On this month’s episode of The Voice of Oregon’s Workers, our monthly podcast, we talk with Denise Piza from Causa Oregon and Oregon Ready, and Alma Raya Santana from the Oregon AFL-CIO to discuss the work happening in Oregon to defend the rights of immigrants. We discuss the potential changes to Public Charge, the future of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, and how unions, supporters and advocates can help with this important issue.
The episode features discussion about important resources for immigrants, as well as for supporters and advocates looking to learn how to help:
The Oregon AFL-CIO has a long and proud history of standing shoulder to shoulder with organizations like Causa, PCUN and others to defend the rights of immigrants. It’s our duty as the labor movement to defend all working people, regardless of the country they were born or the color of their skin, their religion, or who they love.
We passed a resolution at our 2019 convention which encourages union members and leaders to stand publicly in solidarity .with the immigrant and refugee community as they continue to be targeted by racist and xenophobic rhetoric, violence, and harmful policies. The resolution calls on the Oregon AFL-CIO to convene leaders to find ways to support immigrant members and for us to continue to work in partnership with Causa and other community organizations. You can view this resolution, and the others passed at our conventions, by clicking here.