixed with her winsomeness and boldness.

At a state party, King Xerxes (some versions use his other name – Ahasuerus),became furious with his queen and, with a wave of his hand, deposed her. His advisors suggested he hold something like a Miss Universe pageant to select a new queen. Liking this idea, he ordered all the attractive young unmarried women throughout his empire to be brought to his palace. Esther is among those rounded up for the competition. Continue reading

Susan Gallagher, Parents Rights In Education

Beaverton School District plans to roll out a NEW health and sexuality curriculum implementing Gender Identity, Gender roles, Gender Expression, “different families,” and explicit sexuality education in your child’s classroom.

Has Beaverton SB been transparent with you? 

Concerned Beaverton parents reviewed the sexually explicit curriculum, which is likely to have long term harmful effects on your children.  Examples of content include:

  • Books like “Princess Boy” and “Different Families” for “read-alouds.”
  • Gender Unicorn & Genderbread Person shown below, at elementary level
  • Oral, anal and vaginal sex introduced as early as 10 years old!
  • Advocacy for Youth 3Rs pornographic curriculum. Evaluation of this dangerous curriculum, HERE.
  • Planned Parenthood Teen Talk presentations in your high schools without parent consent
  • Referrals for Abortions & Puberty blocking hormone therapy without parents consent
Proposed Beaverton School District Standards, Learning Targets
Click on these links to download docs.

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