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 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
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