About Our Movement

Supporters of a $15 minimum wage rally at the Oregon Capitol. Photo by Jamie Partridge
Supporters of a $15 minimum wage rally at the Oregon Capitol. Photo by Jamie Partridge

15 Now Oregon envisions a world where the well-being of people, not the pursuit of profit, is the keystone of our economy; where all workers have the dignity made possible by a living wage that is sufficient for a family not just to survive, but to thrive; where broad-based movements champion social and economic justice causes; and where these movements empower the working class to engage in the political process for the good of society.

Our mission is to educate, advocate, and organize for our state’s minimum wage to be a living wage. We are resolved that at present, fifteen dollars an hour is the baseline for a living wage. The implementation of this policy will lift hardworking Oregonians out of poverty, and allow them to feed and house themselves and their families without taxpayer-funded public assistance. We hope our efforts will inspire other cities and states to follow Oregon’s lead and end poverty wages.

The mission will be fulfilled by changing Oregon’s minimum wage law. We seek to do this by any peaceful means necessary. Accordingly, we will advocate for a $15 minimum wage in the Legislature, and will also support a ballot initiative for 2016. To succeed, we must develop a highly effective campaign organization with a strong base of popular support, and inspire our communities to participate in a larger movement for economic justice for all. We need your support in the fight for $15, and in the good work to come.