Featurette

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. 

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Central Oregon Social Justice Center

The Central Oregon Social Justice Center has an office for rent. To inquire, contact cosjcenter@gmail.com

Saturday, February 24, Sisters Indivisible General Meeting with Special Guest Democratic Candidate Eric Burnette
When:
 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where:
 Sisters Public Library Meeting Room
What:
 Come engage with special guest, Eric Burnette, Democratic candidate for Greg Walden's seat in Oregon Congressional District 2. We are bringing each of the Democratic candidates to Sisters so voters can make an informed decision in the primary. We'll also be learning about how to ask politicians and candidates good questions.
Info:
 www.facebook.com/indivisiblesisters
Contact:
 sistersindivisible@gmail.com

Monday, February 26, Fossil Free Fast Volunteer Meeting
When:
 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where:
 Wabi Sabi, 830 NW Wall St, Bend
What:
 Concerned about climate change, fracked gas and proposed fossil fuel projects in our region? Join 350Deschutes and keep the momentum going to fight the Pacific Connector Pipeline and Jordan Cove LNG projects and new proposed pipeline projects in the Cascades Range. We need your help with assisting local government make a just transition our region to a clean energy economy. Join us to strategize our next steps for local action.
Contact:
 Paula Kinzer, pkinzer@350deschutes.org
Info:
 http://bit.ly/2o2nirK

Tuesday, February 27, Amnesty International 610 meeting
When:
 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where:
 Downtown Bend Library, 601 NW Wall St
What:
 Harley Emery, Univ. of Oregon student activist, will be speaking on refugee resettlement in the USA. Harley's travels and volunteer work have taken her to Morocco, Jordan and Lebanon. She is the co-founder of the Univ. of Oregon Chapter of "No Lost Generation". She will cover the resettlement process from arrival at the UNHCR Camp to the vetting process, and the ways these individuals adapt to fit into their new community. Meeting is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, February 27, COCC's Season of Nonviolence – A Muslim American’s Experience in Oregon, With Nora Mahmoud
When:
 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where:
 Central Oregon Community College, Willie Hall, 2600 NW College Way, Bend
What:
 Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King called for justice and coexistence, but what did the prophet Muhammad teach humankind? Muslims believe in the same notions of acceptance and peace as taught through the holy Quran and prophet Muhammad’s message to the human race. Yet in a time of escalating global conflicts as well as national political agitation, what is it like being an American Muslim in our nation today? Join local American Muslim, Nora Mahmoud, to reflect on the timeless social beliefs of Islam and the current issues Muslims are experiencing today.
Contact:
 kroth1@cocc.edu or 541-383-7412
Info:
 For a full list of Season of Nonviolence events, visit www.cocc.edu/mcc-events.

Wednesday, February 28th, Jefferson County Democrats Monthly Meeting
When:
 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where:
 Corner of 8th & E Streets, library annex, upstairs, Madras
What:
 We will have applications for becoming a Precinct Captain available, with training on what is expected. Those applications must be returned to the Elections Dept. by March 6, 2018 in order to be included on the May 15th Primary Ballot. Information about the 7 Democrat Candidates for Congressional District 2 will be available. The results of our election of officers in Jan. were: Fran Davis, Chair; Geri Steward, Vice Chair; Stephen Hillis, Secretary; Moira (Scottie) Henry, Treasurer.

Thursday, March 1, League of Women Voters of Deschutes County First Thursday
Luncheon
When:
 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where:
 Black Bear Diner, 1465 NE 3rd Street, Bend
What:
 Topic this month is local perspective Local Perspectives on the Unfinished National Debate on Immigration. Our speakers will be Callie Killebrew and Micaela Guthrie, immigration attorneys with the Bend Immigration Group (BIG). Bend Immigration Group LLC assists immigrant families all over the world in finding pathways within the labyrinth of US immigration laws.
Contact:
 Geri Hauser, gerim@bendcable.com, 541 382-2660
Info:
 http://www.lwvdeschutes.org

Thursday, March 1, Kôr Community Land Trust Annual Fundraising Dinner and Celebration
Where:
 Tetherow's Pavilion, Bend
What:
 The Kôr Community Land Trust board of directors would like to invite you to join us for our third-annual fundraising and celebration dinner. Come celebrate our past year's successes, learn more about our mission, and help make the upcoming year even better. The evening at Tetherow's Pavilion includes dinner, complimentary wine, a silent auction, and music by Jazz Duo George Bouhey and James Gurreri. We will also be joined by The Oregon Community Foundation to share why they chose to support Kôr this year. We look forward to raising a glass with you to support community, affordable homeownership, and sustainability!
RSVP:
 Tickets can be found through our website, www.korlandtrust.org, or by going directly to Brown Paper Tickets.

Monday, March 5, Film Screening and Discussion of Not In Our Town: Northern California, with Executive Director, Patrice O’Neill
When:
 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where:
 Central Oregon Community College, Willie Hall, 2600 NW College Way, Bend
What:
 The film, Not In Our Town: Northern California, takes a regional look at five Northern California communities dealing with deadly hate violence over a five-year period. Together, the stories reveal that whether the motivation is racism, anti-Semitism, or crimes motivated by gender or sexual orientation, hate is the same. But Californians found innovative ways to respond when hate happens. Patrice O'Neill is a filmmaker, journalist and leader of Not In Our Town, a community-based movement of people working to stop hate together. She has produced the successful Not In Our Town film series which began as a half-hour PBS special and turned into a dynamic movement that continues to thrive in communities across the U.S. and around the world. Following the film screening, a panel of students will discuss their experience in local schools and then, Patrice O’Neill, the founder and executive director of Not In Our Town, will lead the audience in a discussion on how to prevent and respond to incidents of hate, bullying, and bigotry.

Tuesday, March 6, Community Organizing Workshop with Patrice O’Neill
When:
 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Where:
 Central Oregon Community College, Willie Hall, 2600 NW College Way, Bend
What:
 Patrice O’Neill, Executive Director of Not In Our Town, will meet with community activists, students, teachers, civic leaders, law enforcement, elected officials, and other concerned citizens to discuss how to foster greater safety and inclusion in our community. This event will promote communication and collaboration among community entities that ultimately results in creating a framework for preventing and responding to incidents of hate and bullying. Collaborators with the Office of Multicultural Activities include Building Common Ground, Deschutes Cultural Coalition and other community organizations.

Thursday, March 8, Sisters Indivisible General Meeting with Special Guest Democratic Candidate Michael Byrne
When:
 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where:
 Sisters Public Library Meeting Room
What:
 Come engage with a special guest Michael Byrne, Democratic candidate for Congressional District 2 (Greg Walden's seat for now). We are bringing each of the Democratic candidates to Sisters so voters can make an informed decision in the primary. We'll also be learning about a political organizing skill and taking a political action together as a group.
Info:
 www.facebook.com/indivisiblesisters
Contact:
 sistersindivisible@gmail.com