As the summer adventures nip at our heels, many of us are taking roadtrips to the far reaches of Oregon – from Hells Canyon in Wallowa County to the Tropical rain forests of Curry County, rural Oregon is a destination.
This month, our elected officials will be doing the same thing, stopping in small town cafes and browsing books at the library as they prepare for the August tradition — the Town Hall.
What is the KTA Activity?
- Get your group together and call your representatives to see if they have a local Town Hall scheduled. Here is the current list of scheduled Town Halls and the contact information for your representatives.
- Review the messages and the questions in ROP’s Town Hall Planning document. Is the group willing to take these messages and questions to the Town Hall? Or if there is no Town Hall, will you call up the elected official’s office and ask these questions?
- Choose your roles. Who will get there early and save seats in the front rows? Who will bring the sign in sheet for all the folks in the crowd that seem friendly? Who can print off stickers with the message and bring them? Who will ask the questions? Who will call through your group’s list to ask people to join you all at the Town Hall? Who will send out the email announcement?
- Go to the Town Hall. Get there early, ask questions, share your opinion & let the representatives know that we are watching their votes and we are organizing our communities! Be sure to let them know that you are part of a statewide network of people organizing for a just democracy – the Rural Organizing Project.
- Afterward invite all the volunteers out for a casual get together. Have iced tea or ice cream and talk about how it went and what you all might do next.
- Follow up. Let ROP (email@example.com) know if you went to a Town Hall and how it went. Let’s keep track of what we’re hearing and learning.