The People’s Economy in Southern Oregon

Do you live in Coos County or Josephine County?

Join ROP for one of these 4 community gatherings and join the conversation about how to Build a New, more Democratic Economy

Why: Since the collapse of the economy, our local communities have been feeling the pain.  Oregon’s high unemployment and cuts in public services are nothing new to rural Oregon, but with the crisis, things are more serious than ever.  While the main actors in this debacle are huge corporations, it is we the people who are paying the price.  But it is also we the people who can act now to turn this crisis around both through local support for our neighbors in need and through collective action that delves deeper into the systems that created this crisis and dares to rebuild them in a way that is accountable to the needs of our communities.

How: Join with your neighbors for an open conversation facilitated by the Rural Organizing Project.  We’ll talk the economic collapse through a lens of shared values: community, human dignity, human rights, justice, and explore where that leads us.  We’ll discuss ideas that rural and small town communities across the state are exploring – from community kitchens and ride shares to investing in local banks and credit unions to tax fairness policies in Oregon that could fill the budget gap without cutting services.

Who:  Anyone who is concerned about how we join together to survive this economic crisis, or who wants to see an economy built that is fundamentally different from the one that is collapsing around us.  This includes people of faith, gardeners, social service workers, youth, seniors, artists, low-income people, healthcare workers, union members, peace activists, immigrants, teachers, people who are concerned about sustainability, first timers and old timers who care about social justice and their community!
Grants PassWhen: Thursday, July 23rd at 6:00pm

Where: At Newman United Methodist Church (in the Fellowship Hall of the Education Building) 132 NE ‘B’ St., Grants Pass

RSVP: Contact Jerry Reed, by email (preferred) at , or if you don’t have email service, call him at 541-474-6847. Please RSVP soon so that we can hold your place.
When: 2pm on Friday, July 24thWhere: At the Coquille home of Mary Geddry.  Please call for directions.

RSVP: Mary Geddry, 541-297-6075 or  Please RSVP soon so that we can hold your place!

When: Friday, July 24that 6:30pm (immediately after Women in Black)Where: At the Bandon home of Carolyn Goldwasser, please call for directions.  We will also take a break to walk to the Bandon community garden, which is one block from Carolyn’s home.

RSVP: Contact Carolyn by phone or email: 541-347-2567 or Please RSVP soon so that we can hold your place!

North Bend/Coos Bay
When: 11:30am on Saturday, July 25thWhere: At the North Bend home of Anita Coppock.  Please call for directions.

RSVP: Anita Coppock, 541- 756-2975 and  Please RSVP soon so that we can hold your place on the couch!

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