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Will climate change widen the gap between haves and have-nots in the Northwest?

Activists in the Pacific Northwest have warned for years that communities of color and other marginalized groups are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change, and less well-positioned to take advantage of jobs and other benefits likely to result as the region’s economy moves away from fossil fuels.





Emma Funk is a barista in a Forest Grove coffee shop. She says she makes ends meet just fine working at $10/hour, near Oregon's minimum wage. She says she lives within her means, has roommates and doesn't overspend. She says $15/hour sounds high, and thinks the federal minimum wage is a good standard.

Represented: Oregon's Minimum Wage

In this installment of our "Represented" series, we gathered in the East Portland neighborhood of Rosewood to talk with workers, business owners and others about raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

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