ICE & Arpaio still terrorizing. Know Your Rights!

Today, the New York Times Editorial Page took the Obama Administration to task for their Bush-holdover immigration enforcement policies. Meanwhile, this past weekend thousands of people rallied in Phoenix against the dictatorial Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Check out the great coverage of the protest by Pacifica Radio. The public has tired of militaristic tactics in our streets and against our communities — activists know it and even the media knows it. Yet old policies remain the standard.

What do you do when raids, racial profiling, harassment or hate crimes happen in your community? And what are the alternatives to this broken system?

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Standing Out! for Gender Justice

The realities of day-to-day life for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered Oregonians has changed a lot since ROP first organized rural communities to defeat Measure 9 – the anti-gay ballot measure which sought to define homosexuality as ‘abnormal and perverse’ and enjoin state agencies from doing anything to ‘promote the homosexual agenda.’ “[New laws] have […]

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Mar 2009 KTA: Stories from Home

This year’s Rural Caucus and Strategy Session is all about, “Organizing with Hope in Times of Crisis.” In preparation, Human Dignity Groups around the state will root out examples of Hope and Crisis in each of our communities, and collage them together to build the peoples’ story of struggle, courage and new models of survival in rural Oregon.

Think of it as a scavenger hunt, a show-and-tell, or a group crafts project. Bring your stories to the ROP Caucus coming up in a few short weeks and together we’ll build a visual representation of hope & crisis with pictures, brochures, art and news stories.

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400 Walk in Procession for Respect and Dignity

Yesterday, 400 members of the Columbia County Latino community and their allies joined together for a community walk, entitled “Procession for Respect and Dignity.”

Organized by Latinos Unidos para un Futuro Mejor (LUFM), or Latinos United for a Better Future, the procession began at the First Christian Church and winded through St. Helens ending at the Columbia County Courthouse. The group had grown out of the struggle against two Columbia County ballot measures targeting the immigrant community.

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How to Talk to your Neighbors about Immigration

While it seems like the anti-immigrant storm in Columbia County might drive Latino folks out of this rural community and into neighboring urban counties with larger Latino populations, the truth is that this is becoming a place where Latino’s are choosing to stand up and claim their home town pride. We think there is more to the story than bravery, which is undeniable. We think this is also a symptom of what happens when human dignity groups lift up such tactics and lay anti-oppression groundwork in their communities.

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A Smörgåsbord of Rural Organizing Delicacies

  February 15th is our Early Bird Registration Deadline.  Send in your registration form and check today to get the discount.  The early bird does indeed get the worm!  ROP’s Annual Rural Caucus & Strategy Session A smörgåsbord of rural organizing delicacies. (and plenty of good ol’ home cookin’, too!) Come and get your fill […]

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Be a Part of the Action on February 16 in Salem!

Stand for Children’s Presidents Day Rally to Protect Kids and Schools
Times are tough, and they’re likely to get worse, but this is no time to stand on the sideline. Children growing up now cannot wait for an economic rebound. Their futures and the future of Oregon depend on decisions being made in Salem right now. Give children a voice in the legislature by taking part in Stand for Children’s Presidents Day Rally to Protect Kids and Schools. Bring your friends and family to Salem on February 16 and speak up for high-quality early education and strong K-12 schools.

Presidents Day Rally
Monday, February 16, 2009
State Capitol, Salem Rally at 12 p.m. Lobby day 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Learn more, register online, and reserve your seat on a bus coming from your community at or call 1-800-663-4032.

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Endorse the Safe Schools Campaign!

Rural students are 26% more likely to experience bullying than their urban  counterparts.  Students of color, students with disabilities, and gay and transgender youth are also disproportionately impacted by bullying.  The Safe Schools 2009 campaign will strengthen Oregon’s anti‐bullying law, ensure consistent enforcement, and help keep all children safe.

Endorse the campaign, read more about the campaign, and contact your legislator today!

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