This month’s Kitchen Table Activity is to decide who will represent your group and your community at the Rural Caucus & Strategy Session on Saturday, April 6th in Woodburn!
What is the activity?
For over 30 years, rural organizers and community leaders from across the state have come together for the Rural Caucus & Strategy Session to reflect on the last year and plan for the year to come. Join us to share what you and your group have been working on, connect with other human dignity groups from around the state, and strategize about the issues affecting us most! Together in strategy sessions, skill-building workshops, and conversations, we’ll set ROP’s priorities for the coming year and strengthen our movement for the long haul! Register your group by March 8th to receive the early bird discounted price! Please register early to help ROP staff have an early head count for meals, chairs, printed materials, and more!
We will close out Saturday with music, dancing, and plenty of opportunities to connect with folks we haven’t seen in person since last spring!
Why this activity?
The Rural Caucus and Strategy Session is an important touchpoint for all who are a part of ROP. It is an opportunity to build each other up when we feel overwhelmed or discouraged. A chance to challenge each other and grow by sharing our experiences and knowledge. A moment to break isolation, to sing and dance, and to remember how strong and connected we are together. It’s a time to show up for each other and to deepen our relationships across rural Oregon as we connect the dots between the issues that matter most to our communities.
How to complete the activity:
- Gather your leadership team, fellow organizers, and friends. Pull out your calendars and mark Saturday, April 6th for a trip to Woodburn!
- Decide who will be a part of your group’s Caucus team this year! Groups say they get the most out of the Caucus when they send a team of 3-5 people to bring home more of the lessons from the many strategy sessions and workshops that will be offered!
- Please note: COVID safety is a priority for ROP, so we’ve compiled this handy list of Frequently Asked Questions.
- Make your carpool plans and let us know how else we can support you! Does anyone in your group need translation or interpretation? Do you need a ride? Child care? How about a room at a fellow organizer’s house to sleep the night before and/or after the Caucus? There will be places to note your logistical needs on the registration form, and you can always email Sam at email@example.com with any questions and to talk through the weekend!
- Please note: ROP coordinates carpools and community housing so everyone who needs it has somewhere to stay overnight. Please make your needs known on the registration form and we will follow up!
- Register your group! You can register online or download, fill out, and mail this printable registration form.
- Check out the Frequently Asked Questions page here to learn more details about the Caucus, including COVID safety plans.
- Email (or mail) a photo of the vaccination cards for each person who is registering to firstname.lastname@example.org. For everyone’s safety, we are requiring proof of vaccination for everyone participating in the Caucus this year. We will be following up with a friendly reminder if we don’t receive proof of vaccination with your registration!
- Register early to help us plan accordingly to meet your group’s needs! Pay your registration fees by March 8th and you’ll get the early bird discount! You can mail a check to ROP at PO Box 664 Cottage Grove, OR 97424 (preferred) or pay online here.
- Let us know what you’re most excited to talk and strategize about! Do you have a community conundrum you’re eager to connect with other community organizers about? Are you hoping to build certain skills? All of your input shapes the plan for the weekend! The more groups we hear from, the better the Caucus will be! Please out to your friendly ROP organizer or email@example.com
ROP is committed to making participation in the Rural Caucus & Strategy Session as accessible as possible! We offer scholarships to rural organizers who need support with registration costs, transportation, and housing to make participation possible. Please note that preference for scholarships is given to rural organizers traveling over 100 miles. ROP coordinates carpools with leaders from neighboring communities and works with the human dignity groups in the community hosting the Caucus to make sure there’s enough community housing for everyone who needs a place to crash overnight. We will also provide childcare, interpretation, and lots of good food! Register today and we will follow up to ensure your group has the support you need to fully participate! Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
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.