Hundreds march across I5 Bridge in Jobs for Justice demonstration

first_imgHundreds marched across the Interstate 5 Bridge on Saturday morning to protest labor practices in Portland and Vancouver.Portland Jobs With Justice, a 90-member nonprofit organization, organized the rally, which started in Portland near Jantzen Beach, included a two-mile walk across I-5 North to Vancouver and finished at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver.The march and subsequent rally drew between 150 to 200 participants, the Vancouver Police Department said. There were no incidents involved with the march, according to police.The march, themed “Good Jobs for All! No Cuts!” highlighted concerns over labor struggles involving the Hilton Vancouver Washington, Georgia-Pacific in Portland and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in Longview, among others, said organizer Chris Ferlazzo.“I thought it was exciting to connect the communities and their struggles,” Ferlazzo said, estimating that around 500 people participated, including people involved in Occupy Vancouver and Occupy Portland.Saturday’s march and rally was the third in a series of events organized as part of Portland Rising. The other two were an April march in Portland and a June bus tour of seven locations, including the Hilton Vancouver Washington.last_img

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