Weekly Update: Are We Connected?
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Laughter Works – and Work Connects Us All
On Sunday night, over 350 people – union and nonunion workers alike – packed the house at the Helium Comedy Club in SE Portland. Comedians from Laughing Liberally - Lee Camp, Negin Farsad and Katie Halper- joined local Portland comedians Kyle Harbert and Gilbert Brown for the event. We’ll have a video of the show up as soon as the footage is processed, so stay tuned!
After leaving the crowd in stitches on Sunday, the comedians led two workshops and multiple events around town. The first workshop focused on the best practices for using Twitter to promote events, build an online base of supporters and expand the reach of an organization on the internet. The second workshop gave participants an understanding of how to incorporate comedy and humor into their organization’s political messaging.
The comedians, along with Working America canvassers, took to the streets on Monday and Tuesday nights to spread the word about how Work Connects Us All. By thanking employees at area businesses and encouraging people to thank Portland Jazz Festival workers, the idea that our work brings us together has begun to spread in Portland. Additionally, the comedians helped Working America incorporate humor into their canvassing techniques which they put to work on Tuesday to spread the word about Portland’s cab drivers. (Click here to read last week’s update about cab drivers.)
Click here to see photos from Laughter Works.
Click here to see our Twitter feed with pictures and more from the Work Connects Us All street actions.
In Other News...
Upcoming Town Hall & Job Fair on Swan Island
On Friday, March 9th Senator Chip Shields and House Democratic Leader Tina Kotek are hosting a joint town hall and job fair at Vigor Industrial (5555 N. Channel Ave in Portland). The event will run from noon – 1:30pm and will be a great opportunity to speak with companies who are hiring workers, as well as a chance to get involved with local politics. Companies such as Gunderson, Oregon Ironworks, Columbia Distribution and more will be on hand to talk about job openings.
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