Join SOJWJ at the Labor Day Picnic

2017 August 19
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SOJwJ Annual Meeting

2017 May 3
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Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice is a local coalition fighting for workers rights, economic justice and our right to organize. Join us as we celebrate ten years in Southern Oregon and help direct our work for the future.

Our annual meeting will be this Saturday, May 13 at 12 Noon.
We will gather at the Medford Public Library – 205 S. Central Ave. in Medford.

We will also be hearing from candidates for board positions. All Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice members are invited to vote to approve or deny proposed candidates.

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Address the affordable housing crisis at Tuesday Ashland City Council meeting

2017 February 20
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How has the rental crisis affected you? If you have experienced a no-cause eviction or drastic rent increase, and are interested in sharing your story, testimony can be submitted ahead of the meeting

The Ashland City Council meeting is February 21 at 7:00pm, this Tuesday.

We will be gathering outside City Hall —1175 E. Main St in Ashland — at 6:30pm with warm food and signs.

Come show your support for local action to address the rental crisis, and putting forward a real agenda to improve the lives of tenants in Southern Oregon!

JWJ Statement on Executive Orders Targeting Immigrants and Muslims

2017 January 29
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In response to President Trump’s final and planned executive orders to build a border wall, strip federal funding from sanctuary cities, and bar predominantly Muslim refugees from entering the country, Jobs With Justice Executive Director Sarita Gupta issued the following statement:

“These executive orders are yet another attempt to divide our country and sow baseless fear against immigrant and Muslim communities. But as these orders threaten to destabilize our communities, we are reminded that the fight for justice must always begin at home. Across the country, the Jobs With Justice network will hold the line and resist efforts to dehumanize our friends, neighbors, and co-workers. We will take decisive action because we know that when we stand in solidarity, we can beat back hatred, fear, and oppression, and build a new future together.”

Free Renters Breakfast – Rogue Valley Tenants Union

2017 January 28
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Free Renters Breakfast

Saturday, February 11 – 9:00 AM
Ashland First Congregational United Church of Christ
717 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland

Come and learn how we can build tenants power by uniting with our community of renters and owners and fight together to survive in this housing crisis.

Find out about your rights as renter, about local and statewide efforts to challenge the laws preventing rent control and eliminating no-cause evictions. Learn about the efforts of the Portland Tenant’s Union and how we can emulate this model of solidarity building.

This event is family friendly. Enjoy some pancakes, eggs,fruit, coffee, tea, juice, and tenant power.

The City is asking citizens to help inform an update of the Housing Element of Ashland’s Comprehensive Plan by completing a brief questionnaire regarding the City’s existing housing goals and policies.

2017 January 11
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TAKE THE SURVEY

The Comprehensive Plan is the guiding document for directing future land use within the City of Ashland.  The Plan incorporates specific elements related to the appropriate arrangement of and process for evaluating land uses including: citizen participation, environmental resources, population projections, urbanization, growth, housing, economy, aesthetic resources, public services, transportation, and energy.  The Comprehensive Plan recognizes the idea that over time the City will continue to grow and change, and that the Plan will serve as a guide to make sure that the growth and changes are in the best interests of current and future Ashland residents.  This Plan is required to acknowledge Oregon’s Statewide Planning Goals and insure that the decisions made in the present do not eliminate future planning options.

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Ashland Housing Crisis / Renter Protections Organizing Meeting

2016 December 30
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Ashland Housing Crisis / Renter Protections Organizing Meeting
Sponsored by Southern Oregon Housing For All  (SOHFAt
Wed.   January 11   6:30 PM
Temple Emek Shalom,   1800 E. Main   Ashland
Ashland’s housing/ rental crisis continues to worsen.
  • Rent increases / evictions are growing
  • Housing cost have risen faster than any city in US.
  • Winter shelters for homeless are bulging capacity
  • Little to no action from Ashland city officials
Southern Oregon Housing for All, a collaboration that has been meeting weekly since the August Ashland Housing Forum is organizing for immediate positive solutions and effective actions.
In August we held a well attended housing forum at Ashland Library to gather and share ideas, prioritize positive solutions to our housing crisis.    Since that time the underlying problems have grown worse.   With new city council getting ready for the new year we need to be in action.
We invite you to join us on January 11 at 6:30 at Emek Shalom to review our action agenda and plan an effective campaign to council to implement real solutions
Our four priority areas for action:
  • implement new renter protections that Oregon legislature has passed for cities including 90 notice, and support ending no cause evictions
  • adequately fund Ashland’s current Housing Trust Fund which is currently not functional
  • establish full week  24/7 winter homeless shelters
  • provide land and funding for Ashland’s Tiny Home project
Please join us to help initiate our campaign for local action and building toward statewide legislation in 2017

Free Renter’s Breakfast

2016 November 24
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breakfast-clipart-breakfast-clipart-02The Rogue Valley is suffering an affordable housing crisis!

Residents are struggling to pay the bills while inflated deposits, rising rents and no-cause evictions are forcing more working poor families out of our community.

What can we do? We can organize!!!

Free Renters Breakfast

Saturday, November 26th – 9:00 AM
Ashland First Congregational United Church of Christ
717 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland

Come and learn how we can build tenants power by uniting with our community of renters and owners and fight together to survive in this housing crisis.

Find out about your rights as renter, about local and statewide efforts to challenge the laws preventing rent control and eliminating no-cause evictions. Learn about the efforts of the Portland Tenant’s Union and how we can emulate this model of solidarity building.

This event is family friendly. Enjoy some pancakes, eggs,fruit, coffee, tea, juice, and tenant power.

Sponsored by Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice and ROOT – Residential Options Outreach Team

For more information call Jason at 541-690-2807 or email Jason@sojwj.org

Come Honor Rep. DeFazio and STOP the TPP!

2016 October 18
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To Fair Traders along Interstate 5 between Ashland and Springfield:

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CALLING ALL FAIR TRADE ACTIVISTS TO COME TO SPRINGFIELD ON FRIDAY, OCT 21!

Come to Springfield this Friday to honor our long time Fair Trade Champion in Congress, Representative Peter DeFazio.  He has been there for working people since before disastrous NAFTA and we want to show our appreciation for his steadfast and unwavering support!

This honoring celebration will be from 2pm to 4pm in Lively Park in Springfield.  This afternoon schedule makes it very doable for folks to carpool.  Along with honoring Rep. DeFazio we will be rallying for the upcoming trade fight of our lives.  We are gearing up for President Obama’s big push to pass the TPP during the lame duck session (after the election).  It takes all of us in Oregon and across the country, every fair trade activist to step up, grab a shovel and bury the TPP deeply for good in 2016.

Bring your organization’s banner to display. There will be tabling opportunities for organizations.  Make an individual sign (a big one with your town’s name like “Grants Pass” or “Sutherlin” will help show that Oregonians from all over the state are firmly against this horrible and undemocratic trade deal.

It is not guaranteed, however we are looking for funds to help cover the cost of gasoline for carpools that make the r/t journey to Springfield.  It is time to plan a road trip for justice, time to bury the TPP for good!

The primary supporters for this event are the Eugene Springfield Solidarity Network/Jobs with Justice (ESSN) and the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign (ORFTC) with many other groups signing on with support.

 
Stop the TPP Rally

Friday, Oct 21st, 2pm
Lively Park
6100 Thurston Rd, Springfield, OR 97478

 
Flyer for sharing and printing is here
Invite your friends on Facebook here
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Rogue Valley Car Pool Sign Up
If you have any question, comments, or ideas, please send them my way!
In Solidarity,

Jason Houk
Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice
541-690-2807

Community Rally for Jackson County Workers

2016 October 3
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WHAT:  JACKSON COUNTY EMPLOYEES SUPPORT RALLY
WHEN:  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 AT NOON
WHERE:  ALBA PARK IN MEDFORD, 301 W. MAIN STREET

Our 600 Jackson County employees are at a dead end after contract bargaining starting back in February comes to a standstill and they now find themselves working without a contract since June.  County management refuses to recognize the work they do for the community and settle a fair contract.

Time for the community to understand what is going on and to show workers the respect that is lacking from county administration.  These workers provide important services for everyone in Jackson County.  They keep our roads clear, the airport operating and our communities safe while providing vital health and human services.  It is way past time they be treated with respect for the jobs they do.

Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice stands with our Jackson County employees and will join them in solidarity this Wednesday, October 5th, 12 noon at Alba Park in Medford. I hope you will join us.

For more info, check out this exclusive interview on KSKQ with Jackson County Employees. If you have any questions, please let me know.

In solidarity,

Jason Houk
Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice
jason@sojwj.org

SOJWJ Co-sponsoring Ashland Housing and Homelessness Workshops, Action Groups and Fundraiser

2016 August 18
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On Saturday, August 20th at SOU in Ashland there will be an all day event focused on housing and homelessness. There will be many discussions around these issues, but we’re going to focus on solutions and together we can decide what our next steps as a community will be. We’ve felt such compassion and love being lobbied towards us since our family’s personal housing crisis began and we want to take that and turn it into to creating positive change.

 

Ashland Housing and Homelessness Workshops, Action Groups and Fundraiser

August 20th, 2016
Meese Auditorium and Art Building
Southern Oregon University

 

Issues we will be taking action on: Amending city ordinances to allow car camping in Ashland, Pioneer Hall and use of public spaces, adequate winter shelter, Supporting the Ashland Housing Trust Fund, defending against predatory property management practices, as well as identifying the next steps to alleviate our affordable housing crisis.

Schedule

All Day – Fundraiser for Houk Family Housing –  Silent Auction

All Day – Get your “call to action’ on local and statewide homelessness

and affordable housing campaigns

All Day – Refreshments and light snacks

11am – 1 pm – .Workshop – How to move forward on Ashland Car Camping and

Tiny Houses programs. At 11:30 am, there will be a discussion with Alex Daniell, who is a tiny home builder in Eugene. Alex is with SquareOne Villages who built Opportunity Village in Eugene and he can tell us the details about the car camping program there.

1:30 – 3:30 – Movie: The Grapes of Wrath in Meese Auditorium

4 pm – 5 pm – Ashland Culture of Peace Listening Circle and next step planning

5 pm – WE Community Meal with music and community discussions

7 pm – 9 pm  – Concert Benefit and Talent Show with Gene Burnett

Groups involved in this forum include Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice, WE Community Meals,  Residential Outreach Options Team (ROOT), Ashland Culture of Peace Commission, UN Club of Southern Oregon University, Native American Studies program and International Students of SOU.

For more information, call 541-690-2807 or visit rvcommunitypress.com.

Starting on August 20 at 7:30 am items for the silent auction can be dropped off outside of the Meese Auditorium (Art Building. Park near the Art Museum). Volunteers will be on hand to assist. If you have questions about your donations, please contact Kathleen Gamer at gamer.kathleen@gmail.com.

“Clearest indication yet” a TPP vote is coming…

2016 August 15
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SantaRosa3On Friday, the White House gave official notice to Congress that it plans to submit implementing legislation for the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) before the end of the year.

The newspaper Politico called the move “the clearest indication yet” that the administration is serious about forcing a lame duck vote on the TPP.

TAKE ACTION: Tell your Congress members it’s time to pick a side and voice their opposition to the TPP.

Negotiated for years behind closed doors with the aid of hundreds of corporate lobbyists, the TPP would enrich corporate elites while posing huge risks to the economy, environment and public health for almost everyone else.

The key provision in the TPP grants multinational corporations the right to sue the U.S. government before a panel of three corporate lawyers, who can award these corporations unlimited sums to be paid by America’s taxpayers, including for the loss of expected future profits.  This threatens a wide range of public interest policies on the environment, food safety, financial regulations and more.

Not only that, the TPP is modeled after past trade agreements that have already cost us millions of good-paying jobs, and would make it even easier for big corporations to ship jobs to repressive countries overseas.  It would also lower wages by pitting American workers against highly-exploited workers abroad making less than 65 cents an hour.

Too many policymakers are using the excuse that they don’t think the TPP will come up for a vote this year to avoid taking a position.  The White House’s action on Friday shows just how dangerous that thinking is.

TAKE ACTION: Urge your Congress members to side with constituents over Wall Street and speak out against the TPP.

The TPP certainly doesn’t have the votes to pass before the election.  Knowing this, the corporations pushing this massive corporate power grab are now trying to sneak it through during the brief “lame duck” session of Congress immediately after the election.  Unfortunately, Friday’s move shows the White House is going along with their plan.

The best way to stop these shenanigans is to ensure there simply isn’t enough support in Congress for the TPP to be approved — both before and after the election.  That’s why we need Congress members to speak out vociferously against this awful deal today.  Please take action.

Thank you for support,

Arthur Stamoulis, Executive Director
CITIZENS TRADE CAMPAIGN

Tentative Agreement Reached at Oregon Shakespeare Festival

2016 June 9
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Early morning on June 7 the crew of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival reached a tentative agreement of their contract! Thank you to everyone who participated in sending letters and showing support. It’s been a long process, taking 659 days from the initial meeting to the tentative agreement.

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If the contract is ratified, the OSF crew will be sworn-in as the new IATSE Local 154 (If you’re a Shakespeare buff, you might recognize 154 as the total number of sonnets penned by the Bard.)

Click here to see the latest from the crew at OSF.

Dirty Energy and Dirty Money and How We Can Fix It!

2016 June 9
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Common Cause Oregon teamed up with environmental advocates to investigate how big money tried to block major clean energy reform in the Oregon legislature.

And now they want to share their research with you.

June 23rd 7:00 pm-8:30 pm, Ashland

Doors open at 6:30 pm

Click Here to RSVP

Featuring insights from: State Representative Peter Buckley, David Hyde from Move to Amend, Daniel Lewkow from Common Cause Oregon, Lee Lull from Southern Oregon Climate Action Now and Jeff Golden from Immense Possibilities on Southern Oregon Public Television

Take Action to OPPOSE the TPP!

2016 June 9
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Despite overwhelming evidence that the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be an environmental disaster and the recent ITC report that shows negligible gains in a minority of American economic sectors, Senator Ron Wyden has yet to oppose this corporate power grab masquerading as a trade agreement. Senator Ron Wyden can be reached at his Medford office at (541) 858-5122 or his D.C. office at (202) 224-5244. Tell him to vote no on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Rogue Valley Screening: FIX IT Documentary

2016 May 10
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Richard Master, CEO of MCS Industries and producer of Fix It, will screen and discuss his documentary on the need for healthcare reform from an economic perspective. It takes an in-depth look at how our dysfunctional healthcare system is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians and negatively impacting the nation’s health, while remaining unaffordable for a third of our citizens.

What: FIX IT: HEALTHCARE AT THE TIPPING POINT

Where: Inn at the Commons, Siskiyou Banquet Room

When: Friday, May 27th at 5:30- 7:00 PM

Who: Richard Master, CEO, MCS Industries

A question and answer session with Mr. Master will follow the film, along with an update on Oregon’s health care reform efforts.

For more information contact: Mark Kellenbeck, mkellenbeck@msn.com

Sponsors:  Health Care for All Oregon, Main Street Alliance Oregon, PNHP of Oregon

 

Clinton and Sanders Oppose “Lame Duck” Vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

2016 May 7
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Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton voiced opposition to lame duck consideration of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), saying the proposed twelve-nation pact fails to meet her standards on American jobs, wages and national security, according to a candidate questionnaire published today by the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign.  Candidate Bernie Sanders also opposed a lame duck vote on the TPP in his responses to an identical questionnaire.

“The Democratic candidates agree that attempting to sneak the TPP through during lame duck is completely and totally inappropriate,” said Michael Shannon, director of the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign.  “Popular opposition to job-killing trade agreements is at an all time high.  The votes clearly do not exist to pass the TPP before the election, and TPP proponents’ plan to try to get just-voted-out-of-office, looking-for-corporate-lobby-work Congress members to rubber stamp it after the election is something that more-and-more politicians are speaking out against.”

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Watch “Fix It – Health Care at the Tipping Point” and support the resolution in Ashland.

2016 April 12
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 On Tuesday, April 19th, HCAO-RV will host the “Fix It – Health Care are a Tipping Point” as part or independent media week.
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This documentary takes an in-depth look into how our dysfunctional health care system is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians and negatively impacting on the nation’s health, while remaining un-affordable for a third of our citizens.
The film will be shown in the Meese Room at the Hannon Library at Southern Oregon University. The film will begin at 5 pm with a discussion about the campaign to guarantee health care for all Oregonians.
After the film, HCAO-Rogue Valley will lead advocates to attend this city council meeting wearing your red HCAO teeshirt to show support for Single Payer healthcare and a system that provides more care for more people for less money.
The health care resolution “Affordable Health Care for all Oregon” will be presented before the Ashland City Council at their Tuesday night meeting starting at 7 pm. Council Chambers are at 20 East Main Street in Ashland.
Health Care for All Oregon’s campaign is working for equitable, affordable, comprehensive, hight quality, publicly funded universal health care system serving everyone in Oregon and the United States. Learn more about HCAO here:  www.hcao.org
HCAO-RV still has red HCAO Rosie the Nurse teeshirts for sale. Please contact Wes Brain to acquire one, brain@mind.net 541-482-6988

HERE is the resolution for your review:

“Affordable Health Care For All Oregon”

  • Whereas, there are many components that contribute to good health, including the ability to respond to sickness, disease and injury; and
  • Whereas, achieving the goal of living a healthy life is impossible without access to affordablehealth care; and
  • Whereas, health care should be available to everyone; and
  • Whereas, the lack of available health care is a barrier to opportunity, success and quality of life; and
  • Whereas, Oregonians should not be divided between those who can afford to be healthy and those who cannot; and
  • Whereas, Oregonians should not be divided between those who have hopes and dreams and those whose sickness, disease or injury robs them of their hopes and dreams; and
  • Whereas, the Oregon Legislature in 2013 authorized a financing study regarding the design of a proposed healthcare system that meets the mandate of ORS 41.018, which states, “It is the intention of the legislative assembly to achieve the goals of universal access to an adequate level of high health care at an affordable cost”.
Now, therefore, be It Resolved, the people of the City of Ashland urge the Oregon legislature, in the 2019 session, to refer to the voters a measure creating an equitable, comprehensive, affordable, high quality, publicly funded health care system serving everyone in Oregon. The system should be transparent and accountable, involve meaningful public participation, and be affordable for families, businesses, and society.
“Affordable Health Care For All Oregon”
HCAO-RV

April Fools Rally to “Support” the Trans Pacific Partnership

2016 April 1
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On April Fools Day a group of Rogue Valley opponents of the Trans Pacific Partnership performed skits and demonstrated against the TPP at Senator Ron Wyden’s district office in Medford Oregon.

 

Representatives from Big Pharma give their thanks to Senator Ron Wyden for supporting the TPP.

 

The Boy Wonder Robin explains why the TPP is good for corporations like Wayne Enterprises. Rally outside Senator Ron Wyden’s offices in Medford Oregon.

Stand with Providence Nurses for FAIR CONTRACT! Information picket this Thursday!

2016 February 15
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The nurses at Providence Medford Medical Center are struggling for a fair contract and need our help. Our nurses provide critical care in the community and deserve a fair contract.  Help support Providence Nurses this Thursday, February 18th. The Oregon Nurses Association will hold an informational picket at Providence Medford Medical Center, 1111 Crater Lake Ave, Medford, from 7:30 am to 9:30 am and 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm.
The informational picket will be held on the sidewalk in front of the hospital and will not obstruct pedestrians or traffic. Come out and support our nurses and their fight for a fair contract.
For more information, contact Susan Bruce, Oregon Nurses Labor Relations Representative at 541-261-8359 or email Bruce@OregonRN.org.

Thank you for your support

Jobs With Justice March at Capitol Hill Calls for Higher Minimum Wage and Fair Scheduling

2016 February 12
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Organizers from Southern Oregon attending the Jobs With Justice National Conference in Washington, D.C., joined the justice march on Capitol Hill, where protesters called for fair scheduling and family wages for D.C.’s working poor.

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Walmart concedes unfair labor practices at Klamath Falls store

2015 December 14
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walmart1We are glad to report that management at Walmart store in Klamath Falls were forced to concede their unfair labor practice allegations.  Notices are being placed to tell workers what their rights are.

According to fired Walmart worker Ishmael Nunez:

We are winning at Walmart store # 1772
We won our ULP and store manager Kelly cooper has to accepted we have rights and walmart is not about the law
Respect us or
Expect us
Who’s walmart?

 

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Ismael was fired earlier this year for discipline problems after he participated in labor actions for living wages.

Community members have rallied to support Ish and other disciplined workers.

Belts tighten as ATI lockout of union Steelworkers enters fourth month

2015 December 11
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Union steelworkers from multiple mills rallied Sept. 1 outside ATI’s Pittsburgh headquarters.

Union steelworkers from multiple mills rallied Sept. 1 outside ATI’s Pittsburgh headquarters.

The lockout at specialty metals maker Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) is now in its fourth month, with no end in sight. About 2,200 members of United Steelworkers (USW) are out of work in the labor dispute, which affects 12 facilities in six states, including about 180 members of USW Local 7150 at ATI’s titanium plant in Albany, Oregon.

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SOJwJ joins the picket line in Albany, Oregon

2015 November 13
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Heeding the call from Portland Jobs with Justice, Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice joins the picket line in Albany, OR.

Learn more about the locked out Steelworkers in Albany, Oregon.  They are with USW Local #7150.  The employer is Alleghaeny Technologies Inc. (ATI), a specialty steel company based in Pittsburgh, PA. who have locked out more than 2, 200 Steelworkers
in six states.
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Concert to honor Joe Hill, “The man who never died”

2015 October 30
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Press Release – Joe Hill Concert

October 30. 2015

Contact:
Jason Houk
541-622-9483
jason@sojwj.org

Here come the Wobblies

The music and spirit of labor martyr Joe Hill (“the man who never died”) will fill the Hawaiian Cafe in Phoenix when the nationally-touring “Joe Hill 100 Roadshow” makes its southern Oregon visit on Thursday, November 12.

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Joe Hill 100 Anniversary Roadshow

2015 October 20
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Southern Oregon’s hellraiser Patrick Dodd joins forces with David Rovics, Mark Ross, and George Mann in honor of Joe Hill on the 100th anniversary of his murderous execution. Join us for an evening of revolutionary music, good food, and solidarity. Buffet dinner at 6pm music starts at 7pm.

Dinner is 13.95 RSVP to 541-622-9483

Concert $10-$20 sliding scale. See ya at the Grass Shack Hawaiian Cafe 205 Fern Valley Rd. in the shopes at Exit 24

SOJWJ Board members deliver basket to Mercy Hospital nurses

2015 October 13
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By Vanessa Houk

One of the first actions our Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice coalition was to stand with the nurses at Mercy Hospital as they struggled for a fair contract. We remember the nurses and the difficult time they had as first responders and we wanted to show our solidarity and support.

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We traveled to Roseburg to deliver a basket of fruit and treats for the Mercy Nurses. We met Oregon Nurses Association organizer and emergency nurse Carolyn and delivered our gifts. We were told about the amazing support and love from the community and the nation. We then traveled to Umpqua Community College to share as silent witnesses.

The road that leads to Umpqua Community College was full of signs of support and love. By mid-afternoon, the campus was very quiet. We saw a dozen or so students, some sitting on the ground surrounded by counselors and therapy dogs. There were dozens of people on campus in supportive roles, as well as uniformed police and security.

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Rally to support fired USPS worker in Medford Oregon

2015 September 24
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On September 24, around 20 folks rallied in front of the Medford Post Office to support USPS employee who while serving overseas in the military, was fired from his job at the post office.

On July 9th United States Postal Service management removed an active duty service member from the USPS. This employee was hired by the USPS 10 years ago and has been on active duty for around 8 years. Management is saying that he exceeded his USERRA rights by being in a leave without pay status for in excess of 5 years. This man is a patriot and is serving his country. It is no harm for the USPS to keep this man on the rolls. The only benefit we ask of him staying on the rolls, is when his service to his country is finished, he has a job waiting for him at the USPS. He has sacrificed his time that he could have been putting in at another career and he deserves to stay on the rolls so he can come back to his position.

Broden Pelkey from the Eugene Local explains why folks are rallying to support their fired USPS worker.
Participants included Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice, 15 Now Oregon, local unions and community groups.

 

Environmental Justice Task Force Meeting – Friday, Sept. 25

2015 September 23
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Friday, Sept. 25 – 11 AM – 4 PM

This statewide meeting of the Governor’s Oregon Environmental Justice Task Force is significant because it is the first time the Task Force will actually listen to and travel to an impacted community!

This Environmental Justice Gathering is a landmark event for Oregon. Harsh working conditions and exposure to toxic chemicals are serious concerns in Oregon.

Workers, minority residents and rural communities have the greatest burden of exposure and harm. The Environmental Justice Task Force was created by Governor Kitzhaber and the Legislature to help protect Oregonians from disproportionate environmental impacts on minority and low-income populations. However, there has been no access, no public outreach and no policy recommendations from the Task Force (that are known to the public).

WE NEED MORE ACCOUNTABILITY TO EJ ISSUES IN OREGON!

Postal employee needs your help!

2015 September 15
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UspsLogoOn July 9th United States Postal Service management removed an active duty service member from the USPS. This employee was hired by the USPS 10 years ago and has been on active duty for around 8 years. Management is saying that he exceeded his USERRA rights by being in a leave without pay status for in excess of 5 years. This man is a patriot and is serving his country. It is no harm for the USPS to keep this man on the rolls. The only benefit we ask of him staying on the rolls, is when his service to his country is finished, he has a job waiting for him at the USPS. He has sacrificed his time that he could have been putting in at another career and he deserves to stay on the rolls so he can come back to his position.

850305We are asking to keep his branch and his name anonymous to keep his family protected from any possible harm. A group of us from the USPS and others from veteran groups and labor representatives will be having a protest on September 24th from 4 till 6 pm in front of the Medford Post Office.

If you can attend and want to support this serviceman and Union worker from this cowardly act of the USPS management PLEASE attend and bring someone with you.

LET’S SHOW POSTMASTERS THEY CAN’T TOSS AWAY OUR VETS!

Southern Oregon celebrates Labor Day

2015 September 10
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In Southern Oregon, hundreds gathered for the annual Labor Day celebration.  The event was sponsored by the Central Oregon Labor Council.

Photos by Allen Halmark or Jason Houk

Southern Oregon celebrates 50 years of Medicare!

2015 July 31

What’s as American as Apple Pie? Medicare – celebrating its 50th anniversary this summer. On July 30, Rogue Valley residents joined in the nationwide celebration with a press conference and party featuring free home baked pie.

 

Around 30 supporters of universal health care made alot of noise in Medford Thursday evening, celebrating the critical role Medicare and Medicaid play in protecting the health and well-being of millions of families. The celebration was sponsored by Health Care for All Oregon – Rogue Valley, which works to ensure all Oregonians get the health care they need when they need it.

With 55 million covered through the program, Medicare is the single largest source of health insurance in the United States.

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Deconstructing Wyden

2015 July 20
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Senator Ron Wyden’s Medford Town Hall today was like my days messing with drugs and alcohol: felt good and exciting and fun at the time, but felt really bad afterward.

 

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Teamsters and Turtles, Together at LAST!

2015 June 29
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Ashland: Wednesday, July 15, 7 p.m.
Ashland First Congregational Church of Christ,
717 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland

$15 Suggested Donation – Nobody turned away!

For more information contact Wes Brain 541-482-6988.

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In 2009 Anne Feeney, union maid, hell-raiser and labor singer, energized folks from L.A. to Bellingham with her Sing Out for Single Payer Road Show. Accompanied by Bob Wickline, David Rovics, and other talented musicians. Anne will be back in Oregon in July, this time with her Teamsters and Turtles – Together at Last! Tour. This time she is teaming up with Warrior/Activist Dana Lyons, whose music is described as a blend of rock, folk, tongue-in-cheek humor, environmentalism, and political critique. They have welcomed HCAO Action Groups to join them and table for single payer universal health care at their gigs around the state.

Find a sample of Anne’s music HERE.. And don’t miss Dana’s famous“Cows with Guns” HERE.

OSF workers vote to join IATSE theatre union

2015 June 22
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OSF-IATSE-BugHT-300x300Three cheers and a big congratulations to the new 71 worker bargaining unit with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) who voted affirmatively on June 10, 2015 to affiliate with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). These workers now have a voice at work! OSF employs nearly 600 and is a large economic engine for Ashland and the whole region. The union density in Ashland and the Rogue Valley just went up with this successful union drive and this translates to a healthier Southern Oregon for everyone.

The Northwest Labor Press did a terrific job of telling the story of the stagehands at OSF with stories published on June 2 before the vote and then on June 11 right after the successful union election.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival goes union with IATSE
http://nwlaborpress.org/2015/06/oregon-shakespeare-festival-goes-union-with-iatse/

At Oregon Shakespeare Festival, stagehands want a union
http://nwlaborpress.org/2015/06/at-oregon-shakespeare-festival-stagehands-want-a-union/

On June 17, three OSF stagehands Amanda, Mike and Rosie joined us in KSKQ’s studio in Ashland as guests on the Brain Labor Report radio show. These members of the union organizing committee are joined via telephone with “Radar” Chris Bateman who is an IATSE organizer from Portland. The radio program is worth hearing. The passion and enthusiasm of professional working stagehands gushes out when they tell about the organizing, the story of the over 6-months long campaign for a union at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. IATSE’s grassroots democratic process was moved by the 8-employee organizing committee who did the hard work and have good reason to be excited about the success for all the stagehands at OSF.

Brain Labor Report 6.17.2015 – OSF stage operators vote to join IATSE
http://www.kskq.org/index.php/127-brain-labor-report/3601-brain-labor-report-6-17-2015-osf-stage-operators-vote-to-join-iatse

Take Action On Curbing Greenhouse Gas Pollution

2015 June 10
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House Bill 3470-A, the Climate Stability and Justice Act is alive in the Oregon State Legislature.   It has been passed by the House Energy and Environment Committee and is now before the House Rules Committee where a Study Session is scheduled.  If it passes out of the Rules Committee, which we are optimistic it will do, the bill will move to the Joint Ways & Means Committee (comprising half Senate members and half House members).  The Bill will probably not be sent to the floor of these assemblies unless there is a head count revealing that the bill has a very good chance of passing.  It is important, therefore, to contact members of these committees and other representatives to encourage support for the bill.

This bill is modeled on the California 2006 Cap and Trade Bill (AB32) and will cap greenhouse gas emissions according to the targets spelled out in Oregon’s 2007 House Bill 3543 passes by the legislature and signed  by Governor Kulongoski:

  • By 2010, arrest the growth of Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions and begin to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • By 2020, achieve greenhouse gas levels that are 10 percent below 1990 levels.
  • By 2050, achieve greenhouse gas levels that are at least 75 percent below 1990 levels.

Although the Oregon legislature accepted / enacted these goals, no enabling legislation accompanied it – so the state is far behind a necessary trajectory to achieve the targets.

A one page summary of the details of HB3470 can be found here: HB3470-A May.

A summary of polling data suggest that the HB3470 approach is preferred by Oregonians to the Cap and Dividend approach.

It is important that WE ALL contact representatives to express our views on this issue:

If you can do no more, please sign this Petition.  If you can do more, please read on….

In order to encourage passage of this bill, it is time for all hands on deck.

Critical targets for these expressions are our regional representatives,  members of the House and Senate Leadership Team, and members of the House Rules Committee & the Joint Ways and Means Committee.

Contact Information for these representatives can be found at SOCAN’s State Political Action Page.

For more information regarding the Bills, visit SOCAN’s Political Action Update.

What’s happening in the Legislature? Fair Shot Town Hall May 23

2015 May 19
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Fair Shot Town Hall
What’s happening in the Legislature?

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Saturday, may 23 • 2:00 pm
SOU/RCC Higher Education Center, Room 132 in Medford

Get the latest updated on Fair Shot for All legislative priorities including:
  • Raise the Minimum Wage
  • Paid Sick Days
  • Ban the Box
  • Retirement Security
  • End Profiling
These laws have the power to address economic inequality in Oregon, focusing on addressing the disproportionate negative impacts on communities of color and women.

We can help:
Learn how you can advance these important issues in the Oregon Legislature. Let’s improve the lives of Oregonians in real, practical ways and make our state and our communities stronger for everyone.

Sponsored by Southern Oregon Strong Voice.

For more information please contact shaun@oraflcio.org

Concert for Labor, Activism and IWW with George Mann

2015 May 7
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NY Labor Singer/Songwriter returns to Oregon with new CD “Portraits” and songs of the IWW!

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Sunday, May 17th at 7 PM
Grass Shack Cafe ~ 205 Fern Valley Road in Phoenix
(Dinner, drinks, social hour starting at 6:00 PM)
Suggested Donation $5-$10, all welcome regardless of donation Featuring a Hawaiian Buffet ($12 includes soft drinks & dessert) or you may order from the menu. Please call ahead of time and reserve for the Hawaiian
buffet, 541-512-8969.

iww1George Mann sings songs from the last century of labor and social activism, and his own songs are powerful and funny takes on the state of the nation. He is part of the Joe Hill 100 Centenary committee and will be sharing songs and stories about the famed IWW organizer and songwriter Joe Hill, and the upcoming Joe Hill 100 Roadshow, which will roll through Oregon in November.

George created and produced the “Hail to the Thief!” anti-Bush CD series, which featured such folk legends as Tom Paxton, Utah Phillips, and Billy Bragg, and his work with unions, veterans and anti-war groups has kept him on the front lines for more than 25 years.

George returns to Southern Oregon with “Portraits,” a powerful new CD with 12 songs of courage and struggles. Come down for a night of folk songs and stories, friends and activists!

May Day Peoples Assembly!

2015 April 12
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Celebrate International Workers Day

international-workers-dayA Peoples’ Forum on social-economic issues of the day, including 15 Now!, Paid Sick Leave for All Oregon workers, Walmart workplace issues,  Health Care for All Oregon, Immigration rights and issues and much more.

Free community meal, music and solidarity.

May 1st, 2015
 6 pm – 9 pm
Woodworkers  Local Lodge
3836 Altamont Drive – Klamath Falls
Carpools from Ashland and Medford leave at 4:30 pm
Call now to reserve a ride or volunteer space in your vehicle.

For more information call 541-482-6988 .

Download May Day Flyer (PDF)

April 18th National Day of Action Against Fast Track

2015 April 10
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In dozens of countries across the globe, groups are preparing for the April 18th Global Day of Action Against Unfair Trade.  In the United States, communities from coast-to-coast will join together in action that day to help derail Fast Track legislation that would enable the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and other corporate power grabs disguised as trade agreements to be rushed through Congress.

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Public Forum to end fast track and stop the TPP

2015 April 2
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Oregon can’t afford another free trade deal like NAFTA. 

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is key to stopping the effort by President Obama and Senate Republicans to rush the terrible Trans Pacific Partnership through Congress on a “Fast Track.”  We must persuade Senator Ron Wyden to stand with Oregon’s workers and say NO to Fast Track and NO to the Trans Pacific Partnership.

There will be a public town hall on Monday, April 6th, 2 PM at the Medford Public Library.  Get the facts about the issues and learn about the latest developments: Fast Track means our voices will not be heard and that the Trans Pacific Partnership will be pushed through Congress, causing jobs to leave Oregon, environmental protections to vanish and democracy to be undermined.

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The forum is designed to draw informed activists who wish to know more about the critical nature of why the month of April is critical and how we can convince Senator Wyden to the efforts to stop “Fast Track” legislation (and, consequently, the TPP) from being enacted. It is also to get participants to urge their colleagues to attend an anti-TPP rally at Vogel Plaza scheduled for Saturday, April 18, as part of a nationwide effort that day to put the brakes on “Fast Track”.

Please join Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice, Oregon Strong Voice, Oregon AFL-CIO and many other community partners on April 6th at 2 PM to end Fast Track, stand against the TPP, and take action to help Oregon workers.

Flyer: Medford Fair Trade Town Hall  (PDF)
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Stand Up for a Fair Shot! Medford rally March 18

2015 March 15
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Fair Shot RallyTake Action March and Rally for Fair Shot Campaign Wednesday, March 18 Noon – 1 pm Central Ave & E 6th St, Medford, OR

We’re standing up for a #FairShotForAll – because we need to create real opportunity for every Oregonian!

WHAT’S THE PROBLEM? Too many Oregonians are falling behind. We’re working harder than ever, but barely making enough to afford the basics. Outdated policies make it tough for our families to succeed. The truth is, we need policies that fix our broken economy and give us ALL a fair shot.

WHAT WE SUPPORT: To ensure that ALL Oregonians have a Fair Shot at getting ahead and not just getting by, we support:

  • raising the minimum wage,
  • expanding access to paid sick time for all Oregon workers,
  • finding a pathway to a secure retirement,
  • removing employment barriers for people with a criminal record, and
  • ending racial profiling.

WHAT WE’LL BE DOING: We’ll meet at Central & 6th for a march and rally. Join us for fun and solidarity and to learn how YOU can join the growing movement to ensure everyone in Oregon has a Fair Shot to get ahead! For more information visit their FACEBOOK Page.

Rogue Valley message to Senator Wyden: NO FAST TRACK!

2015 February 22
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photo by Allen Hallmark

On February 20th, a group of around 40 Rogue Valley residents rallied at Senator Ron Wyden’s Medford offices to show their opposition the Trans Pacific Partnership and Fast Track legislation.

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This Friday, call Ron Wyden to STOP FAST TRACK!

2015 February 18
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) also known as “NAFTA on Steroids” is poised to become the largest trade agreement ever.

no-fast-track-tppThe expected “fast track” bill establishes the process by which trade deals, like the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership), can submitted to Congress to receive an expedited vote—a process that allows no amendments and limited debate. No trade deal, no matter how bad, has ever been defeated under “fast track” procedures.

Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would pose a grave risk to good-paying jobs and economic equality in the United States and beyond. 

No “Fast Track” is acceptable.

Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice urges everyone to contact Senator Ron Wyden this Friday with the message to Stop Fast Track.

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The TPP has been negotiated in secret and has still not been released to the public. Meanwhile, hundreds of corporate lobbyists have been granted access to the texts and have, in fact, been enlisted to help write them.

Call Senator Ron Wyden Chair of the Senate Finance Committee. now at (202) 224-5244 and voice your opposition to Fast Track for the TPP.

We cannot afford for Congress to Fast Track a “NAFTA of the Pacific” that offshores jobs, drives down wages in the jobs that are left and reduces revenues for our schools, roads and bridges, while also giving transnational corporations the power to attack our environmental, consumer and other public interest policies. 

This Friday, February 20th please contact Senator Wyden to oppose this bad trade deal that will adversely impact us all: (202) 224-5244

To Learn more on the TPP visit: http://www.exposethetpp.org or http://www.citizen.org/TPP

WALMART: Put Ismael Back to Work — Rally & Press Conference

2015 February 4
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A group of demonstrators and reporters turned out Wednesday, Feb. 4th, at the South Medford Walmart Superstore to support Walmart workers fired in retaliation for speaking out.

Ismael Nunez, an 11 year associate at Walmart store #1772 in Klamath Falls, Oregon, was terminated in what he believes is retaliation for speaking out for a better work place. Ismael had recently participated in several actions around Black Friday and supporting the $15-Now campaign.

With husband Ismael  standing at her side, Jennifer Sanchez tells the story of how Ismael was fired by  store manager Kelly Cooper. They believe it was because of his participation and leadership role in a nationwide strike by some Walmart associates last Thanksgiving week.


Call the store manager, Kelly Cooper, and tell her to rehire Ismael and stop retaliating against workers who seek better pay and working conditions. 541-885-6890.

Community rallies to support fired Walmart worker

2015 February 3
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 ishMeet Ismael Nunez, an 11 year associate at Walmart store #1772 in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Ismael has been standing up for better working conditions at Walmart for it’s associates and customers.  On January 26, Ismael was terminated in what he believes is retaliation for speaking out for a better work place.  Ismael had recently participated in several actions around Black Friday and supporting the $15-Now campaign.  Ismael is among many Walmart workers who are being retaliated against for their words and protests. As a warning to others, Walmart management had police escort Ismael from the store.
Here is his story:

I worked at Walmart for 11 years and didn’t have problems until I started getting involved along with other employees across the country in campaigns for better wages, better benefits and other improvements at Walmart. Since then, I have participated in some rallies and events and I joined a nationwide strike at the end of last year.

The management at my store knew I’ve been a part of these efforts and have discouraged my coworkers from getting involved.

Recently, things got worse. First, I was given a coaching because a manager said I left eggs out of refrigeration for two hours. Later, she changed her story and said it was for 40 minutes. I kept working after the incident, but on January 15, 2015 I was coached by an assistant manager at my store about half an hour before I was scheduled to clock out on my overnight shift because he said I wasn’t doing all of my work. The problem is that those of us who work overnight shifts are given more work and are responsible for more sections of the store than any one person could reasonably be expected to handle.

I told him that I was scheduled to work another half hour to 7AM and he walked away. All of a sudden, he had called the police and had them escort me outside the story. He told me I would be arrested if I came back. Without knowing anything about what this meant for my employment, I was told five hours later that I would be suspended without pay until the store manager came back from vacation. When my manager returned several days later, she said she would open an investigation. Just a few days later, she called me in and told me I would be terminated over the egg incident many weeks before — for which I had already been coached.

This doesn’t make sense. To me, it’s clear that the real reason why I was terminated is because of my involvement with OUR Walmart. I’ve heard of other workers being retaliated against for speaking out about how Walmart treats us and I want this to stop. Please join me in asking Walmart to give me my job back and to stop retaliating against employees who speak out about their jobs.

Walmart should be rewarding hardworking associates like Ismael not calling the police on them.

Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice stands with Ismael and ask our members to take action!

1) Call Walmart Store #1772 in Klamath Falls, Oregon at 541-885-6890 and tell store manager Kelly Cooper to put Ismael back to work and to do the right thing and be fair to Walmart workers.

2) Add your name to the petitionWalmart: Rehire Ismael and stop retaliating against workers“?

Make a sign and bring it to a Community Solidarity Rally to show support and send the strong message to Walmart management: “Rehire Ismael — STOP Retaliation” Rallies will be held in Medford and in Klamath Falls on Wednesday, February 4, 2015.

3) Medford: Feb. 4th, NOON — South Medford Walmart Superstore at 1360 Center Drive. Gather at the Center Drive entrance.

4) Klamath Falls: Feb. 4th, 5:30pm at the Walmart at 3600 Washburn Way. Gather in the Big 5 parking lot just off Washburn Way.

For more information, call Wes at 541-482-6988.

Protect American Jobs. Tell Senator Wyden to oppose Fast Track

2015 January 29
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Really Walmart? Calling the police on your own workers.

2015 January 25
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ishMeet Ismael Nunez, an 11 year associate who has been standing up for better working conditions at Walmart for it’s associates and customers. Understaffing in the store and associates earning a living wage are just some of the things Ismael has been speaking up about.

Recently, Ismael was disciplined for productivity despite being tasked to do the job of several people. What’s more, a manager called the police on Ismael and had him escorted from the store. Walmart managers at the Klamath Falls store wanted to send a clear message to workers: if you speak out, you will be disciplined.

Walmart should be rewarding hardworking associates like Ismael not calling the police on them.

Walmart: Put Ismael back to work
To: Kelly Cooper
Klamath Falls Store Manager

Ismael Nunez, an 11 year associate has been standing up and speaking out for better working conditions at Walmart.   He is a leader in the movement for $15 & full time at Walmart.

In retaliation of Ismael speaking out, Walmart suspended Ismael without pay.  What’s more they called the police on him to have him escorted from the store!

Tell Walmart to put an end to the silencing of workers when they speak out.   Reinstate Ismael today!

Call Ismael’s store manager Kelly Cooper at 541-885-6890 and tell her to put Ismael back to work today!

Ishmael was one of the brave workers who participated in a three day strike last November to fight for better wages, working conditions and protection from retaliation.

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Be a Player for Single Payer! Fundraiser Jan. 27

2015 January 24
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hcaoThe Health Care for All Oregon’s ‘Be a Player for Single Payer’ Fundraiser to support the February 11th trip to Salem, will be Tuesday, January 27th from 6:30pm – 9pm at the beautiful Paschal Winery 1122 Suncrest Road in Talent (on the east side of 1-5.


Listen to live music by Broadway Phil Newton and Jake Thompson and watch a short version of The Health Care Movie. Enjoy free food and a cash bar. Suggested donation of $25, but any amount is welcome. Nobody turned away!

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Ron Wyden Townhall 1.17.2015

2015 January 17
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Over 100 joined Senator Ron Wyden at the townhall meeting in Grants Pass.  The senate Democrat took questions from the community about a number of issues, including jobs, trade,  and the Jordan Cove energy project.

Ron Wyden responds to questions about his support for Jordan Cove Project. and dodges questions about Free Trade and Fast Track.

Human Rights Day – December 10th

2014 December 7
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Human Rights Day 2014 will be celebrated in Ashland at Southern Oregon University from 2-7pm on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. The SOU United Nations Club is the campus host working in coalition with Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice the community host. The program in the Stevenson Union’s Rogue River Room is a Yule Fest–a holiday gathering with seasonal goodies to eat and a time for the progressive community to interact. All with the backdrop of Human Rights Day there will be two concert performances at 4pm and 5:30pm by Portland based musician David Rovics. The entire event is FREE!

Free Concert with David Rovics with performances at 4pm and 5:30 p.m.
David Rovics is an American singer/songwriter who lives in Portland, Oregon. His music concerns human rights and social justice issues. Many of his songs are
radical and revolutionary. www.davidrovics.com

Hear David Rovics live on KSKQ Community Radio, 9am on Human Rights Day. Tune in at 89.5fm in the Rogue Valley or catch the live stream at www.kskq.org

PRESS CONTACTS
SOU Student United Nations Club, Kathleen Gamer, gamerk@sou.edu, 541-621-3299 and Sam Longnecker, longnecks@sou.edu
Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice–Wes Brain, Community Organizer, brain@mind.net, 541-482-6988

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The Health Care Movie – December 4th

2014 December 1
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Health Care for All Oregon (HCAO) is pleased to present a free showing of the documentary

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Thursday, December 4th 2014 , 7:00 PM
Jacksonville Library, 340 West C St, Jacksonville, OR

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Walmart Workers Strike in Klamath Falls & Medford

2014 November 28
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In Medford, Oregon at the South Medford Supercenter over 50 people showed up on Thanksgiving to support Jennifer and Ish, two of the three striking Klamath Falls workers, who joined us on the picket line.  The workers are on a three day strike to fight for better wages, working conditions and protection from retaliation. This incredible response came from a very diverse and supportive community.  Included were 4 or more teachers with the Medford Educaton Association who were forced to strike for 11 days in Feb., 2014.

Oregon State Representative district 5 Peter Buckley joined us on the picket line where he had face to face discussions with striking workers Ish and Jennifer. Then Peter spoke at the 11:30 press conference to an energetic crowd and we heard some very encouraging support from one of Oregon’s working class heros.  Peter Buckley has always been a voice for working people.

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Southern Oregon Walmart workers strike for raises, rights and protection from retaliation

2014 November 20
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Walmart Associates (workers) seeking higher wages will strike at their stores nationwide on   Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year in the U.S. Several Walmart workers in Southern Oregon will walk off their jobs to join the nationwide protests during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Associates want fair pay, respect and the end of retaliation that can happen whenever they speak out or act together. Discipline and firings must stop according to Federal Labor Law or the workers will have serious grounds for workplace complaints.

Associates are calling on Walmart to increase wages and to give them access to full-time hours. Walmart reports $16 billion in annual profits, while at the same time many of its workers are relying on public programs, including food stamps and health care assistance programs to help support their families.   Walmart’s poverty employment drains our economy.

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Veterans Day rally to protect America’s Post Office

2014 November 10
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SavePOJoin Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice, union members and postal employees for a rally on Tuesday, November 11 from Noon – 2 pm at the Medford Post Office – 325 S. Riverside.

Tell the Postmaster General and Board of Governors:
Stop Delaying America’s Mail!

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the USPS Board of Governors, the board that oversees the U.S. Postal Service, are poised to make devastating cuts in service to the American people – cuts so severe that they would forever damage the U.S. Postal Service.

On Jan. 5, 2015 the USPS is slated to lower “service standards” to virtually eliminate overnight delivery – including first-class mail from one address to another within the same city or town.

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Week of Action against Fast Track for the TPP

2014 November 7
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Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice responds to another member organization, the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, with the following Call to Action:

Congress is pushing legislation right now that would “Fast Track” the Trans-Pacific Partnership — a secretive agreement negotiated behind closed doors by government bureaucrats and more than 600 corporate lobbyists. It threatens everything you care about: democracy, jobs, the environment, and the Internet.

Beginning Saturday, November 8 there will be a concentrated effort nationwide to stop another trade deal larger and worse than NAFTA. Because Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, as chair of the Senate Finance Committee, will wield the most power in determining the fate of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), we have a special opportunity to be effective.

The TPP is a twelve-nation pact that, if approved, would set rules governing approximately 40% of the global economy-with a built-in mechanism for additional countries to join over time. It covers some 29 separate chapters, handcuffing communities’ ability to make decisions on everything from financial services and intellectual property to the environment and food safety. Yet, the negotiations have taken place in secret, with only corporate and financial representatives invited to participate.light-brigade-tpp-thumb-faded-edges

In addition to intensifying the race to the bottom for jobs and eroding labor, health, and environmental standards, the TPP, like NAFTA, gives corporations the right to sue to invalidate any law that stands in the way of its potential profits. For example, our ban on GMO crops in Jackson County would almost certainly face a costly legal challenge that probably will overturn it.

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Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice is encouraging its members and supporters to jump on the trade justice bandwagon and join in on the nationwide efforts to defeat this devastating trade pact.

Contact U.S. Senator Ron Wyden about Fast Track/Trans-Pacific Partnership. Call Wyden’s office and tell him that you are opposed to any more trade deals like NAFTA that erode environmental and labor protections, cost U.S. jobs, and allow corporations to nullify democratically-enacted laws. Also tell him that his support of Fast Track-ing ratification contradicts his heralded stance for transparency in trade negotiations. Wyden’s contact information:

D.C. office telephone (202) 224-5244

Medford office telephone (541) 858-5122

On-line email form at http://www.wyden.senate.gov/contact

Contact your Congressional Representative: go to www.stopfasttrack.com and enter your phone number to receive instructions and a call back.

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OFTC board member Wes Brain, Robert Doell, President of Veterans for Peace, Chapter 156,  Ron Sanderfer of Occupy Medford,  Ivend Hollen with OFTC, David Meyers of SEIU Local 503 and Renee Sunni Sinjem of SOJWJ met with Senator Wyden reps to present signatures of Oregonians opposed to Fast Track. Photo by Jason Houk of Rogue Valley Community Press

President Obama will be in Beijing November 10 and 11 for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, then in Brisbane, Australia for the G-20 summit on November 15 and 16. His main goal is to promote completion of the TPP. Meanwhile, the lame duck session of Congress gets underway, with various Congressional leaders already calling for consideration of Fast Track legislation. Fast Track means that no amendments can be made to a trade pact when it goes to Congress for ratification, and debate is limited.

Obama and McConnell pledge cooperation, will Fast Track top their agenda?

HANDS IN THE RICE PADDY – More than twenty years of humanitarian work in Vietnam

2014 November 3
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The Rogue Valley Chapter of Veterans for Peace is proud to present Mike Boehm, Executive Director of Madison Quakers, Inc. with a slide presentation and discussion of a series of current peace and reconciliation projects in Vietnam.

Mike Boehm and Phan Van Do at My Lai

Mike Boehm and Phan Van Do at My Lai

 Tuesday, November 4, 2014 – 7:00 p.m.

Jackson County Library, Large Conference Room
205 South Central Ave., Medford, OR

Park in front of the library (free after 5 PM) on Central Ave and use the front door to gain access to the building. Try to be there before 7 PM.

A veteran who served in Cu Chi, Vietnam, working in Operations from 1968 to 1969, Boehm first returned to Vietnam in 1992 to help build a medical clinic. During this time he began to come to terms with his own experiences there and to understand the tremendous capacity of people-to-people projects for building peace and reconciliation between societies.

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HCAO Movement Building in Southern Oregon

2014 October 2
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HCAO’s Speakers Training followed by a public presentation of The Healthcare Movie get high marks in Southern Oregon.

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Ashland, OR–9/28/14 – Thirteen Southern Oregon attendees were joined by six Health Care for All–Oregon leaders who traveled from upstate for Sunday’s “Train the Trainer/Speakers Training” held in the Old Ashland Armory. The 3 hour long session was hosted by “The Jefferson Center” which provided the location, their office space in the basement of the historic armory on Oak Street. The rigorous training included “telling individual healthcare stories” and “answering tough questions.” One participant Susan Doherty from Occupy Medford said, “For me, the most valuable portion was working in a group to handle the tough questions that will arise in future discussions with the public and legislators. The interaction led to answers that were sometimes outside the box and always insightful. I learned a great deal from the other participants.” Attendees got to practice their skills at the public gathering which followed at Pioneer Hall in Lithia Park.

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At the public movie in Pioneer Hall, a panel of HCAO experts takes questions from the audience. L to R: Mike Huntington, Gene Uphoff, Lee Mercer, Wes Brain and Jerry Reed.

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Interview: Danger of single employee train crews

2014 October 1
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communityaudioOn the Brain Labor Report we talk with Ron Kaminkow, an engineer and general secretary of Railroad Workers United about the problems of single employee train crews. Federal legislation HR 3040 would mandate full crews. We are also joined by J.P Wright an engineer with CSX Transportation. He shares his story about organizing with RWU, current RR technology and the campaign to improve cooperation and safety among railroad unions.

“They are always going to need someone in that seat when something goes wrong.” ~JP Wright

Download Here – via Archive.org

Recorded live on 8.20.2014 at KSKQ 89.5 FM community radio.

The Health Care Movie – September 28th

2014 September 14
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The Community Action Committee of Ashland’s Jefferson Center is pleased to present an informational program including a free showing of the documentary

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2014

4:00-6:00 PM

PIONEER HALL, 73 WINBURN WAY, ASHLAND (Lithia Park)

We, in the United States, pay more for healthcare than comparably developed nations and yet often have worse health outcomes. Other countries have very different systems of paying for health care. We have options for change.

The film will be followed by an opportunity to explore questions about the challenges of our present healthcare system and what an expanded Medicare for all might be like. This discussion will be led by a panel from HCAO (Healthcare for All Oregon) including Wes Brain of Ashland, Mike Huntington M.D. and Tim Roach from Corvallis, and Lee Mercer from Portland.

Sponsored by The Jefferson Center, 208 Oak Street, Suite 101, Ashland 97520 http://Info@TheJeffCenter.org/contact

Fast Track Petition Presentation to Sen Wyden’s Field Rep, Molly McCarthy

2014 September 4
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Six local leaders met with Molly McCarthy Skundrick on Sept 2, 2014, and presented her with seven pages of signatures (over 150 names) of Oregonians opposed to potential efforts by Senator Ron Wyden, who is working to promote the passage of the Trans Pacific Partnership by pushing through Congress Nixon-era legislation known as Fast Track Authority. This legislation, if passed, would cut off debate, disallow any amendments, and require only a straight-up or down vote on the TPP Trade Agreement.

Half the signatures came from Southern Oregonian working people, which were collected at the Labor Day Picnic at Tou Velle Park on the Rogue River the day before. Those joining Ivend Holen in presenting the petition to Molly included fellow OFTC board member Wes Brain, Jason Houk, of the SOJWJ board (and Rogue Valley Community Press), Ron Sanderfer of Occupy Medford, David Meyers of SEIU Local 503, Renee Sunni Sinjem of SOJWJ’s board, and Robert Doell, President of Veterans for Peace, Chapter 156.

In a brief ceremony, Ivend Holen read the text of the petition to Molly and then asked her to deliver it to the Senator, and she said she would do so. Members of the group held up a large banner declaring that Smart Track is only Fast Track in Disguise, and donned their Groucho glasses disguise to help make the point, as Molly courteously agreed to pose with the group behind the banner.

 

Hundreds celebrate Rogue Valley’s Labor Day Picnic

2014 September 4
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Hundreds gather at Tou Velle State Park to celebrate Labor Day.

 

Celebrate Southern Oregon’s Labor Day Picnic

2014 August 18
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Labor Day is OUR DAY.  Dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers, Labor Day is a day to celebrate  the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. Come celebrate our work at Southern Oregon’s annual Labor Day Picnic.  This year’s picnic will be on Monday, September 1st at TouVelle State Park – 8425 Table Rock Road, Central Point.

The event is FREE and open to everyone. Please be prepared to pay a $5 parking fee.Labor Day Picnic 2014

Fun begins at 11 am with speakers. Lunch will be served from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Music will continue until 3:0o pm.

Entertainment includes Broadway Phil and the Shouters, Pete Herzog, Patrick Tovatt and Mickey the Balloonman.

Sponsored by the Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice and Southern Oregon Central Labor Council.

Download PDF HERE

Medford group calls on REI to drop sweatshop products

2014 July 27
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On July 19th, several Rogue Valley residents involved with Occupy Medford and other groups staged an action at the Medford REI store as part of the United Students Against Sweatshops‘ (USAS) national day of actions at REI stores calling on the chain to stop carrying North Face-branded apparel.REI-2

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United Students Against Sweatshops – Brain Labor Report

2014 July 25
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kskqOn the Brain Labor Report for July 23, 2014 we talk with Alex Vermie, Senior at USC and activist with United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) and Deanna Nagle a Junior at Penn State and USAS Regional Organizer. USAS is a national student labor organization advocating for workers’ rights on over 150 campuses. We discuss their campaign to encourage VF Corporation to agree to the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety.

“Treating your workers badly is something we should not accept…” Deanna Nagle

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The Brain Labor Report is a weekly news and labor program that broadcasts on Wednesday at 9 Am, exclusively on KSKQ 89.5 FM.

SOJWJ marches for Health Care

2014 July 12
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2014’s traditional Fourth of July in Ashland was HUGE. Twenty-five to thirty thousand lined streets for the parade and then transitioned to festivities in Lithia Park. Southern Oregonians did it again and HCAO-Rogue Valley had a presence in the parade while our HCAO-RV booth was well placed as the very first one upon entering Lithia Park.

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Stand with Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice on the Fourth

2014 June 18
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Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice marching in Ashland's Fourth of July Parade

Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice marching in Ashland’s Fourth of July Parade

Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice will again be walking with our coalition partners this July 4 in Ashland for their Independence Day parade.  Every year, the Ashland parade draws about 30,000 visitors.  This year we will be marching with Health Care for All Oregon – Rogue Valley, Move to Amend – Jackson County, and many others.

4th design 2014 hillsv1This year’s theme is “This Land Is Our Land” so be ready to sing like Woody Guthrie. Every volunteer and parade participant will receive a Health Care for All Oregon T-Shirt to wear with pride.

SOJWJ will also be supporting HCAO-RV’s information booth in Lithia Park after the parade.  Volunteers are needed to help run these booths.

If you are interested in walking in the Ashland Parade or helping run our information booth, please email your RSVP to jason@sojwj.org.

SOJWJ at Health Care for All Oregon annual meeting

2014 June 18
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Representatives from Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice join with 120 folks from 55 organizational representatives attended our annual meeting for Health Care for ALL Oregon in Portland Oregon.

The mission of Health Care for All Oregon is to create a comprehensive, equitable, publicly funded, high quality, universal health care system serving everyone in Oregon and the United States.

Medford Community Forum on Climate, GMOs and the TPP

2014 June 11
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Thursday, June 12th at 7:00pm.
Medford Library * 205 South Central Ave, Medford, OR

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light brigade tpp thumb faded edgesExcitement is building as environmental activists across the state take on efforts to combat climate change and the spread of GMOs. At the same time trade negotiators are meeting behind closed doors to craft an mammoth international free trade agreement that could jeopardize our efforts to protect our planet from climate change and our right to know if the food we feed our families is GMO.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a highly secretive and expansive free trade agreement, currently under negotiation, that would affect almost every aspect of our lives including the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breath.

The TPP would empower multinational corporations to directly sue governments over legislation designed to address climate change, curb fossil fuel expansion, reduce air pollution, ban GMOs or consumer labeling. If the TPP moves forward, our hard won victories could be under attack by corporations seeking ever more profits at the expense of people and the planet.

Speakers:

Elizabeth Swager – Oregon Fair Trade Campaign

Julia DeGraw – Food & Water Watch

Alan Journet – Southern Oregon Climate Action Now

Join us and learn how you can take action to Stop the TPP, Fight Climate Change and Get GMO Labeling in Oregon!

Sponsors: Southern Oregon Jobs With Justice, Southern Oregon Climate Action Now, Rogue Climate, Occupy Medford, Rogue Riverkeeper, Oregon Right To Know

The Oregon Health Care Revolution Has Begun! Lecture with Health Care Economist Gerald Friedman

2014 May 12
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Take Action

Health Care Economist
Gerald Friedman

Thursday, May 15

7:00 PM

RCC/SOU Higher Ed.
101 S. Bartlett St.
Room HEC 132

indexGerald Friedman, PhD, Economist , University of Massachusetts – Amherst will tour Oregon mid-May, speaking to health care practitioners, business leaders, health care activists and other interested persons in Pendleton, La Grande, Eugene, Medford, Corvallis, Bend and Portland.

The Oregon tour is sponsored by Physicans for a National Health Program–Oregon chapters, Health Care for ALL Oregon, and the Main Street Alliance of Oregon which represents small business.

At 7pm, Thursday, May 15 in Medford, Dr. Friedman will talk about U.S. Health Care in comparison to health care systems in other developed countries. The location is the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center, room HEC-132, 101 S. Bartlett Street.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Check out this video preview of his Oregon tour.

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National Day of Action at Staples Stores – Medford Oregon, 4/24/2014

2014 April 25
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Twenty people rallied at Medford’s Staples store during the noon hour to show broad-based community support for the United States Postal Service.  The group first huddled and discussed the attack on our postal service.  Several people spoke including Ramon Ramirez who is the President of PCUN, Oregon’s farmworker union headquartered in  Woodburn.  President Ramirez told us how downsizing USPS services was particularly hard for Oregon’s Hispanic and its poorer communities who rely so much on the U.S. Mail.  Rich Rohde offered a quick story about trying to find Staples at a Staples Store and the poor level of service he found when questioning an employee.  These are the same employees who would be handling our mail.

Staples and the U.S. Postal service have cut a deal that jeopardizes mail service and local post offices.  The Staples deal will replace full-service U.S. Post Offices with knock-off Post Offices.  We have a right to post offices staffed by workers who are accountable to the American people.  We have a right to postal services provided by highly trained, uniformed Postal Service employees, who are sworn to safeguard our mail — whether its at the Post Office or Staples.  The Staples deal is bad for consumers who will pay the same for less service.  And if Staples and the USPS move forward with this deal, it could lead to the end of the Postal Service as we know it!

After discussing the issues our group donned blue teeshirts that say in white letters “The U.S. Mail is Not for Sale” and then moved into the shopping center headed for the front of the Staples store.  Each of us was armed with informational flyers which were handed to Staples customers.  An employee came out from the store and let it be known it was OK to be there in front of the store and the outreach was successful.  People had concerns and questions when hearing about the Staples — USPS sweetheart deal.  Activists dispersed around 1pm with several saying they would be taking the educational flyers to meetings and would be putting them on public bulletin boards.

Submitted by
Wes Brain, Community Organizer
Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice

HCAO Benefit Concert Tour Featuring George Mann — Phoenix, OR — Monday April 21, 2014

2014 April 22
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Southern Oregonians were joined by State Representative Peter Buckley at the Grass Shack in Phoenix Monday evening for some great food, music and a vision for our evolving health care system that will include everyone. No one will be excluded when Oregon moves to a single payer health care system that will focus directing money to health care instead corporate profit. The current fragmented non-system driven by the bottom-line has turned into a national disgrace.

The concert was moved inside because of the cool and changing weather. The thirty five folks attending the concert heard Southern Oregon’s own Pete Herzog who opened the first set. Then headliner George Mann entertained the crowd with stories and song for the second set. The last song of the evening Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” had Herzog and Mann strumming guitars and leading the singalong with a tune we all know and love to sing.

In between the great music there was a twenty minute long educational program where attendees learned more about Health Care for All Oregon. Mark Kellenbeck who is chair of HCAO-Rogue Valley and a leader with the Main Street Alliance of Oregon spoke about the many opportunities to join the movement we are building. Representative Peter Buckley reminded concert goers of what happened in 2002 and how big tobacco money bought Oregon’s election for SP Health Care then and how it will take our longterm strategic grassroots campaign as the pathway for future victory.

Between musical acts the HCAO Rogue Valley Citizens Choir (audience attendees) performed a lively rendition of CLEAN UP THE MESS which is a health care parody sung to the tune “if You’re Happy and You Know It Clap Your Hands”, words Judith Edelstein (see song below). After the singalong Deb Herzog presented a moving pitch for donations and concert goers stepped up. After expenses the fundraiser netted $269.15 which will be split between HCAO and the local Rogue Valley Chapter of HCAO.

Report submitted by Wes Brain

Everybody in, Nobody out! Benefit concert for Health Care for All Oregon

2014 April 1
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HCAO-GeorgeMann

Singer/Songwriter George Mann is touring the state performing benefit concerts for Health Care for ALL Oregon. Join us on Monday April 21st. Dinner at 6 pm, concert at 7 pm.  Grass Shack Hawaiian Cafe – 205 Fern Valley Rd. in Phoenix Oregon (in the Shoppes at Exit 24). directions

Special Guest: Oregon Representative Peter Buckley.

Pete Herzog will open the show at the Grass Shack Hawaiian Cafe. All proceeds go to Health Care for All Oregon and Health Care for All Oregon – Rogue Valley campaigns.

The MEDFORD TEACHERS STRIKE is OVER!

2014 February 22
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MEA and MSD reach tentative agreement!

Medford and all of Southern Oregon stand proudly in the wake of a strike that united people from all across the Rogue Valley. It is an amazing thing when working people–the teachers of the Medford Education Association–stand up in unity demanding fairness and respect. MEA teachers have been so brave earning the greatest admiration for walking-the-talk together. Southern Oregon’s wide and diverse response of solidarity has changed all of us. Our community is stronger as we move onward.

THREE CHEERS FOR MEA!!!

Medford Education Association and Medford School District Reach Tentative Agreement

2014 February 22
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PRESS RELEASE via MEA and Medford School District

Medford,OR After four consecutive days of negotiations, the Medford Education Association and the Medford School District reached a tentative agreement and ended the teacher strike.

The parties have agreed to hold off on releasing details of the settlement until leaders have the opportunity to share those details with their respective memberships.

No date and time has been set yet for the parties to share settlement details with their membership.