Level Up Your Strategic Communications Skills!

Have you noticed that our ROPnets often start with values or a positive vision for our communities? Do you ever scroll past email alerts and mass texts telling you for the 15th time today that the world is falling apart?  In just four weeks, the Rural Caucus and Strategy Session is happening in Woodburn (Saturday, […]

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Welcome to the team, Martha!

This year’s Caucus will be on Saturday, April 6th in Woodburn, and it’s going to be one for the books. Make sure to register your group by Friday to help ROP organizers get an accurate head count for chairs, meals, childcare, interpretation and housing. Have questions? Email Sidra at sidra@rop.org.  We are so excited to […]

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Support the Columbia Gorge Resolution Center! 

As a result of decades of underinvestment from the state and our local governments, Oregon is currently ranked 50th in the country for providing mental and behavioral health services. We know that a reasonable standard of living is a core component of a strong democracy and that housing and mental health resources are vital for […]

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Second Civics Training Makes Waves

Dear ROPnet, Following the lead of Linn-Benton NAACP’s event in 2022, Bandon Inclusivity Group (BIG) hosted Protecting Democracy: A Civics Workshop, on Sunday, January 21. They, like many other groups across the state, have seen an erosion of trust in local government and in democracy itself. So they decided to bring community members together to learn […]

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Youth Speak Out for Libraries

“If we aren’t making ourselves be heard, others can use our silence to invent false and harmful narratives about us. We are the youth who are going to inherit this world.” – Will Jaster In recent years Oregon has made real improvements to our school curriculum standards and to the range of resources that our […]

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Join us in Woodburn on April 6th! 

In a moment when many rural and small-town communities across the state are recovering from historic blizzards and ice storms, we are looking forward to strategizing together about how everyday Oregonians can organize stronger, more resilient communities during and after crises. The annual Rural Caucus & Strategy Session is coming up on Saturday, April 6th, and […]

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The power to create positive, lasting change

The power to create positive, lasting change lies within rural communities! As we reflect back on 2023, a few things remain constant:   •  Human dignity groups in every county are the heart and soul of ROP   •  Our model succeeds because our priorities come from rural communities    •  We couldn’t do this work without YOU […]

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We Believe in a Greater Oregon

Dear ROPnet, As Oregonians, we know that we are stronger when we work together. Everyone deserves a seat at the table for solving the big challenges our communities and our state face! We wanted to share a powerful example with this story of how a small group of dedicated volunteers in Malheur County is organizing […]

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Misinformation and Queer Inclusion Messaging Resources

Dear ROPnet, Last week we held our third and final session of our fall communications series, On Message, with Meaning, focused on leveling up our communications in time for 2024. Read on for highlights from the session, which focused on managing misinformation and advancing queer inclusion.  If you’re hungry for more opportunities for skill-building and strategizing with […]

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