About MLP

Mission:

We are a group of farmworker women who create economic development and promote leadership among women inour community. We share, coexist with other women, and learn new skills. We, the members of Mujeres Luchadoras Progresistas (MLP), strive to improve our living and working conditions. We recognize that women overcome exploitation and injustice when we organize and reclaim our rights. We believe there should be respect between workers. As a group of farmworker women, we will strengthen our pride, our dignity and advance our cause.

History:

Mujeres Luchadoras Progresistas (Women Striving for Progress) began as a project of PCUN (Oregon’s farmworker union) in 1992 and was incorporated as a non-profit in 2001 in order to foster the organization’s development and self-determination. In 1992, PCUN’s service center noticed a marked increase in women members who were reporting domestic violence, sexual harassment in the workplace, and other problems. There were no agencies or organizations in the community that addressed the root causes of women’s oppression:  economic inequity and dependence.  In order to address these issues at their source, and the system which perpetuates these conditions, farmworker women need support from their peers.

Since its creation MLP has worked to build a base of farmworker women to address these issues.  While we address systematic and institutional sexism, we are careful not to approach the work in a way that would divide the family or isolate women from the very limited support or security they presently have.

Our goals:

  • Develop stronger women’s leadership within the farmworker movement and larger community through plans created and carried out by farmworker women to address their needs and reality.
  • Create a vehicle for mutual support among farmworker women.
  • Develop an organized, collective response to home and workplace issues and conditions which discriminate against or oppress women
  • Continue our radio program “Mujeres de la Comunidad” on 95.9FM Radio Movimiento: La Voz del Pueblo in order to share basic health information for women
  • Create paths through which farmworker women can provide themselves greater economic independence
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4 responses to “About MLP

  1. My name is Ashnie Butler. My daughter attends Sunnyside School and it is how I have become aware of your organization. I work for Family Forward Oregon, working for policy change to improve economic justice for women and working families. I would love to connect and hear more about your organization and share what we do with you.
    My email is ashnie@familyforward.org. My phone number is 360-316-9390.
    Hope to hear from you soon.
    Ashnie

    • mujeresluchadoras

      Hi Ashnie,
      We are interested in connecting with other organizations as well. I would like to invite you to come down and look at the work we do with this years wreath project. Let me know if you have time between now and December 2nd.You can email me at rebeca_pcun@yahoo.com or call me at the office 503-982-0243.

  2. Barbara Torrey

    How can I volunteer and support your work

    • mujeresluchadoras

      Hi Barbara,
      Sorry for not responding sooner I’m not sure what type of volunteer work you would like to do but we are always in need of as much help as we can get I will be email you to set up a time to meet.

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