We are a statewide, grassroots coalition of labor, environmental, and human rights organizations working together to fight the expansion of corporate globalization through NAFTA-style free trade agreements and to promote a positive vision for international trade policy.
We believe in mass-participatory, bottom-up social change that lifts up everyone’s condition (as our fates are tied together—across regions, issue areas, and cultures), with an openness to using international rulemaking, especially rules from trade and investment regimes, to protect people and planet, rather than profit. This we acknowledge would be a fundamental shift. We take it as our mission to help bring it into being.
We were founded in 2004 by the Oregon AFL-CIO and Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club. We are an affiliate of Citizens Trade Campaign.
ORFTC member organizations include
AFSCME Council 75
American Federation of Teachers – Oregon
Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers
Alliance for Democracy – Portland
Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers – Local 114
Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers – Local 364
Carpenters Local 1503
Communication Workers of America Oregon State Council
Democratic Socialists of America – Portland
Eugene/Springfield Solidarity Network
ILWU Oregon Area District Council
Machinists Lodge 63
Machinists Lodge 1005
National Association of Letter Carriers – Branch 82
Northwest Oregon Labor Council
Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club
Oregon Working Families Party
Portland Central America Solidarity Committee
Portland Global AIDs Coalition
Portland Jobs With Justice
ORFTC’S EQUITY PRINCIPLE:
Oregon Fair Trade Campaign is committed to embracing, respecting, and honoring differences and commonalities in ethnicity, race, economic background, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical ability, and religious affiliation. Our organization is comprised of diverse individuals who value inclusivity with the development and implementation of activities to accomplish our mission. Our democratically structured activities amplify voices within communities disproportionately impacted by the negative impacts of multinational free trade agreements.
Areas of Measurement
Organization – Inclusive of people from various racial, ethnic, age, and socioeconomic backgrounds as well as physical abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities and religious affiliations.
Process – Create educational, outreach, civic engagement, and direct action activities through democratic processes grounded in community involvement.
Activities – Empower community stakeholders retaining first-hand knowledge and experience of the negative outcomes of free trade agreements to serve in leadership roles within the organization.
Justice – Promote coalition, community, and volunteer engagement with controversial and timely issues leading to substantive organizing and action for trade policy that prioritizes social, economic, racial, LGBTQ, and environmental justice.
Oregon Fair Trade Campaign values diversity and inclusion as the foundation for effectively educating and empowering community involvement with promoting labor, human and civil rights, and environmental protections in trade policy.
Areas of Measurement
Diversity – Prioritize building upon diversity within Oregon Fair Trade Campaign’s coalition partners, membership, staff, Board of Directors, interns, and volunteers.
Democracy – Actively promote coalition partner and community inclusion in developing organizational activities while actively encouraging quality assurance through continually seeking community input.
Community – Strengthen focus on justice issues among workers and within communities disproportionately impacted by inequities directly linked to free trade agreements.
Access – Organizational involvement that is open to and inclusive of all.
Oregon Fair Trade Campaign
310 SW 4th Ave, #436
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 736-9777 · info[at]oregonfairtrade.org