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:



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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If you have any question, comments, or ideas, please send them my way!
In Solidarity,

Jason Houk
Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice

Community Rally for Jackson County Workers

2016 October 3
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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

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

2016 August 18
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crisis action full

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.


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

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

“Clearest indication yet” a TPP vote is coming…

2016 August 15
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via Citizens Trade Campaign

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

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.


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.


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,

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.
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:
HCAO-RV still has red HCAO Rosie the Nurse teeshirts for sale. Please contact Wes Brain to acquire one, 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”