KTA: Prepare for the Legislative Session!

WHY THIS ACTIVITY?

For Oregon’s democracy to thrive, rural Oregonians must have a seat at the table in state government! Every even calendar year, including 2024, Oregon has a “short session” that lasts just 35 days. Oregon’s next legislative session starts on February 5th, and our elected officials will be making critical decisions and passing laws that deeply impact rural communities. Legislative sessions are opportunities for your human dignity group to connect with your state senators and representatives and make your voices heard in Salem on the issues you care about most. 

WHAT IS THE ACTIVITY?

Meet with your legislators! Meeting with them before the session starts is a great way to start (or continue) building a relationship and let them know what issues are important to your community. Make a plan with your group to call your legislators and set up a conversation. Meanwhile, start talking with your group about the issues that you’re most excited to show support for!

From underfunded schools and closing health care facilities to failing roads and access to high-speed internet, there are many issues facing rural Oregon that we need our legislators to address. Not only that, but groups of wealthy business leaders and politicians want to re-criminalize drug possession, falsely blaming Ballot Measure 110 for creating the housing crisis. They are attempting to distract from what we really need: treatment for people suffering from drug addiction and safe, affordable housing for everyone. What rises to the top of the issues and concerns that your group has been tracking? What issues are you excited about focusing on this legislative session? Send us your ideas and questions to sidra@rop.org!

HOW TO COMPLETE THE ACTIVITY:

  1. Get together with your team and make a plan for reaching out to your representatives!
  2. Start brainstorming what you’d like to talk to them about and what issues you want them to prioritize in this session.
    • Have a specific bill or bills you are excited about? Or just an issue that’s important to your group that you want to talk to legislators about? We’d love to hear what your group is focusing on! Let us know at sidra@rop.org.
  3. Meet with your state representative and senator!
  4. Debrief your meetings as a team and share what you learned with ROP at sidra@rop.org.

EXTRA CREDIT

Meet with other recently elected folks in your town or county! Ask them to have coffee or meet virtually with your group so that you can start to build a relationship and share what’s important to your community. Let us know how it goes!

Background: Kitchen Table Activism (KTA) is a monthly activity by the Rural Organizing Project. The idea is that small actions can lead to powerful collective results when groups of people gather to complete the same action across the state of Oregon. ROP works to keep each KTA easily achievable so that groups with other projects or groups with limited immediate energy can still manage to complete the KTA each month.

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