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 2016, 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.
Or, come into our office!
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.
Ricardo entered the United States at the age of nine and has been a DREAMer ever since his junior year of high school. He has been an active leader in the fights for tuition equity, driver cards, and national immigration reform, and now mentors other young activists. He is passionate about immigrant rights and works at Nonprofit Legal Services as Immigration Legal Assistant. He studies pre-law at Rogue Community College.
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.
You might be wondering what this merger means for the work ahead...
This unique and powerful merger is designed to allow both organizations to continue being the authentic community forces we have always been while leveraging our collective voices and people power to make change at the state level.
Unite Oregon, Rogue Valley will keep our local staff, set our own budget and strategic priorities, and elect our own representatives to the new statewide board of directors. Our partnership with the Center for Intercultural Organizing is designed to help us speak with a powerful, unified voice at the state level.
We will keep working on many issues we are known for such as access to healthcare, raising the minimum wage, and student debt. We believe that the unique challenges rural communities face, especially when it comes to economic and health disparities, are critical to having a thriving community for everyone.
We will also continue to deepen our engagement on racial justice issues such as immigrant rights, ending police profiling, and rapid response to hate. We believe that this is a crucial moment for racial justice issues and we are ready to double down on our commitment to be good allies and to be leaders in our own community on these issues. We wouldn't be a social justice organization if we didn't!
Will we stay exactly the same? Of course not! We will continue to evolve and grow like any healthy organization. But we remain committed to the core values we were founded on: building power, building leaders, fighting for justice, focusing on rural issues, collaboration, inclusion, and never giving up, because our community deserves nothing less.
Moving forward together, we stand as one strong, unified statewide social justice organization representing a uniquely diverse constituency. By uniting across urban and rural divides, bringing together immigrants, refugees, low income folks, students, and people of color for our common interests, together we are poised to make significant change in Oregon.
Join us in this exciting moment as we work to make our community a strong, vibrant, and welcoming place for all!