Immigrant Fairness

The school of hard knocks has taught us many lessons about how to engage with the issue of immigration in a way that is impactful and authentic in rural and small-town communities. Here, we attempt to capture those lessons and make them available to you in a series of toolkits. (Many of our tools may apply to larger towns as well.)

We have found that true person-to-person organizing is the fundamental ground floor of the larger policy change that we all know is desperately needed, and it can bring enormous personal richness for those involved, and inspiration to continue forward. At the same time, we must engage with the messy politics, and we must also show up and take bold action when basic decency is threatened, or when the moment ripe for change. We have learned that political engagement is our hammer, our tool for making the concrete changes we crave, while organizing is our life blood, giving us energy to sustain for the long haul.

We invite you to download and use our tools, shared below, and welcome your thoughts, questions, and experiences. If you’d like to speak with an ROP organizer, please call or email

Tookits Available:
Welcoming Communities
Responding to ICE enforcement
Know Your Rights
Living Room Conversations

COMING SOON: Latino Organizing

If you want to correct some of the misinformation out there and are looking for some quick facts about immigration:

ROP’s Mythbusters Handout
Undocumented immigrants and taxes in Oregon
Inmigrantes indocumentados y los impuestos en Oregon
Setting the Record Straight: Immigrants and Crime
Root causes of Mexican Migration

Dec 312017

As we close out another year, we invite you to reflect on the incredible work of human dignity groups across rural Oregon in 2017. Click here to make a tax deductible year-end donation to support organizing in rural communities. In 2017, Rural Organizing Project reached across boundaries and borders to build the movement for human [read more]

 Posted by on December 31, 2017
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 292017

Rural Oregonians have been responding to the attacks on our immigrant neighbors and family members by taking action, organizing our communities, and opening challenging and necessary conversations about what our communities need for every person to truly feel safe. There seems to be constant news about anti-immigrant rants from the White House and new punitive [read more]

 Posted by on September 29, 2017
Sep 212017

Last week, several national immigrant rights organizations publicly released leaked information that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) planned mass raids aiming to detain between 6,000-10,000 immigrants during a two week period in September. As soon as the information hit national news, the Department of Homeland Security announced that operation was canceled due to hurricanes Harvey [read more]

 Posted by on September 21, 2017
Sep 062017

Today, Attorney Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration will be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program within six months. During his speech, Sessions managed to promote just about every ugly stereotype you can imagine about our immigrant neighbors. From the events in Charlottesville, to the pardoning of Joe Arpaio, and this [read more]

 Posted by on September 6, 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 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 052017

On Saturday, several immigrant detainees in The Dalles went on hunger strike to amplify their demands for humane conditions inside of the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility (NORCOR) alongside the hunger strikers in the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, WA. After six days without food, the hunger strikers in NORCOR have ended their strike (for [read more]

 Posted by on May 5, 2017