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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


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.

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.

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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NWJP in interview with Portland’s KGW

Oscar Urrutia owes several state agencies and workers thousands of dollars and has failed to perform the job he promised many clients. And yet keeps working.

NWJP Executive Director Michael Dale and client Selso Sarabia were interviewed for a televised investigation into the shoddy work and wage thievery of Oscar Urrutia, a Portland-area contractor who refuses to pay regulatory fines, penalties, judgments, orders, or his employees' wages.

Click on the picture to see the KGW piece.



February 2015: Responding to Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and Notario Fraud

Responding to DAPA and Notario Fraud (mp3) February 4, 2015. Program is 0:51 in length.

Trainers: Larry Kleinman, Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation (CIRI) and Vanessa Stine, Friends of Farmworkers.

Larry's Materials:

Vanessa's Materials:

January 2015: Using the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) to Protect Workers’ Rights

Using the APA to Protect Workers' Rights (mp3) January 7, 2015. Program is 1:24 in length.

Trainers: Meredith Stewart of Southern Poverty Law Center and Michael Kirkpatrick of Georgetown Law.

Training Materials:

December 2014: Tips for Drafting Settlement Agreements

Tips to Drafting Settlement Agreements (mp3) December 3, 2014. Program is 0:55 in length.

Trainer: Rudy Sanchez, Deputy Director of Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, and Larry Norton, Community Justice Project

Larry's Training Materials:

Rudy's Training Materials:


Aaron Johnson, Equal Justice Center, Supplementary Materials: