The Rural Organizing Project’s History from Below workshop will make its first stop on a statewide tour at Taproot’s Evergreen Room (971 SE Sixth St.) in Grants Pass on Monday, Sept. 17 from 6–8:30 p.m.
Retired professor of political economy and social movements from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., Dan Leahy, will offer opening remarks on the significance of local social movement history for today’s social challenges, highlighting historic movements with rural roots. SOU historian Jeff LaLande will share insights from his research on rebellion and contention in Southern Oregon politics from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Breakout sessions will offer participants an opportunity to dig deeper into this history by looking at historical archives of social movement activity in Southern Oregon and analyzing what they reveal about the values, demands and strategies of these movements. A facilitated discussion will explore the connections between grassroots movements past and present.
A sliding scale donation of $3 to $10 is suggested; no one will be turned away for lack of funds.