Join Oregonians from around the state on May 7th in Bend as we declare our resistance!
Meet Saturday, May 7th at 1pm at the Bend LaPine School District Building.
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.
Why Walden? Congressman Walden’s party holds a majority in the House (where spending bills originate). By showing no dissent to this agenda and continuing to vote in lock-step, his decisions hurt the whole state. We will gather to demand a Congressman that represents the needs of the people of his district and of this state. 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
In Deschutes County there were over 3700 foreclosures in 2010 and an average of 2.5 Deschutes County community members are deported each week. Central Oregon is at the heart of our current crises and misguided priorities. It is here where rural Oregonians from across the state will declare our resistance.
WHAT IS THE ACTIVITY? Make your county’s plan to be represented at this action! What makes this action special is that it will represent communities from all across the state. This month’s KTA is to prepare and demonstrate your county’s presence for this action. Make a county banner and print your county’s name in large letters so it’s visible to passers-by, to the media (who we hope will be there!) and in documentation of the action (photos and video footage). Bonus activity: include a poster that highlights the impact these misguided priorities have on your community – a stat on foreclosures, a school closure, a photo and story of one family’s experience or another impact your community is feeling.
It is the on-going organizing we do in our communities that makes our call all the more powerful and effective. This action is a part of the ROP’s annual Rural Caucus and Strategy Session, where rural and small town organizers and leaders come together to strategize on our organizing and make plans for our next year. If your group has not yet registered for the Caucus, be sure to do so by the early bird deadline of April 7th. Read more about this year’s Caucus and register here.
STEPS TO COMPLETE THE ACTIVITY:
- Send this KTA to members of your human dignity group and activist friends. Discuss it at your next meeting or make a plan to get together to complete the KTA.
- Create your county’s banner. It can be as simple as a poster with your county name on it, or as complex as a homemade fabric flag.
- Bonus: Decide how you will tell your county story. Make a poster that highlights the impact these misguided priorities have on your community – a stat on foreclosures, a school closure, a photo and story of one family’s experience or another impact your community is feeling.
- Be sure your group is registered for the Caucus by the early bird deadline: April 7th! If your group can’t make it, ROP can connect you with a nearby group in your area that can bring your flag.