2023 Annual Report

In this critical year for democracy, ROP and rural human dignity groups continue to lead in confronting antidemocratic violence. Extremist groups are testing strategies in rural communities, even as some of their leaders face jail time for the January 6th, 2021 insurrection. We are challenging narratives that promote fear and division by organizing for dignity and inclusion for all.

Oregon public schools and libraries received more complaints against books and materials this year than ever before. Rural students and their allies built power in 27 counties by advocating for inclusive curricula, welcoming hallway culture and gender-free bathrooms. Organizers in Redmond entered a banned books float in the 4th of July parade to joyfully resist. After the mayors of Newport and Baker City each made anti-queer and racist remarks, local organizers successfully won their resignations.

The Tillamook Democracy Project hosted its Campaign School for the third time to identify, recruit and work with pro-democracy community members to run for non-partisan local offices. They distributed voter pamphlets with the local newspaper to ensure easy access to information about candidates who would advocate for human dignity and welcoming communities.

In Benton, Coos, Crook, Josephine, Lane and Linn counties, human dignity groups hosted ROP’s exhibit, Bridging Divides, Defending Dignity. By sharing stories of 30 years of rural Oregon organizing, events reached new people and inspired community conversations on today’s most pressing issues.

In 2021, human dignity leaders applied for permits for community radio stations to protect democracy, expand access to relevant information and build trust with their neighbors. This year both KRFR 90.7 FM in Malheur County and KBZR 89.9 FM in Baker County got approval to build stations!

Rural Oregonians from Curry to Wallowa County organized Pride and Juneteenth events. Rural Oregon declared and celebrated the importance of inclusion and equality for all with marches, drag shows, picnics and skate nights.

ROP’s mission is to strengthen the skills, resources, and vision of primary leadership in local autonomous human dignity groups with a goal of keeping such groups a vibrant source for a just democracy.

More than 75 human dignity groups and thousands of community leaders worked together to advance democracy in small-town and rural Oregon.

Human Dignity Group

BAKER

  • Baker Radio: KBZR
  • Baker Community Justice Project

BENTON

  • Coast Range Association
  • Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism
  • Corvallis Daytime Drop-in Center Street Outreach Response Team
  • Corvallis Latin America Solidarity Committee
  • Linn-Benton Greens
  • Linn Benton NAACP
  • Linn Benton Rapid Response Team
  • Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates
  • Mid-Valley Solidarity Coalition
  • Race Matters, First Congregational UCC
  • Stop the Sweeps
  • Sunrise Corvallis
  • Veterans For Peace, Linus Pauling Chapter 132

CLACKAMAS

  • Bridging Cultures
  • Clackamas DSA
  • Indivisible Clackamas

CLATSOP

  • Columbia Pacific Alliance for Social Justice
  • Indivisible North Coast Oregon

COLUMBIA

  • Columbia County Coalition for Human Dignity
  • Vernonia Equality & Racial Justice

COOS

  • Human Rights Advocates of Coos County
  • South Coast Equity Coalition
  • Southern Oregon Coast Pride

CROOK

  • Human Dignity Advocates of Crook County
  • Latino Community Association
  • PFLAG Prineville

CURRY

  • Indivisible North Curry County
  • South Coast Equity Coalition
  • Southern Oregon Coast Pride

DESCHUTES

  • Bend Equity Project
  • Indivisible Sisters
  • Latino Community Association
  • Peace and Social Justice Team of First Presbyterian Church
  • PFLAG Central Oregon
  • Redmond Collective Action
  • Vocal Seniority

DOUGLAS

  • Support for Asylum-Seekers and Immigrants

GILLIAM

  • NORCOR Community Resource Coalition
  • Rural Voices

GRANT

  • Grant County Positive Action

HARNEY

  • Rural Alliance for Diversity

HOOD RIVER

  • Columbia Gorge Women’s Action Network
  • Gorge Ecumenical Ministries/Somos Uno
  • Hood River County Rapid Response Team
  • Hood River Latino Network
  • NORCOR Community Resource Coalition

JACKSON

  • Ashland Together
  • Peace House
  • Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice
  • Truth to Power

JEFFERSON

  • Jefferson Positive Action Group
  • Latino Community Association

JOSEPHINE

  • Unitarian Universalists of Grants Pass Social Action Team

KLAMATH

  • Klamath Peace Readers

LAKE

  • Indivisible Lake County
  • Outback Voices

LANE

  • Blackberry Pie Society
  • Church Women United
  • Community Alliance of Lane County
  • Deadwood Resists
  • Florence Indivisible
  • Florence ORganizes
  • Springfield-Eugene Showing Up For Racial Justice
  • Support for Asylum-Seekers and Immigrants

LINCOLN

  • Acompañar
  • Coastal Network
  • PFLAG of the Oregon Central Coast

LINN

  • Albany Peace Seekers
  • Linn-Benton Greens
  • Linn-Benton NAACP
  • Linn Benton Rapid Response Team
  • Mid-Valley Solidarity Coalition

MARION

  • Silverton Progressives

MORROW

  • Oregon Rural Action
  • Rural Voices

POLK

  • Polk Folks for Human Dignity
  • Unidos Club at WOU

SHERMAN

  • Rural Voices

TILLAMOOK

  • Tillamook Democracy Project

UMATILLA

  • Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Youth Leadership Council
  • Oregon Rural Action
  • Pendleton Community Action Coalition

UNION

  • Oregon Rural Action
  • Union County Progressives

WALLOWA

  • Postcardia

WASCO

  • NORCOR Community Resource Coalition
  • Protect Oregon’s Progress / The Dalles Indivisible
  • Wasco County Rapid Response Team

WASHINGTON

  • Adelante Mujeres
  • Western WashCo For Racial Justice

WHEELER

  • Rural Voices

YAMHILL

  • Progressive Yamhill
  • Unidos Bridging Community