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 continuation of modern day slavery through the prison system and the accompanying criminalization of...
News from Oregon Rural Action
2016 Annual Meeting and Dinner
It’s almost here! We are looking forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting & Dinner on Saturday, October 8. This year’s gathering is taking place at the Union County Senior Center in La Grande from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Let’s celebrate ORA’s accomplishments, catch up with old friends and welcome our new members as we share news from ORA chapters and issue groups, elect new board members, and strategize together the course Oregon Rural Action will take in 2017.
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 our diverse campaigns, and our projects – the work we do on those issues.
Board members have a...
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 Memorial Trust did not pan out. That’s not surprising since the Trust had $13.5 million in...
A vigil commemorating those killed and wounded in the recent attack on a gay night club in Orlando, FL, was held on June 25 at Zion Lutheran Church, La Grande. The memorial began with a moment of silence, reading of the names and ages of those killed, lighting candles for each, and statements by community members.
The vigil was sponsored by Union County Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Zion Lutheran Church, Oregon Rural Action, La Grande United Methodist Church and St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Speakers included Oregon Rural Action...
At the April 24, 2016 membership meeting in La Grande, the members of Oregon Rural Action voted overwhelmingly to keep their organization intact and rebuild ORA to its former capacity for addressing issues important to its communities. Members’ responses to surveys motivated and guided the board in its next steps towards working with foundations like the McKenzie River Gathering and submitting additional proposals to the Meyer Memorial Trust, Resist, Oregon Community Foundation and Penney.
The board is happy to report that the McKenzie...
There are already limits on emissions in our laws, but there is no way to enforce them. The Healthy Climate bill will hold big polluters accountable for the cost of what they are dumping into our air and water. Up to this point, we are paying the costs, in the form of missed work days and medical bills from lung disease, severe allergies and asthma attacks. We pay for record-breaking wildfires and droughts that hurt family farmers and raise food prices.
Oregon Rural Action joined with 141 diverse groups to deliver a letter on July 28 urging the U.S. Senate to reject both the efforts to repeal the country of origin labeling (COOL) law and to convert COOL into a voluntary labeling program for beef, pork and chicken.
The letter urges the Senate “to defend consumers’ right to know where their food comes from and the ability of farmers and ranchers to proudly identify their livestock as born and raised in America.”
Congress enacted COOL for beef, pork, chicken, goat,...
Joseph Branch Rail-With-Trail Feasibility Study Kick-Off Meeting
The Wallowa Union Railroad Authority will hold a public meeting in Elgin, Oregon on July 9, 2014, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Elgin Depot.
The purpose of the meeting is to consider the trail feasibility study scope of work that will be presented by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and Eastern Oregon University.
The public is encouraged to attend this important meeting to show the Wallowa Union Railroad Authority the extent of public support for the potential...
For the first time, beginning farmers in Northeast Oregon will have access to the Successful Small Farm Management Course developed by Oregon State University. The four part series is designed for farmers in their first 5 years of farming, people seriously considering starting a farm business, and people considering major changes to their farm. The course will provide farmers with the tools and knowledge to manage the biological and financial risks of farming.
The course will take place Thursdays, 5:00 – 8:30 PM, on April 3, 10 and 24 at OSU...