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.

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
PFLAG Central Oregon
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
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