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We Live Here: Dignity for Every Job, Protection for Every Worker!

We Live Here: Dignity for Every Job, Protection for Every Worker!

Posted by Jen Lleras at Oct 07, 2014 04:25 PM |

Tara Villalba with Community to Community writes about how LGBTQ Justice is inextricable from workers’ rights and economic justice. "By our participation in the fields and our very existence, on the streets and within our organizations, we hold our rightful place in our movements for social justice. There will be no economic justice unless each and every one of us is accounted for and benefits from our just demands. Social justice will continue to be an unfinished project unless our LGBTQ members and organizers are able to be fully present and powerful in all spaces without discrimination, harm, or violence."

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We Live Here: Gentrification Makes Us Invisible!

Posted by Jen Lleras at Oct 06, 2014 12:00 AM |

Khalil Edwards, the PFLAG Portland Black Chapter Program Coordinator, writes for the first day of the We Are Powerful - Coming Out for Social Justice Week campaign.

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"The World That We Will Create Together"

Posted by Jamee Greer at Sep 21, 2014 10:40 PM |

"The World That We Will Create Together" by special contributor, Monica Beemer, KBOO Community Radio/Western Regional Advocacy Project. Portland is hosting the PNW Social Forum on September 26-28th and activists are encouraged to register and share their issues and connected to others.

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Dreaming BRAVE-ly with Momentum Alliance

Dreaming BRAVE-ly with Momentum Alliance

Posted by Cynthia Lin at Jul 27, 2014 03:25 PM |

Cynthia reports back from Momentum Alliance’s two-week reproductive justice leadership camp for youth. Momentum Alliance is one of three organizations that comprise the We are BRAVE (Building Reproductive Autonomy and Voices for Equity) cohort.

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What do we learn when we work collectively?

What do we learn when we work collectively?

Posted by Rosa Yadira at Jun 10, 2014 10:40 AM |

Kelley Weigel, Executive Director at the Center, interviews activist Kathleen Saadat ask her what we have learned from winning the freedom to marry in Oregon, how LGBTQ issues are immigrant issues, and the need for drivers cards in Oregon.

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Becoming BRAVE

Becoming BRAVE

Posted by Rosa Yadira at May 08, 2014 12:00 AM |

Shantae shares how the love for her children informed her decision to have an abortion. And how through We are BRAVE she found a community of sisters that have shaped her into a reproductive justice warrior.

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A New Chapter

A New Chapter

Posted by Yee Won Chong at Apr 17, 2014 07:45 AM |

Yee Won reflects on six years at the Center and the life-saving work of organizers.

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How the Right Has (Re)turned

How the Right Has (Re)turned

Posted by kelley at Apr 15, 2014 12:45 PM |

Kelley answers the question of why the West is such a hotbed for initiative politics and provides an overview of the ballot measures that are gearing up for 2014.

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Special Message: New Mission & Vision and an AMP update

Special Message: New Mission & Vision and an AMP update

Posted by kelley at Mar 26, 2014 11:00 AM |

Kelley shares news about our new mission and vision as well as an update on the future of AMP.

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Oregon Facing Race

Oregon Facing Race

Posted by jen at Jan 10, 2014 11:47 AM |

Jen talks about the 2013 report card, the new grading system, and the utility of this tool to organize within communities of color.

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We Are BRAVE: A New Reproductive Justice Project

We Are BRAVE: A New Reproductive Justice Project

Posted by Aimee at Dec 10, 2013 07:00 AM |

What if our communities and families had all the resources we need to make good decisions for our bodies, genders and sexualities? What if the stigma, shame and taboo about abortions are lifted? These are the questions want to address in our new reproductive justice project

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Looking Back and Forward

Looking Back and Forward

Posted by Nancy at Dec 09, 2013 04:45 PM |

Nancy reflects on her time with the Center as a young organizer and later as a staff member.

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What Are Your Six Words?

What Are Your Six Words?

Posted by jen at Dec 05, 2013 03:05 PM |

Jen reflects on the importance of NPR's The Race Card Project and the equally necessary work of transforming our communities.

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Find Out How You Solve A Problem Like the Great Recession

Find Out How You Solve A Problem Like the Great Recession

Posted by Nina Narelle at Oct 29, 2013 11:45 AM |

As the federal government got back to work over a week, we heard the latest round of unemployment rates dipping and job growth rates rising. But the bigger story of who remains the most impacted by the Great Recession has drifted to the background

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50 Years Later, Community is Still Powerful

50 Years Later, Community is Still Powerful

Posted by jen lleras at Oct 22, 2013 04:35 PM |

Jen reflects on her experience at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

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A Labor of Love

A Labor of Love

Posted by Kelley Weigel at Oct 04, 2013 04:30 PM |

Kelley Weigel attended her first labor convention and was surprised by the themes of respect, inclusion and love. These values are far stronger than an agenda of fear and isolation.

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Oregon's Tribal Equity Work Captured White House's Attention

Oregon's Tribal Equity Work Captured White House's Attention

Posted by Yee Won Chong at Sep 27, 2013 03:25 PM |

Se-ah-dom Edmo never imagined she would be meeting with President Obama's Senior Administrator Valerie Jarrett to discuss LGBTQ rights in Native American tribal law. On Sept 4th that's exactly what she did along with nearly 20 other representatives from N.W. Native organizations and Tribes.

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How my love for my niece led me to organize for marriage equality

How my love for my niece led me to organize for marriage equality

Posted by Rosa Yadira at Jul 22, 2013 03:05 PM |

Rosa talks about the lessons learned from organizing for marriage equality in Illinois and Washington.

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Our immigration Stories: This political moment

Our immigration Stories: This political moment

Posted by Cynthia Lin at Jul 19, 2013 01:35 PM |

This blog post is part of a series on immigration and our work at the Western States Center. In Part I, a few of the Western States Center staff share how their families’ migration stories connect with their organizing work. In Part II, I talk with additional staff and reflect on this political moment and our programs.

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Who is an American?

Who is an American?

Posted by Kelley Weigel at Jun 19, 2013 05:05 PM |

Kelley weighs in on the impact the Supreme Court's decision on the Voting Rights Act could have on who is deemed an American.

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