Folk Music to Feed Your Soul – October 6th

2017 October 4
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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
Portland Car Pool Sign Up
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