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Community Organizing In Rural Oregon

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The armed takeover at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge over the winter was not the first of its kind, and it probably will not be the last. 

Anti-government feelings are common across the rural west. 

And the Rural Organizing Project of Oregon works to track the history of those feelings, and their channeling into militias and white supremacist groups and other entities. 

ROP's work is about assembling coalitions in rural areas to work for change beneficial to all, not just people of one political or ideological stripe.  Organizer Jessica Campbell joins us with insights into the process.  
 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and marked his tenth anniversary as the full-time host of the Jefferson Exchange at the end of 2019. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for 35 years, working in both television and radio.