Like you, we are grieving, shocked, and heartbroken by the shooting at an Orlando LGBT nightclub on Latinx night. The grief is compounded by the news of a hate crime late Saturday night in rural Oregon. A young gay man was brutally assaulted in Cottage Grove, his attacker repeatedly referring to his sexuality during the beating. Thankfully [read more]
National Welcoming Week is September 15 to 22: How will your town participate? Last year, Unidos Building Community kicked off the statewide tour of the Borderless Stories exhibit to celebrate Welcoming Week 2012. Read their story here and plan for how you can participate this year with the July Kitchen Table Activity! WHAT IS THE ACTIVITY? Did you know that [read more]
Word travelled to the ROP office this week that anti-immigrant activists are out on the streets, collecting petition signatures for a ballot measure to repeal the recently passed Drivers Card legislation. Call the ROP office for materials to get the “Decline to Sign” message out in your town. On May 1 of this year, Governor [read more]
May 2, 2013 Dear Friends of ROP in Multnomah County, Join us for the Rural Caucus & Strategy Session! Saturday, June 8th in Woodburn. Register here! 20 Years of the ROP Caucus! Each Spring, the Rural Organizing Project convenes over 125 rural and small town organizers, justice seekers, and community members for a day-long Rural Caucus & [read more]
As an ROP volunteer I’m sometimes offered assignments that paid staff would love to do but, alas, they have minute-by-minute obligations that often preclude fun extras. So when the World Affairs Council of Oregon asked if ROP could meet with a delegation of Serbian LGBT leaders, the query was kicked over to me and I said, [read more]
This week Oregon United for Marriage submitted their first 2,000 signatures to qualify marriage equality for the Oregon ballot in 2014! ROP leaders signed to ensure that 29 of Oregon’s 36 counties were represented from the start, and 10 of the 17 Valentine’s Day parties to collect signatures were in small town Oregon, outside Salem [read more]
September 27th, 2012 Dear Ropnetters, This week, we share the story of an ROP group that turned crisis into opportunity. Read on to be inspired, and to pick up more tools for your organizing toolbox. Earlier this summer, following a community conversation about marriage equality in Lincoln County, a hate-filled op-ed was published in the [read more]
Over the next month there will be some serious consideration on whether or not to bring a marriage equality measure to the ballot in 2012. Is there the voter support to win in 2012? That is why we are bringing you the October Kitchen Table Activism early this month, to invite your human dignity group [read more]
A year ago, gatherings in a dozen communities launched the start of a public campaign for marriage equality in rural Oregon.
In rural communities that as recently as 2004 voted by a two-thirds majority for ONE MAN ONE WOMAN, the prospect of going public for marriage was a scary thing. Support groups & human dignity groups have been organizing for inclusion & safety for LGBT people for decades, a time marked with triumphs but also violence and hard choices. But instead of fear we saw tremendous courage, and the conversation on marriage began.