Rural Organizing Voices

Support Rural Organizing Voices: donate here.

ROP is spreading the love…. the rural organizing love! We are thrilled to announce Rural Organizing Voices, a project dedicated to expanding knowledge and strategies that advance rural organizing.

Over the last several years ROP’s Founder, Marcy Westerling, and our own oral history project coordinator, Sarah Loose, have been documenting the ROP and human dignity group organizing model through essays, oral history interviews, videos, photos and archiving. That material will be made publicly available for the first time through Rural Organizing Voices, an interactive website and digital oral history archive designed to engage, inspire and inform current and future organizers.

Join us to celebrate (and support this project!) on Sunday, March 1st at 2pm in Portland. RSVP to or 503-438-8638. More details below.

We know that a trip to Portland doesn’t work for everyone, so we will be bringing this resource around the state once it is launched. Stay tuned!

ROV photoRural Organizing Voices House Party
Sunday, March 1st * 2-4pm

Peace House 2116 Northeast 18th Avenue Portland, OR 97212

Over 20 years ago, Marcy Westerling’s passion for organizing sparked a statewide movement for human dignity. Today, that movement continues to break new ground, building county-by-county organizing infrastructure that evolves to reflect the ever-changing face of rural Oregon. Because of Marcy’s work within Oregon and beyond, the Rural Organizing Project’s model has become an inspiration to organizers and communities around the country.

Join us on Sunday March 1st to celebrate and support the launch of Rural Organizing Voices!
A project dedicated to expanding knowledge and strategies that advance rural organizing.

Rural Organizing Voices makes Marcy’s organizing wisdom and the stories and lessons learned throughout ROP’s 23-year history publicly available. Funds raised will support the completion of the Rural Organizing Voices Oral History Project and the establishment of a permanent “Marcy Westerling Collection on Rural Organizing” at the University of Oregon, featuring Marcy’s personal papers, case studies on the ROP model and a county-by-county archive. This cache of materials shares lessons from over two decades of organizing in rural Oregon and will be a touchstone for future rural organizers and leaders for decades to come.

We hope you can join us on March 1st! Drinks and light appetizers will be provided. Bring your checkbook!

RSVP to or 503-438-8638.

Host Committee (in formation)
Barbara Dudley
Cathy Howell
Sarah Loose
Suzanne Pharr
Sandy Polishuk
Ramon Ramirez
Dianne Riley
Deb Ross
Kathleen Saadat
Cara Shufelt
Dave Toler
Kelley Weigel
Thalia Zapatos
Elli Work

The Peace House is ADA accessible; however, if you will be coming in a wheelchair it would be helpful if you could let us know in advance ( or 503-367-0157).

Not able to attend the House Party but still want to support ROP and these legacy projects? Donations can be made on the ROP website here or by sending a check to: ROP, POB 1350 Scappoose, OR 97056. Include “Rural Organizing Voices” in the memo line.

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