Based in Woodburn, PCUN is Oregon’s farmworker union and the cornerstone of our movement. Founded in 1985 (its service program, Centro de Servicios para Campesinos began in 1977), PCUN’s work includes collective bargaining and other workplace justice organizing, consumer education, organizing for farmworker rights, immigration representation for families who qualify for legal status, and advocacy for a new legalization program.
Also based in Woodburn, FHDC builds and manages farmworker housing with farmworker participation. Founded in 1990 by PCUN, Oregon Legal Services and Salud Medical Clinic, FHDC is based at its Nuevo Amanecer project, which offers 130 units of rental housing and the Cipriano Ferrel Education Center which offers adult education, after-school, computer and Head Start programs. In May 2005, FHDC completed construction of the Colonia Libertad farmworker housing project in Southeast Salem, which includes 48 units and a multi-purpose center for resident organizing, services and programs. In September 2007, FHDC opened the first farmworker housing project in Independence, Oregon, Colonia Amistad, with 38 units of housing and a multi-purpose center. Nuevo, Libertad and Amistad each have an active resident association. FHDC currently houes, serves, and organizes 228 families.
Based in Salem, SKCE promotes educational accountability and equity in the Salem-Keizer School District and in the district’s programs serving low-income and minority children. Founded in 1999 and incorporated in 2003, the Coalition has given the achievement gap, accountability, and transparency a high profile and made them enduring issues regarding the District’s treatment of low-income students and students of color. Even while demanding and advancing institutional accountability, the Coalition has forged solid working relationships with top leaders of the Oregon Department of Education and the Salem-Keizer School District and has developed a model of training for Latino and immigrant parents. The Coalition educates and mobilizes Latino parents and has reached out to African-American and Marshallese parents as well. The Coalition’s organizing catalyzed the creation of The Citizen Police Review Board in Salem.
Also based in Salem, Causa is Oregon statewide immigrant rights coalition promoting respect for immigrant rights and contributions to society and opposing anti-immigrant policies and practices. Founded in 1995, Causa has co-led the campaigns to challenge expansion and use of “guest” worker programs, to prevent bans on drivers license for the undocumented, to counter post 9/11 anti-immigrant backlash, and to enact a new legalization for youth, farmworkers and immigrants generally. Causa led the historic mass marches for immigrants rights in 2006, which brought tens of thousands to the Capitol. In 2008, Causa led the massive but unsuccessful fight to defeat restrictions on drivers’ licenses and identification cards for undocumented immigrants.
Mano a Mano, based in Salem, provides basic services to Salem’s Latino community and organizes on key community issues. Founded in 1988, Mano a Mano hosts a wide variety of cultural and educational classes, food bank support, and provides information and referrals. Mano a Mano also provides services to residents of Colonia Libertad and has offices there. In collaboration with FHDC, LUS and Salem-Keizer Coalition for Equality (see below) Mano a Mano is planning the development of a major community center in Northeast Salem, the heart of Salem’s Latino community.
Mujeres Luchadores Progresistas (MLP)
Based in Woodburn, MLP is an organization of farmworker women developing their leadership through an economic micro-enterprise and mutual support. It began in 1997 as a PCUN project and incorporated as an independent non-profit in 2001. Each year, about two-dozen MLP members manufacture and sell holiday wreaths, gaining skills and earning income for their families. Sales have totaled more than $200,000 in recent years. MLP organizes educational and mutual support gatherings for farmworker women and participates actively in campaigns of other CAPACES organizations.
Voz Hispana Cambio Comunitario (VHCC)
Based in Woodburn, VHCC promotes community and school recognition for Latino heroes and culture and organizes Latino voters to increase their civic participation. It was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2001. In 1998, VHCC established “César Chávez Day” in the Woodburn School District where Latinos now make up 70% of the student body. VHCC’s Latino Voter Organizing Project has created a network of about 2,000 voters, making VHCC the largest Latino voter organization in Oregon. VHCC’s newest project is the “PCUNcitos” Club, involving 8 to 12 year-olds learning and service related to the cause of justice for farmworkers.
Latinos Unidos Siempre (LUS)
Founded in 1996 and based in Salem, LUS develops Latino youth leadership. LUS has conducted numerous campaigns to counter discrimination especially by law enforcement and school officials. LUS has led the campaigns in Oregon to prevent minimum wage rollbacks aimed at youth, and to enact legalization and in-state tuition for undocumented high school graduates.
Oregon Farm Worker Ministry (OFWM)
Based in Portland, OFWM organizes and educates religious supporters for the farmworker movement. Founded in 1985. The Ministry has galvanized church support for farm worker organizing campaigns, consumer boycotts and has promoted sales of “union label” products produced on farms under PCUN and UFW contracts and of MLP wreaths.