On June 13, IREHR vice president, Devin Burghart, had the honor of speaking to the annual Rural Organizing Project’s (ROP) Rural Caucus and Strategy Sessrion about the relationship between the Tea Party and paramilitary groups like the Oath Keepers.
Local ROP leaders have been instrumental in pushing back against the Oath Keepers involvement in a standoff between miners and the Bureau of Land Management in southern Oregon.
The well-attended event held in Woodburn, Oregon was also an opportunity to memorialize ROP’s founder Marcy Westerling and honor her legacy. Marcy passed away just days before the Caucus. She will be greatly missed.