Don’t get Tricked! Vote Yes on 66 and 67 this January!

Don’t Let Your Neighbors Get Tricked this Halloween! Make Sure They

Halloween is almost here!  There is no other holiday in this country that we celebrate by gathering to chat with new friends on street corners and knocking on our neighbors’ doors.  Human Dignity leaders get lucky this time of year, because all those things that we love to do to break down barriers in our communities and get our message out . . . on this one day everybody is doing them along with us!
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Connecting with Our Movement Pals

Every once in a while in our organizing we need to step back and take a look at how our movement is doing and how we are doing ourselves. How are you doing? What is giving you hope right now?  What connections are you building that nurture and inspire you?
ROP board member Steve Milligan and longtime ROP friend Jerry Atkin recently took their frustrations, their sadness, and their hope to the streets (actually, on the bus!).  They joined a multistate caravan from the Northwest to San Jose to protest deportation and promote just immigration reform.  And they came back inspired, moved and feeling connected to that larger, long-term movement community we all belong to.
Read on to hear more about ROPers connecting with our movement building community.
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There’s no place like home!

  It is SO good to be back at ROP!  We’ve got a growing movement for rural justice, we’ve got a new ROP baby, and we’ve got Cara Shufelt returning to us after a year away!       From Cara: In June, 2008 I left my staff position at ROP to begin a year […]

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Oregon Grown Solidarity

As human dignity organizers in rural Oregon we are often called on to stand up for our community, for the needs and rights of our families and neighbors.  At the same time, we live in a globalized world where our lives are tied in unseen ways to the lives of millions of people we’ve never met, and the decisions we make can and do have impacts worlds away.
In the middle of local struggles in Oregon to protect the basic services that we count on daily: free education, health care for the disabled and elderly, and public safety, we can also keep in mind the struggles of others that are connected to us.
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ROP is Getting on the Bus! (to protest deportation!)


ROP is joining a multistate caravan to California this week to protest deportation and demand immigration reform now.


Real people’s lives are being impacted right now by our broken detention and deportation systems. 


    * My friend who is a high school counselor is spending this week in Tacoma in court because one of her students is in the process of deportation to a country he’s never been to and only has distant relatives who live there. 

    * 300 farmworkers lost their jobs in Polk County recently

    * 350 workers were recently detained in Laurel, Mississippi. 

    * And nearly 60% of immigrants detained this past year were handed over by local law enforcement, though most do not have a criminal conviction.


This system is hurting families every day.  And ROP leaders Steve Milligan & Jerry Atkin are hitting the streets this week to speak out (or, getting on the bus that is!).


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ROP’s Rural Media Center

  *** Announcing Internship available with the Rural Media Center this summer! *** 
Rural Organizing Project’s
Rural Media Center
"A hometown newspaper feels the pulse of the community. A [hometown paper’s] success lies in the community keeping the lines of communication open with the newspaper.” Lake Placid News

Monthly Message Archive

The Rural Media Center is a project of the Rural Organizing Project and is developed by volunteers across the state who are committed to advancing the issues of democracy and justice in rural Oregon & actively building an independent progressive presence in the media.
In 2010 the Rural Media Center will focus on nurturing ‘Welcoming Communities’ and consciousness raising around justice and neighborliness for our immigrant community members. Ultimately, this infiltration of the media with positive message will slowly build a more inclusive community and, in turn, affect the discourse on Immigration Reform.
Get Involved:
Sign up for the Rural Media Center as an individual or elect a lead from your Human Dignity Group. It’s easy and almost anyone can do it! Do you read the paper? Do you want to? Do you want to improve your writing skills? Do you want support in ensuring your local media spreads the message of democracy and dignity? If you answered yes to even ONE of these questions, then you should join the RMC today.  
Members of the RMC will generally commit to do one or more of these things:
  1. Monitor your local newspaper for articles or letters relating to immigration, alerting the RMC when you spot something of interest.
  2. Submit letters to the editor to your local newspaper and/ or help recruit others to submit LTEs.
  3. Keep in contact with the ROP RMC staff, Kari, about other opportunities to share the pro-human dignity messages and stories.
And what can you expect from the ROP central for the RMC?
  • A Monthly “Welcoming Message” with the theme of the month, talking points and a sample letter,
  • Support on getting your letters and opinion-editorials published in the paper,
  • Connections with other RMC leads around the state,
  • Trainings on messaging, writing, and Being the Media,
  • Creative problem solving,
  • Resource materials for you to utilize.
Contact to sign up for the RMC!
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Tax Fairness Campaign in a Box


So you want to help bring tax fairness to Oregon?  You think it’s important to fund public services like education, health care and public safety? You think that corporations should pay more than $10 to support our state through taxes?

Great! Welcome to the team!  Enclosed in this box is everything you’ll need to get started.  You can use these resources to get ideas for how to make a difference in the January 2010 ballot measures 66 and 67, and to put together a plan at your group’s next meeting.

As always, we’d love to answer questions and help strategize with you: 503-543-8417,

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Letter to Congressman Wu on Afghanistan

Congressman Wu needs to hear from you!  On September 16th, Congressman Wu declared his support for another round of military escalation in Afghanistan.  ROP is sending a letter to Wu in response – will you sign on? Signatures are due by 5:00pm Monday, October 12th. Jump to the bottom of the letter to Sign On. […]

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