From the depth of need and despair, people can work together, can organize themselves to solve their own problems and fill their own needs with dignity and strength.
— César Chávez

 

In light of recent political events, we know many of you are wondering how you can take action to advocate for social justice and human rights. 

Below is a compiled list of action items that YOU can do to help. Whether it's contacting an elected official or volunteering your time to an organization that aims to make a difference, we all need to stand together in solidarity and spread the love. 


Here's how to help:

Contact Lawmakers:

Contacting your federal, state, and local elected officials to express your concerns about issues is extremely important. As your representatives, lawmakers need to stay informed about the things that their constituents care about. 

If you need assistance for what to say or who to email about a specific policy, contact our Civic Engagement and Policy Coordinator, Raul Preciado Mendez: raul@latnet.org

Write Purple DACA Letters!

The Purple DACA Letters campaign aims at raising awareness about maintaining DACA - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - to elected officials and lawmakers.

These letters are ways of raising awareness to officials who can make a difference in government to keep the DACA program - a program that lets undocumented immigrants who entered the US as minors to receive an extended period of time to stay in the country. This prevents families from being split apart and allows immigrants an opportunity to stay in the country where they have made their home. 

Want to learn more about this letter writing campaign? Check out their Facebook page and make the pledge to contact your elected officials about DACA!

Federal Level Officials:

Find your House Representative here

  • District 1: Suzanne Bonamici (D) - contact here
  • District 2: Greg Walden (R) - contact here
  • District 3: Earl Blumenauer (D) - contact here
  • District 4: Peter DeFazio (D) - contact here
  • District 5: Kurt Schrader (D) - contact here

Senator Ron Wyden - Oregon (D)

  • Contact Senator Wyden here

Senator Jeff Merkley - Oregon (D) 

  • Contact Senator Merkley here

 

State Level:

 Find your Oregon State Senator here

  • If you already know your senator, find their email, phone and contact information here

Find your Oregon State Representative here

  • If you already know your representative, find their email, phone and contact information here

Governor Kate Brown - Oregon (D)

  • Address: State Capitol Building
    900 Court Street NE, 160
    Salem, OR 97301
  • Phone: (503) 378-4582
  • Email: To contact her via email/online, click here

 

Local Level:

Multnomah County

  • Contact County Commissioners here
    • Chair Deborah Kafoury
    • Commissioner Sharon Meieran, Dist. 1
    • Commissioner Loretta Smith, Dist. 2
    • Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson, Dist. 3
    • Commissioner Lori Stegmann, Dist. 4

City of Portland

  • Mayor Ted Wheeler - contact here
  • Portland City Commissioners - contact here

City of Gresham

  • Mayor Shane Bemis - contact here
  • Gresham City Council - contact here

Donate Your Time and Resources: 

The only way we'll be able to come together and advocate for social justice is if people take action. One of the easiest ways to do this is donating your time and resources to organizations that are helping our communities become safer, more diverse, and more inclusive places to live.