This May Day, we’re standing up for equality

For hundreds of thousands of Oregonians, May Day is a time to reflect on the disparities that exist for people of color throughout Oregon. This year, those disparities are easier to see than ever: As national threats loom on the horizon, Oregon faces an unprecedented budget crisis thanks to our dead-last corporate taxes.

Lack of sufficient revenue remains the largest barrier to equity in all aspects of life, from education and health care to retirement and housing. That’s why this May Day, we’re urging the Oregon Legislature to stand up for equity by passing a game-changing revenue package that allows for investments in our critical services.

Oregon thrives when every family has access to the services they rely on. A high-quality education can level the playing field and help students live up to their full potential. Affordable, accessible health care reduces risks to Oregon’s vulnerable communities, and raises well-being across the board. But decades of low corporate taxes and corporate handouts have left communities of color behind.

It doesn’t have to be like this. By holding big and out-of-state corporations accountable for their fair share, we can reduce class sizes, hire diverse educators, ensure cultural competency in our classrooms, and guarantee that the classroom is a place where every Oregon kid can succeed. What’s more, we can protect 350,000 Oregonians from losing their health coverage and ensure that every child in Oregon has access to the care they need.

Our coalition of parents, teachers, nurses, small businesses, care providers, and advocates is fighting for a future where every Oregonian can succeed, no matter who they are or where they’re from. Together, we can put an end to inequality in Oregon — but we need your help. Contact your legislator and tell them that now is the time to invest in the health and well-being of all Oregonians.

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