December is Universal Human Rights Month!
For some cultures, December marks the season for holidays. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and sometimes even Milad un Nabi are just a few of the celebrations that American citizens will commemorate this month – not to mention the closing of the calendar year.
But December is also observed for another, lesser known reason: it is the Universal Month for Human Rights.
So what does this mean exactly?
It’s important to first understand how the Universal Month for Human Rights started. It began in 1948, when the United Nations wrote up a document called the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This happened after the Second World War, because the U.N. wanted to prevent the atrocities that had occurred. They created the document as a way to properly define what human rights would be protected universally.
The very first article of this declaration makes it clear what the purpose is. It States: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
The rest of the document lists out what these rights are. It emphasizes how important it is to work towards protecting freedom for all in order to keep peace.
How can you observe the Universal Month for Human Rights?
There is a lot of turmoil in the world. Open up any newspaper or look on any Facebook or Twitter feed and see the many challenges our planet is constantly facing.
One of the most important things you can do throughout the course of this month – and even beyond – is to find common ground with the people around you. We must remember that all human beings were born into the same world we were and that, despite our differences, we must learn to function here together. Human Rights Month is about acknowledging that people of different races, religions, cultures, and beliefs are still just that: people. We must be careful of differentiating ourselves from others so much that we forget this.
Take the time to learn about another culture that is different from yours – perhaps a culture that makes you nervous or uneasy. Research their history or perhaps make a new friend that is a member of that culture. You’ll start to see quickly how similar all people really are. You’ll start to see just how important it is that everyone be treated with dignity and respect.
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A Bandon Christmas Carol – December 6, 7, 13, 14, 15
Bandon Playhouse presents a fast-paced, hilarious, and moving adaptation of Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” with an original script by Neal Davis (Murder at TwoMile, Bethlehem Road). Directed by Mike Dempsey. Show dates are 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 & 15. Fri/Sat performances are at 7pm, Sunday at 2pm. Sprague Theater, 1202 11th St. SW. Tickets available at Bandon Mercantile or bandonevents.org.
The SantaLand Diaries, December 10, 11 & 12
The hilarious holiday classic, SantaLand Diaries by David Sedaris, will be performed by Mike Dempsey & Corrie Gant of the Gaels Readers Theater. Enjoy a Sunset Dinner Special upstairs, then come and enjoy the tale of a bitter man working as a holiday elf at Macy’s. This show is for mature audiences only.
Lower bar, Lord Bennett’s Restaurant, 1695 Beach Loop Dr SW. Tickets $10 at the door or email reservations to firstname.lastname@example.org
Cape Arago Audubon Society – December 11
Cape Arago Audubon Society, the National Audubon Society chapter for Coos County, will conduct its December meeting at the Marine Life Center in Charleston at 7 PM on Wednesday, December 11. Executive Director Trish Mace will provide a brief overview of the Center’s programs and activities before guiding a tour of the Center’s exhibits. Of interest will be the marine bird exhibit that features contributions from local chapter members.
Attendees will also get an opportunity to learn more about the one Christmas Bird Count to be conducted in the county this year. The Coquille Valley circle in which the count will be conducted stretches from Bandon to Coquille. It is bounded on the north by Beaver Hill Road and on the south by Two Mile Road south of Bandon. That count is currently scheduled for Saturday, January 4th.
Also, please mark your calendars now for Cape Arago’s February program. Chandra LeGue, Oregon Wild’s Western Oregon Field Coordinator, has published “Oregon’s Ancient Forests: A Hiking Guide. She will talk about some of the fundamentals of these forests on Wednesday, February 12th at 7 PM at the Coos Bay Public Library. Call (541) 297-2342 for more details on Cape Arago Audubon Society’s activities.
Kid Zone Ornament Party – December 14
The annual Kid Zone Ornament Party will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Bandon Public Library. Children will have the opportunity to make an ornament to take home and to hang on the library tree. Enjoy a cookie, candy cane, music and some holiday cheer in the Sprague Room. Children must be accompanied by an adult. It’s a lot of fun, and you’re invited!
Christmas for the Less Fortunate – December 18
An annual event for less fortunate children under the age of 12 hosted by Billy Smoothboars Restaurant. Food, games & Santa giving gifts! A Holiday Tradition. 4-7pm. For donations or other information please call (541) 347-2473.
Circles in the Sand – Labyrinth on the Beach, December 21
Labyrinth, walking meditation. A unique walk on the beach. Labyrinth master artist, Denny Dyke creates “walkable art” which is a sandy path through an entire pattern with no wrong turns or dead ends. The path is further enhanced with detailed designs and is open for all to enjoy. Subject to cancellation due to inclement weather, rain and/or high winds, 3-5pm, Face Rock Scenic Viewpoint Beach Loop Drive. Saturday, December 21 at 3pm.
Old Town Marketplace Farmers Market, Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 4pm through December!
No great Northwest town would be complete without a farmers’ market where shoppers can find fresh local fruits and vegetables direct from local farmers. The really good ones also feature local bakers, artisans, and more. Bandon is no exception! Shopping at a farmers’ market benefits the farmer, the consumer and the local economy – The food is fresher and healthier, and the money spent stays in the community.
Every Friday and Saturday from May through December, the Old Town Marketplace at 250 1st Street near the boardwalk is filled with local farmers, bakers and artisans, selling their creations. Shoppers can find fresh produce, sweet and savory cheesecakes, plant starts, jewelry, art, coffee, baked goods, and much more, including wine & beer tastings from The Shed and fresh fish from Farm & Sea. The market is open from 10-4, but come early for the best selections!
New Podcast Starting Every 3rd Sunday at 1pm – Rural Roots Rising!
KBOG 97.9 is happy to announce a partnership with Rural Organizing Project on their new monthly podcast, Rural Roots Rising! This podcast is created by and for rural Oregonians who are creatively and courageously building stronger and more vibrant communities for a just democracy.
Here at KBOG we are excited to share this with all of our listeners because of how important it is to have community radio made by and for folks who are in our own neighborhoods. Tune in every 3rd Sunday at 1pm, and you can also find & subscribe to Rural Roots Rising on Spotify, Google Podcast, Stitcher and iHeart Radio.