Wednesday, August 20, 2014—Local faith leaders, community members, and small business owners gathered to celebrate work towards a more just society last Wednesday evening. Jubliee Oregon, the state’s chapter of the Jubilee USA Network, a non-profit advocacy organization that is dedicated to reducing poverty in the world, honored two nonprofits for their continuing work on economic fairness and justice in the US and globally.
Jubilee Oregon honored Strike the Debt Portland, a project of the Occupy movement, as well as The Federal Issues Table, a coalition headed by The Main Street Alliance of Oregon and Oregon Action, both members of the Alliance for a Just Society. The Federal Issues Table was created to bring the voices of Oregonians to our elected officials on a variety of national issues, particularly those that impact women, families and small businesses. Thus far, the coalition has met with a variety of Oregon’s Congressional Delegation both in Washington, D.C. and in local offices, highlighting opportunities to reform the Federal Tax Code to ensure that the wealthiest individuals and corporations pay their fair share of taxes.
Main Street Alliance of Oregon Executive Team member and co-owner of Paperjam Press in NE Portland, Deborah Field, was present to accept the award for the Federal Issues Table and had this to say: “I’m proud to pay my fair share of taxes, we don’t have accountants who move our money to the Cayman Islands to avoid paying taxes. Most of us realize that it’s the price of sustaining our public infrastructure, schools, legal system, and other things essential to making America an excellent place to do business and raise a family. Corporations and special interests take advantage of all America has to offer and then refuse to pay their fair share to keep our economies and communities strong.”
The Federal Issues Table continues to work towards bringing common sense solutions to tax fairness issues, as well as a number of other issues important to Main Street business owners, women and our families—like access to affordable health care, earned paid sick days, secure retirement savings options, child care and credit. We need to encourage our elected officials to work on policies that protect women, our families, small businesses and communities.
“It’s time for politicians to pick a side,” said Deborah Field, “side with women and our families to support women small business owners, or side with the male-dominated lobby groups that claim to represent small businesses but really just speak for big corporate special interests. As women, and small business owners, we have an important voice that needs to be heard. Let’s hold our elected officials accountable, and ensure our families and communities are protected!”