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.

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
Oct 302016

Over the last few weeks human dignity group leaders across the state have been exchanging information, holding events, and contacting ROP, looking for ways to stand in solidarity with rural and indigenous people who are under attack in North Dakota. We are heartbroken and incensed that the courageous water protectors in North Dakota are being [read more]

 Posted by on October 30, 2016
Oct 202016

ROP STAND Voter Guide English (pdf) ROP STAND Guía Electoral Español (pdf) Read on for our featured articles including: What Kind of Future Do You Want? Confronting fear, reclaiming hope this election season Welcome to Our 2016 Voting Guide Let’s Reclaim Democracy Oregon Ballot Measures: Do these measures uphold democracy and rebuild communities? A Rural Oregon that Works for All [read more]

 Posted by on October 20, 2016
Oct 172016

We wrapped up our statewide tour of Beyond Burns: the Growing Patriot Movement last week with two more engaging and energizing stops in Wallowa and Union Counties! As we dug into the research and tools we’ve compiled in Up In Arms: A Guide to Oregon’s Patriot Movement, both communities began connecting the dots between what [read more]

 Posted by on October 17, 2016
Oct 092016

We are on the last leg of our tour, traveling through the high desert and pine forests of Eastern Oregon. We love it out here! On Friday and Saturday we visited Grant and Baker Counties where community members packed the rooms to learn about the impacts of the Patriot movement statewide and within their own communities. We are visiting with [read more]

 Posted by on October 9, 2016
Oct 072016

We are six stops into our tour around the state on “Beyond Burns: the Growing Patriot Movement in Oregon.” We’ve been to St. Helens, Albany, Eugene, Medford, Grants Pass, and Bend.  Each stop has had over 50 participants anxious to dig into the political and economic roots of the Patriot movement, how this movement is [read more]

 Posted by on October 7, 2016