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 stand 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 organizer, please call or email cara@rop.org.

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

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
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
Oct 082015
 

Like you, we are grieving, shocked, and heartbroken by the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg last week. The senseless killing of students and an instructor on their campus, attending their classes, has left every Oregonian reeling, asking, why did this happen? More importantly, all of us are asking, how do we respond? As [read more]

 Posted by on October 8, 2015
Jun 232015
 

This is an action alert! The Oregon Republican Party and Oregonians for Immigration Reform (a recognized hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center) are hosting Sheriff Joe Arpaio onSaturday, June 27th for fundraisers and a rally at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem. Sheriff Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona has become the national posterchild for the [read more]

 Posted by on June 23, 2015
Jun 022015
 

  Today we would like to share with you the incredible story of how Linn County leaders went from hosting an event to helping form a multigenerational and multiracial group who, in the face of hate activity, led their community in action and response! Community Action for Racial Equity (CARE)’s work is sure to inspire [read more]

 Posted by on June 2, 2015
Nov 212014
 

November 21st, 2014 Dear ROPnet, The photo to the right was snapped last night at Central Oregon’s Social Justice Center. Over fifty people gathered together at the heart of Central Oregon’s human dignity movement to hear firsthand what President Obama planned to do with his executive action on immigration reform. The room was overflowing with [read more]

 Posted by on November 21, 2014
Nov 042014
 

November 3rd, 2014 Dear ROPnetters, Over the last few months rural and small town Oregonians have made their voices heard. We have knocked on doors, hosted and attended forums, and made hundreds of phone calls. We have delivered STAND Voter Guides, marched through the streets, written letters to the editor, and talked with our neighbors. [read more]

 Posted by on November 4, 2014
Oct 252014
 

October 23rd, 2014 Dear ROPnet, This month we bring you stories from communities all over the state – rural and small town Oregonians taking action in support of driver cards and against deportations! Over the last few weeks human dignity groups have marched 7 miles from Scappoose to St Helens, marched 150 strong in Hermiston, [read more]

 Posted by on October 25, 2014