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OREGON- Have you ever heard of something called “menstrual dignity?” Neither had we, but yet this was something that was apparently a priority for the lunatics who populate the state legislature in Oregon.
According to The Blaze, every public school in Oregon—including K-6 elementary schools—will be required to provide tampons and other feminine products in boys’ bathrooms, long with “instructions on how to use” them.
Such is the state of affairs in our country.
The new mandates are part of that state’s “Menstrual Dignity Act” signed into law by feckless Democratic Gov. Kate Brown last year. That act requires that menstrual products be made available in “every student bathroom.”
But fear not America—the left isn’t trying to indoctrinate or trans your elementary school student or anything.
The Governor of Oregon passed the Menstrual Dignity Act which requires all schools (elementary, middle, & high) starting next year place period products in all bathrooms (boys and girls) with instructions on how to use it. pic.twitter.com/8CMejAG5JH
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) May 1, 2022
After the bill was passed last year, the Oregon Department of Education, apparently happy with their schools residing in the lower third among our nation’s schools sitting at number 38, developed a so-called “Menstrual Dignity for Students” toolkit, designed to assist local school districts and put a phased plan in place for districts to comply with the law’s standards.
After the measure was passed in 2021, the Portland Public Schools released a statement outlining how the absurd act will be phased in long-term, Fox News reported:
Starting next year, (2022-2023), products will be available in all restrooms (male, female, and all-gender) in every PPS building where education occurs,” the statement read.
To ensure timely compliance, PPS ordered 500 dispensers. Dispensers have been installed in all elementary and middle school girls’ restrooms and more will be installed in all remaining bathrooms, including boys’ restrooms next year.
Instructions on how to use tampons and pads will be posted in all bathrooms,” the source added.
So let’s take a look at this. Tampons require being inserted in somewhere, correct? And since boys don’t have a bodily cavity that would be able to accept such a device or implement, and since boys don’t have menstrual cycles, what exactly again is the purpose of doing this? Color us confused.
Oh, but the statement went further than that. Were you aware of the “shame and stigma” surrounding menstruation? Neither were we. Oh, maybe the scene from the movie Carrie might qualify, but honestly that was more along the lines of bullying than “menstrual shaming.”
Yet the statement issued by the Portland Public Schools, according to The Blaze, “stressed the need for students to learn about growth and development,” while further noting that physical education courses in the district “are implementing lessons on ‘the four pillars of Menstrual Dignity’ while encouraging parents to have discussions with their children at home over the “shame and stigma” surrounding menstruation.
Being curious, we wondered what exactly the “Four Pillars of Menstrual Dignity” entailed. They are apparently Privacy, Inclusivity, Access, and Education. Let’s examine what each one means:
Privacy- means having safe private spaces where students can access menstrual products, instructions how to use them and trash receptacles for private disposal. [Girls rooms (since only girls can menstruate) have had this for years]
Inclusivity- this of course deals with all the varieties of gender made up by liberals over the years to include transgender, intersex, non-binary, and two spirit students.
Access- all about “equity” of course, meaning in this case that “products, education and dispensers need to be equitably available for all students, including “emerging” bilingual students and students with disabilities.
Education- more so, indoctrinations, “addressing the basic human need of understanding how bodies work without shame or stigma.”
In explaining the need for menstrual products in all bathrooms, it says that is “because lack of access disproportionately impacts ‘students of color, students experiencing disabilities, and students experiencing poverty.’”
“Importantly, [the Menstrual Dignity Act] affirms the right to menstrual dignity for transgender, intersex, nonbinary, and two spirt students by addressing the challenges that some students have managing menstruation while minimizing negative attention that could put them at risk of harm and navigating experiences of gender dysphoria during menstruation,” the introduction read.
Sasha Grenier, a sexual health education specialist with the Oregon Department of Education said:
“This new program will help students participate actively in classes and school activities by alleviating some of the economic strain and experiences of shame that are often barriers for menstruating people accessing their education.”
Meanwhile Michela Bedard, executive director of Portland-based advocacy group PERIOD [yes, there are groups such as this] said in a press release that “this is a progressive policy, but also a bipartisan one…because menstruation does not discriminate from race, class, or political affiliation.”
Yes, but it does only affect biological girls! Yet the state’s resources have phrases such as “students who menstruate” (girls) and “menstruating [girls] and non-menstruating [boys] students.”
Clearly, the passing of such an absurd and woke law drew the attention of some Republicans, with gubernatorial candidate Bridget Barton slamming Brown for the policy, as well as her stance on abortion, in a statement to Fox News Digital.
“Radical leftist woke policies are destroying Oregon from our streets to our businesses to our schools. But as a mom, a new grandmother, and a Republican candidate for Oregon governor, I can’t believe we’re even discussing this—America’s most unpopular governor, Kate Brown, is putting free tampons in the boys’ bathrooms of Oregon’s elementary schools.
“Clearly Brown cares more about what’s going on in the bathrooms than what’s going on in the classrooms,” Barton said.
Getting down to Oregon’s failing public schools Barton slammed Brown for Oregon’s standing as 46th in the nation in reading and math, blaming Brown’s revoking of allegedly “racist” academic requirements as the reason.
“We’re at the bottom of the barrel and the career politicians spend our taxpayer money on tampons for little boys,” she continued. “I’m respectful of all, but it’s fair to let little boys be little boys, and little girls be little girls. Instead, leftist education bureaucrats are pushing this radical nonsense, spending precious class time coming between Oregon parents and their kids, creating activist factories instead of strong community schools.
“Oregon’s kids deserve so much better from their schools; right now Oregon’s public schools don’t deserve our kids.”
Meanwhile, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins slammed the “absurd” law in a recent column, complaining that local taxpayers would now be responsible for thousands of new tampon dispensers at a cost of around $400 each.
He noted that this will amount to nothing more than job security for school janitors, who will have more to clean up as younger boys will no doubt utilize the new materials to commit juvenile pranks.
“Obviously, state leaders didn’t bother to consult their counterparts in Illinois, where a similar move has literally opened the floodgates to expensive plumbing issues and mischief,” Perkins wrote. “Casein point: campuses like Loyola University, where janitors are dealing with all kinds of pranks, tampering, and vandalism.”
He further noted that sanitary pads “would end up on the mirrors, in the sinks, down the toilet, and completely thrown out,” as noted by one students’ group, Perkins said.
Strange times indeed.
We’re not sure what it is about the “left” coast of the United States that has such unhinged loons running the show in Oregon, Washington, California and Hawaii…perhaps it’s the Pacific Ocean air. Nonetheless, something causes the liberal pathogen out there. For more on the lunacy that is Oregon, we invite you to:
PORTLAND, OR – If you plan on doing a crime, including one as sick as exposing yourself to a little girl and asking her for sex, you should consider doing it in Multnomah County, Oregon, where they apparently elevate the rights of criminals over those of law-abiding citizens.
Even longtime residents of the state shake their heads over the skewed priorities. In the example above, which happened March 28, two Portland residents are at a loss for words over how quickly the man was released from jail after being accused of exposing himself to a 12-year-old girl.
Thankfully for the community, suspect Bill Glenn Fomonyuy, 20, is back behind bars without bail. It is no surprise, though, that the no-bail hold is for an unrelated burglary charge.
A man, accused of exposing himself to 12 y/o, got out of Multnomah County jail without appearing before a judge. We break down the process that allowed that to happen in part 1 of 4 looking at pretrial release ⬇️ https://t.co/hMMfookrFY
— Wright Gazaway (@WrightKATU) May 3, 2022
Fomonyuy’s case is another example of a police department doing its job only to have the judicial system show a stunning lack of concern for the safety of a community. But even far-left Oregon might be admitting it has had its fill of criminals playing the system and there could be major changes coming.
But back to the case that had neighbors Tami Perkins and Kathi Gibson saying their experience with the criminal justice system was a nightmare.
Perkins said that nightmare started the morning of March 28, when she saw a man jump the fence at neighbor Kathi Gibson’s house, just as her niece was walking up to the house. Perkins said she went to see who the man was and realized that he was a stranger. Perkins said:
“That’s not what I was expecting to see when I saw somebody I didn’t know, jump my neighbor’s fence that I do know. That was enough to think something is not right, but I didn’t know I was going to see him cornering her on the porch asking her for sex, and she’s 12 years old.”
Portland Police Bureau officers tracked Fomonyuy down the same day and charged him with luring a minor, coercion and public indecency.
Police said the child was walking to school about 7:15 a.m. on Southeast Steele Street when she was approached by a stranger who had his pants down and was exposing his genitals. He’s then accused of asking the preteen if she wanted to have sex with him. Police said:
“Fortunately, the victim’s family saw this occurring and was able to chase the man away.”
“It was a little relief, to hear that he was caught.”
However, an official called a release officer let Fomonyuy out of jail the same day on a promise to return to face charges in court two days later. Unsurprisingly, Fomonyuy did not appear for his hearing and the nightmare continued.
Gibson described her emotions on hearing the news. She said:
“Outrage isn’t the word. If I wasn’t on TV, I’d tell you how I really feel. It’s horrible.”
It was all perfectly legal under a rule called the Presiding Judge Order, which was signed in 2015. Judges in Multnomah County have the ultimate authority to detain or release suspects, but they often delegate that power to release officers.
The process, or nightmare, began when Fomonyuy was booked and immediately given a $15,000 bail on charges of luring a minor, coercion, public indecency and giving false information to police. The security amount was calculated using another Presiding Judge’s Order, this one signed in 2016. Under that order, only murder and treason exempt a suspect from automatically receiving a cash bail option that allows them to await their case at home.
Since Fomonyuy and his family could not or would not pay, he went to the next step in the process. A release officer did a recognizance release interview, in part to determine if the main charges require the suspect to appear before a judge. Luring a minor does not.
Next, the release officer calculated Fomonyuy’s risk level using a series of yes-no questions. Does the person have: pending charges in court, warrants, prior convictions, a history of failing to appear in court, a history of drug abuse any address changes. It also examines employment history and connections in the community.
Fomonyuy’s risk score was a 2, meaning he was able to be released from jail without appearing before a judge and without supervision. The risk score supposedly determines a defendant’s likelihood to appear for court dates and not get arrested on new charges.
Perkins was incredulous that he was released. She said:
“When I found out he was released, I was just furious, and I still am. It’s just not right.”
Fomonyuy’s case did not require a judicial review because his charge, exposing himself and asking a 12-year-old for sex, is not a felony sex crime. Bizarrely, Oregon code makes luring a minor a sex crime only if the court designates it a sex crime in the judgment at conviction.
A grand jury recently indicted Fomonyuy on attempted rape charges, which do fall under Oregon’s felony sex crimes.
However, that’s not why he’s back in jail. Fomonyuy broke into his father’s home in Gresham and threatened his stepfamily with a knife, according to the Gresham Police Department. In that case, the charges allowed the District Attorney’s office to seek to keep him in jail without bail. The presiding judge sided with the DA’s office and Fomonyuy has been in jail since then.
Perkins and Gibson are relieved, but they’re still furious at the process. Perkins said:
“The impact that this has put on not just myself, but my neighbor, Kathi, and other neighbors in the community here and my niece, that impact is going to be going with us for the rest of our life.”
KATU asked Chief Criminal Judge Cheryl Albrecht, who is not connected with this case, why Fomonyuy was released so quickly under the current system. Albrecht said:
“Part of it is that statutory anomaly that makes luring a minor, which we all think of as very serious, and it is, but the problem is it’s not designated a sex offense until a different process happens.”
Changing the code would be up to the legislature, she said.
A new state law, Senate Bill 48, that goes into effect this summer will change pretrial release by requiring judges to amend their standing orders – particularly the ones from 2015 and 2016 that allowed Fomonyuy to be released.
Other changes are on the way in Multnomah County, including how the county screens people who come to jail and the assessment tool used to calculate defendants’ risk scores upon release. In addition, a workgroup tasked with overhauling the pretrial release program wants to make sure the system is keeping the right people in jail before a trial and correctly supervising those who are released.
Time will tell if Oregon is becoming serious about protecting its citizens from those who prey upon them.
‘Failed policies and lack of leadership’: Retired Portland cop delivers smackdown to city officials
January 15, 2022
PORTLAND, OR – A retired 26-year veteran of the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) has fired back at the PPB and city officials in response to a retire/rehire letter entreating officers to return to the department.
As our readers well know, Portland was the focus of BLM/Antifa anti-police rioting and destruction in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in 2020, and well into 2021.
Those so-called “protests” caused millions of dollars in property damage. Graffiti, destruction, burned buildings, and torched police cars all littered the once attractive city.
Police were attacked with rocks, bottles, Molotov cocktails, mortars and spikes, and explosives. Federal buildings were also targeted, and federal law enforcement personnel came in to assist local law enforcement.
And yet, Portland, under Mayor Ted Wheeler, still left the police defunded, to the tune of a $16 million budget cut in 2020.
Meanwhile, rioters appeared to receive kid glove treatment, with the progressive Multnomah County District Attorney’s office dropping charges for a whopping 68% of rioters in 2020.
Understandably, police officers chose to remove themselves from such circumstances and leave the PPB. According to the New York Times, in Portland, “69 officers resigned and 75 retired from April 2020 to April 2021, versus 27 and 14 the previous year.”
Now, it seems, Portland is attempting to win back those officers with a retire/rehire program.
Law Enforcement Today has received a copy of a letter from the PPB department chiefs. This letter was sent to PPB members who have retired.
In this letter, the signers attempt to make a case for retirees’ return to the department to “be a part of rebuilding Portland.”
The letter reads, in part:
“You left at a time of great despair for the Bureau and the City of Portland. 2020 became a perfect storm that thrust our Bureau and the City into a very dark period.
Now as we conclude 2021, we acknowledge we still face challenges and issues that need to be resolved.
“However, we strongly feel that we are now embarking on rebuilding with considerable support from elected officials, community members, and businesses.
More people testified at City Council in favor of expanding the Police Bureau than at any other time in modern history.
“The community is asking – frankly, demanding – that police be a part of rebuilding Portland.”
In addition to the letter, the Department provided some rather shockingly worded disqualifying criteria for rehires. The criteria read, in part, as follows:
“Any officers who were found to have violated City policy by cooperating with federal agents to attack Portland residents.”
Retired officer and 26-year PPB veteran Stephanie Hudson received one of those missives, and she was having none of it.
She told Law Enforcement Today of the changes to beautiful Portland:
“It is depressing to see what has become of this once beautiful city.
“I think most people would tell you that there was a time when they felt safe walking around town at night. Now people don’t even feel safe walking around town during the day, nor should they.
“It is not safe here.”
Reflecting on the horrific violence from rioters, Officer Hudson explained further:
“Night after night, officers were deployed to protect the city and her citizens from rioters and then told to do nothing. Tools which are essential to crowd control were taken away. Officers were basically left with nothing but their fists.
“Anytime a rioter was injured, because of their own actions no less, the officers were vilified. Anytime an officer was injured, there was silence from city leaders.
“The message of support and gratitude to the officers was completely nullified by the statement regarding officers and federal agents attacking the residents of Portland. It is a perfect example of what they really think about us, and a warning that nothing has changed.”
In a response letter to the PPB Chiefs, Hudson boldly chose to call out the Bureau and city leaders on their “failed policies and lack of leadership” that led to this “darkness, destruction and death to Portland.”
“Dear PPB Chiefs,
“I can only assume that the letter regarding the retire/rehire program was sent to me in error. An officer of 26 plus years does not resign months before they are eligible to retire to go to another police agency where they take a pay cut and lose seniority unless it is pretty awful where they were at.
“Your letter states, ‘You left at a time of great despair for the Bureau and the City of Portland, 2020 became a perfect storm that thrust our Bureau and the City into a very dark period.’
“This sounds as if you feel that those who left, abandoned the city in her time of need, but in reality, it is the officers who were abandoned. The darkness, destruction and death to Portland was a result of your failed polices and the lack of leadership.
“The ‘perfect storm’ of which you speak was the demonization of police by the Mayor’s office and City Council members, and the failure of PPB leadership to stand up to them in support of their own officers.”
Hudson continued by calling into question the claim of “considerable support from elected officials,” saying:
“Your letter mentions “considerable support from elected officials”. This is laughable.
“Portland has a Mayor who refuses to call out ANTIFA and condemn the riots, a DA who refuses to prosecute violent rioters and a Council Member who accuses police of committing the arsons and violence that were committed by the rioters.
“All of these previously mentioned people blame ‘right wing extremist’ and the police for the violence and destruction in Portland. Do you recall Marquise Love?
“Love repeatedly punched and then kicked a man, with whom he had no beef, in the head, leaving him unconscious in the street. It’s a miracle that he didn’t kill that man, yet he received a mere 20 month sentence of which he will probably only serve a year.
“Out of the 1000 plus arrests made during the riots, probably only 10 percent were even prosecuted. Is that the “considerable support” of which you speak?”
Breaking: Marquise Love, the Portland #BLM volunteer security who roundhouse kicked Adam Haner in the head at a BLM-Antifa riot in August 2020, has been given early release from prison today. He was sentenced to 20 months but was released after 12 months. #antifa pic.twitter.com/qoWXykTbJ5
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) August 23, 2021
Hudson then turned her attention to the disturbing disqualification directive on police officers who were termed as having joined federal officers in an “attack” on citizens:
“The one obvious sign that nothing has changed is the statement that the City will disqualify rehire candidates for ‘cooperating with federal agents to attack Portland residents.’
“That statement is beyond offensive. Those federal agents responded out of necessity to protect an occupied court house that was under attack, because the Mayor wouldn’t allow PPB officers to do it.
“It was the federal agents, local law enforcement and actual citizens of Portland who were being attacked by ANTIFA. Citizens with political and religious beliefs that oppose ANTIFA and those who are in positions of power in Portland are left to fend for themselves.
“Just ask Andy Ngo. Meanwhile, the Mayor was more concerned about punishing the Feds for blocking the bike lane next to the court house.”
It seemed obvious they intended to make good on hundreds of threats over the past two years to kill me. pic.twitter.com/93ZifwJTHA
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) June 3, 2021
Hudson continued by addressing the progressive policies that led to release of dangerous Antifa members, saying:
“By ‘cooperating with federal agents’, are you referring to those PPB officers who were given federal credentials?
“Those federal credentials were necessary to arrest the most violent of offenders in hopes those offenders would remain in federal custody, as opposed to booking them into the Multnomah County Jail where they would be released the same night and immediately commit more crime thanks to DA Schmidt.
“ANTIFA became so emboldened with the lawlessness that was embraced by our city leadership that they actually began hunting and murdering people.
“Of course, one of the murder victims was deemed a “right wing extremist” and “Trump supporter” so no big deal right? Thank God for those Federal Marshals who sought to bring that victim’s murderer to justice.”
Hudson went on to say:
“Each of your signatures on that rehire letter is an endorsement of the statement that federal agents attacked the residents of Portland.
“I don’t know how else it can be interpreted. If you don’t agree with that statement, it says more about you that you still willingly signed that letter.”
Hudson then segued into incisive commentary on the effects of the letter, saying:
“I don’t presume to speak for other officers, but I can tell you that your letter was not well received. It has been described as ‘tone deaf’.
“You might have had more luck had you acknowledged the roles you, the Mayor and City Council played in the “perfect storm” that thrust our city into a ‘dark period’.”
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