Welcome to Portland Jobs with Justice
We are a coalition of more than 100 labor organizations and community groups dedicated to protecting the rights of working people and supporting community struggles to build a more just society.
Our broken hearts are with the families, friends, survivors, and witnesses devastated by last night’s shooting in Orlando at the LGBTQI+ nightclub Pulse, during their Latinx night. This violence has ended 50 beautiful lives with over 50 more wounded, and is reportedly the most deadly mass murder in US history, since the Wounded Knee Massacre.
We call on our community to rise against the inevitable tide of Islamophobia, blaming and hatred.
We are a community which continues to be deeply affected by fear. Fear of targeted violence, fear of systemic violence, fear of discrimination. Our young LGBTQI+ people are often bullied, our elders isolated, our injured and ill afraid to seek medical care. We live in a country riddled by discriminatory laws and policies intended to destroy the fragile safety and rights of LGBTQI+ people individually and nationwide.
We deserve a life of freedom and joy and we will not be broken by violence.
How many of us have gone out to gay night at the straight clubs, lesbian night at the gay bar, Latinx or House or Hip Hop or POC night at the otherwise white clubs? How many of us have found solace in those fleeting spaces and times to be our full selves, when our daily lives denied our very right to exist?
The victims of this shooting were community members who thought they were in a safe space to celebrate LBGTQ folks of color, and Pulse was celebrating Latin night.
In an attempt to further divide us, blame has fallen on our Muslim brothers and sisters, but we must remember that no faith on earth condones murder and the kind of senseless violence witnesses last night.
Our communities are struggling today, burdened by this news, by the fear of backlash, by the lack of reason and direction of where to go next.
There is no simple answer to this heartbreak, and we are struggling to hold each other during this tragedy and its aftermath.
This year’s Portland Pride celebrations will continue with all of those emotions still very raw. And many may be afraid to come to the festival and the parades. But I urge you to come anyway. Join us in celebration, in community and in defiance. Make no mistake, yesterday’s attack was a hate crime, born out of homophobia and transphobia against the LGBTQ and Latino communities. We must come together, hold one another tight, and pledge to work for a more peaceful world – together.
- Portland Black PFLAG statement: http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=ec1c114a51aace37f795dd908&id=9035227839&e=fac41963bc
- Q Center Response: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Q-Center-s-Response-to-Orlando.html?soid=1109042460969&aid=D51aoA3jWc4
- Pre Pride Vigil for Victims at Pulse at Q Center Thursday night, 7-9 pm:https://www.facebook.com/events/506833442846374/
- Celebrate Queer Heroes NW at the Q Center Wednesday, June 15, 5-7 pm, 4115 N. Mississippi Ave.
Thank you for coming and celebrating workers’ rights!
Workers’ Wonder Sponsors
Pledging Power Sponsors
Vital Voice Sponsors
- Basic Rights Oregon
- Community Alliance of Tenants
- Cheryll & Harold Brookins
- D Pei Wu
- Rabbi Debra Kolodny & Carlos Windham
- ILWU Local 5
- Inland Boatmen’s Union
- Jay Thiemeyer
- Kate Fagerholm & Richard Myers
- Linda Rasmussen & Gail Rosebrook
- Mackenzie Baris
- Margaret Butler & Rich Peppers
- Marty Hart-Landsberg
- Maureen Crawford
- Nancy Eichsteadt
- Northwest Oregon Labor Council
- Oregon School Employees Association
- PFLAG Portland Black Chapter
- Q Center
- Rob Nosse
- Susan Grill
- Unite Oregon, formerly Center for Intercultural Organizing
- Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
In addition to a program featuring workers and organizers, we are thrilled to welcome Professor Melina Abdullah as our keynote speaker and Diego Hernandez as our MC.
There are many ways to support our Annual dinner, ranging from sponsorship, digital ad purchases, individual tickets, in-kind donations as well as a donation of your skills or time. Please feel free to contact Kate Fagerholm via email Kate@jwjpdx.org or phone 971-242-8702.
To download a mail-in ticket and sponsor form click here.
To download a full sponsor packet click here.
What is the Portland Area Campaign for $15?
For nearly two years, Portland Jobs with Justice (JwJ) and Portland Rising (a committee within JwJ) have supported the bold and visionary goal to raise the statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour. Read more
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