Rural Oregonians deserve a seat at the table at every level of government. There are many ways to get involved in local and state politics, from knocking on your neighbors’ doors and chatting with folks about what’s on the ballot during election season, to sitting down with your state representatives to share what your group wants them to prioritize when they go to Salem. Not part of a group? Check out the map of Rural Organizing Project human dignity groups and reach out to ROP to get connected to one in your area! Here are a few ways to can take action:
Meet with your legislators:
The 2023 legislative long session started on January 17th. Now is a great time to call your state senators or representatives! Invite them to your next group meeting to discuss the bills you want them to champion in the legislative session!
- Select a few dates that will work for your group to meet with your state legislators.
- Choose a group member to call your legislators and schedule a time to meet. Your legislators’ contact information can be found here, on the Oregon Legislature website.
- Decide how to share your group’s legislative priorities and agenda. Are you particularly concerned about health care? indigenous language accessibility? Something else? Talk to your legislators about your concerns! Here’s a list of priority bills we’re tracking this year. Do you have bills you are excited about? Please send them our way at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Set an agenda for the gathering. (Consider this sample agenda).
- Be sure to send a thank you card after the meeting.
- Consider what other elected officials your group might want to meet with. Are there new city councilors or county commissioners with whom it would be especially strategic for your group to have a relationship?