April 5: National Day of Action Against Deportations!

Voz is joining the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and other organizations across the country as we say: Two Million Too Many! #Not1More! Stop the Deportations! What: Community Teach-in Against Deportations When: Saturday, April 5th at 1:00pm Where: St. Peter's Catholic Church, 8623 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97266 Here's the link to the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/743102365713619/ Hear testimonies of experiences with the deportation system. Learn about ICE holds, private prisons, local struggles to stop individual deportatio...

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Rally in Solidarity with Tacoma Hunger Strikers

10 am on Monday, March 24th ICE Office @ 511 NW Broadway, PDX   Detainees at the GEO-Group-owned Tacoma Detention Center have been on hunger strike for 3 weeks and have inspired similar protests across the country. Their demands are simple: IMPROVED FOOD QUALITY - IMPROVED TREATMENT -  FAIR WAGES - AN END TO HIGH COMMISSARY PRICES -  FUNDAMENTAL FAIRNESS AND JUSTICE - AN END TO ALL DEPORTATIONS Join us for a rally and press conference in support of the hunger strikers. Justice and dignity for ALL, NO MORE DEPORTATIONS!  

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Day Laborers´ Day of Service in East Portland

By Absa Echeverria Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” To answer this question, every year on the third Monday of January, thousands of people come together throughout the United States to serve their communities and honor the memory of this great social leader. Promptly and with enthusiasm, workers from the MLK Worker Center responded to this call and along with VOZ activists, participated in a day of service by cleaning up the streets on January 20th. Clean-up activities consisted ...

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Please sign our petition to the Mayor to Save the Worker Center!

SAVE THE CENTER CAMPAIGN UPDATE 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. ON JUNE 6, MAYOR HALES TOLD US THAT HE WILL MAKE A DECISION IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS! What you can do to convince the Mayor to say YES: 1. Send in a Letter of Support for the MLK Jr. Worker Center to the Mayor. 2. Sign our online petition to the Mayor: https://pvoz.ourpowerbase.net/civicrm/petition/sign?sid=1&reset=1 For more ...

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Volunteer Opportunity–Flyering for the MLK Worker Center

We need volunteers with transportation 9am-12pm to help day laborers distribute flyers to help promote the Worker Center. Participants will meet at the MLK Worker Center at 240 MLK Jr. Blvd, Portland at 9am. Flyering will be ongoing starting April 10th and will be done every other Wednesday. Click this link if you are interested. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1bILYoFnfLFb9bg5UIuSTe7RQTFPGFvBfxr5La9MAeCc/viewform?usp=sharing&edit_requested=true&pli=1 Contact Francisco our Worker Center Coordinator if you have more questions: 503-234-2043 or his email: franci...

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Wage Theft Hearing 3-13-13

This is a brief update on the hearing in the House Business and Labor Committee on our package of the Wage Theft bills (HB 2976, HB 2977, and HB 3142) March 13th, 2013. The hearing room was so packed (with supporters and opposition, mainly from temp agencies) that the majority of us were in an overflow room. Because of the sheer volume of community members signed up, testimonies were cut off before everyone had a chance to speak. A number of workers did a wonderful job testifying about their experiences around wage theft. Romeo Sosa, Executive Director of Voz Workers’ ...

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Voz Leadership Retreat

Seven day laborer leaders joined Voz staff for our annual leadership retreat March 1st- 3rd in Colton, Oregon. Three of the seven day laborer leaders are newly elected members of our Day Laborer Committee, half of our Board of Directors. The retreat was designed to share an intensive leadership training so that our day laborer leaders are as knowledgeable and helpful to their fellow day laborers as they can be. The first of many workshops presented focused on organizing, education and mobilization. A second workshop covered our work on comprehensive immigration reform. ...

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Voz’s 1st International Women’s Day

This is the first year that Voz has celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD). IWD was originally called International Working Women’s Day, and it was used to celebrate women’s economic, political and social achievements. The idea to celebrate IWD at Voz came from this year’s leadership retreat that took place March 1st-3rd. This is an annual retreat for newly elected Day Laborer Committee members and other leaders to build their leadership skills. The committee members were glad to begin planning for the event to bring their idea to reality. At the celebration ...

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Press Release on Immigration Reform Bill

For immediate release   Contacts:  Romeo Sosa 503-381-0848                     Paul Riek 503-926-4854 White House Immigration reform bill FURTHER divides the immigrant community   The news that the Senate, the House of Representatives, and the White House are all working on drafts of an immigration reform bill, is a positive sign for the 11 million people living in this country who constantly face the threat of detention and deportation. But what we know of the drafts is that they propose to legalize only some immigrants—those who have worked for ...

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Commissioner Novick Visits the MLK Worker Center

On Friday February 15th, a small group of day laborers, Board of Directors, and Voz staff met with Steve Novick, Portland city commissioner, at the MLK Worker Center. The meeting was called to inform Steve Novick about the positive work that the MLK Worker Center has done for the Portland community and to ask the commissioner's support on working with the city of Portland to donate the land to Voz and to make Voz a permanent line item in the Portland city budget. Romeo Sosa and Ignacio Páramo explained to Commissioner Novick the history of the Center and how it has ...

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