Our Current Campaign: Why Unions Matter
Portland Rising History and Mission Statement
Portland Rising began as a project of Jobs with Justice and made its debut on April 16th, 2011 with a huge rally joining a variety of union and community campaigns under the broad theme of Good Jobs, No Cuts. In the following months, Jobs with Justice, unions, community groups and activists continued to pull campaigns together in a number of large and energetic Portland Rising actions, including two bus tours. We built a new level of solidarity from planning campaigns and actions together under the banner of Good Jobs, No Cuts.
In September 2012, we brought labor and community leaders together for a frank conversation about the trends that systematically affect all of us: the decline in real wages, unacceptably high unemployment, a growing precariousness in work relations, the privatization of and cuts to services, and the globalization of production. We agreed that corporations have benefited from these trends and that our political leaders have generally promoted policies that have encouraged them.
We also agreed that conditions will continue to worsen for growing numbers of Americans unless we were able to articulate and build support for a positive vision of change. That conversation produced consensus around a starting point that included the following interrelated demands: good jobs for all, a strong and accountable public sector serving human needs, and healthy cities and communities.
To advance these demands, Portland Rising formed as an ongoing committee of Jobs with Justice with the aim of joining with representatives and activists from unions, community groups and others, in a process of strategic campaign planning, action, reflection, and education. More specifically, we seek to engage with as well as promote campaigns that:
- stakeholders actively participate in,
- help us to develop deeper understandings of the economy and political system, and
- allow us to lift up the larger demands of good jobs for all, a strong and accountable public sector serving human needs, and healthy cities and communities.
We welcome your involvement and support.
We meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm at the Portland Jobs with Justice office located at 1500 NE Irving Street, Suite 585.
To contact Portland Rising please use the form below.