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PDXSol Voz Solidarity Committee Open Meeting

St. Francis Of Assisi Catholic Church, 1131 SE Oak
1131 SE Oak Street
Portland, OR 97214, US (map)

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Help build the dream!

Portland Solidarity Network is helping Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project to establish a permanent home at their current site. After years of deadlock in trying to work with the city, Voz has finally entered into negotiations with Prosper Portland (formerly the Portland Development Commission), in order to secure the land they’re located on and build a new, permanent day laborers’ center.

Voz is a worker-led organization that seeks to empower and educate day laborers. The Workers Center on MLK provides a safe place for day laborers to find work, education, and leadership opportunities. It has been a powerful resource, recovering hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen wages, creating over 25,000 jobs since its creation, and establishing a minimum wage for day laborers that has outpaced Oregon’s.

Currently the Workers Center consists of a garage and office trailer. There is no plumbing on-site or permanent bathrooms. In order to Voz to be able to grow, they need a permanent building. And they need the community’s support to get one.

Voz is scheduled to meet Prosper Portland every two weeks to negotiate the transfer of the property on Voz is located at on Northeast MLK. While the two sides agree on much and have made progress on the deal, they remain far apart on some aspects of an agreement. We need to organize a community response to show Prosper Portland that Voz is a valued community resource, and we’re behind them. We’re working with Voz organizers, staff, and allies to conduct research support, and creative actions to win.

If you want to stand with the day laborers of Voz, we’ll be strategizing our next steps at our next meeting. It’ll be next Wednesday, August 9 at 6:30 PM at St Francis of Assisi Church, 1131 SE Oak in Portland. We’ll be meeting in the Hawthorne Room in the church’s southern building.

For more details, send a message to portlandsolidaritynetwork@gmail.com


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