2019 Policy Priorities

Access to the care we need

Whether it’s to welcome a new child, aid a loved one with a serious illness, or get care

themselves, almost everyone will need to take time off from work to deal with a medical

issue. But most Oregonians, especially women of color and low-income workers, can’t

afford to, and they’re forced to choose between caring for their family or keeping their

paycheck. By ensuring all workers can afford to take time away from work when they

need to, paid family and medical leave insurance will give families more financial stability

during important life events. Learn more at www.timefororegon.org

Stable homes for families

We all need a safe, stable place to call home. Rising rents are continuing to push many

Oregonians—especially members of the LGBTQ community, people of color, and our

aging neighbors—out of their homes. By closing the glaring loopholes in Oregon’;s

landlord tenant laws, we can keep families in their neighborhoods, parents in their jobs,

and children in their schools. By ending no-cause evictions and stabilizing rents, we can

create more economically stable and diverse communities. Learn more at www.stablehomesor.org

Equal access to justice

Oregon’s public defenders are overloaded with cases, meaning

many low-income Oregonians, especially those from communities of color, are entering

the courtroom without adequate representation. Oregonians without the aid of a lawyer

who has the time, ability and resources to present an effective defense are more likely to

be unfairly charged, detained and potentially deported. To protect the constitutional right

to a fair trial, Oregon must ensure everyone has equal access to legal representation.

Fairness and opportunity for immigrant families

In Oregon, immigrants are part of our families, communities, workplaces, and places of

worship. Yet, our current state laws create unnecessary challenges for immigrant

families and limit economic opportunity. We must fight together to make sure that no

Oregonian lives in fear that everyday activities like going to work, going to school, or

reporting crimes to the police will lead to harassment or being taken from their families.

Investing in our future

Oregon’s tax structure is broken. Amidst record corporate profits, funding for public

education, health care for low-income families and critical services for seniors are on the

chopping block. Meanwhile, the tax burden is shifting onto the backs of those who can

least afford it, including working families, students and small businesses. The impact is

even deeper in many communities of color still struggling to make ends meet under

unfair economic policies that favor those with wealth and privilege. 2019 is the year we

can level the playing field and create economic opportunity for all Oregonians.