Dear friends of Rural Organizing Project,
You are invited! Join us for:
Dispatch from the Frontlines: Oregon’s Patriot Movement, the Acquittal of the Bundy Bunch, and Discussion in Connection to Standing Rock, Black Lives Matter, and the Overall Quest for Social Justice.
Wednesday, November 16th
SEIU Local 503 * Ballroom
6401 SE Foster Rd, Portland
The recent acquittal of seven of the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge has shaken many rural communities across Oregon who have been frontline to the violence and intimidation posed by militias.
Join us for a presentation by the Rural Organizing Project on what the Patriot movement looks like in Oregon and across the country. We will learn the political and economic roots of the Patriot movement, how Patriot groups and paramilitaries recruit, and the disruption Patriot groups have caused in communities across the state, including Harney, Grant, Josephine, Crook, and Baker Counties. We will discuss these developments in context with current events at Standing Rock and Black Lives Matter movements across the country.
A panel of organizers will will discuss the differences between real and imagined commonalities that may exist between the militia movement and social justice movements like Standing Rock.
During the second half of the event we will have time for a brief discussion about the ways that more urban communities can ally with the people who are most impacted by the tactics of the Patriot Movement.
For more information contact Cara at the Rural Organizing Project: firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-438-8638. RSVP and share our Facebook event.
Co-Sponsors include: Rural Organizing Project, All African People’s Revolutionary Party, Hella 503, Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines, Showing Up for Racial Justice PDX, Gabriela PDX, Portland Tenants Union, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste, Marilyn Buck Abolitionist Collective, Western States Center and more.