is a worker-led organization that empowers immigrants and day laborers to gain control over their working conditions through leadership development, organizing, and community education.
We operate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Worker Center, which connects hundreds of workers a month with local employers and jobs.
NEWS AND EVENTS
Portland Labor Rights Leader Takes Refuge In Church To Defend Himself From Deportation
On Friday September 19th immigration agents came to Francisco‘s house looking to take him into custody, but were not able to show a warrant, and eventually left. Anticipating that ICE would be coming back, Francisco decided to organize to stay with his children and his community. Since then, he has been in sanctuary at the Augustana Lutheran Church in Northeast Portland.
Immigration is pursuing Francisco despite his many contributions to Oregon, where he has lived for almost 20 years. He has been a long-time volunteer of the VOZ Worker’s Rights and Education Project, and organizer for immigrant and labor rights.He has helped claim stolen wages for workers, has been involved in improving health and safety labor standards, he is passionate about working for people’s rights and is a musician who signs for social justice-related causes. He is also a responsible father, who is raising 3 children, 2 of whom are US, and one who is a child migrant.
Since his story became public, ICE has declared Francisco a “criminal alien” who is “considered a public safety threat and a priority for removal.” This label is related to two past and isolated convictions.
Those who know Francisco well, know his dedication for social justice and his passion to advocate for the improvement of his community. His community and his family do NOT believe that these convictions mean that Francisco is a “public safety threat.” Please sign to show ICE that Francisco has support!
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Save the Center Campaign
The lease on the city-owned property where the MLK Jr. Worker Center sits is expiring. We are asking Mayor Charlie Hales to transfer the ownership of the property to Voz so that the Center has a permanent home.
Ways to Get Involved in the Campaign
What you can do to get involved in finding a permanent solution for the MLK Jr. Worker Center:
- Send in a Letter of Support for the MLK Jr. Worker Center to the Mayor’s Office
- Sign our online petition to Save the Center: https://pvoz.ourpowerbase.net/civicrm/petition/sign?sid=1&reset=1
For more information, contact:
Romeo Sosa– email@example.com or 503-233-6787
You can use this site to:
- Get info about the Martin Luther King Jr. Worker Center and how to hire a day laborer
- Learn more about day labor
- Find out about our news and upcoming events
- Learn how you can support Portland’s day laborers
We made this video during the National Fast NOT ONE MORE DEPORTATION in May 2013, in order to call local, national, and international attention to the unjust immigration laws. Thousands of people are detained and deported daily without any sort of criminal record. Their only crime is to look for a better future for themselves and their family in this country. These political prisoners are currently detained in private prisons. People in the video: Abdias has a pending deportation case and has waited more than 6 years. They have prohibited her from working until they clarify her situation. Rosa’s partner was deported later in 2013.
Este video lo hicimos durante la cadena nacional de ayuno NI UNA DEPORTACION MAS en Mayo de 2013, para llamar la atención local, nacional e internacional con las leyes injustas de inmigración. Están deteniendo y deportando a miles de personas diariamente sin tener un record criminal. Su único delito es buscar un futuro mejor para él o ella y a su familia en este país. Estos prisioneros políticos que están detenidos en este momento en las cárceles privadas. En el video habla Abdias, quien está pendiente de su deportación y ha esperado mas de 6 años, le han prohibido trabajar hasta que se aclare su situación. También habla Rosy, cuya pareja fue deportado después.