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WSUV History Professor co-curator of “Building Solidarity” Exhibit at Oregon Historical Society
February 19 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Saturday, repeating until May 15, 2022
The Oregon Historical Society, 1200 S.W. Park Ave., Portland, is exhibiting “Building Solidarity for 30 years: Portland Jobs with Justice” through May 15. Laurie Mercier, professor of history at Washington State University Vancouver; and Nikki Mandell, professor of history emerita at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, are co-curators. The exhibition delves into some of the campaigns and actions undertaken over the last 30 years. For example, visitors will discover how Oregon led the nation in efforts to raise the minimum wage.
Founded in 1991, Portland Jobs with Justice became a vibrant part of a “new labor movement” taking shape across the country at the turn of the century. Globalization, labor law and declining union membership were contributing to rising insecurity for an increasing number of American workers. Starting with a handful of organizers, Portland Jobs with Justice grew into an expansive coalition of 100 organizational members and thousands of individual pledge supporters. The history of Jobs with Justice will be the subject of a panel discussion at the Oregon Historical Society at 2 p.m. April 23.
The co-curators were aided by an advisory committee of historians, labor studies scholars and union activists, along with Bryan Potter Design and WSU Vancouver. The exhibition is sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association–Oregon chapter and Portland Jobs with Justice.
Museum admission is $10 for adults, $8 for teachers, students and seniors, $5 for youth ages 6 to 18, and free for children age 5 and under. Learn more at www.ohs.org.