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Katie Cook

Condon, Gilliam County

Katie hails from California, then Maryland and now from rural Gillam County where she lives with her husband Tom, a farmer and rancher. Katie taught Language Arts at Condon High School for eight years and is now taking a break from teaching, giving her more time for organizing, justice work, and the ROP Board! The United Church of Christ played an instrumental role in her understanding of social justice issues, and after the last election, she felt compelled to start Rural Voices (a private Facebook group) so that people in isolated counties of Eastern Oregon could have a safe place to ask questions, take action and discuss issues.

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Lisa Gonzales

Corvallis, Benton County

Lisa is a long-time organizer and activist committed to practicing liberation in many forms through community celebrations, cultural organizing, and ongoing actions. She is a part of multiple groups in Corvallis, including the local Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) group and “Save Our Sunflower House,” a coalition working to save the long-time home of the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center. She also helped create Rapid Action Community Response (RACR), her town’s rapid response team.

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Joe Lewis

Scappoose, Columbia County

Joe’s politicization happened suddenly when the Ohio National Guard opened fire on students protesting the Vietnam War at Kent State on May 4, 1970. Joe was shot that day. He returns each year to the Kent State commemoration and gives talks about that day to local civic clubs and schools. Serving 15 years on the Scappoose School Board, 33 years at the City of Scappoose public works department and helping raise seven children, Joe has always been committed to engaging his community in justice and opportunity. Joe is one of the many members of Columbia County Coalition for Human Dignity (CCCHD)

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Bruce Morris

Bend, Deschutes County

Bruce has been involved with ROP since 2002, having given up a lucrative career as a corporate lawyer to live his values. Since then he has lived at various income levels and worked at jobs ranging from delivering food to food pantries, to Director of the Human Dignity Coalition in Bend, to being a paralegal at a law firm representing injured and disabled people and workers. Bruce is a bold leader and trainer across issues for social justice in Central Oregon.

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Pam Reese

Echo, Umatilla County

Pam was born in Appalachia, and after several trips across the Continental Divide, now makes her home in Eastern Oregon. She’s a career college and high school teacher, as well as a reading specialist, a published poet, and a novelist. Pam has a true gift for heartfelt storytelling and for fierce organizing. When a city council made public anti-gay comments online, Pam and others in her community jumped into action, working with business leaders, youth, faith leaders and others to form a local human dignity group to address democracy and human dignity at all levels in their community.

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Martha Verduzco

Hood River, Hood River County

Martha joined the ROP board in 2017. Although new to activism, Martha comes across as a seasoned organizer, with great instincts and a keen sense of strategy. She is one of the founders and leaders of Hood River Latino Network, serves on the leadership team of Gorge ICE Resistance and is one of the lead organizers of the Hood River Rapid Response Team.

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