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Media Advisory: Right to Rest Act (HB 2367)

March 2, 2021: Right to Rest Act (HB 2367) was reintroduced to the Oregon State Legislature. Sponsored byRepresentative Campos and co-sponsored by Representative Grayber and Representative Pham. A hearing is scheduled for March 9, 2021 at 1pm in the House Judiciary Committee.

“The criminalization of homelessness harms our entire community: public funds are drained by security and “clean-up” initiatives that ultimately work to further entrench our most vulnerable into poverty. HB 2367 would ensure that all Oregonians have the right to exist in public space without the threat of harassment, citation, or arrest.” – Jessica Campbell, Executive Director, Rural Organizing Project Read More

Media Briefing TODAY at 2PM Pacific / 5PM Eastern​: Reports of Voter Intimidation Increasing in Oregon

November 2, 2020: Groups call for state oversight after voters report armed individuals patrolling a ballot drop box in rural Lane County Read More

Rural Oregonians Intensify “Defend Democracy” Campaign to Support Voting in Final Election Week with Hotline and Radio Ads

October 27, 2020

COTTAGE GROVE, OR, October 27, 2020: ​As rumors fly and tensions rise in the last week of voting, the Rural Organizing Project (ROP) has intensified its “Defend Democracy” campaign to counter disinformation about who can vote, make sure all voters can safely access ballot drop boxes, and effectively de-escalate any election-related threats and intimidation. The campaign, rooted in the electoral organizing of 70 volunteer-run human dignity groups that make up the ROP network, has established a hotline and is reaching thousands more via paid radio ads and public service announcements as the final day to cast ballots approaches. Read More