Unite Oregon members come from diverse cultural, ethnic, economic, and religious backgrounds. We’re immigrants, refugees, people of color, U.S.-born citizens, rural Oregonians, LGBTQ folks, workers, students, moms, dads, grandparents and, most importantly, allies in the struggle for social justice. We share a common belief in a multi-racial, multicultural democracy inclusive of all — and the passion to put our beliefs into action. Get to know us more, join us, or support us.
September 22, 2016 at 5:00 PM - Rogue Action Center - Medford, OR
Companies like Bank of America, Comcast, Wal-Mart and Monsanto make hundreds of millions of dollars from the business they do here but pay taxes that are so low — the lowest in the country — that our schools and critical services are badly underfunded.
A study done by the independent Anderson Economic Group showed Oregon ranks last in corporate taxes in the country. Here’s what ranking dead last in corporate taxes means:
- We’ve got the fourth lowest graduation rate in the country, the third largest class sizes, and one of the shortest school years.
- Thanks to layoffs, we also have 2,000 fewer teachers today than we did in 2008, even though enrollment has gone up.
- Health care costs have risen by more than 32% in the last decade, about twice as fast as the rate of inflation.
- We know that vital treatment is out of reach for many Oregonians. And for the average Oregonian with a modest income and marketplace insurance plan, they will spend about $1,600 in out-of-pocket health expenses this year.
- State data shows that there are 21,000 more Oregon seniors living in poverty than there were a decade ago.
- Two-thirds of retired Oregonians have no income from retirement savings, which means many seniors are one unexpected expense away from not being able to pay their rent or buy groceries.
Oregonians deserve better. A solid education, affordable health care, and retiring in dignity shouldn’t be out of reach because of funding shortfalls. That’s where A Better Oregon comes in.
With A Better Oregon, we’ll increase the minimum tax for the world’s largest corporations, meaning we can boost our graduation rates to the national average, make health care more affordable, and allow seniors to stay in their homes longer.
September 22, 2016 at 6:00 PM - Unite Oregon Multnomah County Office - Portland, OR
For many years, Unite Oregon and coalition partners have been advocating to end law enforcement profiling. With the hard work of our members, supporters and partners, we passed End Profiling House Bills 2002 and 4003 so that a statewide Work Group could begin to implement meaningful statewide reforms for all law enforcement agencies.
The stakes are highest for our community members across Oregon who identify as Black and African American, immigrant, refugee, Muslim, LGBTQ or houseless/homeless whose families continue to be traumatized by profiling practices and procedures of Oregon's law enforcement agencies.
In December 2016, a legislative report will be submitted to the legislature on how to implement profiling reforms, so now is the time to learn what actions you can take to ensure strong anti-profiling policies are in place that reflect community priorities and hold law enforcement agencies accountable.
You are invited to a Community Conversation - Friday, September 22nd to learn about and discuss Unite Oregon and coalition partners' priorities for a comprehensive legislative strategy to dismantle patterns and practices of profiling.
Background on End Profiling Legislation
(HB 4003): Extends the Law Enforcement Profiling Work Group to July 2017, and requires the Work Group to prepare a report to the legislature by December 2016. This bill builds on HB 2002, which we passed in the 2015 Oregon Legislative Session and which prohibits profiling by law enforcement based on many identities, allows for the Law Enforcement Coordination Committee (LECC) to collect and review complaints of police profiling, and establishes a work group that will create policies to build transparency and accountability.
(HB 2002): Prohibits the practice of profiling, calling for law enforcement to fulfill their responsibility to the communities they serve. HB 2002 also created the Workgroup on the Prevention of Profiling by Law Enforcement (WPPLE), that Unite Oregon has a seat on, to determine further legislative priorities for implementing policy to end profiling.