Category Archives: Annual Event

Celebration of Worker Justice A Huge Success!

Thanks to all of our generous supporters, our big event was not only a success in terms of the fabulous program, but we also hit our fundraising goal!

Despite a last minute scramble to a new room because of water sprinkler damage, the event came off without a hitch. Over 120 people packed into the basement room at the 1st Unitarian Church to enjoy some delicious food, hear some great music from Nabila Ayad, hear presentations from NWJP leaders and the UFW’s Diana Tellefson Torres, and watch this powerful video. Lastly, we were thrilled to present one of our dearest friends with the Tribune of Worker Justice award: Ramon Ramirez (photo) for his long-standing, unflinching leadership for farmworkers and immigrants both in Oregon and nationally through his organizing, legislative and political advocacy, and mentoring of new generations of leaders. Thank you, Ramon!

15th Anniversary Dinner A Big Success!

Myriam Gilles speaks at celebration

Thanks to everyone for helping make our 15th Anniversary Celebration a huge success! Because of the generosity of our sponsors and donors, ticket buyers, auction donors, and volunteers, we were able to raise over $30,000.  Our keynote speaker was Myriam Gilles, law professor and Vice Dean at Cardozo Law School in Manhattan.  Myriam is a national expert on class actions, and also teaches civil rights and tort law.  At our event, she spoke

passionately about the need for legislation to increase enforcement of workplace rights.    More photos on our Facebook page.

2020 Event Sponsorship

Sponsor NWJP's annual event to stand with us for dignity in the workplace!

2020 Celebration of Worker Justice

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Online Event

Join us as an event sponsor today!

 

As an event sponsor, you will receive public acknowledgment (details below). You will also help NWJP to offer year-round support to Oregon's low-wage workers. Together, we will continue to protect workplace dignity and improve wages and working conditions.

Sponsorship  Level Amount Benefits
Friend of Fairness $250 Public acknowledgment on our website and social media
Champion of Change $500 Public acknowledgment on our website and social media         Special recognition during the event
Defender of Dignity $1,000 Public acknowledgment on our website and social media         Special recognition during the event
Guardian of Justice $2,500 Public acknowledgment on our website and social media         Special recognition during the event
Workplace Warrior $5,000 Public acknowledgment on our website and social media         Special recognition during the event
Ready to become an event sponsor? 

 Return this form via email, snail mail, or fax.

Questions?
Please contact Chris Ferlazzo, Program Administrator, by email at chris@nwjp.org or by phone at 503-525-8454 ext 12.

Thank you for standing with NWJP to advance worker justice!

2019 Celebration of Worker Justice

Join us to honor and advance the rights of Oregon's low-wage workers!

2019 Annual Celebration of Worker Justice

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019
5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Eliot Center
1226 SW Salmon Street
Portland, OR 97205

Featuring:
Gourmet dinner by Claeys Catering
Local beer and wine
A great silent auction
Live music

2019 Tribune of Worker Justice - Ramon Ramirez

Ramon has worked on behalf of Oregon’s farmworkers for decades, while lifting up not only the struggles of all workers and immigrants, but also those of the LGBTQ and other marginalized communities. From our very beginnings he has been one of NWJP’s closest allies, advisors, collaborators and friends.  Ramon has stepped down as the head of PCUN, and it is time that we honor this working class hero by presenting him with NWJP’s Tribune of Worker Justice Award.

Keynote speaker - Diana Tellefson Torres

Diana is the UFW Foundation’s Executive Director, and will speak about current national efforts to advocate for the “blue card” system to replace the seriously flawed H-2A program for temporary foreign workers and for amendments to the Fair Labor Standards Act to include overtime protections for agricultural workers.

 

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!

$55.00 - General Admission

GET TICKETS HERE!

If you prefer to purchase tickets by check, please complete this form.

MANY THANKS TO OUR 2019 EVENT SPONSORS!

(coming soon)

 

 

To become a sponsor, please complete this form, or email Chris


 

2016 Tribune of Worker Justice

Presenting NWJP's 2016 Tribune of Worker Justice:

~  TRICIA SMITH  ~

DSC_9696We are delighted to recognize Tricia Smith as Tribune of Worker Justice for her long and relentless advocacy to improve conditions for Oregon’s low-wage workers and their families. Tricia has spent her professional life as a champion for working class people, speaking truth to power and giving voice to the silenced.

Tricia grew up in a small, blue-collar town in Northern California, where she learned firsthand the struggles of working class families. She made Salem her home in the 1970s, working in a series of blue-collar jobs and for a decade as a state employee. As a neighborhood activist, she served on the Salem City Council in the late 1980s prior to her recruitment into the legislature.

In 1990, she was elected to the Oregon Senate where she led the effort to create the Oregon Women’s Health and Wellness Alliance, a bipartisan policy advocacy group that continues to this day. Working together, the Alliance passed a seminal legislative package to address domestic violence and women’s economic issues, which included more successful bills addressing women’s issues than had ever been passed in any legislative session in Oregon. During the 1991 session, Tricia also supported measures to provide funding for construction of quality farmworker housing and strengthen regulation of farm labor contractors and on-farm labor housing.

In the 1993 session, Tricia became the Chair of the Senate Labor Committee.  She helped to usher passage of the Oregon Family Leave Act, and fought hard in an ultimately unsuccessful campaign to extend Unemployment Insurance eligibility to farm workers.

In recognition of her efforts, in 1993, the Oregon Commission on Women honored her work with its Oregon Women of Achievement Award for significantly improving the lives of women in Oregon.  She is in good company. This prestigious award has been shared by the likes of Governor Barbara Roberts, Mayor Vera Katz, Justice Betty Roberts, Governor Kate Brown, Senators Avel Gordley and Susan Castillo, and other outstanding Oregon leaders.

From 1996 through 2016, Tricia served Oregon workers as Government Relations Specialist for the Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA), fighting for the interests of Oregon’s school bus drivers, custodians, maintenance workers, and other classified employees who help care for our children at school. Through OSEA’s political program, Tricia was at the center of successful campaigns to raise the Oregon minimum wage. She won and defended policies to guarantee student transportation so that all working families had a way to get their children to school. Year after year, she has fought on the frontlines of the constant, bitter struggle to defend collective bargaining, especially for OSEA’s working class membership. First on the list of cuts in tight times, these workers could rely on Tricia to battle for resources and combat out-sourcing that fails to honor the value these proud workers bring to a school. Tricia has fiercely insisted that decision-makers consider that value.

As a legislator and lobbyist, Tricia has always been a valuable source of wisdom and support to advocates for low-wage workers, both of which she shared generously. When NWJP was formed in 2002, Tricia Smith was one of three founders—along with Larry Kleinman and Michael Dale—listed in its Articles of Incorporation, and she has served as a thoughtful board member and passionate champion of NWJP ever since.  A dependable ally in our legislative campaigns, teaching a succession of NWJP lobbyists the ropes, and helping to draw together the Oregon Coalition to Stop Wage Theft, Tricia has been a truly indispensable part of our legislative efforts for more than a decade.

[pullquote align="full" cite="" link="" color="" class="" size=""] Thank you, Tricia, for your many years of service to working families, for your stalwart leadership of the Northwest Workers’ Justice Project, and for making our state a better place to live for all of us.   [/pullquote]

2016 Silent Auction

Contribute to NWJP's silent auction
to stand with us for dignity in the workplace!

2016 Annual Celebration of Worker Justice

Friday, June 3, 2016
5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Eliot Center
1226 SW Salmon St.
Portland, OR 97205

Donate to the silent auction today!

We’re reaching out to community-minded businesses and
individuals that share our vision of safe and dignified workplaces for all Oregon’s workers.

We’d like to give you an opportunity to partner with us:
You donate an item for our silent auction, and we introduce your business to nearly 200 people who appreciate your contribution to making Portland a livable, sustainable, and vibrant city.

So what are we looking for? Glad you asked. We could use:

Gift certificates for goods or services
Merchandise or artwork
Wine, beer, and/or spirits
Any other contribution that you think might help in making this event a smashing success…

READY TO CONTRIBUTE?

Please complete this form online OR by snail mail or email.

In exchange, in addition to showcasing your business, we will
publicly acknowledge you at the event, on social media, and on our event’s website. You will also have the option to share your business’ promotional materials at the event. And, of course, the value of your donation can be tax-deductible.

But the best part? You will be furthering our mission of supporting workers in their fight for better wages and working conditions.

There are many ways to contribute. If you prefer, you can:
Make a cash donation
Become a sponsor of our event
Buy tickets to join us on June 3rd

Thank you in advance for your contribution to our silent auction.
We – and the workers we serve – look forward to counting you among our supporters.

2016 Event Sponsorship

Sponsor NWJP's annual event to stand with us for dignity in the workplace!

2016 Annual Celebration of Worker Justice

Friday, June 3, 2016
5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Eliot Center
1226 SW Salmon St.
Portland, OR 97205

Join us as an event sponsor today!

As an event sponsor, you will receive event and drink tickets as well as public acknowledgment (details below). You will also help NWJP to offer year-round support to Oregon's low-wage workers. Together, we will continue to protect workplace dignity and improve wages and working conditions.

Sponsorship  Level Amount Benefits
Friend of Fairness $250 Two event tickets
Two drink tickets
Public acknowledgment
Champion of Change $500 Four event tickets
Four drink tickets
1/8 page recognition in program
Defender of Dignity $1,000 Six event tickets (reserved seats)
Six drink tickets
1/4 page recognition in program
Guardian of Justice $2,500 Reserved table (eight tickets)
Eight drink tickets
1/2 page recognition in program
Workplace Warrior $5,000 Reserved table (eight tickets)
Eight drink tickets
Full-page recognition in program
Ready to become an event sponsor? 

Register online or by returning this form via email, snail mail, or fax.

Questions?
Please contact Lindsay Jonasson, Interim Program Administrator, by email at lindsay@nwjp.org or by phone at 503-525-8454 ext 12.

Thank you for standing with NWJP to advance worker justice!

2015 Annual Celebration of Worker Justice is a huge success!

by Violeta Rubiani, NWJP Program Administrator
Photo by Paloma Dale, NWJP Volunteer

On Thursday, October 1 at 5:30 p.m., nearly 150 people crammed into Buchan Hall at the Eliot Center to eat good food, visit with colleagues and friends, have a glass (or two) of wine, and commune with fellow low-wage worker advocates. We expected that. We also expected a few donations and silent auction bids, and for everyone to have a good time listening to the inspiring presentation by Rebecca Smith, Deputy Director of NELP, about workers in the new “gig” economy, and the heart-felt speech by the Urban League of Portland’s President and CEO, Nkenge Harmon Johnson, about obtaining justice for those re-entering the labor market after serving time.

What we didn’t expect at all was to run out of food, sell nearly all of our auction items, receive a record number of donations, or receive a $10,000 donation from the Doug Swanson Memorial Fund that will allow us to launch our long-awaited Injured Workers Project. But we did, and we exceeded our fundraising goal for the night! We owe it all to you, the phenomenally committed folks who have been supporting us for the past 12 years.

We believe our work is important; we see it in the faces of the clients we help every day. To experience the love and support of a huge number of Oregonians who feel the same way we do is beyond touching.

So THANK YOU to all our partners, allies, friends, family, volunteers, staff members, boards, clients, and funders; your generosity, and your commitment and dedication to worker justice are truly inspiring.

 

P.S. Check out the short video we showed at the event. And don't forget to take a peek at the event's pictures on Facebook!

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2015 Annual Event

Come celebrate with us and support Oregon's low-wage, immigrant and contingent workers!

Third Annual Celebration of Worker Justice
October 1, 2015
5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Eliot Center
1226 SW Salmon St.
Portland, OR 97205



THE PROGRAM THIS YEAR INCLUDES:

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Rebecca Smith, Deputy Director of the National Employment Law Project (NELP). Having recently co-authored a report on the subject, she will talk about how the new "gig economy" -- represented by companies like Uber, Lyft, Handy, and others -- is undermining basic worker protections, and what can be done about it.

TRIBUNE OF WORKER JUSTICE AWARD
Our award recipient this year is Midge Purcell, former Director of Policy & Advocacy at the Urban League of Portland for her long-time advocacy for job equity and for her tireless efforts to win Ban the Box protections for those re-entering the workforce after incarceration.

Midge has recently returned to her native U.K., but we are honored to have Urban League's President and CEO, Nkenge Harmon Johnson receive the award on Midge's behalf.

DINNER MUSIC, FUN and a SILENT AUCTION!
Award-winning chef Phil Oswalt will be preparing a fantastic dinner for us, and we'll have live music by a local artist, Oregon wines and microbrews at our no-host bar, and the opportunity to bid on great items -- all going support our work and Oregon low-wage workers!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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