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Friday, May 1, 2015

Annual May Day March and Rally to take place at the Oregon State Capitol on Friday, May 1st

Annual May Day March and Rally to take place at the Oregon State Capitol on Friday, May 1st

Salem, Ore. -- On Friday, May 1st, Causa and allies will host our annual May Day March and Rally at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem.  The event will begin at 10:30am with thousands expected to turn out.

This year, Oregon Governor Kate Brown will attend and speak during the rally portion of the program on the State Capitol steps.

The Oregon State Legislature will be voting on issues important to our communities this session. Join us as we gather on the steps of the State Capitol to urge Oregon State Representatives and Senators to pass legislation on the following issues:

• Increase Minimum Wage 
• Paid Sick Days for ALL Oregon Workers
• End Wage Theft
• Healthcare for ALL Children & Prenatal Care

We will also raise our voices and defend President Obama's Deferred Action programs and urge passage of immigration reform to keep families together.

May Day 2015 March & Rally: Our Fight Continues – La Lucha Sigue
with Special Guest: Oregon Governor Kate Brown
Date: Friday, May 1st, 2015
10:30 a.m.
Oregon State Capitol (Front Steps)
900 Court Street NE
Salem, Oregon

Presented by: Causa Oregon & Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA)

Sponsored by: Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste , Mujeres Luchadoras Progresistas, Capaces Leadership Institute, Oregon Latino Health Coalition WU Causa, Latinos Unidos Siempre (LUS) y Sonido Exodo Latino, Lara Media Services, Family Forward, APANO, Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals (OFNHP), AFSCME and the Marion Polk Yamhill Labor Council.

More details can be found at: WWW.OREGONMAYDAY.COM 


Causa is Oregon’s statewide Latino immigrant rights organization. We work to defend and advance immigrant rights by coordinating with local, state, and national coalitions and allies. For more information, visit

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Fair Immigration Reform Movement Joins Amicus Brief in Support of Administrative Relief

The following statement is from the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) -- the nation’s largest immigrant rights coalition, with grassroots organizations in 30 states fighting for immigrant rights at the local, state and federal level. Causa Oregon is a member of the FIRM Coalition.  For more information, go to or follow them on Twitter @Re4mImmigration.

Fair Immigration Reform Movement Joins Amicus Brief in Support of Administrative Relief

FIRM Denounces All Litigation that Delays President’s Executive Actions to keep Families Together

WASHINGTON—The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), has joined more than 150 civil, labor, and immigrant rights groups in filing an amicus brief supporting administrative relief.

“While anti-immigrant Republicans continue to pollute immigration reform with divisive politics, our movement is standing up to make sure our voices are heard,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “This lawsuit against the President’s immigration action is just an attempt to distract and shroud their xenophobic, hate-filled political games that continue to tear immigrant families apart.  This is not only unjust, it is short sighted and will backfire.”

“The fact that leaders in our communities and in Congress are speaking out against this lawsuit is another reflection of how wrong this charade is,” Matos added. “Our groups are not going to be silent. Not only are we speaking out to call this ploy for what it is, but we will make sure Republicans and litigators know we are watching and paying attention to what is going on inside those courtrooms. Their decisions directly affect our families, and we will not stand by while they play politics with our lives.”

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Oregon Governor Kate Brown to Proclaim March 31st Cesar Chavez Community Service Day

Oregon Governor Kate Brown to Proclaim March 31st Cesar Chavez Community Service Day

State Legislators and Farmworker & Health Advocates to Gather at State Capitol Tomorrow to Mark the Historic Event

Salem, Ore. --  Oregon Governor Kate Brown will proclaim March 31st as Cesar Chavez Community  Service Day.  To mark this historic day, we will gather at the Oregon State Capitol today (Tuesday, March 31st) with Oregon State Representatives Joe Gallegos and Jessica Vega Pederson, the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs and farmworker and Latino immigrant health advocates.

Cesar Chavez Community Service Day Commemoration
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 | 12:00 Noon
Office of Governor Kate Brown
Ceremony Room
Oregon State Capitol
900 Court Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301

Governor Kate Brown's Proclamation of March 31st as Cesar Chavez Community Service Day recognizes the life and legacy of César Chávez’s public service and honors farm workers. Oregon's agribusiness employs up to 150,000 year-round, seasonal and migrant farm workers are key partners for the safety, security and sustainability of our agriculture; and Oregon's farm workers labor contributes more than six billion dollars annually to the state's economy. Chavez’s dedication to non-violent organizing for just wages, safe labor conditions, and dignity for the women, men and children who toil in the fields, moved him to lead a struggle that included advocacy, public fasting, boycotts, labor strikes, and other peaceful actions.

Chavez helped bring national attention to the unsafe and unfair working conditions of farmworkers while inspiring millions of people to join the fight for farmworkers’ rights. We’ve come a long way but farmworkers are still left out of some of our country’s most important labor and health laws. We must continue to fight for the workers who often work in the most dangerous and labor-intensive jobs.

Farmworkers are the backbone to our state's agriculture industry, and like any worker in the Oregon, they deserve real labor and health protections. This is not only a legal issue, but a moral and human rights issue that will ensure dignity and safety for these important laborers and their children. 

The legacy of Chavez continues today through the work of farmworker and Latino immigrant advocates like Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), Oregon Latino Health Coalition, and Causa.

This session, the legislature has an opportunity to protect Oregon’s farmworkers and their families when they get sick. Sick days are important to every family and we must ensure that farmworkers are not cut out of the Paid Sick Days bill. In addition, the legislature has an opportunity to take a first step to ensure that all children have access to the care that they need. Today, Oregon has 17,600 low-income children who do not have full access to the Oregon Medicaid Program. This means that many of these children must delay or go without essential doctor visits and medications.

It’s in Oregon’s Economic Interest to Cover all Children. Apart from a healthier population, Studies have found a connection between a healthier childhood and higher incomes and greater wealth during adulthood. Increased educational achievement and a more productive workforce will strengthen Oregon’s economy . 

Participants to include Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), Oregon Latino Health Coaltion (OLHC), Causa, and Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs.

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