Corvallis Progressive Events Calendar

Corvallis Progressive Events Calendar

Updated:  April 21, 2019

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Apr. 11 – May 10: Somos Latinxs: Tribute Month 2019

Centro Cultural César Chávez, OSU, 691 SW 26th St, Corvallis

Each Latinx person experiences the world and Latinidad in different ways. That is the essence of this year’s Tribute Month theme “Somos Latinxs”. Through the scheduled events and programs, we hope to honor and celebrate the richness of Latinidad and all its intersections. We invite the campus community, especially the Latinx community, to join us in this celebration.


Hosted by Centro Cultural César Chávez

FB for full schedule and details:


Sunday, Apr. 21, 5pm – 8pm: 7th Annual Ettihad Cultural Festival

OSU SEC Plaza, SW Jefferson Way

Join the Ettihad Cultural Center and OSU community to celebrate the 7th Annual Ettihad Cultural Festival featuring over 20 countries from South Asia, Southwestern Asia, Central Asia & Northern Africa.

There will be various cuisines, languages, performances, and clothes of this culturally diverse region all for FREE!

FMI and to volunteer or perform:


Tuesday, Apr. 23, 11:30am – 3:00pm: 19th Annual Beyond Earth Day Community Fair

SEC Plaza, OSU (between MU and the SEC on Jefferson)

How does your event support sustainable earth ecosystems, social progress and justice, and/or a healthy economy?

A variety of organizations and activities will be offered, representing all three realms of sustainability!

Our aim is to draw attention to the interdependence of the health of humans, animals, environment, and economy.

Please join us to learn about what’s going on and how you can plug yourself in!



Thursday, Apr. 25, 7pm: 2019 Whistleblower Tour – Cian Westmoreland

Westminster House, 101 NW 23rd, Corvallis

Former U.S. Air Force drone technician now working to protect the human rights of border refugees.

Cian Westmoreland speaks about the responsibility of nations to resist drone strikes that violate international laws. Cian also tells the story of what is happening to the refugees at the Mexican border where he volunteers and describes how we can provide help urgently needed to protect the human rights of asylum seekers.

Co-sponsors: Corvallis Latin America Solidarity Committee; Westminster House; Veterans For Peace; The Anarres Project for Alternative Futures; and the OSU School of History, Philosophy & Religion.


Friday, Apr. 26, 7pm: Cornel West: “Race Matters…A Timely Discussion on the Fabric of America” (Eugene)

156 Straub Hall, U of O

Cornel West will deliver the next installment in the English Department’s Collins Distinguished Speakers’ Series.

Cornel West is currently Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University, with a joint appointment in the Harvard Divinity School and the Department of African and African American Studies. He is an ardent political activist, a keen social critic, and a prolific writer.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Hosted by U of O Dept. of English



Saturday, Apr. 27, 1pm: We Stand Together March

RIverfront Commemorative Park, Corvallis

An event hosted by Heart of the Valley DSA to stand in solidarity with the victims of Christchurch and stand in support of our Muslim community here locally! We have a couple of local speakers and a march to follow!



Apr. 7, 18; May 2; various times: Universal Health Care Film & Forum Series

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave

Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates to Host Free Film & Forum Series

Initiatives like Medicare for All at the national level, and a single payer bill at the state level, are gaining serious attention:  Should every American be able to get health care when they need it? How would we pay for it?

three films to be screened during April and May at the Corvallis Public Library.  Following each film will be a moderated Q&A session.

– Sunday, April 7th, 2:00 -3:30 p.m., Corvallis Public Library: “Canadian Healthcare—Debunking the Myths”  (9 minutes)
This film will be followed by sharing of perspectives on healthcare models & delivery systems from Chile, Taiwan, and Canada.

– Thursday, April 18th, 7:00 -8:30 p.m. , Corvallis Public Library: “Big Pharma: Market Failure”  (38 minutes)

To be followed by discussion and sharing of experiences in accessing needed medications, as well as current bills in the Oregon legislature designed to alleviate high prescription costs.

– Thursday, May 2nd, 7:00-8:30 p.m. , Corvallis Public Library: “Health, Money, and Fear” (48 minutes)

Commentary from the film’s producer, local emergency room physician, Dr. Paul Hochfeld, as well as perspectives from other medical providers, will follow.

Cost:  Free

For more information, contact:  Jennifer Carlin,,  541-231-0008


Sunday, May 5, Noon – 7:30pm: The Chrysalis Symposium: Courageous Transformation for the Climate Crisis

LaSells Stewart Center in Corvallis, Oregon (875 SW 26th St)

Scientists have given us an urgent timeline. We have about a decade to cut greenhouse gases in half to avoid catastrophic climate change. How do we, each of us, need to transform to answer this once-in-a-lifetime call and rise to the challenge of the years ahead? How can we change the narratives in our minds from those of devastation to possibilities? How can we build and be sustained by our communities?

Join Spring Creek Project for an afternoon symposium with climate change thought leaders, practical workshops, and a reception with community discussions to help make the connections we’ll need for the years ahead.

The symposium will be free and open to the public. Registration is required, and donations will be welcome at the event. Because space is limited, if you register, please plan to attend the whole symposium.

FMI and to register (attend or table):


Monday, May 6, 7pm – 8:30pm: Here On This Bridge: The Ism Project

OSU Milam Hall 026

“Here On This Bridge: The Ism Project” directed by Catherine Ming T’ien Duffly, is a full production comprised of five short monologues exploring the intersections of race, gender, orientation and nationality, with stories specifically from Pacific Northwest perspectives. The monologues were developed in local workshops curated from a national submission process. All shows will include post-show discussions with audience members to bridge divides and create much-needed empathy, understanding and compassion.

Collaborators/Sponsors: Asian & Pacific Cultural Center, Center for Civic Engagement, Office of Institutional Diversity, University Housing & Dining Services, Native American Longhouse Eena Haws, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.




Thursday/Friday, May 9/10: Oregon Indian Education Association Annual Conference (Eugene)

Erb Memorial Union, University of Oregon, 1222 E 13th Ave

Theme: “Creating Space for Indigenous Education:  Sharing our Struggles, Celebrating our Successes”

Through this theme, the OIEA conference seeks to recognize the countless ways Indigenous educators and communities create space for Indigenous education. Despite limited resources or a lack of institutional supports, Indigenous educators work tirelessly to create spaces that affirm Indigenous students, communities, and nations, and that recognize the importance of Indigenous languages, lifeways, and knowledges.

Information and Registration:


Saturday, May 18, 8am: 10th Annual Corvallis-Gondar Walk for Water

Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 SW 53rd, Corvallis

An event to raise money to construct wells that provide clean drinking water for people in our sister city of Gondar, Ethiopia.

$10 Registration donation

Contact: Richard Raymond,

Sponsor: Corvallis-Gondar Sister Cities Association


Mondays, Mar. 11, Apr. 1, Apr. 15, May 20, 6pm: Film & Discussion Series: Understanding and Confronting White Nationalism (Eugene)

Register at link below for email notification of the event location.

White Nationalism is a growing threat locally, nationally and globally. SURJ-SE and CALC are presenting a film series to enhance our understanding of, and our ability to confront this serious menace to civil and inclusive society.

We strongly encourage you to attend the full series of events, as the community conversation will be developing throughout.

Each film screening will be followed by a discussion. Films and speakers will include:

March 11: Background. “Documenting Hate: Charlottesville” by Frontline and Propublica, with a talk by Sami Alloy from Western States Center

April 1: Anti-Semitism in White Nationalism. “Confronting Anti-Semitism in the Age of White Nationalism,” a recorded talk by Eric Ward of Western States Center, with a talk by Rabbi Ruhi Sophia Motzkin Rubenstein of Temple Beth Israel

April 15: “Not in Our Town” Strategies. Welcome to Leith, with speakers from Cottage Grove Community United and the Rural Organizing Project

May 20: Relational Strategies. Accidental Courtesy: Darryl Davis, Race & America, with Christian Picciolini’s TED talk

This series is co-sponsored by: Rural Organizing Project, Western States Center, Sikh Dharma of Oregon, Jewish Community Relations Council, NAACP, Temple Beth Israel, Cottage Grove Community United, Civil Liberties Defense Center, Encircle Films, Beyond Toxics, WECU (Whole Eugene Community United): A Human Rights Commission Work Group, First Christian Church, Unitarian Universalist Church, Indivisible Eugene, UO Coalition for Allyship and Engagement, and the Justice and Witness Ministries of First Congregational United Church of Christ, Eugene.

Free; donations accepted. Register here:



Saturday, June 1, 8am – 6pm: Rural Caucus & Strategy Session

Cottage Grove, OR

This year’s Rural Caucus & Strategy Session will be Saturday, June 1st in Cottage Grove! Register at before May 1st to receive an early bird discount!

The Rural Caucus & Strategy Session is the biggest day of the year for the Rural Organizing Project (ROP) – it is when the entire statewide network of rural organizers and community leaders come together to share stories and skills, build relationships and analysis, and advance plans to strengthen the movement for democracy and justice in rural and small town Oregon.

The Rural Caucus & Strategy Session began in the early 1990s and continued as an annual tradition because it serves as a space for leaders to reflect on our work over the last year, share our lessons learned, and build collective next steps. Every Rural Caucus & Strategy Session features think tanks on topics that reflect on our moment in time, the issues impacting rural and small town Oregon, and how to continue to build our long-term movement for justice and human dignity.

Register today at

Scholarships, interpretation, community housing, child care, and travel assistance available! Contact for more information or call us at 503-543-8417.



Saturday, June 8, Noon – 3pm: Juneteenth Celebration

Avery Park Thompson Shelter, Corvallis

Annual Community Celebration

Food, Fun Activities for all ages, Juneteenth History Program

Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the freeing of the last slaves in the USA, June 19, 1865.

Sponsored by the NAACP Corvallis/Albany Branch

Join us at the Thompson Shelter in Avery Park, Corvallis

Donations are welcome to support this event and other events of the Corvallis/Albany NAACP!




Sunday, June 9, Noon – 5pm: 8th Annual Solidarity Fair

Central Park, 8th & Monroe, Corvallis

It’s time for the 8th Annual Solidarity Fair, a once a year event intended to celebrate past and present social movements, as well as further local organizing efforts against all forms of oppression.

Check out our website for more info:

Organized and sponsored by The Solidarity Action Network, a coalition of unions, community groups, student groups, and social justice organizations, the Solidarity Fair provides a place for building active solidarity across movements throughout the region. We honor the broader labor movement & all struggles for social and environmental justice – past and present, local and global.

Contact us at:



Saturday, June 22, 11am: Albany Pride 2019

Linn County Courthouse, 330 4th Ave SW, Albany

More details to come as planning begins for 2019 Albany Pride 🏳️‍🌈



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.



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

Albany Library or WestM, Corvallis. See the website for meeting location:


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:


Corvallis Raging Grannies

Meetings are in flux right now. Contact Nonie (see below) for time and place.

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

For more information contact Nonie:


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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