Corvallis Progressive Events Calendar

Corvallis Progressive Events Calendar

Updated:  February 17, 2019

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Tuesday, Feb. 12 & Feb. 19, 6:30pm: Implicit Bias Workshop

First Congregational United Church of Christ, 4515 W Hills Rd, Corvallis

An opportunity to learn more about how to recognize and challenge our own implicit bias.  This free two part workshop is facilitated by John Lenssen. Registration is required – Co-sponsored by Corvallis SURJ, UUFC, UCC, First Christian Church and Beit Am.


Wednesday, Feb. 20, 5:30pm – 8:00pm: Know Your Rights Training (Eugene)

University of Oregon, Mckenzie Hall, Room 129

The CLDC is providing a Know Your Rights Training on campus open to all members of the community.

Learn what your constitutional rights are and how they apply to protest, direct action, and demonstration. Learn the “magic words” to say while interacting with law enforcement and ICE to keep you and your friends safe. We will walk you through the legal system and what to expect if you are arrested. Finally, this training focuses on ways the government and law enforcement try to suppress our movements, and how you can stay resilient to repression.

Please join us for this training and gain the skills necessary to protect yourself and your community!

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Wednesday Feb. 20, 6pm – 8pm: Negroes With Guns: Film and Discussion

OSU Milam Hall, Room 319

In celebration of Black History Month, the Oregon State Peace Studies Program will host the film “Negroes with Guns:  Robert Williams and Black Power.” Robert and Mabel Williams were civil rights activists who advocated that Black Americans arm themselves in self-defense against white racists.  The film discusses how they developed their ideas about self-defense and the tensions that arose between their ideals and those of other nonviolent groups, such as those led by Martin Luther King, Jr., within the Civil Rights Movement.  A discussion will follow. Pizza will be provided.



Thursday, Feb. 21, 10:30am – 1:00pm: The Cube of Truth


The Cube of Truth is a peaceful static demonstration akin to an art performance. This demonstration operates in a structured manner that triggers curiosity and interest from the public; we attempt to lead bystanders to a vegan conclusion through a combination of local standard-practice animal exploitation footage and conversations with a value-based sales approach.

Masks, signs, and outreach literature are provided. Black upper clothing appropriate for the weather is essential, and please bring a fully charged laptop or tablet if you have one. If you are bringing a laptop or a tablet, please download the following:

Media Player:


FMI and to volunteer:


Thursday, Feb. 21, 4pm: The Collapse of Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation Flash Panel

OSU Bexel Hall, Room 207

Join us for an informal round-table panel discussion from various points of view, followed by q and a with the audience.


Mahal Miles (Public Health)

Linda Marie Richards (SHPR)

Camille Palmer (Nuclear Science and Engineering) David Bernell (Public Policy)

Christopher McKnight Nichols

(SHPR, Director of the OSU Center for the Humanities)

Hosted by OSU School of History, Philosophy and Religion.

Public welcome.


Thursday, Feb. 21 and Mar. 7, 6pm: Race In America Series: The Underground Railroad

Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, 100 SW Memorial Pl, Corvallis

Three-part series discussion around the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, depicting the metaphoric meaning of the Underground Railroad and how it has been displayed since slavery.

Part 3 on March 7th, same place and time.

Questions regarding this event can be set to Terrance Harris at


Thursdays, Feb. 21, 28, & Mar. 7, 6:00pm – 7:30pm: OSU Stone Award Book Discussions: The Underground Railroad

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave

Three professors from the Oregon State University School of Writing Literature and Film will lead a three-part discussion of Colson Whitehead’s 2016 novel, The Underground Railroad.

Colson Whitehead is the 2018 recipient of OSU’s Stone Award for Literary Achievement. In anticipation of his April 1st visit to Corvallis to receive the award, the library will host three hour-long discussions on his most recognized novel. The Underground Railroad is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Clarke Award for science fiction literature, and is an Oprah’s Book Club pick as well.

February 21: Join Associate Professor Raymond Malewitz in a discussion of the first third of the novel.

February 28: Join Associate Professor Karen Holmberg in a discussion of the second third of the novel.

March 7: Join Professor Iyunolu Osagie in a discussion of the final third of the novel.

This event is co-sponsored by the Oregon State University College of Liberal Arts and the Friends of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.


Saturday, Feb. 23: Global Day of Action – Venezuela

Albany and Corvallis

In solidarity with the people of Venezuela and their comrades across the globe, members of the Albany and Corvallis peace and justice communities will vigil on Feb. 23:

Albany: 11am – Noon, Linn Co. Courthouse, 4th & Ellsworth

Corvallis: 5pm – 6pm, BenCo Courthouse, in conjunction with the daily peace vigil.



Saturday, Feb. 23, 2pm – 4pm: Forests and The Climate Crisis; Putting People Before Wall Street

City of Lebanon Public Library, 55 Academy St, Lebanon

Chuck Willer and Pen Kaczmarek will speak about Wall Street driven forest management in light of the climate crisis. How could the much talked about Green New Deal apply to Oregon’s high density carbon forests typical of Linn County?

Pen & Chuck will explore the necessary local, state and national solutions for putting people before profits in solving the climate crisis. New Coast Range Association findings about corporate forest owner tax avoidance will be presented. Everyone welcome; invite friends!



Saturday, Feb. 23, 7pm: Discovery: A Comic Lament

Albany Mennonite Church, 3405 Kizer Ave NE, Albany

This is a play about the Doctrine of Discovery, the legal framework that justifies theft of land and oppression of Indigenous Peoples. It finds unexpected humor at the crossroads of justice and land use, offering both comic and challenging glimpses into the absurdity of white settler oppression of Indigenous Peoples and the land we live on. A show about love, and loss, of land, Discovery nudges us to question our stories with honesty and integrity.

Admission is free and open to the public.



Tuesday, Feb. 26, 6:30pm – 8:30pm: Walidah Imarisha – “Transforming Justice” (Eugene)

Wesley United Methodist Church, 1385 Oakway Rd, Eugene

What role do prisons serve in our country, historically and currently? Is it possible to envision a world where people are safe and secure, and where there is accountability, without prisons?

Walidah Imarisha will explore the intersections of criminalization, harm, race, and transformative justice. Imarisha is author the nonfiction book, Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison, and Redemption, which won a 2017 Oregon Book Award.

Co-sponsored by CALC and Springfield-Eugene SURJ.


Wednesday, Feb. 27, 4pm: Walidah Imarisha – Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon?: A Hidden History (Eugene)

Straub Hall, Rm. 156, U of O

Sponsored by: The Center of Women in Society. Co-sponsored by: the Division of Undergraduate Studies; UO Libraries; and UO Departments of English, Ethnic Studies, History, and Philosophy.



Wednesday, Feb. 27, 6:30pm: The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America (Eugene)

175 Knight Law Center, U of O, Eugene

Featuring Sarah E. Igo, history professor, director of the American studies program, and faculty director of the E. Bronson Ingram College at Vanderbilt University.

Sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics in partnership with the UO History Department and the UO New Media and Culture Certificate program.


Thursday, Feb. 28, 4:30pm: White Nationalism, the Academy, and the Nation: A Conversation with author and Pulitzer Prize winner Eli Saslow

LaSells Stewart Center – C & E Auditorium, OSU (875 SW 26th St, Corvallis)

Saslow is a regular contributor to The Washington Post, and most recently authored Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist.

Hosted by: OSU SHPR



Monday, Mar. 4, 5:30pm: Race, White Supremacy, and Islamophobia in America

Ettihad Cultural Center, SEC 380, 2301 Jefferson Way, OSU

Join Professor of Law Khaled Beydoun in a discussion about his book American Islamophobia, which explores the rise and roots of fear surrounding Muslims in the United States. During the event, he will talk about race, white supremacy, the ‘War on Terror’ and how Islamophobia has become embedded within the U.S. legal system.

Dinner and refreshments will be provided! There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion afterward, as well as a book signing with Professor Beydoun. You can reserve your tickets for FREE here:

Sponsored by: Ettihad Cultural Center, School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, University Honors College, Office of Institutional Diversity, ASOSU Director of Diversity Programs, School of Language, Culture, and Society, and the Muslim Student Association.



Thursday, Mar. 7, 5pm – 9pm: Sustainability Fair & Town Hall 2019

CH2M Hill Alumni Center, 725 SW 26th St, Corvallis

Fair: 5 to 7 pm, just prior to the Town Hall.

The annual Sustainability Fair features delicious local food, lively music, more than 50 hands-on exhibits, and a kids’ activity room. Registration is not required for attendance at the fair.  The Sustainability Fair and Town Hall are both free and open to the public.

Town Hall: 7-9pm.

Participants will be seated at tables of eight for a fast-paced, interactive Town Hall program that includes three parts, each with a presentation from the main stage followed by discussion and activity at the tables.

A highlight of the program will be the keynote presentation by Mary Christina Wood, the University of Oregon law professor and author who is best known for her writings advocating for the use of the Public Trust Doctrine to force government action on climate change.

Register for the Town Hall here:

FMI:, email or call 541-230-1237.


Tuesday, Mar. 12, 6:30pm – 8:00pm: Bias & Kids: How Do Our Prejudices Affect Our Children?

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave

How do our biases influence how we interact with the children in our lives and communities? And, how do those biases influence how children perceive themselves and what they will become?

This is the focus of “Bias and Kids: How Do Our Prejudices Affect Our Children?” a free conversation with Verónika Nuñez and Kyrié Kellett.

Co-sponsored by Oregon Humanities and the Friends of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.



Tuesday, March 12, 6:30pm: Rivalry and Reform: Presidents, Social Movements, and the Transformation of American Politics (Eugene)

Sidney Milkis, University of Virginia political science professor, and Dan Tichenor, Wayne Morse senior faculty fellow, will discuss their forthcoming book.

Hosted by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.


Wednesday, March 13, 6pm: Anarchism, Gender Identity, Utopia

Milam 301, OSU

Join the Anarres Project for a video and discussion about the ways Ursula K. LeGuin envisioned political life and gender identity in her groundbreaking novels.  In “The Dispossessed”, Le Guin imagines the possibility of a utopian society based on anarchist principles. In “The Left Hand Of Darkness”, she considers a world in which gender fluidity is the norm.  We will discuss the ways her works nurture the radical imagination to think about building alternatives to injustice and oppression in real life.

Pizza will be provided and there will be a chance to win a free copy of “The Left Hand of Darkness”.

Sponsored by the Anarres Project for Alternative Futures.



Monday, March 18, 7pm: Eco-socialism & The Green New Deal

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave

Hosted by the Pacific Green Party of Linn-Benton Counties.

More details soon.

FMI: Mike,


Friday/Saturday, Apr. 19-20, 2019: Opening Space for the Radical Imagination II


Save the dates. The schedule is being finalized.



Recurring Events (subject to change without notice):


Every Day, 5pm – 6pm: Corvallis Daily Peace Vigil

Benton County Courthouse, east side

This vigil has been held every single evening since October 7, 2001.

Every peace-loving person is welcome to join.


First Sundays, 1:30pm: Salem Vegan Diners

Various locations

All welcome to dine from a vegan menu or potluck, to network with and support each other on our plant based journeys that are making the world a better place for ourselves, animals, and the environment! Please call 520-272-1362 to learn more, RSVP, and/or to be added to the list.


First Sundays, 5:30pm: Corvallis – Albany Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)

101 NW 23rd (23rd & Monroe), Corvallis

This is the public side of the IWW meeting, so all are welcome to visit the Wobblies and learn what the “One Big Union” can do for the working persons of the mid-Willamette Valley. Email for more info:

On Facebook at:


First Sundays, 6pm: #Resist Corvallis Proactive Letter Writing & Action Sharing

Willamette Landing Recreation Center – Large meeting room (South Corvallis) 3501 SE Shoreline Dr

Join us, in partnership with Indivisible Corvallis, for some proactive civic engagement. In the first hour we will share information about upcoming actions, town halls, and events. In the second hour we will write representatives and letters to the editor.

FMI:  sarah[at]


Second & Third Sundays, 4pm: C.A.R.E. – Community Action For Racial Equity

Albany Main Library, 2450 14th Ave SE, Albany (Second Sundays)

Natural Grocers, 1235 NW 10th St, Corvallis, by The Arc on 9th St. (Third Sundays)

A grassroots group of mid-valley citizens organizing and supporting efforts which are intentionally designed to create welcoming and inclusive communities.

All are welcome.




Third Mondays, 6:30pm:  Health Care for All Oregon, Albany Chapter

Lakeside Center (small classroom), 2180 54th Ave SE, Albany;  info: 541-926-5989

HCAO Mission:  To work for an equitable, affordable, comprehensive, high quality, publicly funded universal health care system serving everyone in Oregon and the United States.



Fourth Mondays, 7pm: Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates

UUFC, 2945 NW Circle, Corvallis

Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates works to establish a publicly funded, equitable, comprehensive, affordable health care system for all people in Oregon (and eventually all across the U.S.). An affiliate member of Health Care for All – Oregon, MVHCA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Based in Corvallis, MVHCA currently includes more than 2,000 advocates in the mid-valley.



Every Tuesday, September to June, 12:15pm – 1:30pm: Corvallis Raging Grannies

Martha Room, downstairs at FUMC, 1165 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis

Women over 50 meet to rehearse satirical songs to rally for social, environmental and economic justice.

For more information contact


Second Tuesdays, 7pm: Linn-Benton Green Party Meeting

101 NW 23rd, Corvallis (23rd & Monroe)


Second Tuesdays, 7pm: Mid-Willamette NOW Book Club

New Morning Bakery (219 SW 2nd St.) Casual discussion of a different book each month host by the local chapter of the National Organization of Women.

More information:

On Facebook:


Third Tuesdays, 7:15pm, Mid-Willamette NOW Monthly Meeting

First Alternative Co-Op South Community Room. Local chapter of the National Organization of Women.

More information:

On Facebook:


First & Third Wednesdays, 7pm: Benton County Indivisible

101 NW 23rd, Corvallis (23rd & Monroe)

A local progressive advocacy/activist group that focuses on pressuring elected officials to resist the Trump/right-wing agenda.


First and Third Wednesdays, 7:30pm: Heart of the Valley Democratic Socialists of America

UUFC, 2945 NW Circle Blvd.

A chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America operating in the Corvallis area.

We wish to see a mass, independent socialist movement in the United States. HOTVDSA believes we can fight for and win socialism in the United States.

First Wednesdays are general assemblies. Third Wednesdays are working group sessions.

All meetings are open to the public.

FMI: or;


NEW: First Wednesdays, 7:30pm: Distilled: Pub Talks (Salem)

The Half Penny,  3743 Commercial St. S., Salem

Free public talks by Willamette University scholars, with Q&A following.



Every other Wednesday, 6pm: Occupy Corvallis Reading Group

OSU, Hoviland Hall, Rm. 104

See the Google progressive events calendar for dates.


First Thursdays, 6pm: Tenants United Corvallis General Meeting & Potluck

Westminster House, 101 NW 23rd, Corvallis (23rd & Monroe)

TUC is a group of tenants living in the Willamette Valley committed to making housing affordable for all.

Public welcome. FB:


Second Thursdays, 5pm: Citizens Climate Lobby

First Alternative Co-op North Store Community Meeting Room, 29th and Grant Streets

The Corvallis Chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby meetings are open to anyone wishing to learn more about or get involved with the Citizens Climate Lobby. CCL is focused on building political will for a stable and safe climate.

Everyone welcome.

FMI: Carla, carla476[at];


Second Thursdays, 7pm: NAACP Corvallis Chapter Meeting

101 NW 23rd (23rd & Monroe), Corvallis


Third Thursdays, 7pm: Benton County Democrats Monthly Meeting

Grace Lutheran Church, 435 NW 21st St, Corvallis

Open to the public.


Fourth Thursdays, 6:30pm: 350 Corvallis

101 NW 23rd, Corvallis (23rd & Monroe)



Every Friday, 4pm – 6pm: Our Revolution Corvallis Allies (ORCA)

Downward Dog (north side), 126 SW 1st St, Corvallis

Gatherings for coffee and talk. All are welcome.


First Saturdays, 10am: Corvallis CCDS Discussion Group

101 NW 23rd (23rd & Monroe), Corvallis

Committees of Correspondence For Democracy & Socialism (CCDS, see: meets to discuss readings related to bringing about democracy and socialism in our time and to discuss current events and projects.

The public is very welcome to attend and to participate.


Third Saturdays, 8:30am: Albany Peace Seekers Meeting

Lakeside Center, 2180 54th Ave SE, Albany, OR 97322

Monthly meeting of the Albany Peace Seekers.

All are welcome.

Enter the building via the east side doors.  Classroom is down the hall and to the left.


Third Saturdays, 1pm: Salem Democratic Socialists of America

3850 Portland Rd NE #100, Salem

Regular monthly meeting of Salem DSA. For more Salem DSA events, please visit their FB page:


Albany Town Halls, hosted by Sen. Sara Gelser.

7-8: 30 pm

Main Branch Albany Public Library, 2450 14th Avenue SE

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Wednesday, June 12, 2019


Corvallis Town Halls, sponsored by Corvallis LWV; Reps. Rayfield, Nearman, and Davis.

10-11: 30 am, Corvallis Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Saturday, June 1, 2019



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