Jess Campbell

Rural Organizing Project.
Jess has over 15 years of rural organizing experience and has been involved with the Rural Organizing Project since 2005. Jess was raised in the rural West by a working class family with a strong sense of fairness. Jess began organizing without realizing it, rallying with her peers to successfully take on Channel One in their high school, which led to ongoing student campaigns on immigrant rights and interrupting the poverty draft. Before joining ROP staff, Jess helped start up several community gardens at Cottage Grove-area elementary schools during the height of the 2008-9 recession, helped organize a unified community response to the tragic firebombing of a Corvallis mosque, and founded and coordinated an art exchange between students in Oregon and Gaza. While on staff at ROP, Jess has worked with some of the most rural communities in Oregon to fight for the commons from post offices to libraries, to organize and counterorganize in frontline communities reeling from vigilante and state violence and white nationalist organizing, and to advance experimental campaigns at the intersections of racial, economic, and social justice. While Jess is an organizer at heart, mobilizations of paramilitaries in 2014 led her to research and publish analysis on Oregon’s far right organizing, a role she continues to play today. Jess is a co-author of Up in Arms: A Guide to Oregon’s Patriot Movement.

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