Building Power for Oregonians

Volunteers and staff at a Measure 101 canvass day in Oregon

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. Click here to contact your legislator and ask them to support the FAMLI Equity Act.

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.

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Implementing RHEA

During the fight to pass OR's Reproductive Health Equity Act in 2017, Forward Together and APANO were concerned by anti-abortion legislators stereotyping Asian communities. This fact sheet shares how we can ensure racial profiling doesn't end up in healthcare.

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Immigrant Rights and Anti-Immigrant Ballot Measures in Oregon

Created with One Oregon, this workshop helps participants to understand more about Oregon's immigrant and refugee communities and learn about proposed ballot measures in 2018 that would target immigrant communities and communities of color. The workshop includes a trainer script and...

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Who’s Who? In Oregon Politics

Civic engagement means getting everyday folks involved in the decisions that affect our families and communities. Election season is an important time for us to speak up, and there are many ways we can all get involved in the process...

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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
1302 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214
Ph: 510-663-8300 Ext. 348