Thousands march on Nike in company’s hometown

Earlier today, thousands from across Oregon and around the country marched on the Niketown store in downtown Portland, just miles away from Nike’s global headquarters.  The march on May 1st, the international day celebrating worker rights, sought to highlight Nike’s refusal to pay the $2.2 million owed to workers who sewed Nike products in two separate factories in Honduras.

Gina Cano and Lowlee Urquia addressed the May Day crowd in downtown Portland before the march.  Over 5,000 people participated in the May Day activities.

Gina and Lowlee address the crowd.

Gina and Lowlee address the crowd.

The crowd of marchers at a park in downtown Portland before heading out on the march

The crowd of marchers at a park in downtown Portland before heading out on the march

As the march passed by the Portland Niketown, Gina and Lowlee spoke as supporters dropped a banner reading “Nike: Just Pay It!” from the top of the 13-story building.

Gina, Lowlee, and USAS students lead the march to the Portland Niketown.

Gina, Lowlee, and USAS students lead the march to the Portland Niketown.

Banner drop from 13-story Niketown building.

Banner drop from 13-story Niketown building.

Supporters in the march cheer as the banner is released.

Supporters in the march cheer as the banner is released.

About the Author

Jack Mahoney is a National Organizer for USAS. Jack coordinates our campaigns in solidarity with campus workers, along with various other duties. He graduated in 2008 from Georgetown University, where as a USAS member he organized with campus janitors for a landmark union victory for living wages.