COVID-19 Zoom Call

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Dear friend, 

Thank you so much for signing on to our call today at noon to talk about legislation in Oregon that is critical to provide support for immigrant communities. We are so grateful that so many of you signed up! So many, in fact, that our regular zoom channels maxed out. So, we are sending a new link below that will be able to accommodate all of us. Please use this link to sign on and not the one you received in the confirmation note after RSVPing.  

You are invited to a Zoom webinar. 
When: Mar 24, 2020 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: IMIrJ conversation in light of COVID-19 

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
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During our call, we will talk about the newly proposed Oregon Worker Relief Fund (OWRF). Please find a script for legislators developed by our friends at CAUSA that gives more context: 

I am contacting you in support of the Oregon Worker Relief Fund (OWRF). As COVID-19 continues to ravage low-wage employees, we continue to see a high level of unemployment in the communities we serve, which has had immediate impacts, such as housing and food insecurity. Many contributing immigrant Oregonians have lost their jobs--and thus their wages--because of the pandemic and have no access to any wage replacement program such as Oregon's Unemployment Insurance program. We understand that the committee is currently developing a policy approach for COVID-19. We want to ensure that workers who are not eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits are included. Some of these UI-ineligible workers are the backbone of the agricultural, restaurant, and lodging industries. 

Oregon Worker Relief Fund Proposal Goals/ Request
1. Provide financial relief to Oregonians that cannot access public benefits: Many immigrant Oregonians fall under classifications that make them ineligible for Unemployment Insurance.  The Oregon Worker Relief Fund would provide temporary financial support for those that are falling through the cracks during our current pandemic.
2. Allocate funds for Community-Based Organizations (CBO) to distribute: Immigrant Oregonians face difficulty accessing public benefits. They fear government interaction due to increased immigration enforcement and public charge rules. Non-profit organizations who have the community’s trust, with the support of the state and a lead non-profit entity, will create an equitable alternative system of financial relief as a temporary measure to combat COVID-19’s effect on our workforce.

I urge you to act during this global pandemic to ensure that ALL of Oregon’s workers can take care of themselves and their families. Adopt the Oregon Worker Relief Fund.

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