The PRO-Act and Democratic Socialism: Workers and the World Unite!

Start: Monday, April 12, 2021 6:30 PM Pacific Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)

End: Monday, April 12, 2021 8:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)

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Join Portland and Salem DSA Ecosocialists for a teach-in on the PRO-Act live on Zoom, Facebook, and Youtube on April 12, 2021 from 6:30-8:00 PM PST. Learn why the PRO-Act is the next best step towards a more just and sustainable world for all people, and how you can immediately help to make it a reality.

Winning a Green New Deal or any transformative change under Biden requires powerful labor and climate movements working in solidarity—the PRO-Act will eliminate roadblocks that prevent workers from building power and open the door to a revitalized labor movement that will fight for the change we all need.

Our nation’s labor laws are woefully outdated and have been watered down by four decades of assault from mega-corporations, extractive and exploitative industries, and the politicians they have bought for themselves. It is now time to tilt the scales back in favor of us—the workers and people of this land.

The “Protecting the Right to Organize” or “PRO” Act has now passed the U.S. House of Representatives and the fight is on to get it passed in the Senate, a notoriously anti-democratic institution. Therefore, we need all hands on deck to deliver a unified and overwhelming message to those senators who would prefer to ignore us—”We demand that you pass this legislation and transfer power from corporations to the People.”

Please join the Portland and Salem Democratic Socialists of America in a teach-in with local labor organizers and climate justice activists who will discuss why the PRO-Act is the next essential step towards a just and safe future for all.

The teach-in will feature these distinguished panelists in interactive discussion:

  • Laura Wadlin: Co-chair of Portland DSA and former organizer in the non-profit industrial complex. In 2017 she was fired from her job after leading a unionization campaign at a community center where management used dirty union-busting tactics that would be punishable under the PRO-Act. She then served as Portland DSA's Labor Working Group co-chair, and she now teaches ESL at Portland Community College where she is a rank-and-file organizer in AFT local 2277.

  • Hollie Oakes-Miller: Earth Science instructor at Portland Community College who currently teaches courses on climate change and environmental science and resources. She is also a rank-and-file organizer with PCCFFAP - AFT Local 2277 and a community organizer with Salem DSA, where she serves on the Steering Committee and Co-Chairs the Ecosocialist Committee.

  • Alex Korsunsky: Anthropology PhD candidate at Vanderbilt University writing a dissertation on the intersections of labor, immigration, and agriculture. A member of Salem DSA, he has also worked with PCUN (Oregon’s farmworker union and immigrant organizing hub), Nashville’s Workers’ Dignity / Dignidad Obrera worker center, and is on the organizing committee of Vanderbilt Graduate Workers United.

  • Brian Denning: Co-chair of the Labor Working Group in Portland DSA, Chair of the Amazon Workers’ Solidarity Campaign; a former Amazon fulfillment center worker, external organizer for bakery workers in a successful unionization and first contract campaign.

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