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That feeling when you’re drowning and someone throws you a life jacket

When I heard that Elizabeth Warren proposed a student debt relief plan that would cancel about 75% of all student debt, I got hopeful. When Bernie Sanders proposed canceling 100% of all student debt, I got excited! If you’re one of the 45 million… Continue Reading “That feeling when you’re drowning and someone throws you a life jacket”

Workers Deserve Just Cause Discipline

In the last month and a half, I have witnessed 6 workers in the fast food industry in Portland be terminated. What trespass had they committed to invoke the Management equivalent of capital punishment? They were all guilty of fighting for their fellow workers… Continue Reading “Workers Deserve Just Cause Discipline”

Stop Investing Oregon’s Public Money in Endeavour Capital

The Oregon Investment Council (OIC) oversees the investment and allocation of all State of Oregon trust funds, including the retirement investments for public workers, or PERS. Did you know that OIC has been investing State of Oregon retirement funds with the Portland-based private equity… Continue Reading “Stop Investing Oregon’s Public Money in Endeavour Capital”

Portland must reject JTTF once and for all

Portland’s continued participation in the JTTF betrays our community values, negates our city’s claims that we’re a sanctuary for immigrants, and diverts public-safety resources into an unaccountable structure that has an alarming history of civil rights abuses. Oregon’s labor movement proudly put significant effort… Continue Reading “Portland must reject JTTF once and for all”

Time for Tenant Rights in Oregon: Proposal is a Start, But Needs Work

This year Oregon will likely become the first and only state in the U.S. to limit rent increases. When our state legislature passes this law there is no question that it will be something worth celebrating. Not only will it be an historic landmark… Continue Reading “Time for Tenant Rights in Oregon: Proposal is a Start, But Needs Work”

Does Burgerville really ‘serve with love’?

Growing up in a Presbyterian family in Atlanta in the ’80s, I learned important lessons about faith, religion, and food. One thing I learned was that after the blessing before dinner, it was best to avoid talk of religion until we finished eating. Very… Continue Reading “Does Burgerville really ‘serve with love’?”

Rebuke of Mayor’s Protest Limits is a Victory for the Left

Portland’s City Council recently voted 3-2 against a proposal by Mayor Ted Wheeler, and backed by Police Chief Danielle Outlaw, to give him new powers to limit the time, place, and size of protests in an effort to curb large and violent brawls at… Continue Reading “Rebuke of Mayor’s Protest Limits is a Victory for the Left”

Building Sanctuary In Our Movement

Ballots have arrived at the homes of voters across Oregon, and while there are many important ballot measures and candidate races to consider, I wanted to take a moment today to speak specifically and personally to a measure that I know has concerned a… Continue Reading “Building Sanctuary In Our Movement”

This is What Solidarity Looks Like

Following on the heels of a wave of successful and massive statewide teacher strikes in West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Arizona, teacher’s across southwest Washington went on strike after districts tried to keep money in the bank that had been handed down by the state… Continue Reading “This is What Solidarity Looks Like”

Local Labor Leaders Show Support for Portland Mayor’s Sanctuary City Actions

On the morning of August 2, 2018 a letter written by Portland Jobs with Justice, and signed by a dozen local labor leaders was delivered to the office of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. The letter is in support of Mayor Wheeler’s actions keeping Portland’s… Continue Reading “Local Labor Leaders Show Support for Portland Mayor’s Sanctuary City Actions”