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For Immediate Release

4/24/2014

Contact: Virginia Camberos, Oregon Action

Virginia@OregonAction.org Ӏ 541-772-4029

Update: Sit In and Rally at Rep. Walden’s Office, 4/24/2014

BREAKING: ARRESTS IN MEDFORD, WALDEN WON’T MEET WITH CONSTITUENTS OR HEED CALL FOR ACTION ON IMMIGRATION REFORM

Immigration Reform activists arrested in Medford tonight after refusing to leave Representative Walden’s office until he agreed to meet with them or take immediate action to move comprehensive immigration reform to a vote. Ramon Ramirez, Rich Rohde, and Barbara Fontaine were arrested and peacefully escorted out of Representative Walden’s Medford field office. No citations were issued. 

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 The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) is the nation’s largest coalition of grassroots organizations in 30 states fighting for immigrant rights at the local, state and federal level. www.fairimmigration.org

PCUN is Oregon’s largest farmworker organization, representing 4,500 farm workers, nursery, and reforestation workers in the state. www.pcun.org

Oregon Action is a social justice organization focused on economic justice, racial equity, and access to affordable, quality healthcare for all. www.OregonAction.org

The Rural Organizing Project is a statewide network of groups dedicated to advancing human rights. www.rop.org

CAUSA is Oregon’s statewide Latino immigrant rights organization. www.causaoregon.org

 

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Press Advisory, 4/24/2014

For Immediate Release 4/24/2014 Contact: Virginia Camberos, Oregon Action Virginia@OregonAction.org 541-292-8201

MEDIA ADVISORY: Sit In and Rally at Rep. Walden’s Office, 4/24/2014

STOP SEPARATING FAMILIES: CALL FOR A VOTE ON IMMIGRATION REFORM NOW

Pineros y Campensinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), Oregon Action, and The Rural Organizing Project, as Part of Nation’s Largest Immigrant-Rights Organization to Call for a Vote on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

*President Obama Must Act Now Against Needless Deportations*

*Republicans in Congress Will Have Until June 28 to Pass Meaningful Reform*

WASHINGTON – With the ongoing family-separation crisis deepening in Latino and immigrant communities across the country, PCUN, Oregon Action, and ROP, member groups of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), the nation’s largest immigrant-rights coalition, is announcing its new phase of escalation of action:

STOP SEPARATING FAMILIES

Our movement is issuing a deadline on House Republicans to act on immigration reform by June 28. At the same time, we are demanding that President Obama act immediately to stop needless deportations. The bottom line: The family-separation crisis is a very real and terrifying burden to a generation of parents and children who either live in crippling fear or have been tragically torn from one another. On one hand, President Obama’s policies lead to scores of needless deportations and family separations. On the other hand, Republicans seem happy to abdicate their responsibility and take up the family separation mantle as a party platform. Together, they’ve manufactured a painful moral crisis in our communities. Congress and President Obama must understand that for our families, there is no congressional calendar or administrative convenience that condones losing a mother, father, or child to deportation. We will continue to call out anyone who supports family separation. We have one message for all of them: CALL FOR A VOTE on Comprehensive Immigration Reform with a path to citizenship.

WHAT: Sit-in and rally: Announcing STOP SEPARATING FAMILIES: Call for a House vote on Immigration Reform with a path to citizenship

WHO: Human rights advocates, farmworkers, students, faith leaders, and labor will gather outside of Representative Walden’s office today to call for an end to deportations that tear families apart. We are calling on Walden to show moral courage and leadership by calling for a vote in the House on CIR with a path to citizenship.

WHEN: April 24th, 2014 at 2:00pm

Media Contact: Virginia Camberos 541-772-4029

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The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) is the nation’s largest coalition of grassroots organizations in 30 states fighting for immigrant rights at the local, state and federal level. http://www.fairimmigration.org

PCUN is Oregon’s largest farmworker organization, representing 4,500 farm workers, nursery, and reforestation workers in the state. www.pcun.org

Oregon Action is a social justice organization focused on economic justice, racial equity, and access to affordable, quality healthcare for all. www.OregonAction.org

The Rural Organizing Project is a statewide network of groups dedicated to advancing human rights. http://www.rop.org

 

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May 1st 2014
10:30 am
Oregon State Capitol
900 Court St. NE
Salem, OR

Andrea Miller, Causa Executive Director

ACT Network Praises Sheriff Staton for Courageous Decision on ICE Detainers

Activists Coming Together for Justice and Dignity (the ACT Network) applauds yesterday’s (4/16/14) announcement from Sheriff Staton that the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) will stop honoring requests from federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to hold an individual in the jail without probable cause.  The ACT Network expresses great gratitude to Sheriff Staton for his leadership and his announcement, which recognizes the harm to public safety and community trust in law enforcement when local agencies choose to entangle with ICE.

“With this great step, Sheriff Staton has chosen to put the community first,” said Nicole Brown, Field Director for the Center for Intercultural Organizing and spokesperson for the ACT Network.  “The harmful practice of local law enforcement honoring ICE holds has been devastating.  Families will stay together and be stronger because of this decision by the Sheriff.  It will have meaningful impact on how witnesses to and victims of crime interact with law enforcement, and that’s better for all of us in Multnomah County.”

Today’s announcement by Sheriff Staton comes on the heels of an influential court decision in Clackamas County, where a local federal judge said that in that case the county violated the U.S. Constitution by honoring an ICE hold.  Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts and Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett have also announced their intention to suspend the practice of honoring ICE holds.

“We have seen examples of cities and counties across the country standing up to ICE by enacting policies limiting ICE holds,” said Marco Mejia, Organizer at Portland Jobs with Justice and an ACT Network spokesperson.  “Multnomah County is now saying ‘enough is enough,’ and won’t do ICE’s work for them either.  Sheriff Staton made the right decision and we thank him for it.”

Participating organizations in the ACT Network hope that the decision to stop honoring ICE holds in Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington Counties will influence sheriffs across the state to do the same thing.

     The ACT Network invites members of the community to join them for a forum on ICE detainers on Thursday, April 24th from 6-8pm at PCC Cascade, Terrell Hall Room 122.  Community members will share their stories of the impact of ICE detainers on themselves, their families, and their communities, and people will gather in celebration of these positive developments in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties. 

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May 1st 2014
10:30 am
Oregon State Capitol
900 Court St. NE
Salem, OR
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Andrea Miller
Causa Director Ejecutivo
 ACT Network congratula al Sheriff Staton por su valiente decision respecto a las detenciones de ICE.

Los activistas unidos por Justicia y Dignidad (ACT Network) aplauden la decision anunciada ayer por la oficina del Sheriff Staton del Condado de Mulnomath (MCSO) de que no seguira atendiendo los pedidos de ICE ( Ejecucion de leyes de Inmigracion), para mantener a un individuo en la carcel sin causa probable. La ACT Network expresa su enorme gratitud al Sheriff Staton por su liderazgo y su anuncio, el cual reconoce el perjuicio a la seguridad publica y la confianza de la Comunidad en las fuerzas del orden, cuando las agencias locales deciden colaborar con ICE.

“Con este gran paso el Sheriff Staton ha demostrado que ha puesto a la comunidad primero” dijo Nicole Brown,Directora de campo por el Centro Intercultural de Organizacion y comunicadora de ACT Network. “La practica danina de las fuerzas del orden locales de colaborar con los pedidos de ICE ha sido devastadora. Las familias van a permanecer unidas y seran mas fuertes gracias a esta decision del Sheriff.Tendra un significativo impacto en como los testigos y victimas de crimenes interactuan con las fuerzas del orden, y eso es mejor para todos en el Condado de Mulnomath.

La decision de hoy del Sheriff Staton sigue inmediatamente despues de una influente decision en la corte del Condado de Clackamas donde un  juez federal local dijo que en ese caso el Condado violaba la Constitucion de los Estados Unidos de America apoyando los pedidos de ICE de mantener detenidas a personas.

El Sheriff Craig Roberts del Condado de Clackamas y el Sheriff Pat Garret, del Condado de Washington han expresado sus intencion de suspender la practica de acceder a  los pedidos de ICE.

“Hemos visto ejemplos de ciudades y condados a traves del pais que han confrontado a ICE promulgando polizas que limitan las detenciones (de ICE).” dijo Marco Mejia, Organizador de Portland Trabajos con Justicia y comunicador de ACT Network.

“El Condado de Mulnomath esta diciendo “Basta! y no estara haciendo el trabajo de ICE por ellos tampoco. El Sheriff Staton hizo la decision correcta y nosotros le agradecemos por ello”

Las organizaciones participantes en ACT Network esperan que las decisones hechas por los Condados de Mulnomath, Clackamas y Washington, de no apoyar los pedidos de ICE, sean de gran influencia en otros Condados de nuestro Estado para que hagan lo mismo.

     ACT Network invita a los miembros de nuestra Comunidad para asistir a un foro sobre las detenciones de ICE, el Jueves 24 de Abril de 6 a 8 pm en PCC Cascade, Terrell Hall Room 122. Miembros de la Comunidad compartiran sus historias sobre el impacto de las detenciones de ICE en sus vidas, sus familias y en su comunidad. La gente se reunira en celebracion de este positivo desarrollo en los Condados de Mulnomath, Clackamas y Washington.

 

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To Whom it may concern

To whom it may concern,

I am a 25 year old male who has lived in Jackson County for the last 9 years and support the efforts of “Think outside the Box” campaign. As a person with a criminal history, for many years I was in search of employment without much hope and motivation due to the many negative responses I received form employers who say my criminal history as a disqualification. Eventually this denial led me to get involved in rime once again to create the necessary tools to survive in the community and prevent my own homelessness.

When I first heard about the possibilities that “Bank the Box,” or “think out side the Box” could bring, I immediately regained hope in finding employment, so that I could live the way we are intended to live in society, working to survive. Thanks to my experiences assisting with the campaign by talking with employers and community members, I was able to find employment in the Rouge Valley.

Though, my circumstances are nothing compared to the struggles many mothers, fathers, youth, and parolees currently face. Many of those people still believe their chances of finding employment are imposable, as they continue to apply themselves to their job search, some believe they don’t even have the right to vote.

Why should I experience the same consequences as someone who was just release from prison? Why should someone who was just released from prison, who many need the job more, be denied employment? Why should the person who might be on their way to prison be eligible for work because they haven’t gone yet? We should all be elected for a job position based one your previous work experience related to the position? Why not choose an employee for his motivation to live for his job and prevent failing once again? According to various psychological research experiences, employment is one of the most important factors which determine a successful recover.

“Think outside the Box” will do exactly that, it will get many people to think beyond the possibilities which are embedded into their mind, just as I have experienced and many people I know, including the many people across the country who can already witness the positive impact this campaign’s legislation can put in place.

I was once hopeless, lost, and almost suicidal because I thought y past experience would prevent me from becoming that I wish to be. Today I am once again motivated and determined to become the person who I plan to become. All this is thanks to those people are able to see the benefits of ganging everyone an equal opportunity in the workforce of Jackson County and beyond.
With warm regards,

Rocael Cazares

Also check out the Facebook page:
Think Outside the Box Initiative- Rogue Valley Oregon Action

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Immigration detainer changes spreading across Oregon; national implications possible

Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton, and at least eight other sheriffs across the state, will no longer honor requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain jail inmates past their required jail time. (Randy L. Rasmussen/The Oregonian)

Reblogged 4/18/14 Original can be found here written by Andrea Castillo April 17th 2014

At least nine Oregon counties have put a stop to holding undocumented immigrants in jail for the sole purpose of deportation, a shift that legal experts say will inevitably spread across the state and, possibly, the nation.

Sheriff’s agencies in Deschutes and Marion counties confirmed Thursday that they have joined their metro-area counterparts in suspending the policy, which keeps suspected undocumented immigrants in jail for deportation after their booking charges have cleared. The Norcor regional facility, which serves the counties of Hood River, Wasco, Gilliam, Sherman and sometimes Wheeler, is also affected by the new policy.

Sheriff’s officials in Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties announced the policy change Wednesday, after a federal judge ruled that Clackamas County violated one woman’s Fourth Amendment rights by holding her for immigration authorities without probable cause.

Those counties’ jails will no longer hold such individuals for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement without a court order or warrant, said Lt. Steve Alexander, a Multnomah County sheriff’s spokesman. He said ICE will continue to have access to a roster of foreign-born detainees, but that the local agencies will no longer prevent certain immigrants from posting bail.

The judge’s decision has immigrant rights advocates cheering and other sheriff’s offices across Oregon racing to revise their detainer policies.

Liliana Luna, an immigrant rights organizer with Oregon DreamActivist, said every bit of action and advocacy was required to get to this point. Last month, the organization supported close to 120 immigrants in crossing the border from Mexico as part of an anti-deportations protest.

“Once they know this policy is in place, that it’s no longer legal to hold people for immigration, this is going to open the door for the community to trust the authorities,” she said.

It is unclear how the rest of Oregon’s 36 counties will respond to the ruling, though Gilliam County Sheriff Gary Bettencourt said it’s probable they will follow the metro area’s precedent.

“This ruling leaves us no other options at this point,” said Bettencourt, who’s also president of the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association. “It kind of leaves us in a situation where we don’t have much of a choice.”

Bettencourt said Oregon sheriff’s offices have worked cooperatively with their federal partners, but certainly don’t want to violate anyone’s constitutional rights.

Maria Miranda-Olivares sued Clackamas County after being held 19 hours after completing a two-day jail sentence while U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials investigated her residency status. She had been arrested March 14, 2012, on a domestic violence charge.

Under the Secure Communities program, used to identify deportable immigrants in U.S. jails, ICE asks local authorities to hold certain inmates for up to two business days until they can be taken into federal custody. Most Oregon counties previously honored those requests.

But U.S. District Court Judge Janice M. Stewart ruled Friday that county officials misinterpreted such requests as mandatory. She sided with a federal appeals court decision last month, which said localities are not required to abide by ICE requests and could be held accountable for wrongful immigration detentions.

“This court concludes that … the Jail was at liberty to refuse ICE’s request to detain Miranda-Olivares if that detention violated her constitutional rights. Accordingly, the County cannot avail itself of the defense that its practice and custom did not cause the allegedly unlawful detention,” she wrote.

ICE itself has said the detainer requests are discretionary, though many localities have treated them as orders because of a reference to federal law, which says local police “shall” hold immigrants for deportation under such instances.

“The fact that the detainers contain both language of request and command has lead to conflicting interpretations as to whether the immigration detainers provide legal authority for the continued custody of the people named in the detainers,” Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts wrote in an announcement of the new policy.

Portland Immigration Attorney Stephen Manning said even though Stewart’s decision is not binding for sheriff’s offices outside Clackamas County, it sends a clear signal. And with the tri-county agencies now on board, Manning said, “that in effect makes Oregon a bellwether state.”

“This changes the game,” he said.

Lewis and Clark College Professor Juliet Stumpf, who specializes at the intersection of criminal and immigration law, agreed. She said the bottom line is that it would be very risky for a county to continue detaining immigrants at ICE’s request.

“Oregon may actually be one of the leading areas of the country in basically rejecting the idea that state and local law enforcement officers should pay attention to the detainers,” she said.

Stumpf predicts the regional changes will snowball and spread across the country. Other cities, including Miami, New Orleans and, most recently, Philadelphia, have updated their policies on ICE holds.

In December 2012, the Obama administration announced that immigrants arrested for minor crimes would no longer be targeted for deportation. The move was partly a response to pushback from immigrant advocates and some city officials against the Secure Communities program, which they contend tears families apart and breaches the trust between community residents and local law enforcement.

Sheriff Dan Staton changed Multnomah County’s detention policy last April in favor of releasing undocumented immigrants jailed for low-level crimes. Wednesday’s announcement extends that policy even further.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against Multnomah County last June, arguing that ICE holds violate state law and constitutional rights. Legislative Director Becky Straus said the entanglement between local police and immigration enforcement harms communities by making residents less likely to reach out about public safety issues or social services.

“We’ve been concerned about that relationship for quite some time and we are encouraged to see that courts are now concerned as well,” she said.

On March 29, Miranda-Olivares pleaded guilty to one charge of contempt of court, and was sentenced to 48 hours in jail and probation. She received credit for time served and should have been freed the same day.

However, jail officials detained her until the next day, giving ICE officials time to pick her up.

In her ruling, Stewart wrote that the county’s practice of keeping immigrants in jail for ICE was tantamount to Miranda-Olivares being taken into custody a second time, even though her charges had been settled.

“The way I read this opinion is that the jails need to take civil rights of their detainees seriously,” said David Henretty, Miranda-Olivares’ attorney. “If they fail to do so, they could be held accountable. I think that’s an important message out there to anybody, whether you’re a noncitizen, an immigrant or whoever.”

–Andrea Castillo

Molly Harbarger of The Oregonian staff contributed to this report
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SPEAKING UP, SHARING STORIES TO STOP POLICE MISCONDUCT

Reblogged 4/5/14 Original can be found here written by By Sheley Secrest on March 20, 2014

Lisa Haynes was waiting for a bus near her home in Portland, Ore., when two police officers passing in a patrol car stopped and began questioning her. Uncertain of what was happening, or why she was being questioned, she turned to walk away. Within moments, Haynes, 4’10”, was forcefully grabbed, pushed to the ground and was handcuffed. One of the officers had his knee in her back as he cursed at her. She was arrested and shoved inside the patrol car.

Police later said they had mistaken the petite, 40-something African American woman, for a 5’6” male, Hispanic suspect they had been pursuing.  They released the handcuffs and told her to go home.

“All along I had been asking the officers why this was happening to me,” said Haynes. “Alas, I knew the answer: it was because I am black.  No other reason. They treated me like this – violated me like this – because I’m black.”

Haynes filed a complaint. She met with police review boards. She stood up for her rights.  An internal police review found that the officers were courteous during the encounter, and had understandably confused her for the suspect – after all, she and the suspect were both wearing black jackets. When Haynes reached for her backpack, officers said they feared for their safety.

The internal police review reached its conclusion and closed its investigation. Haynes’ complaint of misconduct would get no further consideration.

Haynes is still seeking justice. She has filed a lawsuit against the Portland Police Department. Her experience, while shocking, unfortunately, isn’t unusual – not in Portland, Seattle, Denver, or many other cities around the country.

Victims of police misconduct are skeptical of the complaint process, and with good reason: according to a 2012 annual report completed by Portland Independent Police Review Division, 77 percent of the complaints made were dismissed and without ever receiving an internal affairs review.

Many who have had their rights violated, have taken the brave step of reporting the incident to a higher authority, hoping for justice. Unfortunately, the vast majority of those complainants are left feeling even worse after their requests for an investigation are again ignored, reinforcing the entire community’s perception that they have no opportunity or expectation of relief or justice.

The reasons for the dismissal vary. According to the report, dismissals occur when the complaint itself is untimely, or when the officer in question is unable to be identified.  Sometimes, witnesses can’t be located, and at times, evidence has been lost. The pain and humiliation suffered by the victim is not eased and there is no closure.

Throughout the country, community organizations are taking bold action to assist the victims of police misconduct by gathering evidence to use in the complaint. The NAACP has implemented an online Rapid Report System allowing the victims of racial profiling and police brutality to download their complaint into a national database to capture departmental trends. Cop Watch has instituted a national database allowing the public to post captured pictures or videos of police misconduct.

Police departments promise reforms, but little change occurs even after decades of effort and evidence collected by citizens.

In Seattle, a federal department of justice investigation of the police department found use of excessive force by officers. The Seattle Police Department remains under close scrutiny by the justice department and required to comply with numerous improvement measures or face sanctions. The justice department action only came after more than 40 years of complaints by citizens – in particular African Americans.

In Denver, the Colorado Progressive Coalition is a leader on racial justice issues. Last year, the coalition released the“Truth in Justice” report detailing experiences community members have had with police violence. The coalition also maintains a statewide Racial Justice Hotline. The coalition has sponsored rallies and community meetings calling for firing problem police officers. The coalition also organized the community groundswell that led to the changes in the city charter, making it easier for dangerous officers to be removed from the force.

In Portland, Ore., the Center for Intercultural Organizing is joining the effort to increase assistance to those willing to speak out against unlawful police misconduct with its Stop Profiling project – together with the Oregon Justice Resource Center. Victims will have the valuable assistance of specially trained law students to capture the details needed to demand an investigation into the alleged violation.

Anyone in Portland who feels they have been profiled or mistreated by police officers is invited to make an appointment to share their story on Friday, March 21. Documenting the reality faced by the community is a first step to creating change. More information is available at info@ojrc.org.

The purpose of the event is to help CIO stay abreast of what’s taking place in the community between citizens and law enforcement. CIO has been the eyes and ears of racial profiling trends in the Greater Portland area since 2006.  It’s also a way of making sure the police investigation system itself is strengthened and held accountable, by collecting the information needed to go forward with investigations.

Speaking out against police brutality requires courage, action, and working together. Communities across the nation are banding together to bring assistance in increasing public safety and standing up for justice to those harmed.

Dr. Sheley Secrest is a policy analyst with the Alliance for a Just Society.

 

 

 

 

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Tell Senator Wyden to End Tax Loopholes for Wealthy Corporations

ID-10052915 General Electric is one of the worst corporate tax dodgers out there. It has managed to pay ZERO dollars in federal income taxes over five recent years — thanks to some big tax loopholes and some clever accounting. You may well have paid more in taxes in one year than GE paid on $27 billion in profits over those five years.

The company has mobilized a small army of lobbyists in Washington, D.C. because two of its most profitable tax loopholes have just expired. These arcane-sounding loopholes — known as the “active financing” loophole and the CFC lookthrough rule — let General Electric and other big corporations avoid paying their U.S. taxes when they shift profits to offshore tax havens.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, is about to have his committee vote on a plan that would bring these two loopholes back. If they are revived, they will cost us $80 billion over the next 10 years.

Our country should not go further into debt to keep tax loopholes open for profitable, tax-dodging corporations like General Electric.

Click here to tell Sen. Wyden to end these two loopholes — and make General Electric and other big corporations pay their fair share of taxes.

 

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Cover Oregon Deadline Extended To April 30th

Oregon Action is proud to be a Cover Oregon certified community partner.

Oregon Action is proud to be a Cover Oregon certified community partner.

Oregon’s Governor announced today that we will have an extended application period to give people until April 30, 2014 to submit applications for insurance. This will give people who have not yet applied to Cover Oregon more time to apply and avoid the penalty for not having insurance. More time to apply. More time to find out what financial assistance they may qualify for. More time to get covered.

Quick Facts:

  • So far there have been more than 175,000 enrollments through Cover Oregon
  • Over 200,000 newly eligible adults now have the Oregon Health Plan
  • Most folks who have applied through Cover Oregon have qualified for financial help to cover insurance costs
  • If you have not applied yet, don’t wait. You can apply today by going to www.CoverOregon.com to find the application, get an estimate of what you may qualify for, and find application assisters in your area who can help you though the process.

For more information:

New Deadline Frequently Asked Questions

To make an appointment in the Rogue Valley, call our office at 541-292-8201

To make an appointment in other parts of the state, find an assister near you here.

Find out what financial assistance you may qualify for here.

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Oregon Action is All of Us

Oregon Action members fighting for access to healthcare for all.

Oregon Action friends, it’s that time again!  Time to renew your Oregon Action membership! Our grassroots fundraising is at the heart of our grassroots focus, leaving us free to focus on the issues our members care most about instead of the priorities of foundations who give out grants.

We’re continuing that grassroots work this year with work on raising the minimum wage, expanding access to healthcare resources, and the Think Outside The Box campaign to remove employment barriers for people with a past conviction. Oregon Action’ strength is in number of members we represent.  Membership funds and directs our organization.  We are thousands of households across Oregon all working together for one common goal.  We fight every day to raise up lower and middle-income Oregonians voices and power in the decision-making process.

If you haven’t renewed for 2014, now is the time.  Membership has always been on a sliding scale.  $12 is the basic membership (same as always), while $25 is the average. Many households contribute more, $120 a year gives us $10 a month to lead on issues like police profiling, immigration reform, and economic justice.  In these trying times, we encourage our supporters to dig deep, maximize your support this year.  Can you do the $120 this year?

To renew your membership or to sign up for the first time, please send your check to our Portland address ( 126 NE Alberta Street, Portland, OR 97211  Attn: Membership) or give Harry a call at 503-282-6588 if you would like another option.

Thank you all very much for your ongoing support and participation.  Our members make us the success we are today.  We need your continued support!  Act today, write that check, go to our website or call Harry today to renew your support.

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