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Who We Are


The Central Oregon Social Justice Center houses community and social justice groups, labor unions and justice-seeking law firms in a welcoming, common office space near downtown Bend, Oregon. With other local groups, we are working to build a broad coalition of diverse social justice allies into a unified movement for justice, democracy and human dignity in Central Oregon. 


What We Do

We offer shared infrastructure and meeting spaces to our office partners and make these resources available to local social justice, faith, and community groups doing great work in our community but lacking the resources of unions and larger groups.  


Our Groups


Our hosting group is Central Oregon Jobs with Justice. A broad array of faith, community, justice, union, equality, law and environmental groups share our space or participate in our local coalition. 

Central Oregon Social Justice Center

Saturday, November 11, Film event: Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives
When: 
12:30 p.m.
Where:
 Downtown Bend Library, 601 NW Wall St
What:
 "If we cannot eliminate war, we can at least require a fuller accounting of war's costs and consequences, and demand that destructive forces used in our name leave a lighter footprint on this highly vulnerable planet. It is to this change in values and actions that this documentary film is directed. A compelling film exploring the under-reported environmental impacts of war and preparations for war. Confronts the immensely broad ecological and human ramifications of everything from technological development and natural resource exhaustion to weapons testing and modern warfare itself.

Monday, November 13, High Desert NOW Meeting
When:
 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where:
 Redmond Library, 827 Deschutes Ave
What:
 Please join us for the next meeting of the High Desert chapter of the National Organization for Women. The meeting is open to current NOW members and interested nonmembers who are interested in working with us on a local level to achieve justice and equality for all women and girls. This month, Moms Demand Action will be joining us to present their Be SMART presentation.
Info:
 https://www.facebook.com/HighDesertNOW
Contact:
 TeriAnn Mason, info@highdesertNOW.com

Tuesday, November 14, PFLAG Central Oregon Meeting
When:
 6:30 p.m. (6:15 p.m. for library use and refreshments)
Where:
 Nativity Lutheran Church, 60850 Brosterhous Rd., Bend (Nativity Lutheran Church is an LGBTQ-friendly and welcoming church)
What:
 This is the Central Oregon chapter of Parents, Friends, and Family of Lesbians and Gays. Meetings are confidential and include introductions and "PFLAG Moments". They usually include a social event, a speaker or a topic for the evening with occasional breakout support groups depending on the need.
Info:
 http://www.pflagcentralor.4t.com/

Tuesday, November 14 (new date), A Service of Holding, Healing, and Hope
When:
 7:00 p.m.
Where:
 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon, 61980 Skyline Ranch Road, Bend
What:
 There is so much heaviness in our world right now. For so many reasons, this has been a hard year. For many of us, pain, confusion, and frustration are often present, and we carry them throughout our days. Reading the news can trigger immediate anger or even worse, bring back trauma from the past. As a religious community, we will gather this evening in our sanctuary to give voice to our pain, to light some candles, to hold space for one another, and to look forward with hope that our community can instill. These are troubled times. Let us lean into together. Childcare will be provided.

Wednesday, November 15, Before the Flood: Leonardo DiCaprio’s Documentary on Climate
When:
 6:30 p.m. for social, 6:50 p.m. for program
Where:
 Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas, Bend
What:
 DiCaprio’s journey around the world to see how climate change affects our environment and what society can do. “Our planet cannot be saved unless we leave fossil fuels in the ground where they belong. An upheaval and massive change is required, now—one that leads to a new collective consciousness, a new collective evolution of the human race, inspired and enabled by a sense of urgency from all of you.” Event sponsored by Sierra Club. Event is free, but with suggested donation of $5.
Contact: Gretchen Valido, 541-389-0785, juniper.group@oregon.sierraclub.org

Wednesday, November 15, Jefferson County Democrats Meeting
When:
 6:00 p.m.
Where:
 Madras Library Annex, between 7th & 8th Streets on E Street
What:
 Candidate for Congressional District 2 will be there to present his views on issues important to our District and how he differs from Congressman Walden. All are invited to attend. Contact Fran Davis at 541-923-7403 or 541-527-5484.

Thursday, November 16, A Bucket of Blessings! Interfaith Network of Central Oregon Annual Thanksgiving Service
When:
 7:00 p.m.
Where:
 Holy Communion Church, 1245 SE 3rd St, Suite C10
What:
 Join friends and neighbors as we come together to give thanks! Joyful singing in English, Spanish, and Hebrew,;prayers and readings from several faith traditions; special story for children of all ages; message of gratitude by Rabbi Johanna Hershenson; gathering of non-perishable food items; offering to support The Giving Plate; sharing of our favorite pies.
Contact:
 interfaithnetwork@outlook.com

Thursday, November 16, Pints and Politics with Oregon League of Conservation Voters
When:
 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where:
 Broken Top Bottle Shop, 1740 NW Pence Ln #1, Bend
What:
 OLCV invites you to join fellow community members who care about protecting Oregon’s
natural legacy, at Pints and Politics. Featuring different topics each month!

Thursday, November 16, INCO's Annual Inter-faith Thanksgiving Worship and Pie Fest
When:
 7:00 p.m.
Where:
 Holy Communion Church, 1245 SE 3rd St, Bend
What:
 INCO’s mission is to promote understanding and respectful relationships among diverse faith communities in Central Oregon. We offer opportunities for education, fellowship, and service together. One of our most popular gatherings is the annual inter-faith Thanksgiving worship and pie fest. More details will be released at a later date.

Saturday, November 18, Fill Your Pantry 2nd Annual Bulk Buying Pop Up Market
When:
 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where:
 Pleasant Ridge Community Hall, 7067 SW Canal Blvd, Redmond
What:
 The first Fill Your Pantry went so well, we thought we would do it again! Never been to a Fill Your Pantry event? Fill Your Pantry is a community-driven bulk-buying farmers market created so local food eaters can fill up their pantries, freezers, and root cellars full of great local products for the winter. Farmers, ranchers, orchardists, and producers will be selling large quantities of items. For example, 20lb bags of onions, 50lb bags of potatoes, half wheels of cheese, etc. This is a great opportunity for farmers, ranchers, and producers to move product before the harsh Central Oregon winter and a great opportunity for customers to save money and eat well all winter long. This event operates like a Farmers Market, except in bulk quantities. There will be no sign up necessary to come, all are welcome! Pre-ordering is now available, November 1st through 12th. Pre-ordering helps farmers and ranchers estimate how much to bring to the event and also guarantees the customer will get the products they desire. Pre-ordering is not mandatory, but it recommended to ensure items will be available.
Info:
 centraloregonlocavore.org/upcoming-events/fill-your-pantry/
Contact:
 Megan French, 541-390-4825, megan@centraloregonlocavore.org

Saturday, November 18, Are Wildlife Populations at the Tipping Point? Conference on Current Threats and Actions You Can Take
When:
 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Where:
 Unitarian Universalist Church, 61980 Skyline Ranch Rd, Bend
What: What are the threats to wildlife in central Oregon that decrease sufficient, usable wildlife habitat? How can recreation users and growing communities coexist with wildlife? How can individuals help wildlife survive by initiating simple projects? At this wildlife conference, a panel of speakers will address many factors challenging wildlife. They will share scientific information, the focus of their respective organizations, and the ways in which individuals can help wildlife co-exist in our rapidly developing area.
RSVP:
 http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f44afa729a5fa7-arewildlife
Contact:
 Sarah Cuddy, sc@oregonwild.org
Sponsors:
 The Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Protect Animal Migration, Central Oregon LandWatch, and Oregon Wild.

Saturday, November 18, VegNet Bend Community Potluck
When:
 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where:
 The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Ave, Bend
What:
 Please bring a vegan dish (no animal products, including honey) to serve 6-8 people, a card listing ingredients, and your own cup, plate, and utensils. This is a family-friendly event. Suggested donation $2-5 to help cover room rental. To see this month’s theme and activity, visit VegNet Bend Group on Facebook or VegNet Bend on Meetup.
Info:
 https://www.facebook.com/groups/vegnetbend/ or https://www.meetup.com/VegNet-Bend/