The 2018 Midterms were a success for PCUN, Oregon’s Farmworker Union. We are proud to say that farmworkers, immigrants, and Latinx working families made an impact in getting out the vote for progressive issues and candidates this election cycle. This sets us up to pass pro-farmworker, pro-immigrant policy in the Oregon legislature. Having a presence in elections is essential in building a voice for farmworkers, and Latinx working families across the state. PCUN knocked on a total of 28,000 Latinx bilingual, bicultural doors with our team of organizers in 2018. We provided ballot assistance to over 350 Latinx families; farmworkers, and their kids many voting for the first time.
Here are some highlights from the campaign and on some of the candidates we endorsed:
Kate Brown continues to be our Governor! PCUN knocked on thousands of Latinx doors to ensure that the Latinx vote came out in full force for our Governor.
Representative Teresa Alonso Leon also was re-elected to House District 22, she’s a daughter of farmworkers, Latinx Immigrant, and a Purepecha womxn, and our champion at the Capitol.
On Measure 105, WE DID IT! With the help of over 500 organizations, PCUN beat measure 105, and protected Oregon’s sanctuary law.
Our priorities in 2019 are set up to succeed with this electoral organizing momentum. PCUN will prioritize organizing capacity in these areas:
We’ll be enhancing our Healthy Workplaces Program, bringing on Campesinx Outreach Workers to empower farmworkers to take action against issues at worksites, specifically Pesticide Exposure, and Sexual Harassment.
We plan on winning good policy in the Oregon Legislature. Our legislative agenda includes winning an Oregon Corporate Accountability Act, Paid Family Medical Leave for ALL Workers, Expanding Immigrants Rights, Oregon Voting Rights, and Clean Jobs Act.
PCUN is the plaintiff on five active lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency for toxic pesticide exposure of our farmworkers.
We’ll be supporting school board races in Salem-Keizer to push for the districts first Latinx school board member, a district where today 17 schools are Majority Latinx Schools.
We’re honored to have your continued support. As we rise together, the future looks a little brighter with the support of our social justice community, which includes people like you!
Así Se Puede,
PCUN, Oregon’s Farmworker Union