To honor the work of nonviolent social justice advocates during the Season of Nonviolence, Central Oregon Community College is hosting Waking in Oak Creek,
on Tuesday, February 16, 4-5:30pm, Hitchcock Auditorium, Pioneer Building, Bend Campus and Wednesday, February 17, 4-5:30pm in Room 306, Building 3, on the Redmond Campus.
The event is free and open to the public.
The documentary profiles a suburban town rocked by hate after six worshippers at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin are killed by a white supremacist. In the year following the attack, the mayor and police chief lead the community as they forge new bonds with their Sikh neighbors. Young temple members and a police lieutenant, shot 17 times in the attack, inspire thousands to gather for events and honor the victims. After one of the deadliest hate crime attacks in recent U.S. history, the film highlights a community and law enforcement working together to overcome tragedy, stand up to hate and create a safe town for all.
This film was produced in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office as part of the Not in Our Town: Working Together for Safe, Inclusive Communities Initiative.
The Cherokee Word For Water
To honor the work of nonviolent social justice advocates during the Season of Nonviolence, Central Oregon Community College is hosting a showing of the film The Cherokee Word for Water on Monday, 3-4:30pm on February 22, in the Community Room on the Madras Campus. It will also be shown from 3-5pm on Wednesday, February 24, in Hitchcock Auditorium, Pioneer Building on the Bend Campus.
The film tells the story of the work that led Wilma Mankiller to become the first modern female chief of the Cherokee Nation. Based on the true story of the Bell Waterline Project, this film depicts the struggle of a rural Cherokee community in the early 1980s to bring running water to their families by using the traditional concept of ‘gadugi’—working together to solve a problem.
Since 2009 COCC has been recognizing the international commemoration of the Season of Nonviolence that honors the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. COCC also honors the work of Cesar Chavez and Chief Wilma Mankiller during this time. The annual series of events highlights the work being done globally as well as locally to foster equity and justice for everyone. The aim is to inspire campus and community participants to become involved in their communities to make Central Oregon a safe and respectful place to live, work and learn.