Weekly Update: Keep It Moving

Keep the Women’s March Moving

The following is a message from Liz Shuler, AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer (and Oregonian!):

Wow, Saturday was amazing. I was at the march in Washington, D.C., and I’m still feeling the unbelievable energy and solidarity of the hundreds of thousands of people who came.

People across the country made it clear on Saturday that we’re not going to allow President Donald Trump and our other elected leaders to move an agenda that endangers women, families and communities. But Saturday was just the start.

We need to turn that energy into action—and we have one thing you can do right now to keep up the momentum.

Click here or dial 1-844-551-6921 now to call your senator and tell her or him why the women’s march on Saturday was important to you. It’s one way to hold your legislator accountable on issues like paid family leave, equal pay and stopping harassment in the workplace.

Even if you weren’t at the women’s march in Washington, D.C., or a march near you, you can still take this action.

We need to make it clear to President Trump and our congressional members that this was just the beginning in the movement for equality and justice.

Call now to tell your senator why the women’s march on Saturday was important to you and that it is just the start of the work you’ll be doing to support women’s rights.

In Solidarity,

Liz Shuler
Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO

A First Step

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement on Monday in response to President Trump’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

“Last year, a powerful coalition of labor, environmental, consumer, public health and allied groups came together to stop the TPP. Today's announcement that the US is withdrawing from TPP and seeking a reopening of NAFTA is an important first step toward a trade policy that works for working people. While these are necessary actions, they aren’t enough. They are just the first in a series of necessary policy changes required to build a fair and just global economy. We will continue our relentless campaign to create new trade and economic rules that end special privileges for foreign investors and Big Pharma, protect our planet’s precious natural resources and ensure fair pay, safe conditions and a voice in the workplace for all workers.”

Immigration Update

Today, our allies in the struggle for immigrants’ rights participated in a press conference at Multnomah County in response to President Trump’s executive order on immigration.

Click here to watch the press conference, and stay tuned for more information about how changes to immigration policy will impact working people in Oregon.

Leading the Way

Oregon has a history of leading the way in elections, first with vote by mail and most recently through our ground-breaking Motor Voter system, which automatically registers voters through the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Motor Voter works, helps ensure the security of your vote and potentially saves tax payers money. Accurate data makes it easier for officials to maintain accurate lists of eligible voters. They can verify that only eligible voters can cast ballots by maintaining up-to-date lists. The streamlined electronic system drastically reduces the potential for error and keeps the data more secure by using existing technology. Oregon is potentially saving a significant amount of money because of its streamlined voter registration process. Processing paper voter registrations costs almost 30 times more than an electronic registration.

Not only does it work, but new polling shows most Oregonians support it: 73% of registered voters polled, which breaks down to 86% of Democrats and 62% of Republicans. Nikki Fisher, Executive Director of the Bus Project, explains why Motor Voter is so important to our state’s elections: “The overwhelming majority of Oregonians support Oregon Motor Voter. This proves that automatic voter registration is the future of how we administer elections in the state and across the country. Democracy works best when more eligible voters can participate. Oregon Motor Voter is the best way to ensure that all eligible voters regardless of political party can participate in our elections.”