Network: Lincoln and South Tillamook Counties
Provided by Coastal Progressives,
A member group of the Rural Organizing Project *
Advancing democracy in rural Oregon
Announcements for December 29, 2010
A message from Marcy
I am proud to join as a volunteer with Rural Organizing Project. I plan to stay active. Our fruitful teach-in Saturday, December 4 and celebration that same evening reminds me of why ROP stays my organizing home. For those who could not join us that Saturday night, I wanted to share my notes. May we all have a healthier 2011!
[Ed. note: The following remarks are excerpts from Marcy’s talk on the 4th.]
I always knew that I wanted to ‘organize’ other people towards a more just society. It made sense to me. It actually felt like a clear obligation–non-negotiable. While my family was devoutly a-political, the family lore was not. My father grew up with Jews in hiding in occupied Holland. My grandfather was incarcerated under the Nazis. Their stories of leadership and resistance inspired my sense of duty. But I often wondered what if the Resistance had started earlier. Could the need to pick up guns have been avoided? I still find it a fundamental question and relevant today.