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Sunday
May 7
Film Screening - Now is the Time: Healthcare for Everybody
Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton

Our healthcare system doesn't work...Medicaid and Medicare are under attack... what is the solution?

Join the Portland Jobs with Justice Healthcare Committee, Health Care for All Oregon, Nurses for Single Payer, and Alliance for Democracy Portland for a screening and discussion of this important film that exposes the forces preventing us from winning single-payer healthcare for all.

$5-20 sliding scale, no one turned away.

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Tuesday
May 16
Faith & Why Unions Matter
St. Andrew Catholic Church / Iglesia Catolica San Andres

Join the Portland Jobs with Justice Faith-Labor and Portland Rising Committees for a panel and discussion on why unions matter to people of faith.

Panel members include:

  • Imam Muhammad Najieb of the Muslim Community Center of Portland
  • Diana Lobo, homecare worker & SEIU Local 503 member
  • Marty Hart-Landsberg, economics professor emeritus, Lewis & Clark College

The last few decades have been marked by aggressive attempts to weaken if not actually destroy labor unions in order to roll back the gains that they have won for their members and the broader community. One consequence of these attacks is that families today are facing a world shaped by diminishing employment opportunities, ever more precarious working conditions, deteriorating social services and growing social divisions.

With national "Right to Work" looming at the federal level, we have never needed to strengthen public understanding of and support for unions more than right now.

Historically, faith leaders and fatih communities have played vital roles in important social movements. The same is true today. Pope Francis has called inequality "the root of social evil" and consistently defends workers against a profit-first mentality. Other faith traditions also have strong roots in justice for workers and the rights of families to just living conditions.

Why do unions matter? Why do unions and social justice matter to people of faith? Why should we defend unions from attack? What can faith leaders and faith communities do to help strengthen local labor and social justice movements?

Join us for a panel and discussion of these important questions. Light lunch will be served.

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Friday
Jun 23
Summer Solidarity Celebration (Portland Jobs with Justice)
Ecotrust, 721 NW 9th

There has been a lot of beautiful and much needed solidarity going around since last year's election of a presidential administration that poses a grave threat to our communities.

Solidarity and showing up for other people's struggles is the foundation of JwJ, and we believe that the upsurge in solidarity we've seen recently is something worth celebrating. Building a movement to strengthen and defend our community against reactionary forces is long and hard work, and we all need to be sure we are taking time to relax, replenish, and have some fun so we can continue to be effective in our work.

So let's celebrate! Join Portland Jobs with Justice for our Summer Solidarity Celebration and meet our new Executive Director, Will Layng! There will be food, alcoholic drinks for purchase, great people, and a DJ. You don't want to miss out so get your tickets now!

RSVP and get tickets at https://actionnetwork.org/ticketed_events/summer-solidarity-celebration?source=direct_link&

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Thursday
Jul 27
Workers' Rights Board: Exploitation of Immigrant Carpenters
St. Charles Church Portland

Immigrant wood framers have been victims of rampant wage theft and exploitation in the midst of Portland’s construction boom. Over the past five years BOLI has received 148 prevailing-wage complaints and claims worth $1.12 million in Multnomah County alone. But workers are fighting back. They are organizing and demanding a raise to $27/hr on the principle that everyone deserves equal pay for equal work.

At the hearing we will hear testimony from:

  • Local construction workers about why they organizing, current treatment and exploitation by contractors, and why they believe equity policies within the construction industry are so important,
  • Wage theft experts who can place the rampant exploitation in the Portland-area within a broader context, and
  • Immigrant rights advocates on the importance of protect immigrant workers.

At Portland Jobs with Justice, we truly believe that an injury to one is an injury to all, and that showing up in solidarity and supporting each other’s struggles is vital to building a successful labor movement. In that spirit, we hope that you will be able to attend this important hearing!

Music by Bajo Salario. Free food, Spanish interpretation, and childcare will be available at the hearing. Email justin@jwjpdx.org if you will need translation or childcare.

Dinner starts at 6pm. Program starts at 6:30pm.

Freimeros de madera inmigrantes han sido victimas de desenfrenados robos salariales y explotación en medio del crecimiento de la construcción en Portland. Durante los últimos cinco años BOLI ha recibido 148 reclamos de salarios prevalecientes y reclamos con un valor de $1.2 millones en el condado de Multnomah solamente. Pero los trabajadores ya están peleando. Se están organizando y están exigiendo un aumento de $27 por hora con el argumento que todos merecen salarios iguales por el mismo trabajo.

En la audiencia escucharemos testimonios de:

-Trabajadores de construcción locales acerca de por qué se están organizando, como son tratados actualmente y explotados por parte de los contratistas, -Expertos en robo salarial los cuales pueden ubicar la explotación desenfrenada en el área de Portland con un contexto más amplio, y -Defensores de derechos de los inmigrantes acerca de la importancia que tiene el proteger a trabajadores inmigrantes.

En Portland Trabajos con Justicia (Jobs with Justice), realmente creemos que una lesión a uno es una lesión a todos, y que mostrarse solidario y apoyarse mutuamente es vital para construir un movimiento laboral exitoso. Con ese espíritu, esperamos que usted pueda asistir a esta importante audiencia.

Música por pare de Bajo Salario. Comida gratuita, interpretación en Español, y cuidados para niños será disponible en esta audiencia. Favor de mandar un correo electrónico a justin@jwjpdx.org si necesitara servicios de traducción o cuidados para niños.

La cena comenzara a las 6pm. El programa comenzara a las 6:30pm.


Portland Jobs with Justice

Kicking Ass for the Working Class!

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Saturday
Jul 29
Global Day of Action Against Nike Rally
Nike Factory Store

Don’t buy #NikeLies! Nike will have you believe they promote #equality and empower women, but continue to exploit the labor of working women inside their factories. We are standing up to the world’s largest sportswear brand to demand justice for workers fighting for job security, a living wage and respect for freedom of association. Across Vietnam, Mexico, Guatemala and most recently Honduras - Nike is pulling production from union factories to non-union factories in order to avoid responsibility for exploitative practices.

Join United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS), Portland Jobs with Justice (JwJ), Oregon Fair Trade Campaign (ORFTC), and the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC) to call for worker justice at Nike stores in 25 cities in the U.S. and around the world. In solidarity with workers fighting back against Nike’s anti-worker practices, we call on everyone to join us at The Nike Factory Store in Portland on July 29th at 1:30.

Please join us on Saturday, July 29th to hold Nike accountable!

The Nike Factory Store is located in NE Portland on MLK Jr. Boulevard between Knott St and Russell St.


United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS)

Portland Jobs with Justice (JwJ)

Oregon Fair Trade Campaign (ORFTC),

Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC)

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Sunday
Jul 30
Medicare Birthday Celebration
North Park Blocks

Medicare is a hugely successful system that provides healthcare acess for over 55 million Americans. It is also a government run system that provides a model for how we can implement single payer healthcare in the United States.

Join us to celebrate the birthday of Medicare and to build a movement for Medicare for All!

Meet at North Park Blocks (corner of W Burnside and Park Ave) at 11am, march to Skidmore Fountain at 11:30.

There will be birthday cake!

Sponsored by Portland Jobs with Justice Healthcare Committee and Healthcare for All Oregon.


Health Care for All Oregon for All Oregon is a non-profit organization dedicated to single-payer health care reform in both Oregon and the greater United States.

Portland Jobs with Justice - Kicking Ass for the Working Class!

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Sunday
Aug 6
March for Freedom, Solidarity and Justice
Battleship Oregon Memorial Marine Park

[endorsing organizations below]

On June 4th, Portland Stands United Against Hate, with the endorsement of 70+ community, faith, labor, and student organizations, peacefully rallied at City Hall with over 1,500 concerned residents to send a message to far right bigots, who were staging a “Trump Free Speech” rally across the street.

Although we successfully confronted their hatred on June 4th, the same group subsequently provoked violence at Portland’s June 17 Trans Pride march and staged a violent “Freedom March” on June 30th. This is not an isolated group. Rather, they represent an emboldening of the right-wing across this country, whose rhetoric and actions have been supported by an openly racist, misogynist, bigoted administration in the White House.

On Sunday, August 6th, these same extremists are staging a “Freedom March” on the waterfront at the Salmon Street fountain. Though they have softened their rhetoric, make no mistake, their plan is to instill fear and attack Portland’s Immigrant, Muslim, Jewish, Indigenous, Black and LGBTQ+ communities.

We are gathering in solidarity with communities who are under attack and calling on activists and concerned residents to join a peaceful mass mobilization on the Portland waterfront, in front of the Battleship Oregon Memorial (SW Pine) on Sunday, August 6th at 1:30 pm. We must continue to show up to prove that Portland stands united and will not tolerate white nationalism in any of its guises.

  • Portland Interfaith Clergy Resistance
  • Portland Jobs with Justice
  • Portland International Socialist Organization
  • Portland Peaceful Response Coalition
  • YWCA of Greater Portland
  • Veterans for Peace 72
  • Jewish Voice for Peace
  • Council on American Islamic Relations - Oregon
  • March for Truth PDX
  • Portland's UnShul
  • Congregation Shir Tikvah

{TO ENDORSE, message this page or pdxstandsagainsthate@gmail.com}

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Tuesday
Aug 22
Faith & Why Unions Matter
St. Philip Neri Catholic Church

Join the Portland Jobs with Justice Faith-Labor and Portland Rising Committees for a panel and discussion on why unions matter from a faith-based perspective.

The last few decades have been marked by aggressive attempts to weaken if not actually destroy labor unions in order to roll back the gains that they have won for their members and the broader working class. One consequence of these attacks is that families today are facing a world shaped by diminishing employment opportunities, ever more precarious working conditions, deteriorating social services, and growing social divisions.

With national "Right to Work" looming at the federal level, we have never needed to strengthen public understanding of and support for unions more than right now.

Historically, faith leaders and fatih communities have played vital roles in important social movements and the same is true today. Pope Francis has called inequality "the root of social evil" and consistently defends workers against a profit-first mentality. Other faith traditions also have strong roots in justice for workers and the rights of families to just, living conditions.

Why do unions matter? Why do unions and social justice matter to people of faith? Why should we defend unions from attack? What can faith leaders and faith communities do to help strengthen local labor and social justice movements?

Join us for a panel and discussion of these important questions. Light refreshments will be served.


Portland Jobs with Justice -

Kicking Ass for the Working Class!

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Saturday
Sep 30
Our Community, Our Cause - JwJ 2017 Annual Dinner
OHSU OUS Collaborative Life Sciences Building and Skourtes Tower

We are excited to invite you to our 2017 annual dinner — Our Community, Our Cause. For over a quarter of a century Portland Jobs with Justice has been a hub of support for working people in our city. With your generous support, we continue to grow and deepen our relationship to the struggles of working people. Our success together is only possible because of your support!

In recognition of the fact that September 30 marks of the end of the Yom Kippur Jewish holy day, dinner will not be served and the program will not begin until after sunset at 7pm.

As the highlight of an exciting program, we are honored and thrilled to welcome Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant as our keynote speaker at this year’s annual dinner!

Councilmember Sawant is known for being a leader in the first successful campaign for a citywide $15 minimum wage, and has used her platform on Seattle’s city council to be a tireless champion for workers rights, renters rights, and economic justice. Sawant is the first socialist to win a citywide election in Seattle in almost a century.

There are many ways to support our Annual dinner, ranging from sponsorships, digital ad purchases, individual tickets, in-kind donations as well as a donation of your skills or time. Please feel free to contact Justin Norton-Kertson via email justin@jwjpdx.org or phone 971-242-8702.

Come celebrate and build a stronger community with us!

To purchase individual tickets online please go to https://actionnetwork.org/ticketed_events/our-community-our-cause-portland-jobs-with-justice-2017-annual-dinner

For a downloadable mail in sponsorship and ticket form please go to https://portlandjobswithjustice.files.wordpress.com/2017/06/jwj2017annualdinner_invitation_sponsorshipform.pdf

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Tuesday
Oct 10
Labor History for Labor Activists - Class is Full
Portland Jobs with Justice

Portland Rising (Jobs with Justice) presents - Five Tuesday evenings from Oct. 10 - Nov. 7, 2017

     (apply by Sept. 18)   

• Session 1: Early Twentieth Century. AFL and IWW; Lawrence Textile Strike; Seattle General Strike. • Session 2: 1930s. Workers’ Self-Organization Before the CIO; Creation of the ILWU (west coast longshore union). • Session 3: 1930s. Origins of the CIO. • Session 4: Post-World War II. Attack on Labor and Labor’s Response; Retail Workers Organize; Revolutionary Union Movement in Auto. • Session 5: Our More Recent Past. Public Sector Unions; United Farmworkers; New Issues and Continuing Struggle.

Here are some of the themes that will be engaged across all the sessions: • Different visions for how to organize, what kind of organizations to build, and what organizing is for. • Unions as representatives of the broader working class or as membership organizations. • Different criteria for whom to target, whom to include, and whom to reach out to for support (race, gender, skill, and the role of community). • The changing nature of work, its relation to nature, and its impact on worker organization. • Labor’s relation to government, law, political parties and the State. • Different conceptions of leadership. Each class session will also have a cultural component, through labor song, poetry, humor, graphic arts, theatre, film, stories or novels.

The instructor Norm Diamond has worked in factories and universities and written extensively on labor and labor history. He is the co-author of The Power In Our Hands: A Curriculum on The History of Work and Workers in the United States and was president of the Pacific Northwest Labor College where he developed a program on labor environmentalism and trained workplace organizers. He is currently Oregon trustee of the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association.

The application process The class size is limited to 15 in order to promote active engagement among participants and with the material. Those who wish to take the class must complete the application form, between now and Sept. 18. The selection period will begin September 18, 2017 and end once the class limit is reached. Our aim is a diverse group of students in terms of workplace and activist experience. Applicants will be notified whether they have been selected for the class no later than October 1, 2017.

For more information & to fill out an application form, visit the class webpage: https://jwjpdx.org/labor-activist-class/ or send an email to JwJlaborclass@gmail.com

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