Welcome to the Portland Rising Committee page
Our current projects include:
Visit our Why Unions Matter on-line library for short, thoughtful articles that illustrate why unions matter to working people, discuss and evaluate past and present organizing strategies, and highlight current threats to unions.
Portland Rising is pleased to present a conversation and discussion on:
Labor Journalism: Its Importance and Challenges
at our next meeting, Wednesday, May 9th, 6:30-8 pm, Basement Training Room, Jobs with Justice building, 1500 NE Irving Street.
Come hear Mark Brenner (former director of Labor Notes) and Don McIntosh (senior staff reporter for the Northwest Labor Press) share their thoughts about the importance and challenges of doing labor journalism.
Workers need a source of information and analysis that they can trust that can help them build the movement necessary to advance worker rights and labor-community struggles for a just society. And publications like Labor Notes and the Northwest Labor Press have important roles to play in that process. This is an opportunity for us to hear Mark and Don’s thoughts about the challenges facing labor today as well as learn about how those who work as labor journalists keep abreast of current developments, understand their role in reporting for a labor audience, and decide what to highlight in their writings. During the discussion period we can share our own thoughts about these issues.
Labor Notes is an independent national media and organizing project begun in 1979 that also publishes a monthly magazine of the same name that “explore(s) the trends that are keeping workers on the defensive and analyze(s) labor’s responses: what’s working and what’s not?”
The Northwest Labor Press is an independent, union-supported newspaper with a print edition that is mailed out twice a month to over 50,000 members of more than 80 unions in Oregon and Southwest Washington, with a mission “to provide accurate and timely information on the issues that matter most to union members and working people.”
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 our 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 the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm in the Training Room, which is in the basement of the building housing the Portland Jobs with Justice office, 1500 NE Irving Street.
If you would like to get involved with the JwJ Portland rising Committee please contact us by submitting the form below.