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A more perfect, inclusive union

Oregon's story is America's story.

In Oregon, we take enormous pride in the things we've accomplished together. Like being one of the first states to grant women the right to vote. Like our progressive leadership on environmental protections and reproductive freedom.

And we also recognize where we've fallen short, and where more needs to be done. Like our home’s initial refusal to ratify the 14th and 15th Amendments and displacing native populations. Like our ongoing struggles for real equity in traditionally-marginalized communities.

The Oregon and the America I believe in work together to solve problems – not just pretend they don’t exist. The Oregon and America I believe in keep striving to live up to our ideals.

I love Oregon. I love America. I see in both a tremendous opportunity to truly form a more perfect, more inclusive union.

We must not only resist the backwards, hateful policies of the Trump administration, but be the force for good that brings about a progressive renewal across America.

I see the foundation for that renewal being built by passionate and committed activists everywhere I go.

People want opportunity and a fair shot. People want to live and raise families in peace and prosperity – not worry if they'll have clean drinking water, or if they'll face bankruptcy when the unforeseen happens, or if their friends or loved ones will be deported.

The Oregon and America I know are willing to do whatever it takes to make things right.

It's up to us. To build a nationwide movement that resists Donald Trump's extremism, and then turns the page to our progressive renewal.

That starts by speaking up. By standing strong against hate and standing up for each other. By winning every school board, and city council, and state house, and governor's mansion, and House and Senate race until we've taken back our country!

Jeff

Posted on February 14, 2018.
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Meet Jeff Merkley

Jeff Merkley was born in the small town of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, the son of a sawmill worker.Jeff Merkley and Family As an advocate and a state legislator, he always fought hard for working families in Oregon. And now, as U.S. Senator, he's working every day for families in Oregon and across the country.

His progressive commitment is clear - working for economic recovery and family-wage jobs, clean energy that puts Americans to work and combats the climate crisis, affordable health care for all Americans. Learn more about Jeff Merkley.

Connect with Jeff Meet Jeff Merkley

Jeff Merkley was born in the small town of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, the son of a sawmill worker. As an advocate and a state legislator, he always fought hard for working families in Oregon. And now, as U.S. Senator, he's working every day for families in Oregon and across the country.

His progressive commitment is clear - working for economic recovery and family-wage jobs, clean energy that puts Americans to work and combats the climate crisis, affordable health care for all Americans. Learn more about Jeff Merkley.