Weekly Update: We The People

Action Alert:
Rally & March on Presidents’ Day

Since Inauguration Day, the rights of too many have been threatened, attacked, or withheld. We are all stronger when we stand together in unity. Resistance to attacks on members of our community requires a strong, steady and collective voice. Be part of that collective voice, take action and march on Presidents’ Day in downtown Portland to show our unified resistance to injustice.

DeVos Confirmed

Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain released the following statement yesterday regarding the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education:

“Today, the United States Senate confirmed President Trump’s appointment of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. DeVos has shown an apathy toward public schools, choosing to instead embrace private, for-profit alternatives. That makes me concerned about the future of public schools in this country, and what could happen here in Oregon. She hasn’t shown us that she understands what our children need to succeed in school.

I applaud Oregon’s Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, both of whom were outspoken in their opposition to DeVos. Our Senators heard working Oregonians’ concerns in this important matter and stood with us as concerned parents, teachers, and students spoke out across the state.”

Hate-Free Workplaces

A recent report by the Southern Poverty Law Center shows Oregon as having the tenth highest per capita rate of hate incidents in the nation in the month following the November election.

In light of these incidents, it’s important that you know what your rights are and what you can do if you or someone you know is the target of one of these incidents in the workplace.

Click here to learn more about what you can do if you or someone you know experiences an act of hate at work.

Get the facts:
Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch

Judge Neil Gorsuch was nominated to fill the current vacancy on the Supreme Court. Soon the U.S. Senate will hold hearings on his nomination. In taking a deeper look at Gorsuch's record, there are quite a few rulings and writings that should concern working people. As a private lawyer and as a judge, he has aligned himself with the interests of Big Business, not the concerns of working families.

He has ruled against protecting the health and safety of workers, made it harder to have discrimination-free workplaces and argued for corporations’ misconduct to be protected from correction by investors and consumers. Click here to learn more about Judge Gorsuch.