Two years ago three representatives from the Vermont Workers Center came to Oregon and appeared around the state. They had a crowd of 300 people at PCC Cascade and a groundswell of enthusiasm was generated for health care reform activism. The Health Care Committee of Jobs with Justice grew to hosting 40 attendees at ...monthly meetings. Many of them participated in the establishment of Health Care for All Oregon which is now a statewide organization with chapters in several towns across the state and recently hosted the tour by Gerald Friedman. It has over 90 member organizations and we are growing in strength. But we have a long way to realize our dream of doing what Vermont did.
James Haslam, Executive Director of the Vermont Workers Center, will be in Portland on Friday, June 6 to cheer us on with some advice and inspiration. Sen. Michael Dembrow will join Haslam on the podium at the SEIU 503 ballroom. 6401 SE Foster in Portland, Hassam will appear at 7 p.m., but please come early, by 6 p.m., to have a preliminary discussion on how to frame our questions and make the best of his appearance.