Stories From The Field

ROP member groups are making great strides toward justice in the far corners of the state. Check back here frequently for their stories, campaigns and successes. If you’re interested in a specific topic, you can also find updates under Issues.

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
Jun 192017
 

This year is ROP’s 25th anniversary and guess how we’ve been celebrating? With the largest Rural Caucus & Strategy Session in ROP’s history! On Saturday, June 3rd, over 160 people representing 31 of Oregon’s 36 counties gathered for a day of making connections with peers across the state while strategizing, visioning, and building our movement [read more]

 Posted by on June 19, 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
Feb 092017
 

Much is happening out at Standing Rock right now. Drilling under the Missouri River has begun, and Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II recently told reporters that he landed in Washington DC en route to meet with the Trump administration to learn that the Army Corp of Engineers granted an easement that allowed for [read more]

 Posted by on February 9, 2017
Jan 252017
 

Last weekend was inspirational! Over the inauguration weekend, millions of people around the globe took to the streets to publicly demonstrate our commitment to human dignity, justice, and inclusion over the politics of fear and division. Oregon was no exception, with dozens of marches and rallies across the state, led by seasoned organizers and folks [read more]

 Posted by on January 25, 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 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