Democracy & Civic Participation

ROP and Human Dignity Groups promote year-round rural civic engagement that builds power on local, state and national levels and facilitates democratic participation in our communities.

ROP tools, like the Democracy Grid, are on the Organizing Tools page under Human Dignity Groups.

Nov 022017
 

19 immigrants and refugees detained at a public county jail in The Dalles went on hunger strike Wednesday morning, demanding nutritious meals, family visitation, cheaper phone calls, cheaper commissary for hygiene products and food to supplement the unhealthy meals they are provided, and access to a stocked library and recreation yard. This is the second [read more]

 Posted by on November 2, 2017
Sep 032017
 

In the days following the horrific violence by the white nationalists who descended on Charlottesville, VA, rural Oregonians gathered with their neighbors in action, remembrance, and commitment to the work ahead of us. From towns as small as 500 people to the largest cities in the state, communities chose to confront fear with courage, heart, [read more]

 Posted by on September 3, 2017
Aug 152017
 

Like you, we are disturbed, angered, and grieving after torch-wielding white nationalists descended on Charlottesville, VA last weekend, killing one, injuring many, and threatening hundreds who showed up for human dignity and justice. As one rural leader told us, “I feel that if there was a white nationalist rally happening here, all of the people [read more]

 Posted by on August 15, 2017
Aug 062017
 

At this year’s Rural Caucus and Strategy Session, folks from across the state were stunned when they learned about their community’s history from Architecture of Internment: The Build-up to Wartime Incarceration, an exhibit created by Graham Street Productions that illustrates the lead-up to Japanese internment during WWII in original letters and headlines from that time. Architecture of [read more]

 Posted by on August 6, 2017
Jul 312017
 

(Traducción en Español abajo) In response to our members’ desire to work more closely on immigration issues, ROP is introducing new workshops on “Know your Rights” and “Know your Roles”! We are encouraging you to host both, but you can choose either one! Email Keyla at keyla@rop.org to register!   In this moment, our neighbors and [read more]

 Posted by on July 31, 2017
Jul 072017
 

In rural Oregon, we know how the Right hopes to control our communities through the politics of fear and rejection. For 25 years, ROP has supported rural communities combating the dehumanization and marginalization of our neighbors, including when the Right’s crosshairs have been focused on LGBTQ folks, Jews, immigrants, Muslims, and other all-too-convenient scapegoats. We [read more]

 Posted by on July 7, 2017
May 012017
 

Hunger strike spreads to two states ICE’s attempt to break strike greeted with resistance in Oregon Dear friends and supporters, Communities in Washington and Oregon are under direct attack by anti-immigrant policies, and your help is urgently needed to support the resistance. For three weeks, more than 750 immigrants detained at the for-profit Northwest Detention [read more]

 Posted by on May 1, 2017
Jan 152017
 

This weekend hundreds, if not thousands, of people are going to come together in Salem for the United for Immigrant Rights March & Rally. Oregonians from across the state will join in this national day of action to declare our commitment to becoming a welcoming and inclusive state, and to working together to respond to [read more]

 Posted by on January 15, 2017
Nov 212016
 

Like many of you, we are knee-deep in thinking about how we best defend the most vulnerable in our communities. We are supporting dozens of rural Oregonians across the state responding to threats, vandalism, and harassment in light of the election results. After hearing from teachers across rural Oregon that bullying and harassment is making [read more]

 Posted by on November 21, 2016