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In these extraordinary times, you have likely felt a range of emotions as COVID-19 continues to have a sweeping impact on daily life and upend the life of work as we know it. Among the crises that Jobs with Justice strives to collectively confront, COVID-19 emerges as yet another. Portland Jobs with Justice is committed to nimbly organizing in this moment creatively and by safer means while raising our collective voices for structural change. We express unwavering solidarity with workers who labor at the frontlines of the crisis, who work in vital life-supporting capacities. We will continue to raise our moral voice for food service workers who have suddenly lost income but not utility payments, for grocery workers who tirelessly provide vital needs, for hospital workers who labor with inadequate supplies, and we seek to uplift the conditions for the most marginalized among us. We see you. Jobs with Justice, your community labor organization, is here for you.
We have taken preventative measures to protect our at-risk community members. Last week we closed our office until further notice. Our in-person committees will move to teleconference or virtual, and large in-person coalition events have been cancelled or postponed.
We have taken action demanding state and local electeds us their power and resources to provide immediate relief to working people in crisis. We also call on state and local leadership to advocate the federal government enact:
- Emergency Rent assistance
- Emergency Food assistance
- Utility Bill Assistance
- Additional Paid Sick Leave
- Unemployment benefits and extended benefits
- Testing and treatment fully available and free irrespective of health care coverage
- Safe transit for transit-dependent people.
- Emergency state action to prevent evictions and stringent rent control through the term of the epidemic
- Moratorium on immigration enforcement and a shutdown of immigration facilities
Click Here to Take Action Now
to demand Congress pass paid sick leave for ALL working people, especially especially low wage and domestic workers.
In the interest of building networks that support workers and sharing resources, some useful links below:
Schools that are providing free grab and go kid's meals to Portland-area families during closure.
An invaluable resource for workers
on COVID:19 related business closures, layoffs, and unemployment insurance.
From Oregon Center for Public Policy,
Changes to Unemployment Insurance Would Help Oregon Cope with COVID-19.
PDX: COVID19 Mutual Aid Network is a collective of organizations connecting impacted community
members with support. Request support here.
Creative Organizing: Caravan against COVID Capitalism
Join DSA for a unique assembly while practicing social distance! We will be driving our demands of state and local electeds around City Hall and East side neighborhoods and invite folks in the neighborhoods to lean out the window to make some noise!
We demand a Working Class Bailout Now: An immediate cancellation on all rent and mortgage payments without future backpay; a cancellation on all utility payments without future backpay; an immediate end to all displacement and sweeps of houseless camps; and the opening of additional shelters throughout the City of Portland and the State of Oregon.
Precautionary advisory: People whom have their own personal vehicles are encouraged to participate and drive only with whom they are quarantining to maintain a minimum 6 foot social distance.
The Caravan will meet up Friday, March 20th at 3pm at 1100 NE Weidler. The caravan will begin at 4pm.
For more information on this event and the neighborhood route, Click Here.
St. Johns 1910: Riot and Rebels - POSTPONED, Updates Coming Soon!
The commemoration event celebrating Indian laborers resistance scheduled for March 21st will be POSTPONED with updates coming soon.
Read further for the local history of Indian workers resistance: On the night of March 21, 1910, St. Johns erupted in anti-Indian violence perpetrated by many white laborers, a St. Johns Review Reporter, the town's mayor, the police chief, and two police officers. They attempted to terrorize and expel 200 Indians living in bunkhouses at the outskirts of town – and a few in downtown apartments – and working at the Monarch Lumber Mill and St. Johns Lumber Co. In their wake, government entities refused to prosecute and punish perpetrators and, instead, enacted proscriptions against the mobs’ victims. Declaring "we have no protection," Indian workers resisted and broadened and sustained their resistance including a media campaign calling for prosecution of the racists and won allies to their cause. Most significantly, after the St. Johns riot and protracted legal battle, they became a center of anti-colonial organizing. That organizing culminated in the formation of Ghadar – a radical anti-British movement of laborers and intellectuals, Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims – in Astoria Oregon in the late spring of 1913
Until the Last Child is Free #Abolish ICE - POSTPONED TO JUNE 20th, Updates Coming soon!
Hector Canedo-Sanchez is a community member and elementary school teacher in Portland's Montavilla neighborhood. He teaches Spanish immersion at Bridger K-8 where nearly two-in-five students are Hispanic and one-quarter are learning English as a second language. ICE is threatening to deport Hector, the first in his family to go to college, for simply being a recipient of DACA. Hector is also father to a child who would remain in Portland if this injustice is allowed to occur. Teachers, families of students, and community supporters have been writing letters calling for electeds to use their public platform to keep Hector in Portland. We must come together to defend immigrants in our community, demand an end to the deportations, and demand the end of child and family separation!
Click Here to hear Hector's story, in his own words, in this story on KGW.
JwJ Committee Meetings:
The Portland Jobs with Justice Steering Committee meets on the first Monday of each month.
This meeting is open to the public and our membership. At this meeting we discuss and vote on supporting, endorsing, and organizing events that fit into the mission of Jobs with Justice. It is also a great way to make announcements to our membership and meet those involved with the important work of labor-community organizing.
Our next Steering Committee meeting is
Monday April 6 from 5:30-7pm
Click Here to send an email to the committee liason for information on how to join by teleconference.
If your organization would like to make an announcement or would like JwJ to vote to endorse or otherwise support an event or campaign at our Steering Committee meeting, all requests must be submitted by 12:30pm on Friday, March 27th. Priority is given to requests by organizations that are members of the Portland Jobs with Justice coalition.
Click Here to fill out the Steering Committee agenda item request form.
Portland Rising is a JwJ committee that hosts discussions, panels, film screenings and other educational events about the importance of unions, and to draw connections between seemingly different campaigns based on the idea that all of our struggles are intersectional and interrelated.
The committee meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 6:30-8:30pm.
The April meeting of Portland Rising is CANCELLED.
Click Here to send an email to the Portland Rising committee chairperson to get on the committee's email list and for the latest updates on committee work!
Health Care Committee
The JwJ Healthcare Committee works to promote healthcare as a human right at the local, state, and national level, to defend union health plans, and to fight for fair, equitable and comprehensive health care that covers everyone and is paid for with public funds.
The next committee meeting will take place on Tuesday April 21 from 5:30-7pm
Click Here to send an email to the Health Care Committee chairperson to get on the committee's email list and for information on how to join by teleconference.
Faith Labor Committee
Our Faith Labor Committee's next meeting is Wednesday, March 25 from 12-2pm by teleconference.
Click Here to send an email to get on the Faith Labor Committee's email list and for information on how to join by teleconference.
The Faith Labor Committee is made up of labor and faith activists and leaders who come together to build sustained relationships between the labor community, and individuals and congregations in the faith community. Based on these relationships, the committee works to develop and implement outreach strategies to facilitate the faith community showing up in support of the struggles of working people in our city.
Global Justice Committee
Portland Jobs with Justice has long history of global justice and international solidarity work ranging from organizing caravans to the 1999 WTO summit in Seattle and supporting striking GM in workers in Columbia, to mobilizing war resistance and exposing the lies of companies like Nike about their treatment of workers.
Our next Global Justice Committee meeting is
Wednesday, March 25 from 5-6:30pm by teleconference.
Click Here to send an email to the Global Justice committee liaison for information on how to join by teleconference.
Climate Jobs PDX
The Climate Jobs PDX project works at the intersections of the labor and climate justice movements, and has been integral to work on passing the Portland Clean Energy Fund, and to helping students organize the recent Climate Strike rally and march in Portland.
Our next meeting is tonight, Wednesday March 18th from 6:30-8pm by Zoom conference.
Click Here to send an email to the Climate Jobs chairperson to join the email list and for information on how to join the virtual meeting.
PMPC-Unite Oregon Candidates Forum - CANCELLED
The forum scheduled for this evening, Wednesday, March 18, is cancelled due to the escalating public health crisis and hopes to reschedule soon. In the meantime, let's all take good care of ourselves and each other.
Portland Jobs with Justice is a proud member of
Portland-Metro People's Coalition.
Click Here to check out the 2020 People's platform!
503.236.5573 / Monday - Friday / 9:00am to 6:00pm
A coalition of over 100 labor, community, faith, and student groups fighting for Workers' Rights and Economic Justice! Portland, Oregon jwjpdx.org
Labor History for Labor Activists Class
Portland Rising, a committee of Portland Jobs with Justice, is excited to announce its second Labor History for Labor Activists class!
The class will meet six consecutive Monday evenings, from 7-9 pm, starting April 1, 2019, and will explore US labor history through the choices and dilemmas faced by past labor activists with the aim of strengthening our current understandings and practice.
The class size will be limited to 15 in order to promote active engagement among participants and with the material. Therefore, we ask those who wish to take the class to complete a short, on-line application. Class selection will begin February 17, 2019, and end once the class limit is reached.
For more information and to access the application visit the class webpage.
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Scrooge of the Year is an annual award the community (you!) vote on to award to the year's worst Portland-area player. It can be a corporation, a politician, or someone completely different.
We here at Portland Jobs with Justice think it's important that the voting process for this award is true to our American democratic system. That's right - this election is for sale! You may purchase as many votes as you wish to decide the worst boss in town.