Racial Justice

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
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