PCUN speaks at Bernie Sanders rally in support immigration reform

Here is a brief reflection from Jaime Arredondo, PCUN’s Secretary-Treasurer, who spoke to 28,000 at a Bernie Sanders rally in Portland, Oregon

“I usually do not like talking about myself, especially on social media, but several people have asked me to share some of my experience last night. Yesterday I got to represent PCUN and our community at the rally attended by over 28,000 people to support Bernie Sanders as the next president of USA. I don’t vote on party lines. I vote depending on the candidate and the issue. Bernie is the best candidate! I never in my life imagined having an experience like this. I grew up in a tiny ranch called Las Ranas and at that time it had no electricity or running water. As a child I always thought Las Ranas was the whole world. This, my community and my family is what I had in my mind when I was on stage. Thanks for the opportunity. ¡Adelante! “

Jaime’s speech 



PCUN’s 30th Anniversary Celebration- 9/17 , 6pm @ SEIU Portland


Message from our President Ramon Ramirez

Dear Ally,

“Do we need to have an organization of reforestation and farmworkers, yes or no? And are you and yours committed to do this?”

After 8 intense years of providing legal advice and representation to undocumented workers, this was the questions 80 farmworkers and leaders of the Willamette Valley Immigration Project began to contemplate about 30 years ago. The result—PCUN’s founding convention in September of 1985.

30 years later, PCUN has become a permanent part of Oregon’s history. With its 6500 registered members, it is the largest Latino organization in Oregon and is one of three farmworker unions still alive in our country. Though much has been done to improve the lives of farmworkers, and our commitment has not wavered, we have plenty of unfinished business.Please join us to celebrate this important milestone and hear about our future plans. Thank you.




Ramon Ramirez President of PCUN










Founding meeting- Sept. 1985                                 PCUN Today- A movement…

Event Program 

The event will feature:
* Musical entertainment by Grupo Romance,
* Authentic Mexican food,
* Keynote by Paul Chavez (son of Cesar Chavez) and the
* Stories of our founders and the families we’ve impacted

Grupo Romance                                                                     Paul Chavez

Grupo Romance-2

Premiere Of Pantelion Films And Participant Media's "Cesar Chavez" - Red Carpet







Sponsorship Opportunities

Being a sponsor could get your organization’s visibility to as many as 20,000 Latin@, immigrant, farmworkers through radio announcements, event attendance, publicity materials, social media, news articles and stories, and media adverts. Contact if your interested.


Thank you to the 62 sponsors that have committed so far!

Adelsheim Vineyard
AFL-CIO Oregon
American Federation of Teachers of Oregon
Basic Rights Oregon
Beyond Toxins
Bon Appetite
Bridge, Structural, Ornamental & Reinforcing Iron Workers Local 29
CASA de Maryland
CASA of Oregon
Center for Community Change
Center for Intercultural Organizing
Center for Latino/a and Latino American Studies
Center for Popular Democracy
Center for Social Inclusion
Centro Campesino de Minnesota
Centro Latino Americano
Comite de Apoyo de los Trabajadores Agricola
Community Alliance of Lane County
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
El Zarandeado Restaurant
Equitable Food Initiative
Family Forward
Farmworker Justice
Farmworker Ministry–North West
Friends of Family Farmers
IRIS Educational Media
Law office of Philip Hornik
Latino Network
LiUNA Local 483
Los Laureles Restaurant
LULAC Lane County
Moda Health
National Farmworker Ministry
Nargess Shadbeh
Nueva Vista Group LLC
Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides
Oregon Center for Public Policy
Oregon Education Association
Oregon Farmworker Ministry
Oregon Latino Health Coalition
Oregon School Employees Association
OXFam America
Peace Development Fund
Pesticide Action Network North America
People’s Food Co-op
SEIU Local 503
The Laborers International
The Needmor Fund
UFW Foundation
Universidad sin Fronteras
University of Oregon
University of Oregon Labor Education and Research Center
Victoria Foundation
Wayne Morse Center
Western States Center
Widmere Brothers Brewing
Working Families Oregon

Photos for thought- June edition

PCUN’s 30th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, September 17th, from 6-8pm
SEIU 6401 SE Foster Rd, Portland OR 97206

Purchase your tickets here:

This image was taken in 1985, thirty years ago, during the founding meeting that culminated in the birth of Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste. Que viva PCUN!
Nearly 500 individuals rallied against  Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s and OFIR’s hate agenda. Arpaio was in town to promote the recently filed E-Verify and English Only initiatives, two disastrous measures to Oregon’s economy and families.
PCUN hosts the Rural Organizing Project’s Annual Rural Caucus and Strategy Session. Go ROP! 

Counter-rally against Racist Joe Arpaio and his hate message: 6/27, 2:30pm @ Capitol


PCUN and Accion Politica PCUNIsta invite you to a counter-rally we are organizing against Sheriff Joe Arpaio who will be the feature speaker for a fundraiser hosted by the Oregon Republican Party and sponsored by OFIR in front of the Capitol this Saturday at 3pm.

Among other topics, Arpaio will be talking in support English Only and E-Verify, two very damaging initiatives to Oregon families and our economy.

For those who don’t know who Sheriff Arpaio is, looking him up. He is known for racial profiling and promoting hate.

See you there!
Questions: 503-302-6549

About time!

Photos for thought, edicion mayo

After 20 years, the Woodburn School Bond finally passes. About time! The difference this time around? How about the 3,000 doors we knocked on! Read about it here.

David Lopez (back middle), a Woodburn native who is now the General Counsel of the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission comes back home after 30 years. David recently won a historic victory in the Supreme Court and was pictured in this New York Times article. 

Javier Lara, part owner of Garcia Farms and former PCUN staff. We have a two-year union contract with Garcia Farms. Reply back if you’re interested in purchasing strawberries. 


PCUN/APP the difference in the passage of the Woodburn School Bond












20 years. That’s how long it had been since the last Woodbun School Bond  had passed (1994). In fact, it was so long ago that most of the youth that lead our “ground game” to get out the vote weren’t even alive back then.

Here is the breakdown of the results from this election and the close-call from a year ago:

May 2015          May 2014 (Governor Primaries too)
Yes: 1899       Yes: 1604
No: 1574           No: 1641
Diff: +325          Diff: -37

Not only was the result impressive but Woodburn also had the highest voter turnout in Marion County at 39% and doubled the State’s average.

So what made the difference this time around? How about the 3,000 doors the 75+ PCUN and Accion Politica PCUNista volunteers knocked on in 19 days leading up to the election. The only day our volunteers took off was Mothers Day. But I’m pretty sure they were organizing their families and friends on that special day too.

There were many moments that stood out from this campaign, but let me just share a couple: 

One the first day we went out  the first person we encountered was a retired military veteran who lives in Woodburn’s Senior Estates. As soon as we opened our mouths he shouted, “where do I signed! Where do I signed!” Obviously, there was no signature needed, just his vote. When we asked him why he was supporting the Bond he got serious for a moment, looked at the youth straight in the eyes, and said, “Because you are our future!”


As I said earlier, we had over 70 volunteers. One of them was Angel (Pic-blue shirt), a senior out of Woodburn’s Success alternative school. Angel showed up one afternoon to help. Apparently, he had heard about our campaign from one of his teachers. After knocking on about 30 doors that afternoon, some of which happened to be his buddies, I asked him why he came. He said, “I’m graduating this year. I’ll be the first in my family. When I’m done with school I want to live and work and Woodburn. When I have a family I want my kids to have schools. That’s why I’m doing this.”

Lastly, as we know in this work no victory stands alone. Our voter registration efforts from the last two decades, the six prior attempts to pass the Bond, and our recent campaign to pass Measure 88 (Oregon’s Drivers Card), were all building blocks towards this victory. Thank you for all those that contributed. This victory is just the beginning…


Jaime Arredondo

Accion Politica PCUNIsta (APP)- Coordinator

PCUN- Secretary-Treasurer



Update on DAPA/DACA Lawsuit

From our friends a Farmworker Justice

5th Circuit denial of stay in Texas v. U.S., May 27, 2015: Temporary Injunction Remains in Place for Now with 5th Circuit Divided Decision to Deny DOJ’s Request for Stay.

Farmworker Justice is deeply disappointed by the 5th Circuit’s decision yesterday to deny the Department of Justice’s request to stay the temporary injunction of DAPA and expanded DACA.   This decision means continued delays in the implementation of the expanded DACA and the DAPA programs that could provide relief for 4-5 million hard-working parents and Dreamers of the United States.  The decision comes exactly one week after the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program (DAPA) was supposed to begin.

This ruling does not mean that the Obama Administration has lost the case, it simply means that the Court wants to leave the injunction in place until they have time to decide the full appeal. The full appeal is still pending and is tentatively scheduled for oral argument in early July.   The decision does not affect the current DACA program announced in 2012, which is still in effect and accepting new applications and applications for renewal.

While disappointed, Farmworker Justice is not deterred.  We will continue to defend President Obama’s administrative actions until the fight for administrative relief is successful.  Roughly 700,000 farmworkers and their spouses could be eligible to come forward to apply for temporary protection from deportation and work authorization under the deferred action opportunities. The programs are well within the President’s authority and are a limited but important step toward addressing our broken immigration system.  By eliminating the constant fear of deportation, farmworkers and other aspiring Americans will be able to contribute more fully to their communities and will be empowered in their workplaces.

Farmworker Justice will continue to work with groups throughout the country to support and plan implementation of the DAPA/DACA programs and to win legislation that creates a path to citizenship for undocumented farmworker families and other aspiring Americans.​

— Adrienne DerVartanian: Director of Immigration and Labor Rights

A sign of things to come…

Photos for thought, Edicion abril

Are these a sign of things to come…You better believe it!

We’ve launched our GOTV efforts to pass the Woodburn School Bond. We came up short 37 votes last year. We will prevail this time! Text or call 503-302-6549 if you want to be part of history.

Congressman Luis Gutierrez visits our movement in Woodburn and delivers two key messages: (1) “DAPA/DACA will prevail!” (2) “Congress, fix immigration now!”

Advocacy day for our partner the Oregon Latino Health Coalition whose working to pass Healthcare for All Children




Talk about a first experience!

Photos for thought, Edicion marzo

Check out these first time experiences!

Meet our newest union member Edgar (back left) pictured with Representative Joe Gallegos (HD30) and other PCUN staff. Edgar was lobbying to assure farmworkers are included in paid sick leave.  This was his first time lobbying and first time visiting the Oregon Capitol.

Youth leaders from our sister organization Latinos Unidos Siempre with Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown. The youth took part in the Governor’s signing of the Proclamation of the Cesar Chavez Day for Community Service.  First time visiting the capitol for most of them too!

Members of the Oregon Coalition to Stop Wage Theft. The coalition is working to pass the Fair Wage Recovery Act.


Meet las Meras Meras of PCUN

Photos for thought, Edicion febrero

Meet las Meras Meras (head honchas) of PCUN…


Meet Carmen and Fabiola. Carmen is currently mobilizing our community to end wage theft in Oregon and Fabiola is the Programs Director for our  radio station Radio Movimiento.

Community event to promote the Woodburn School’s Bond. We came up 37 votes shy last month! With you help, the result will be different this coming May.