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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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!
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.
Tools & Updates
Oregon Voter Guide
Our families make tough decisions every day — especially about healthcare. We trust Oregonians to make the right decision for themselves, whether that’s to become a parent or end a pregnancy.
Oregon Voter Guide (Spanish)
Nuestras familias toman decisiones difíciles todos los días—especialmente acerca de los servicios de salud. Confiamos que las personas de Oregón toman la decisión correcta por sí mismas, ya sea convertirse en padres o interrumpir un...
Oregon 101 Community Education Timeline
The Oregon 101 visual timeline covers the resistance of communities, policies and programs that helped or harmed immigrant and refugee communities, and access to reproductive justice. This timeline helps participants learn about Oregon ballot measures that would target access to abortion...
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Send a Message: Immigrants Are Welcome Here
This image reminds us — and our immigrant friends, family and neighbors — that Oregon is our home, and we all belong here.
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.
- Safe Communities
The Fight Starts Here: Immigrant Rights in Oregon
White supremacists are using Oregon as a testing ground for their anti-immigrant agenda. Here's what immigrants and communities of color in the state are up against—and how we're fighting back.
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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!