2019 Annual Report

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Page 1: Title Page
Portland Jobs with Justice Annual Report
Main office phone: (503) 236-5573
Website address: http://www.jwjpdx.org
Mailing address: 1500 NE Irving St. #585
General email address: admin@jwjpdx.org

Page 2: Portland JWJ took action on four strategic priorities in 2019

Direct Action & Solidarity
Over the past year we supported workers and mobilized for new union campaigns at companies like Little Big Burger and Providence Medical Center, while supporting contract campaigns for workers at OHSU, Fred Meyer, PSU, Burgerville, Kaiser, among so many others.

We mobilized community members to the picket lines in solidarity with Burgerville workers for the largest strike in BVWU history. We helped mobilize over 25,000 people to come out and rally at Waterfront Park in support of better funding for Oregon schools and the passage of the Student Success Act, which puts $2 billion into our schools over two years. We took action with allies at PDX against Trump’s government shutdown.

Movement & Power Building
We continued to grow and engage our Faith Labor Committee in lifting up a moral voice in support of workers and against poverty and white supremacy. Over the past year our Faith Labor Committee members took action supporting Providence workers in their fight for a fair first contract, with Burgerville workers in their historic campaign for justice for fast food workers, as well as veterinary workers, legal aid workers, SW Washington Medical Center workers, behavioral health workers, and OHSU workers.

We were proud to be there with other organizations throughout the year to organize creative resistance as a counter to misogynist, racist, anti-immigrant and fascist rallies in our community. We continued working with allies to end Trump’s concentration camps and stop deportations, and helped organize two light brigade actions at the ICE Detention Center in Portland.

Relationship Building & Engagement
For the second year in a row we hosted National Jobs with Justice’s Person of Color Leadership in Organizing training, the third year in a row Portland JwJ has hosted a POC organizer training. We look forward to continuing to host this amazing training in the coming years.

We engaged with equity consultants from Tusk and have begun a process of identifying what we want the future of our own organization to look like in terms of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We have prioritized and are beginning to implement practical strategies to move our organization toward future states that are genuinely rooted in and center the voices of the most marginalized.

Page 3: Strategic priorities continued, Executive Board and intern recognition

Bringing Forward New Forms of Worker Organizing
During 2019 we organized with New Seasons Workers who were fighting for a voice in the sale of the company, and we continued important conversations with allies and potential stakeholders to found a Portland area retail worker center.

We sought and acquired the funding to hire a worker center organizer and will begin outreach with restaurant workers in January to build campaigns to expand bargaining and bring forward new forms of worker organization in Portland’s restaurant industry.

Portland Jobs with Justice Executive Board Members
A.J. Mendoza (staff)        Lilith Sinclair (staff)
Alyssa Pariah                   Mark Medina
Amanda Hill                     Micaela Shapiro-Shellaby
Amy Coplen                      Myka Dubay
Betsy Zucker                     Pam Phan
Cecil Prescod                    Robert Camarillo
Dave Cutler                       Russell Lum
Ibrahim Mubarak            Sarah Kowaleski (staff)
Jamie Partridge                Will Layng (Executive Director)
Jill Pham                            Zev Nicholson
Justin Norton-Kertson

And Special Thanks to Our 2019 Interns
Alexis Andrews           Chanel Ison          Izzy Friedland

Page 4: 2019 Financials & Highlights

Portland Jobs with Justice Education Fund, 501(c)3 Expenses:
Personnel – 67.2%
Occupancy, Insurance, & Administration – 4%
Operations & Programs – 28.8%
Total Revenue for 2019: $298,828
Total Expenses for 2019: $252,107

Portland Jobs with Justice, 501(c)4 Expenses:
Personnel – 84.2%
Occupancy, Insurance, & Administration – 4.5%
Operations & Programs – 11.3%
Total Revenue for 2019: $81,936
Total Expenses for 2019: $57,878

Other 2019 Achievements:

  • 40+ new donors became monthly sustainers
  • 130+ people signed the JwJ Solidarity Pledge to show up for other people’s struggles at least five times per year
  • 4,000+ on our email list to receive the Solidarity Calendar
  • We reached over 8,700 Facebook followers with over 1,300 new likes in 2019
  • We increased our Twitter followers by 26%, reaching over 2,700 total followers
  • 1,300+ followers in our second year on Instagram, an increase of over 600 (45%)
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