Silence is Betrayal: Action in Rural Oregon

January 12th, 2018
Dear ROPnet,
At this time last year folks across rural Oregon were preparing to take to the streets to show our resolve, our righteous anger and our commitment to protecting each other in the days, months and years to come. From post-inauguration rallies and marches to events honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we recommited ourselves last January to organizing for human dignity for all and we have not let up since! Over the past year, rural Oregon has showed up to protest the original Muslim Ban, and the rescindment of DACA. We held vigils for Charlottesville and are currently getting out the vote for Measure 101. We went to Standing Rock in the dead of winter and worked to solidify rapid response strategies in the face of ICE detentions, racist hate crimes and threats made towards our LGBTQ+ neighbors. Our work has helped stop the Muslim Ban, slow down the cancellation of DACA and we aren’t done yet! One year ago we wrote this message about the inspiring participation in post-inauguration marches across the state with at least 23 small towns holding events.

Martin Luther King, Jr reminded us that “a time comes when silence is betrayal” in his 1967 speech “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.” Part of a long history of black-led organizing, MLK taught us that taking visible, radical action exposes the intersections of fighting materialism, advancing racial equality, and ending US militarism. One year after the largest global mobilizations in history, human dignity leaders across Oregon are honoring the messages of Martin Luther King, Jr through actions, vigils and community events.

Rural Oregon takes action! In preparation for the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Day and womxn’s marches in the coming days, we wanted to share a roundup of events and actions with you all from around the state. Check out the list below! Did we miss an event or march happening in your community? Contact Emma at and we’ll be sure to share it on the ROP Facebook page.
To a 2018 where collective resistance builds beloved community,
Emma, Hannah, Cara, Grace and the ROP Team

Benton County
· MLK Jr. Peace Breakfast, Keynote Address, and March
o Monday Jan 15, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
o Breakfast:
o Keynote:
o March:
· MLK Jr. Celebration: “A Beloved Community: Recognition and Resilience Celebration”
o Monday Jan 15, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
o Majestic Theater, 115 SW 2nd St, Corvallis
· The Women’s Rally – Still We Rise
o Saturday Jan 20, 1:00 PM
o Central Park, 8th & Monroe, Corvallis
o Hosted by Mid-Willamette NOW and the Corvallis Changemakers.
Clatsop County
· Film Screening of “Selma”
o Sunday Jan 14, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
o Liberty Theatre Astoria (1203 Commercial St, Astoria, Oregon 97103)
Coos County
· MLK Celebration w/ Human Rights Advocates of Coos County
o Monday Jan 15, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
o Pony Village Mall
· Women’s March
o Saturday Jan 20, 12:00 PM
o Coos Bay Boardwalk
Curry County
· Port Orford Women’s March
o Saturday Jan 20, 11:30 AM
o Battle Rock, Port Orford, Oregon
· Brookings-Harbor Women’s March
o Saturday Jan 20 11 AM at Brookings Harbor
o Premarch Rally 10 AM at Redwood Theatre
Deschutes County
· Central Oregon Women’s March for Action
o Saturday Jan 20 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
o Drake Park, Bend
Douglas County
· Women’s March Anniversary Resistance Rally
o Saturday Jan 20, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
o NE Garden Valley Blvd, Roseburg
Lane County
· Nina Turner at LCC for MLK Community Celebration
o Wednesday, Jan. 17, 5:30 PM
o Lane Community College Center for Meeting and Learning, Building 19, 4000 E. 30th Ave., Eugene
o Hosted by Lane Community College and U of O.
· Florence Women’s March
o Saturday Jan 20, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
o Methodist Church on Kingwood and 2nd
Lincoln County
· Women’s March of Lincoln County Sign-Making Party
o Sunday, Jan 14, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
o Apple Tree, 1605 N Coast Hwy. Newport
· Resist & Persist Women’s March
o Saturday Jan 20, 11:30 AM
o Newport City Hall
Jackson County
· Women’s March Southern Oregon
o Saturday, Jan 20, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
o Hawthorne Park to Pear Blossom Park, Medford, OR
Josephine County
· Grants Pass Women’s March
o Monday January 20, 10:30 AM
o Start at Riverside Park and March to the County Courthouse
· Women in Politics Forum
o Monday January 20, 12:15 PM (after the march)
o RSVP by emailing to reserve your seat and get directions
Lake County
· Architecture of Internment Exhibit Tour: Jan 20-Feb 9
· Christmas Valley Community Hall
o Saturday Jan 20, 1:30 PM
o “What It Means To Be Free” film screening at 3:30 PM
· Paisley School Gymnasium
o Monday Jan 22
o Exhibit opens at 8:30 AM
o Film screening at 10:30 AM (“What It Means To Be Free”)
· Lakeview Library
o Exhibit Feb 5 – 9
o Feb 7th: Film screening (“What It Means To Be Free”)
§ 6:30 PM Meeting Room
Klamath County
· Women’s March Klamath Falls
o Saturday Jan 20 11:00 AM
o Klamath County Government Center: 305 Main St
Tillamook County
· Canvassing for Measure 101
o Saturday Jan 13, 10:00 AM
o Meet at 5 Rivers Coffee Roasters, Tillamook
· MLK Day of Service
o Monday Jan 15, 8:30 AM
o Sign up for a volunteer location:
· Women’s March TIllamook
o Saturday Jan 20, 11:00 AM
o Meet at 2nd St plaza (between Main and Pacific)
Umatilla County
· Hermiston MLK Peace Walk
o Monday Jan 15, 1:00 PM
o Hermiston United Methodist Church
· Women’s March on Pendleton – Power to the Polls
o Saturday Jan 20 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
o City Hall & Library, Pendleton OR – 500 SW Dorion Ave.
Union County
· La Grande Women’s March
o Saturday Jan 20, 12:30 PM
Wallowa County
· Women’s March
o Sunday Jan 20, 11:00 AM
o Joseph, OR
Wasco County
· Womxn’s March 2018
o Saturday January 20, 11:00am Tables open, 11:45 Speakers, 12:30 March
o The Dalles City Park @ 707 Union St