The Solidarity Calendar is a monthly notification of actions and events organized by Portland JwJ or are endorsed and sponsored by our Steering Committee. Steering Committee meetings are held on the first Monday of each month at 5:30pm by Zoom virtual conference. Send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to join.
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October 2021 Solidarity Calendar
“Portland is a Union Town!” Once again, the community-Labor movement put our commitment to the test, and came through. As you had for the Nabisco rallies in previous weeks, the community showed up in tremendous support of Nurses and healthcare professionals fighting for patient safety at Kaiser Permanente! Over 750 members of the community joined in solidarity with #FrontlineHealthcareWorkers to assemble at Kaiser’s corporate office. “Kaiser, Can you hear us now?” We echo the calls for respectful proposals from Kaiser, proposals which show commitment to racial and economic justice and to protect patients! Rev. David Wheeler, representing JwJ’s Faith Labor Committee, affirmed healthcare workers’ just cause with a strong solidarity statement. When healthcare workers fight for the resources and support they need for safe staffing, they fight for all of us! Take Action and tell Kaiser to do better, here!
Support McKenzie-Willamette Healthcare Workers ON STRIKE!
Protect Jobs. Protect Patients. Support Striking Healthcare Workers in Springfield! The out-of-state, for-profit company that runs McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center has announced plans to outsource essential housekeepers, linen and food service workers. In addition, the company is interfering with workers’ rights by committing unfair labor practices. Workers aren’t taking this disrespect sitting down as they work to win the staffing, wages, and protections they need. Essential healthcare workers are currently ON STRIKE over unfair labor practices through 7am October 7th!! Join the strike line today until 8pm to show your support for essential workers. Sign up and spread word here!
Vancouver Education Support Professionals Fight for Safe Staffing, Fair Contract
Vancouver Association of Education Service Professionals (VAESP) represents approximately 600 educators and support staff in Vancouver Public Schools, and is currently in mediation with VPS. The school board’s refusal to offer fair and equitable compensation or to have any urgency in filling vacancies has directly resulted in understaffed schools that put staff and students in unsafe conditions. VAESP is demanding VPS offer a contract that will attract and keep the vital educators Vancouver students deserve!
Sign here to demand VPS offer a contract that centers school safety and fair wages for school employees!
Join us calling on the Vancouver Public Schools bargaining team to do all it can to make school staff and student safety a priority!
Take Action Now to Make Universal Preschool Strong on Workers’ Rights!
It’s time for Multnomah County to adopt a strong union neutrality standard for workers employed by County contractors for the new universal preschool program, behavioral health and for any other public service! That wouldn’t have happened with the policy the County first proposed!
Please write the County Commissioners (email addresses below) with this message, or one like it:
We expect that workers in the County’s new universal preschool program, and any other public services purchased with public dollars, will be working under a Labor Harmony Policy that secures their rights to a voice on the job and union representation if they want it. Please do everything you can to make sure that we have a strong, effective policy in place that fits the needs of the workers it covers and the values of the community.
HCAO Union Caucus Presents: A Discussion with Michael Lighty
The Health Care for All Oregon Union Caucus is inviting you to ZOOM with Michael Lighty! Michael Lighty has organized, advocated and developed policy for single-payer, Medicare for All nationally and in California for 30 years. Lighty was the director of public policy at the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, where he worked for 25 years. He is currently the President of Healthy California Now, the single payer coalition in the Golden State, representing National Union of Healthcare Workers and is a leader in the national DSA M4A campaign.
Michael Lighty will bring us the news of the Improved Medicare for All movement from across the nation. He will also be available to answer questions you may have about the importance of Unions to the movement.
Portland Rising invites you to a Night-in At The Movies
Please join us for an online showing of the movie Cooked, Survival by Zip Code and the discussion to follow. This timely and powerful documentary challenges our use of the term “natural” disaster and demonstrates how, by ignoring racism and poverty, we fail to properly prepare for future disasters.
Friday, October 22, 2021, 7-9 pm
In COOKED: Survival by Zip Code, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand uses her signature serious-yet-quirky connect-the-dots style to take audiences from the deadly 1995 Chicago heat wave — in which 739 mostly black, elderly, and poor Chicagoans died during the course of one week — deep into one of our nation’s biggest growth industries: disaster preparedness. Along the way, Helfand forges inextricable links between extreme weather, extreme disparity, and extreme racism, daring to ask: what if a zip code was just a routing number and not a life-or-death sentence?
Calling all People of Faith and Community Members to a Farm Worker Ministry Northwest Community Forum. Come learn about how farm workers in the Pacific Northwest are organizing for their rights and how you can support them! Learn about and celebrate the new union for packing shed farmworkers in Yakima, Trabajadores Unidos por la Justicia. Read more about the great speakers, and share the flyer here!
Pre-register today! Send an email to: Rev. Connie Yost, President Farm Worker Ministry Northwest email@example.com
Saturday, October 23, 2021, 11am to 1pm
On Zoom or in-person* (Englewood Christian Church, 511 North 44th Avenue Yakima, WA 98908)
Please take action and sign onto this letter from PCASC (Portland Central America Solidarity Committee) calling on the Biden Administration to fulfill their Constitutional mandate to establish justice. Specifically, PCASC is calling for justice in the case of Chevron’s corporate lawfare: Chevron has used it’s influence in US courts to overturn the reparations ordered by an Ecuadorian court for despoiling the indigenous lands of Lago Agrio and has targeted the leading US environmental and human rights lawyer, Stephen Donziger, who sued Chevron and won. Individuals and organizations may sign on here and/or send your authorization to sign to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you a worker who is organizing and identifies as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, or a person of color; a woman; immigrant; or LGBTQ seeking support for your struggle? Are you organizing campaigns of intersectional social justice, and looking for community support?
Request support here and share with us at our monthly Steering Committee, next upcoming on Monday,November1 from 5:30-7pm. Click Hereto send an email to Sarah for information on how to join!
This meeting is open to the public and our membership. At this meeting we discuss and vote on supporting, endorsing, and organizing events that fit into the mission of Jobs with Justice.
Click Here to fill out the Steering Committee agenda item request form. All requests must be submitted by Noon on Friday, October 29th.
Portland Rising is a committee that hosts discussions, panels, film screenings and other educational events about the importance of unions, and to draw connections between seemingly different campaigns based on the idea that all of our struggles are intersectional and interrelated. The next Portland Rising Committee event is the movie night listed above!
The JwJ Healthcare Committee works to promote healthcare as a human right at the local, state, and national level, to defend union health plans, and to fight for fair, equitable and comprehensive health care that covers everyone and is paid for with public funds.
Click Here to send an email to the Health Care Committee chairperson to get on the committee’s email list and for information on how to join the next virtual meeting on Tuesday, October 19th at 5:30pm.
Click Here to send an email to get on the Faith Labor Committee’s email list and for information on how to join the meeting.
The Faith Labor Committee is made up of labor and faith activists and leaders who come together to build sustained relationships between the labor community, and individuals and congregations in the faith community. Based on these relationships, the committee works to develop and implement outreach strategies to facilitate the faith community showing up in support of the struggles of working people in our city.
Global Justice Committee
Portland Jobs with Justice has long history of global justice and international solidarity work ranging from organizing caravans to the 1999 WTO summit in Seattle and supporting striking GM in workers in Columbia to exposing the lies of companies like Nike about their treatment of workers. Currently, the committee is actively supporting Philippines-focused organizing including efforts to uplift the welfare and working conditions of global seafarers, mobilizing in support of the “TRIPS” Waiver to unblock global access to vaccines, and supporting Honduras solidarity efforts.
On the last day of the UN General Assembly, JwJ, Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, and the community mobilized to Senator Ron Wyden’s office at the eastside federal complex, with a message: The Portland community is demanding Global Vaccine Access Now! Lives are on the line and the U.S. government can do more to open up vaccine intellectual property and invest in manufacturing capacity around the world. The banner symbolizes that the U.S. is speeding down the COVID-19 highway and the federal government can and must do more to push the #TRIPSwaiver through the WTO! More must be done on this issue, and it starts with voices of courage and clarity telling our U.S. negotiators to get real about saving lives and finding the exit from this pandemic. We need the U.S. administration to stop allowing pharmaceutical monopolies to limit the amount of COVID vaccines and treatments being made worldwide. Click Here to Take Action Now!
The Climate Jobs PDX Project works at the intersections of the labor and climate justice movements. Climate Jobs has been integral to passing the Portland Clean Energy Fund, upholding high-road Labor standards in Climate and Health Policy, as well as organizing environmental allies for Labor standards in green jobs.
Click Here to send an email to the Climate Jobs chairperson to join the email list and for information to join our meeting Wednesday, October 20th at 5:30pm!
Portland Jobs with Justice is a coalition of over 100 labor, faith, community and student organizations and individual activists taking action for workers rights and economic justice, especially with those most marginalized by our economic system such as people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ. More…
PASS THE PRO ACT
Faith and Labor Committee MeetingOctober 27, 2021 at 12:00 pm – 2:00 pmZoom MeetingsClick Here to send an email for information on how to join by teleconference.