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.

Oct 022016

We are three events into our statewide tour of “Beyond Burns: the Growing Patriot Movement in Oregon” and the response has been overwhelming.  At every stop, we have packed the room! Over 50 people from Columbia County joined us on Thursday to learn more about the economic and political roots of the “Patriot” movement in [read more]

 Posted by on October 2, 2016
Aug 112016

This is an email alert to our friends and supporters about a new round of violence and intimidation in rural communities in Oregon.  Courageous leaders in Douglas and Josephine Counties have been threatened by members of the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters for feeding the hungry, memorializing the Black lives lost to police violence, [read more]

 Posted by on August 11, 2016
Jun 132016

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]

 Posted by on June 13, 2016
Feb 082016

Last week was a whirlwind of resistance from across the state! Across Oregon, thousands of people have taken the streets to tell paramilitaries and militia groups to leave Harney County, including 350 folks outside of the Harney County Courthouse who chanted a simple message to the militia occupying their community: you are not our voice! [read more]

 Posted by on February 8, 2016
Jan 292016

January 27th, 2016 Dear ROPnet, Last night, eight leaders of the armed takeover at Malheur Wildlife Refuge were arrested outside of Burns en route to a meeting in Grant County dedicated to setting up a shadow county government the way they had attempted in Harney County. One of the occupiers was killed during the confrontation [read more]

 Posted by on January 29, 2016
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 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
May 222015

We wrote you on May 7th to tell you about right wing and militia groups from across the country converging in Josephine County for an armed standoff with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over what was in reality a matter of paperwork. After over a month of armed encampments, threats to BLM employees, intimidation [read more]

 Posted by on May 22, 2015
May 072015

One evening a couple weeks ago, I received a call from a human dignity group leader in Josephine County: “ROP! Help!” The Oath Keepers of Josephine County, a local chapter of a national right-wing organization that recruits police, military, and others to “uphold their oath to the Constitution” and to refuse any orders that violate [read more]

 Posted by on May 7, 2015
Nov 252014

Over a year ago, I wrote you all to express my grief, dismay, and feeling of paralysis with the news that George Zimmerman was acquitted for Trayvon Martin’s murder. Last night, I watched a livestream of Ferguson protesters absorbing the news that Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted, and I sobbed as I helplessly [read more]

 Posted by on November 25, 2014