National and Universal Human Rights Month

December is the National and Universal Month for Human Rights to encourage people across the United States, and around the globe, to stand up for equality, justice, and the dignity of all humans. The month honors the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as proclaimed by the United Nations on December 10, 1948. The international document states the basic rights and fundamental freedoms to which all human beings are entitled. These rights include freedom from discrimination, the right to equality, and the right to be considered innocent until proven guilty. According to the Dignity & Respect Campaign, the best way to celebrate Universal Human Rights Month is by working to find common ground with those around us who may not have the same background as we do. Their advice is to remember that we were all born into the same world, we are all humans, and our different races, religions, beliefs, and cultures shouldn’t divide us. We can observe the Universal Month for Human Rights by treating everyone with respect, kindness, and equality.



Father’s House Church, partners with an international nonprofit to sell Christmas trees and meet needs locally and around the world. Starting with one church in 2012, BUY A TREE. CHANGE A LIFE works with local churches, nonprofits People for Care and Learning, Serving Orphans Worldwide and, and has given away more than 2 million dollars to help children break the cycle of poverty. Buy your tree starting Friday, November 29 at 61690 SE Pettigrew in Bend.

Author Rich Benjamin Leads Discussion on Race in Central Oregon

Rich Benjamin, journalist, social commentator and author ofSearching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America, spoke in Bend October 21 as a guest of Think & Drink, a program presented in partnership between Deschutes Public Library System, OSU-Cascades Diversity Committee and Oregon Humanities. He led a lively conversation about community, belonging, social values, and the state of whiteness in America. Between 2007 and 2009, Rich embarked on a 26,909-mile journey through some of the whitest and least racially diverse—and fastest growing—communities in the United States. Bend was one of his stops on the two-year traverse of the country during that time. Rich Benjamin’s cultural and political analysis appear regularly in public debate, including in The New York TimesThe GuardianThe New YorkerThe New York Times Sunday Book Review, NPR, PBS, MSNBC, and CNN. Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America was selected as an Editor’s Choice by Booklist and The American Library Association (2009).,,


Comedy For Kids’ Sake Raises Money for Mentors in Bend

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon (BBBSCO) hosted their 22nd annual Comedy for Kids’ Sake at the Tower Theatre November 15. Hosted by popular local radio personality Tracee Tuesday, the night featured comedians Adam Pasi and Tyler Boeh along with silent and live auctions. Proceeds from the evening went to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon and their mission to provide children with caring adult mentors to inspire potential. Studies show youth with mentors do better in school and reach higher levels of education than those without, and there are hundreds of kids from Madras to La Pine who need mentors. BBSCO also seeks people eager to impact a child and improve their community by becoming a big brother or big sister. Big Brothers are in especially high demand. Nationwide, more than 70 percent of children waiting for a mentor are boys, but only three out of every 10 inquiries to volunteer come from men. To find out more, or apply to be a mentor, visit