What's Happening

"The story of demagogues is as old as civilization. They have risen and fallen like the tides, always leaving in their wake misery, destruction and death. They exploit the frustrations and anger generated by a decayed society. They make fantastic promises they never keep. They demonize the vulnerable as scapegoats. They preach hatred and violence. They demand godlike worship. They consume those they rule." ~ Chris Hedges

​"If ever the time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin." ~ Samuel Adams, revolutionary (1722-1803) 
Not In Our Town
Film Screening and Workshop

What: Film Screening and Discussion of Not In Our Town: Northern California 
When: Monday, March 5, 6 – 8 pm
Where: Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC

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.

And then, the following day:

What: Community Organizing Workshop with Patrice O’Neill, Not In Our Town Executive Director
When: Tuesday, March 6, 9 – Noon
Where: Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC

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, Central Oregon Labor Council, Bend Education Association, KPOV, Deschutes Cultural Coalition and other community organizations and friends.

Endorsed by Bend-Lapine School Board, Bend Parks and Recreation District Board, Bend City Council, Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel, Bend Police Chief Jim Porter.

For more information about the events, contact Michael Funke, funkeredfinn24@gmail.com, 541-350-3053; or Karen Roth, kroth1@cocc.edu, 541-383-7412. Learn more about Not In Our Town at niot.org.


Action Alert!

What:  #ResistTrumpTuesday
Where: Peace Corner (Wall & Greenwood)
When: Tuesday, March 6, 11:30-12:30

This week's theme TBD (soon)

Important Reminder: 

These are especially volatile times. Sometimes people engage in inexplicable acts, from the simply rude to the dangerous. Standing on the street corner and loudly protesting Trump and Walden’s unconscionable agenda is our right and, in fact, our duty. But it always carries some element of risk. If you did not attend our “Know Your Rights!” workshop in May, we encourage you to watch it (see below).

We may be an unruly lot at times, but we must remain a peaceful one. Please DO NOT ENGAGE with any counter-protesters that may be present. There’s plenty of room for all.

That said, bring your signs! Bring your voices! Bring your friends! Vive la résistance!


Senator Ron Wyden
Town Halls

What:  Senator Ron Wyden Town Halls
Where: Jefferson, Deschutes, and Klamath counties
When: Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10 (see below)

Senator Ron Wyden will hold town halls this week in Jefferson, Deschutes and Klamath counties.

These upcoming three town halls will increase to 879 the number of town halls Wyden has held since promising when first elected to hold annual town halls in each of Oregon’s 36 counties.

“These open-to-all town halls represent the best of our state’s proven tradition of participatory democracy, which depends on all Oregonians having the opportunity to ask any question of the people they elect to office,” Wyden said. “I look forward to hearing Oregonians’ ideas and solutions at these town halls. These conversations are a big part of what I call the ‘Oregon Way.’”

The town hall schedule is as follows:

Friday, March 9:

     Jefferson County: 9 am, Madras Performing Arts Center, 412 SE Buff Street, Madras

     Deschutes County: 5:30pm, Pilot Butte Middle School, 1501 NE Neff Road, Bend

Saturday, March 10:

     Klamath County: 11:30am, Oregon Tech, 3201 Campus Drive, College Union Auditorium, 1st Floor,         Klamath Falls