Lane County can and must help bring about permanent binding solutions for racism. by Pat Farr

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

Lane County Must Step Forward Now


On June 2, 2020, during its morning meeting the Lane County, Oregon Board of County Commissioners discussed events surrounding the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis and others before him who suffered similar fate. 

The Minneapolis police officer has been charged with murder.

We discussed racism, brutality and oppression.

We are at a point in history where Lane County Government can help bring about permanent and binding solutions.  We’re at a point where there is focused attention on racism, brutality and oppression and we can be a part of that focus and deliver permanent solutions.

Lane County’s Equity and Access Board meets June 3 2020 at 5:30 pm

Staff has been called to work with the Lane County Equity and Access Board immediately, June 3 2020, to draft a resolution for consideration on Tuesday  June 9 by the Lane County Board of Commissioners as a board order.      Agenda and website here

The resolution and board order will:

  • Recognize this moment in time as one where we have a choice to make as an agency and community
  • Have actionable items for Lane County to perform
  • Not focus on rioting or property damage

The call for immediate action has unanimous support from the Board of County Commissioners.  Administrator Steve Mokrohisky will work with Lane County Equity and Access Coordinator Mo Young, chief staff for the Lane County Equity and Access Board, which will discuss and draft the resolution and board order for consideration by the Board of Commissioners on June 9.

MLK Memorial quotes do not include “I have a dream…” by Pat Farr

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

“The measure of a man…” is one of 14 quotes carved in marble at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the Capitol Mall in Washington DC

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the Capitol Mall in Washington DC is positioned steps away from the Lincoln Memorial where Dr. King delivered his world-changing speech on August 28, 1963.

Along with the majestic statue of Dr. King, the Memorial includes 14 quotes carved in marble. The selection of quotes was selected by a specially appointed panel and includes selections from sermons and speeches delivered throughout King’s career. The selections intentionally omit King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech in order to highlight some of his lesser known words.

Here are the quotes:

“We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”

“Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.”

“I oppose the war in Vietnam because I love America. I speak out against it not in anger but with anxiety and sorrow in my heart, and above all with a passionate desire to see our beloved country stand as a moral example of the world.”

“If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.”

“It is not enough to say, ‘We must not wage war.’ It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war, but on the positive affirmation of peace.”

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

“Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies.”

“We are determined here in Montgomery to work and fight until justice runs down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

“We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience.”

“True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.”