Occupation Free Rose City

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Occupation-Free Portland (OFP) is a coalition of groups working for human rights, justice and equality in Palestine/Israel.

The mission of OFP is rooted in our commitment to human rights.

In December 2014, Portland’s City Council unanimously passed a Socially Responsible Investments (SRI) Policy. OFP supports this policy as it reflects that Portland is a city that aims to put its dollars where its values are. The SRI policy states that city dollars should not be invested in

“… corporations that engage in practices that damage the environment and health, engage in abusive labor practices, violate corporate ethical and governance standards, engage in extreme tax avoidance strategies, exercise such a level of market dominance as to disrupt normal competitive market forces, or contribute to human rights violations undermine efforts to create a prosperous, educated, healthy, and equitable society”

The SRI policy allows for placing companies where the city has no current investments but which fail to meet the SRI criteria on a do-not-buy-list.

OFP is requesting that the City’s SRI Committee put four companies–Caterpillar, G4S, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola Solutions, on the do-not-buy list for their complicity in and profiting from Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands. The City currently does hold an investment with Caterpillar and OFP will request that this investment be discontinued.

OFP acts in coalition with other human rights and social justice organizations as we recognize that many of these same corporations that violate Palestinian human rights are also guilty of human rights abuses, environmentally damaging, and unjust labor practices in other situations and with other populations.

For more information or to get involved in Occupation-Free Portland,

contact: info@auphr.org or info@jvp-pdx.org