Celebrate MLK Jr Day! Coat Drive & Film Screening

Come join others in the community Monday January 16th to honor MLK Jr Day by helping to sort coats for a coat drive and/or by watching the film “13th” which will be followed by a panel discussion. The coat drive sorting will be held from 11am-2pm in Hoke 339 on the EOU campus and the movie screening followed by a panel discussion will be at @HQ 112 Depot Street in downtown La Grande from 3-6pm. The film addresses the history and...

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Show Up In Support: “Save Health Care Rally”

The ORA Health Care Reform Action Team (HC-RAT) will be joining a rally in Max Square at noon this Sunday January 15th organized by the Union County Dems. They would like to extend an invitation to anyone regardless of party affiliation to show up in support. Congress wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act and slash Medicare and Medicaid. Let’s show up and make some noise to show them their constituents do not approve! After gathering at...

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Stand With Standing Rock Auction & Stay Warm Drive

Standing Rock Gear Donation Requests ROP is sending a busload of rural Oregonians to Standing Rock and they are bringing needed supplies with them! Racial Justice in Eastern Oregon and Oregon Rural Action are hosting a fundraiser concert, auction, and gear drive Thursday December 8th to help raise needed funds and items. Please attend the event at 112 Depot in La Grande 6:30-8 pm and bring donations of items suggested below and money to...

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What Water is Worth: The Standing Rock Sioux

The Western Organization of Resource Councils has come out in support of the Standing Rock Sioux. While the entire post is worth reading, this part stands out: “We stand with Standing Rock in their fight to protect water, tribal sovereignty, landowner rights, human rights, and cultural resources threatened by the present route of the Dakota Access Pipeline. ORA’s affiliation with WORC led the board of directors to consider ORA’s...

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Looking for a Few Good People for our Board of Directors

ORA Seeks Nominations for Board of Directors If you’re interested in helping to build and grow an exciting nonprofit, we want to talk with you. ORA is a unique membership driven organization dedicated to strengthening democratic processes. We want to build the capacity of our communities to identify and take action on issues of importance to them. We strive to make rural Eastern Oregon economically and environmentally sustainable through...

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Energy Team: Lots to talk about

On the Agenda… Energy Equity = Affordable Housing with Community Solar We have good support for an initiative to work for affordable housing with community solar here in Union County. The County has voiced interest in the effort, and the Oregon Trail Electric Co-Op has also. Two long-time ORA members with business backgrounds and experience in developing renewable energy are part of the team as well. Our first try at funding from the Meyer...

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