PCUN has a new Executive Director

Dear PCUNista,

We are proud to announce the arrival of our new Executive Director, Reyna Lopez! Reyna is no stranger to the movimiento, having worked in our sister and partner organizations in various leadership positions. She is transitioning to PCUN from Organizing Director at Family Forward Oregon, where she ran the organizing program for Paid Family Medical Leave, and National Campaigns focused on Safety Net Programs and the Federal Budget. Jaime Arredondo our Secretary/Treasure of PCUN, was acting Director of PCUN & APP. He is now the Executive Director at CAPACES Leadership Institute (CLI). Reyna is stepping in with a consolidated title, and to take over many of the roles that he played these last few years. It is an exciting time of reorganization at PCUN. We wish Jaime much success at our sister organization.

Reyna is a leader and proud daughter of immigrants from Mexico, who came to Oregon in the late 80’s to do farmwork in the Marion County area. Reyna grew up in Salem, Oregon and graduated from Willamette University with her BA in Political Science and Sociology. For over 12 years, she has been a fierce leader and advocate for the Latinx community in Oregon, receiving the Immigrant Award from the American Association of Immigration Lawyers of Oregon, and Willamette University’s Young Alumni of the Year Award for her work in social justice causes, campaigns, movement and coalition building.

Reyna’s passion for organizing and community is reflected throughout her career from her position as Civic Engagement Director at Causa, where she lead the Yes on 88 (Safe Roads), Oregon’s first bilingual bicultural ballot measure campaign! She founded the organization’s New American Voter’s Project and worked tirelessly to win Tuition Equity after 13 years of fighting for Oregon’s Dreamer population. In recent years, Reyna was the Outreach Director at Our Oregon, where she led the Fellowship Program and  organization’s base building efforts for the A Better Oregon Campaign, a ballot measure demanding corporations pay their fair share in taxes.

We’re excited to have such passionate and dedicated mujer leading PCUN through the next phases of our movement! Please join us in welcoming Reyna Lopez, PCUN’s New Executive Director for a community gathering on:
Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 from 6:30 PM-8:30 PM:
RSVP here
We will be celebrating with food and music at PCUN 300 Young Street Woodburn Oregon! Thank you for your support throughout the years.

Ramon Ramirez

President of PCUN

Some things haven’t changed and some have

First off, thank you for your ongoing commitment to our work. 2017 took our movement back to our roots…to 1977—eight years before PCUN was born.  The stratospheric fear of ICE arrest has put resistance at the center of our community organizing once again.

As we look at head to 2018, we are going in with momentum—a strong community response and growing electoral energy.  But they have momentum, too.  Trump’s ICE activity and barrage of policy attacks on our community have them believing 2018 is their moment to roll back progress.  So we’re—again—planning to give our all to re-doubling the community’s resolve and organizing community power to fend off attacks and to make progress, especially on the state and local levels.

A few weeks ago, on November 2nd, PCUNistas gathered at the SEIU Local 503 hall in Portland to celebrate some of our movement’s work’s transformational impacts.  PCUN President Ramón Ramírez related a story that powerfully encapsulated a striking contrast of Woodburn, then and now:

In 1978, we caught Woodburn Police in the act of leading INS agents to houses on our block.  We later confronted the Police chief; he walked out of meeting when we told him we’d sue if we caught them doing that again.  Fast forward to a few weeks ago.  Plain-clothes ICE agents came to a home in Woodburn with an arrest warrant.  ‘He no longer lives here,’ the residents told them.  ‘Do you have documents?’ the agents asked. One resident called 911. Woodburn officers arrived and asked ICE agents to wait outside while they searched for the individual ICE had come for.  ‘He’s not here,’ a Woodburn offer told ICE. ‘We suggest you leave now.’  The ICE agents drove off.  That day, we saw a fulfillment of Woodburn Chief Jim Ferraris’ commitment to ‘community policing’.

Clearly, 2017 was terrifying.  But here are a few examples of how it was also terrific:

  • With our sister organization, APP, we helped elect a Latin@ majority to the Woodburn School District board—a first for Oregon—including one seat decided by 87 votes out of 1,905!
  • We helped pass several pro-worker pro-immigrant policies including: Cover All Kids, Fair Work Week, Protect Immigrant’s Privacy, End Racial Profiling, Reproductive Health Equity Act, and Ethnic Studies Standards.

In 2018, we will build on these victories.  We’ll campaign all-out, if needed, to defeat a looming anti-immigrant ballot initiative, to help win permanent status for Dreamers and “TPS” holders and to grow the ranks of progressives—especially Latin@s–in public office.

Our movement has always drawn strength from looking ahead.  Our goals and plans in 2018 also include some important shifts to better position us for today and tomorrow.  One of these major shifts is my transition to the CAPACES Leadership Institute as its new Executive Director. The political moment we are living—our electoral victories and resistance of the administration—has invigorated and broaden our base like no other time we’ve experienced. This calls for a greater focus on boosting our leadership development work to maximize our collective impact. Concurrently we are working on restructuring PCUN to more strategically activate our growing base of leaders to continue building real political power that brings justice and equity for our Latino, immigrant, and farmworker community.  Stay tune more on this in the new year.

We deeply appreciate you commitment to our work and we’re hoping we can count on your continued support to sustain the fight, insist on progress, and to draw strength from our shifts.


Jaime Arredondo
PCUN Secretary-Treasurer

PS: Because we are a union, donations to PCUN are not tax-deductible. You can support PCUN’s education, research, and legal-defense work via a tax-deductible contribution to the Willamette Valley Law Project.

A Night in Solidarity with PCUN featuring Tish Hinojosa..Nov. 20th

November Photos for Thought: A Night in Solidarity with PCUN featuring Tish Hinojosa..Buy tickets here


Where? SEIU Ballroom 6401 SE Foster Portland, OR 97206, Admission: $15 donation, Time: 6:30pm

PCUN team at 2017 Annual Celebration: Celebrating 40 years of movement building. Thank you all for coming.

Event at Anahuac Produce farm with representatives from the indigenous communities of Apache, Purepecha, Mixtico and Tarahumara people. Anahuac Produce uses PCUN’s Union Label.



Buy tickets here ($40)!

PCUN's 2017 Annual Celebration Invite

PCUN’s Annual Celebration is the place to catch up with friends and allies of the farmworker movement, enjoy authentic Mexican food and Latin music, & learn about what we’ve been up to.

This year’s celebration falls on the famous Mexican holiday “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead). It also happens to be Ramon Ramirez’s (PCUN President) birthday. And to cap it off, 2017 is our 40th year of movement building work.  So come and enjoy the Woodburn High School Mariachi Band, some pan de muerto (bread of the dead) with champurrado (warm thick Mexican drink),  tamales (no translation needed), great music and stories, and most importantly great company.

A summary of 40 years of movement building 

40 years ago this summer we embarked on a journey towards justice and equality for Oregon farmworkers. We’ve made tremendous progress, but some things remain the same. It was 1977 when we founded our movement’s first organization, the Willamette Valley Immigration Project (now the Farmworker Service Center), in response to an increase of ICE activity. At the time the WVIP provided community organizing, legal advice and legal representation to undocumented workers. This work has become a priority once more. And this time around, thanks to you we have a strong movement resisting and rising above the hate.


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What you need to know about Trump’s 9/5/17 DACA decision

Frequently Asked Questions: Rescission Of Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Release by: Department of Homeland Security
Release Date:
September 5, 2017

The following are frequently asked questions on the September 5, 2017 Rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program.

Q1: Why is DHS phasing out the DACA program?

A1: Taking into consideration the federal court rulings in ongoing litigation, and the September 4, 2017 letter from the Attorney General, it is clear that program should be terminated. As such, the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security rescinded the June 15, 2012 memorandum establishing the DACA program. Please see the Attorney General’s letter and the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security’s memorandum for further information on how this decision was reached.

Q2: What is going to happen to current DACA holders?

A2: Current DACA recipients will be permitted to retain both the period of deferred action and their employment authorization documents (EADs) until they expire, unless terminated or revoked. DACA benefits are generally valid for two years from the date of issuance.

Q3: What happens to individuals who currently have an initial DACA request pending?

A3:  Due to the anticipated costs and administrative burdens associated with rejecting all pending initial requests, USCIS will adjudicate—on an individual, case-by-case basis—all properly filed DACA initial requests and associated applications for EADs that have been accepted as of September 5, 2017.

Q4: What happens to individuals who currently have a request for renewal of DACA pending?

A4: Due to the anticipated costs and administrative burdens associated with rejecting all pending renewal requests, USCIS adjudicate—on an individual, case-by-case basis—properly filed pending DACA renewal requests and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents from current beneficiaries that have been accepted as of September 5, 2017, and from current beneficiaries whose benefits will expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 that have been accepted as of October 5, 2017.  USCIS will reject all requests to renew DACA and associated applications for EADs filed after October 5, 2017.

Q5: Is there still time for current DACA recipients to file a request to renew their DACA?

A5: USCIS will only accept renewal requests and associated applications for EADs for the class of individuals described above in the time period described above.

Q6: What happens when an individual’s DACA benefits expire over the course of the next two years? Will individuals with expired DACA be considered illegally present in the country?

A6: Current law does not grant any legal status for the class of individuals who are current recipients of DACA. Recipients of DACA are currently unlawfully present in the U.S. with their removal deferred.  When their period of deferred action expires or is terminated, their removal will no longer be deferred and they will no longer be eligible for lawful employment.

Only Congress has the authority to amend the existing immigration laws.

Q7: Once an individual’s DACA expires, will their case be referred to ICE for enforcement purposes?

A7: Information provided to USCIS in DACA requests will not be proactively provided to ICE and CBP for the purpose of immigration enforcement proceedings, unless the requestor meets the criteria for the issuance of a Notice To Appear or a referral to ICE under the criteria set forth in USCIS’ Notice to Appear guidance (www.uscis.gov/NTA). This policy, which may be modified, superseded, or rescinded at any time without notice, is not intended to, does not, and may not be relied upon to create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable by law by any party in any administrative, civil, or criminal matter.

Q8: Will USCIS share the personal information of individuals whose pending requests are denied proactively with ICE for enforcement purposes?

A8: Generally, information provided in DACA requests will not be proactively provided to other law enforcement entities (including ICE and CBP) for the purpose of immigration enforcement proceedings unless the requestor poses a risk to national security or public safety, or meets the criteria for the issuance of a Notice To Appear or a referral to ICE under the criteria. This policy, which may be modified, superseded, or rescinded at any time without notice, is not intended to, does not, and may not be relied upon to create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable by law by any party in any administrative, civil, or criminal matter.

Q9: Can deferred action received pursuant to DACA be terminated before it expires?

A9: Yes. DACA is an exercise of deferred action which is a form of prosecutorial discretion. Hence, DHS will continue to exercise its discretionary authority to terminate or deny deferred action at any time when immigration officials determine termination or denial of deferred action is appropriate.

Q10: Can DACA recipients whose valid EAD is lost, stolen or destroyed request a new EAD during the phase out?

A10: If an individual’s still-valid EAD is lost, stolen, or destroyed, they may request a replacement EAD by filing a new Form I-765.

Q11: Will DACA recipients still be able to travel outside of the United States while their DACA is valid?

A11: Effective September 5, 2017, USCIS will no longer approve any new Form I-131 applications for advance parole under standards associated with the DACA program. Those with a current advance parole validity period from a previously-approved advance parole application will generally retain the benefit until it expires. However, CBP will retain the authority it has always exercised in determining the admissibility of any person presenting at the border. Further, USCIS retains the authority to revoke or terminate an advance parole document at any time.

Q12: What happens to individuals who have pending requests for advance parole to travel outside of the United States?

A12: USCIS will administratively close all pending Form I-131 applications for advance parole under standards associated with the DACA program, and will refund all associated fees.

Q13: How many DACA requests are currently pending that will be impacted by this change? Do you have a breakdown of these numbers by state?

A13:  There were 106,341 requests pending as of August 20, 2017 – 34,487 initial requests and 71,854 renewals.  We do not currently have the state-specific breakouts.

Q14: Is there a grace period for DACA recipients with EADs that will soon expire to make appropriate plans to leave the country?

A14: As noted above, once an individual’s DACA and EAD expire—unless in the limited class of beneficiaries above who are found eligible to renew their benefits—the individual is no longer considered lawfully present in the United States and is not authorized to work.  Persons whose DACA permits will expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 are eligible to renew their permits. No person should lose benefits under this memorandum prior to March 5, 2018 if they properly file a renewal request and associated application for employment authorization.

Q15: Can you provide a breakdown of how many DACA EADs expire in 2017, 2018, and 2019?

A15:  From August through December 2017, 201,678 individuals are set to have their DACA/EADs expire. Of these individuals, 55,258 already have submitted requests for renewal of DACA to USCIS.

In calendar year 2018, 275,344 individuals are set to have their DACA/EADs expire. Of these 275,344 individuals, 7,271 have submitted requests for renewal to USCIS.

From January through August 2019, 321,920 individuals are set to have their DACA/EADs expire. Of these 321,920 individuals, eight have submitted requests for renewal of DACA to USCIS.

Q16: What were the previous guidelines for USCIS to grant DACA?

A16: Individuals meeting the following categorical criteria could apply for DACA if they:

  • Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
  • Came to the United States before reaching their 16th birthday;
  • Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
  • Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making their request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
  • Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012;
  • Are currently in school, have graduated, or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a General Educational Development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
  • Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

Farmworkers Facing Disastrous Immigration Legislation

From our friends at Farmworker Justice

The threats to farmworkers and their families intensified this week.  We ask your support to help farmworkers fight for a fair immigration system.
Yesterday, the House immigration subcommittee held a hearing on agricultural guestworker programs.  Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Chair of the Judiciary Committee, said he will introduce a bill to repeal and replace the H-2A temporary foreign agricultural worker program.  His bill’s guestworker program would eliminate major labor protections on wages, housing and government oversight.  He opposes a path to immigration status and citizenship for undocumented farmworkers.
The day before, in a sneak attack, the House Appropriations Committee inserted into a spending bill a provision that would undermine farmworkers’ wages and conditions.  It would allow employers with year-round jobs to hire H-2A guestworkers.  Dairies and other farms with year-round jobs should compete for workers with good job terms.
Undocumented dairy and other agricultural workers should be granted an opportunity for immigration status and citizenship.
Trump’s Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said that he will propose a guestworker program.  And there already are several anti-immigrant, anti-worker bills pending in Congress to change the H-2A program.
Help us stop these anti-worker, anti-immigrant proposals.  We must struggle for fair immigration policies and a path to immigration status and citizenship for undocumented farmworkers and their families.  The Agricultural Worker Program Act of 2017 would do that.
We ask for your support for our vital work at this momentous time.
P.S.  Descriptions of legislative proposals on farmworker immigration are available on our website.

You should put November 2nd on your calendar…

July Photos for Thought- Put November 2nd on your calendar

On November 2nd, 2017, 6pm @ SEIU (6401 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR)  PCUN will hold it’s Annual Celebration: 40  Years of Movement Building. It will be fun!

Than you to everyone who worked to pass Cover All Kids this past session. Read about PCUN’s 2017 legislative priorities and victories here!

Congratulations to our newest immigration “Licenciad@s” (DOJ Accredited Reps) that can now practice immigration law through our Farmworker Service Center! Laura GalindoInes L Peña, y Mario Palafox


PCUN’s 2017 Legislative Priorities & Victories

Here is a summary of PCUN’s 2017 Legislative Priorities & Victories

SB 558-Cover all Kids: SB 558 ensures all Oregon children have the same access to health care, regardless of residency status. Oregon will become the 7th state in the country to provide health care for all children. The Cover All Kids legislation will: (1) Extend health care coverage through the Oregon Health Plan for all children in Oregon up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level, (2) Ensure that culturally and linguistically appropriate community-based outreach is conducted to maximize enrollment.

HB 3464 Privacy Law: Protects the privacy of immigrant families by prohibiting the exchange of certain confidential information for the use of migration. HB 3464 will also provide much-needed direction and procedures by the attorney-General of Oregon for schools, health clinics and other public entities and services on how to handle the federal government’s requests for information.

SB 828-Fair Work week: The first Fair Scheduling Law in the country. Part of the Fair Work Week Coalition.The bill will apply to retail, hotel, and food service establishments that have 500 or more employees worldwide. It will require the employers to give employees two weeks’ notice of their work schedules, to pay for last-minute employer-requested schedule changes, and to separate shifts by at least 10 hours. The bill pre-empts local governments from passing their own scheduling requirements. It will take effect July 1, 2018, with its penalty provisions taking effect Jan. 1, 2019.

HB 2355- End Racial Profiling Bill: Will require law enforcement departments to begin collecting and retaining standardized demographic data on all officer-initiated pedestrian and traffic stops. The bill also requires mandatory training in cultural competency and implicit bias for all state and local law enforcement officers in Oregon and establishes a statewide system to hold law enforcement departments accountable for profiling practices.

HB 3391-The Reproductive Healthy Equity ActRemoves financial barriers and ensures that every Oregonian is empowered to make their own decisions about whether and when to become a parent. The legislation will: (1) Require all commercial plans to cover the entire cost of the full range of reproductive health services – including family planning, vasectomy and abortion – without deductible or co-pay by the patient, (2) Establish coverage for reproductive health care, especially postpartum care for new mothers for Oregonians who are categorically excluded from health programs due to citizenship status, (3) Assure access without government interference to the full range of reproductive healthcare, including abortion, (4) Prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in reproductive health coverage.

HB 2845Develops Ethnic Studies standards- Directs the Department of Education to convene a group of 14 individuals—each with different backgrounds including—who will advise the state on where “it fails to recognize the histories, contributions, and perspectives of ethnic minorities and social minorities. Directs Department of Education to add and adopt “Ethnic Studies” standards to current social studies standards for Oregon public K-12 schools by 2020. Requires the Department of Education to “publish annual reports on the progress of the implementation of the ethnic studies standards.

HB 2864-Cultural Competency: Requires each community college and public university to establish process for recommending, and providing oversight for implementation of, cultural competency standards for institution and institution’s employees

HB 3279: Creates a new category of labor contractor for licensing by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries and requires additional training for managers, supervisors and employees. As a result, groups such as Janitorial subcontractors will receive additional protections from wage theft and sexual assault.

First time this happens in Oregon…

June Photos for Thought- First time this happens..

APP leads the way in electing Oregon’s first Latino majority school board–Read about it here! This is how we resist!

FHDC housing community–Colonia Jardines.  Colonia Jardines was opened on May 17th. It’s the first farmworker housing project in Silverton Oregon. Congratulations FHDC!

PCUN and LUS join rally at NORCOR detention facility  in the Dalles, Oregon in support of immigration detainees who are on a hunger strike to protest poor living conditions.


APP leads way to electing Oregon’s first Latino majority school board









APP team who led the campaigns of Anthony Medina (Woodburn-2nd right) & Levi Herrera-Lopez (Salem-1st right)

By electing Laura Isiordia, Gustavo Gutierrez, and Anthony Medina in Woodburn, we now have the first elected Latino majority school board in Oregon!!! These pioneers have broken down barriers for future generations of students. Anthony, who had the only contested race out of the three, is just 25 years old.  Anthony was the first in his family to graduate from college, earned a Master’s in Education Policy from Stanford University and works as a budget analyst for the State of Oregon. Talk about being young AND qualified to lead in our local school board.

In the Salem-Keizer Area, we campaigned hard to elect Levi Herrera, who since age 15, has been invested in the Salem-Keizer community and currently serves as the director of Mano a Mano Family Center, whose mission is to help families and youth become self-sufficient and empowered. Professionally, he works with community. Levi went to McNary High School and has ample personal experience overcoming barriers that as people of color, we often face in the education system. Levi is also part of the Salem-Keizer School district budget, Marion County Children and Families Commission, Salem Youth Advisory Commission, Marion County Public Safety Coordinating council, among many others.

If elected, Levi would have been the FIRST LATINO ever to sit on the Salem-Keizer school board. A unique perspective much needed, given that 50% of Salem-Keizer students are students of color. However, as qualified as Levi is, it is clear that the community in Salem-Keizer was not ready for a Latino candidate.

Levi will continue to advocate for our most vulnerable communities as he has always done and Acción Política PCUNista will continue working to elect people who represent the communities they serve. Just look at our team. These campaigns are led by YOUNG people–college students and high school students–who truly care about their communities and the positive impact this has on our state. Together, we knocked close to 8,000 doors in Salem-Keizer and Woodburn. We heard powerful stories from community and helped people vote for the first time.

We didn’t lose, we won! These young people are our present and our future and we will continue to make our voices heard. They’ve broken through the chains of poverty and are now breaking through the chains of our political system. 

Thank you for supporting our efforts!


Jaime Arredondo

APP Executive Director