About Unite Oregon, Rogue Valley
For over two decades Unite Oregon, Rogue Valley (formerly Oregon Action) has been a social justice leader in Jackson County. We are now excited to become an independent chapter of Unite Oregon, a newly merged organization comprised of Oregon Action and the Center for Intercultural Organizing. (Read more about this unique and powerful merger, and what it means for our work, here.) Through leadership development and community organizing, we provide the organizational base for participatory democracy, just communities, and a fair economy.
In 2017, Unite Oregon, Rogue Valley is digging in on the issues that our members have prioritized for us, including raising wages for workers; continuing racial justice work like ending police profiling; fighting for justice and dignity for our immigrant neighbors; addressing the affordable housing crisis in the Rogue Valley; and expanding access to quality, affordable healthcare.
Other issues we work on include the student debt crisis and college affordability, transportation access and affordability, economic justice for working women, and civic engagement. All of our work is approached through a racial justice lens and with a focus on developing the leaders of tomorrow as we build a powerful movement for justice.
Throughout all of our campaigns and issue work, we are continuing our focus on developing new organizers and community leaders. as well as continuing to take a visible leadership role in the community as an organization.
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Rogue Valley Action Center
3932 S. Pacific Highway
Medford, OR 97501
Unite Oregon, Rogue Valley is led locally by a leadership council of 5-10 members who live in our community. We prioritize people of color, people under 30, and women for Leadership Council positions. 2-4 members of our leadership council are elected up to the statewide board of directors.
Our 2016 Leadership Council Members:
Kay Brooks is pursuing her B.A. in Social and Political Science at Southern Oregon University. She is a community organizer with a passion for policy analysis and was previously a board member of Oregon Action. She serves on the Jackson County Homeless Task Force and the City of Medford's Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee.
Allen is a photographer, lifetime peace activist, and a retired public defender investigator. He has been a leader in anti-war organizing in Southern Oregon and serves as a mentor to many of the younger board members and volunteers of Unite Oregon, Rogue Valley.
Erica is a vibrant leader, a mother of two, and an anthropology student at Southern Oregon University. She began with Unite Oregon, Rogue Valley (when it was Oregon Action) as an intern and quickly became a core leader and board member. She is interested in how social movements and technology interact.
Andrea is a community leader and activist and has been an active member of Unite Oregon, Rogue Valley (formerly Oregon Action) for five years. She is a member of the Jackson County Mental Health Advisory Council and a liaison to the Hispanic Interagency Committee. She holds a Master in Social Work and her passions are human rights and social change.