WHY THIS ACTIVITY? If this recent war vote shows us anything- it’s that we need to be in this for the long haul. When the US invaded Afghanistan over a decade ago we didn’t necessarily know that years later we’d still be fighting for a withdrawal. Social change takes time, persistence and on-going organizing to […]Read More
Kitchen Table Activism
May 2011 KTA: Fasting for a Fair Budget
Fasting tends to focus you, and the message is that a budget is about the choices we make. This fast is not just about cutting spending, but about the values that will determine our priorities and decisions. Should we cut $8.5 billion for low-income housing, or $8.5 billion in mortgage tax deductions for second vacation […]Read More
April 2011 KTA: Rural Oregon Resists
Statewide Action at Greg Walden’s Bend Office on Saturday, May 7th!
On Saturday, May 7th rural and small town Oregonians will gather in Bend for a action at Congressman Walden’s office.
The Republican controlled house has proposed to balance the budget on the backs of the poor through massive cuts while corporations, the rich and the military continue to benefit. The military budget alone has increased to over $700 billion. We cannot afford to stand by and allow such a massive theft of national wealth and the prioritization of a war economy over meeting basic necessities in our communities.
We will demand that Walden and Congress:
Put People First: Human well-being is the indicator of economic success
Hold Accountable those responsible for the Economic Recession
Promote Real Security through community empowerment and energy conservation
Make your county’s plan to be a part of the action! This action will be a part of the Rural Caucus and Strategy Session. If you have not yet registered, do so today before the early bird deadline of April 7th. Click here for more information and to register.Read More
Mar 2011 KTA: Government with Backbone
Government with Backbone: 2011 ROP Legislative Platform Oregon, like most states, is facing a severe revenue crisis. States are suffering from the impact of national funding priorities that put corporate profits and the military industrial complex above people and communities.The Oregon Legislature may not have much control over the Pentagon budget, but they can respond to […]Read More
Feb 2011 KTA: Time to PUT OUR MONEY WHERE OUR VALUES ARE!
WHAT IS THE ACTIVITY? The KTA for February 2011 is to claim space – with our legislators, in our newspapers, in our communities – for our vision of priorities in tough economic times. By leading with our values, we’ll use the power of our Human Dignity Groups to frame the way our communities talk about […]Read More
Jan 2011 KTA: Telling our Civil Rights Stories
What is your Civil Rights story? The KTA for January 2011 is to write our civil rights stories, on our terms, from our perspective.WHAT IS THE ACTIVITY? Commissioner Brad Avakian who oversees the state’s Civil Rights Division is hosting a project to “document the historic and present day civil rights struggles experienced by our diverse Oregon communities.” The […]Read More
Nov/Dec 2010 KTA: Honoring Our Human Rights Heroes
This month’s Kitchen Table Activity is to award a certificate to a community member(s) whose work strengthens one or more of the thirty articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Over the years, this KTA has been repeated as an annual action because you tell us that this is a fun, easy, effective […]Read More
Oct 2010 KTA: Personalizing this Electoral Moment
Voter Courtesy Call Script: Word, PDF Sample Group Flyer Insert for Voter Guide: Page 1 (HDG description): Word, PDF Page 2 (County Cost of War Stats): Word, PDF Sample Email Script: Word, PDF ROP groups and members have a long history of personalizing voter engagement- making it not a machined exercise in voter turnout, […]Read More
Sep 2010 KTA: STAND Guides are Coming!
Why this Activity? The 2010 election in Oregon is going to be all about turnout. The ballot measures are fewer and predominantly less contentious this year. This means that our eyes and interests this election cycle fall primarily on the candidates running for office. And the outcomes of these races will be determined by just how […]Read More
Aug 2010 KTA: Town Halls – Democracy, Summer Style
As the summer adventures nip at our heels, many of us are taking roadtrips to the far reaches of Oregon – from Hells Canyon in Wallowa County to the Tropical rain forests of Curry County, rural Oregon is a destination. This month, our elected officials will be doing the same thing, stopping in small town […]Read More