Building Power for Oregonians

Artist: Amir Khadar

Forward Together unites organizations and activists across Oregon to build strong communities and create policies that work for our families.


Our power-building team in Oregon is the newest state-based program at Forward Together. We build leadership through policy change and culture shift campaigns. We are working to ensure that all families have the rights, recognition and resources they need to thrive.

Paid Family Leave for All Families

It’s simple: love makes a family. We support paid family and medical leave that recognizes families of all formations. Whether it’s welcoming a new child, dealing with the serious illness of a loved one, or the end-of-life for a parent – we all need time to care for our families without compromising our economic security. The vast majority of Oregonians—particularly women and people of color do not have access to paid family and medical leave.

We’re supporting efforts to pass the Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) Equity Act with an inclusive and expansive definition of family, so ALL Oregon families can access paid leave.

Have you tried to take leave to care for a family member and been denied? Tell us your story.

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Civic Engagement

Anti-immigrant sentiment is on the rise and although racism isn’t new to our communities, we must resist racial profiling and immigration raids. Election season is an opportunity for our voices to be heard, so Forward Together will be coordinating a door-to-door civic engagement program this fall to reject IP22, an anti-immigrant ballot measure sponsored by a group with ties to white supremacists.

Learn more by watching the video below and sign the One Oregon pledge to keep Oregon a welcoming state!

Oregon Campaigns

Forward Together is proud to be part of two Oregon coalitions:

  • One Oregon is a campaign led by activists, organizers and social justice organizations that defends against anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim policies and works to ensure that all Oregonians, regardless of country of birth, are treated with dignity & respect.
  • Time to Care is a campaign led by community advocacy groups, labor organizations, public health organizations and others to win statewide comprehensive paid family and medical leave so all families can take time to care for each other with financial security.

Impact Series

The Impact Series

Oregon legislators think they know what their constituents want and believe that bold policies like paid family medical leave and drivers licenses for all are too progressive right now. Policy makers do not understand the needs of Oregnians because they have not heard their stories.

Forward Together values the voices of our community members and we understand that the gap between law-makers and community members must be shortened. We spoke with dozens of Oregonians about what they need in their communities in order to thrive and heard their stories. The Impact Series is a short video collection of real Oregonians sharing raw experiences and their perspective on what actions should be taken now and why issues like health care, safe communities and family recognition are so important.

Tools & Updates

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Who’s Who? in Oregon Politics

Oregon families who experience hunger know what it’s like to make the tough, daily decision between food and other basic necessities. Our housing, childcare, medical and transportation costs are all increasing while our wages remain stagnant, and we are...

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2019 Oregon Legislative Agenda

OUR 2019 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA • A paid family & medical leave program that includes all families • Driver’s licenses for ALL • A fair and accountable elections system

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2018 Oregon Civic Engagement Report

During the 2018 election, Forward Together led a large-scale deep canvass component to the No on Measures 105 & 106 campaigns. We utilized strategies to engage and empower our constituencies on the voting process – including women of color, LGBTQ and gender non-conforming people...

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Drivers Licenses for All Oregonians

Driving is huge part of our lives and really important for many of us. This tool helps participants understand the impact of lack of driver’s licenses on affected communities in Oregon and helps them take action to support Oregon...

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Contact Us in Oregon

We’d love to hear from you!

Contact us to learn more about how we’re working ensure that all families in Oregon have the rights, recognition and resources they need to thrive — and how you can help make this vision a reality!

Forward Together
5020 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Portland, OR 97211
Ph: 510-663-8300 Ext. 348