February 25, 2024

SOJWJ’s Jason Houk addresses Ashland City Council

My message to Ashland City Council tonight. I am an organizer with Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice, a non-profit with a goal of improving our community’s standard of living. We are sponsors of the Ashland Community Peace Meal and other efforts to provide aid and resources for our most vulnerable neighbors.We value and appreciate all […]

Viewpoint: We should be using Pioneer Hall now to feed the unhoused and hungry

The public building has served as the hub for community meals for years — and could fill that role now except for the city’s unnecessary ban on its use, says one of the groups behind the Ashland Peace MealBy Jason Houk I wanted to address some confusion and help paint a more complete picture of […]

Open Pioneer Hall!

For the past 8 years, the city of Ashland has worked with the community peace meal to help ensure that our most vulnerable neighbors were invited inside Pioneer Hall to share meals together, especially during the coldest months of the year. Today, Pioneer Hall sits empty. Our community meals are held outside, regardless of temperatures, […]

Oregon sees record-high unionization

Oregon Public Broadcasting | By Lillian Karabaic/OPB In just the past month, strippers, vegan donut makers and thrift shop workers have all won union elections in Oregon.In a year of notable national union activity — from the WGA and SAF-AFTRA strikes shutting down Hollywood to the president joining the UAW picket line in Detroit — […]