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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. 

Saturday, August 12, KPOV’s Summer Bash Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love in 1967
When:
 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Where:
 KPOV radio studio, 501 NW Bond St, Bend
What:
 A radio and music party Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love in 1967 and KPOV’s 12 years on the air. Join KPOV for outdoor live music from great local bands playing tunes from the summer of love. In between, KPOV DJs who were there for the Summer of Love will share their fascinating stories! Refreshments, cake, games, and a tie-dyed T-shirt contest will make your day too.
Contact:
 kpov.org and bruce@kpov.org

Sunday, August 13, Community Conversation About Climate: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
When:
 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where:
 Trinity Episcopal Church, Brooks Hall, 469 NW Wall St, Bend
What:
 It's official! Although national distribution decisions affected the local Regal Theater last week, Al Gore’s new movie, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, is opening in Bend on Friday, August 11. The Community Conversation About Climate will take place on Sunday, August 13. The movie will show several times before the day of the Community Conversation. Please see the movie first, at the Regal Cinema, then come join the discussion on Sunday where a panel will lead the discussion. You may also purchase the book at locally owned Dudley's Bookshop Cafe at 135 NW Minnesota. This event is free and open to the public. The Conversation is supported by member organizations of the Central Oregon Climate Change Coalition and others, including the Juniper Group of the Sierra Club, the Bitterbrush Broads Chapter of Great Old Broads for Wilderness, 350Deschutes, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon’s Social Justice Committee, the Vocal Seniority, Citizens Climate Lobby, Oregon League of Conservation Voters and Indivisible Bend.

Monday, August 14, High Desert NOW Meeting
When:
 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where:
 Downtown Bend Public Library, Brooks Room, 601 NW Wall St, Bend
What:
 Please join us for the next meeting of the High Desert chapter of the National Organization for Women. The meeting is open to members and non-members who are interested in working with us on a local level to achieve justice and equality for all women and girls. The August meeting will include legislative updates and training on conducting difficult conversations.
Contact:
 info@highdesertnow.com

Wednesday, August 16, INCO Public Gathering
When:
 12 noon – 1:30 p.m. (usually)
Where:
 Trinity Episcopal, St. Helen's Hall, 231 NW Idaho, Bend
What:
 INCO’s mission is to promote understanding and respectful relationships among diverse faith communities in Central Oregon by offering opportunities for learning, fellowship, and service together, partnering alongside organizations with similar interests to carry out this mission. Our gatherings are open to all. We invite you to support INCO as an active, positive, community presence through individual, faith community and organizational memberships.
Contact:
 interfaithnetwork@outlook.com
Info:
 www.interfaithnetworkco.org, please LIKE us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InterfaithNetworkofCentralOregon/

Thursday, August 17, Pints and Politics with Oregon League of Conservation Voters
When:
 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where:
 Broken Top Bottle Shop at 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!

August 17, 18, and 19, Annual Central Oregon Great Giveaway (Bend)
When:
 See below
Where:
 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2555 NW Shevlin Park Road
What:
 The giveaway is an event where anyone can donate usable goods, and anyone can get them for free. You can donate items on the 17thor the 18th, between 12:00 Noon and 8:00 p.m. To receive items, come on the 19th, this time between 8:00 a.m. and 12 Noon. Volunteers needed, if interested see the “service” link on the COGGA website below.
Info: www.cogga.net

Saturday, August 19, 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/

August 23, 24, 25, and 26, Annual Central Oregon Great Giveaway (Redmond)
When:
 See below
Where:
 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 450 SW Rimrock Drive
What:
 The giveaway is an event where anyone can donate usable goods, and anyone can get them for free. You can donate items on the 23rd the 24th, or the 25th, between 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. To receive items, come on the 26th, this time between 9:00 a.m. and 12 Noon. Volunteers needed, if interested see the “service” link on the COGGA websitebelow.
Info: www.cogga.net

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