Corvallis Progressive Events Calendar

Corvallis Progressive Events Calendar

Updated: February 23, 2020

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Sunday, Feb. 23, full day: Caravan to Northwest Detention Center with Linn County Rapid Response Coalition

Carpool to NWDC, Tacoma

The Day of Remembrance, Day of Action at NWDC commemorates the 78th anniversary of the Executive Order that incarcerated 126,000 citizens and immigrants of Japanese descent during WWII. Today, immigrants from our communities here in Oregon are confined at the Northwest Detention Center, along with asylum seekers arriving from the US-Mexico border.

We will be carpooling from the Corvallis area to reach the Day of Remembrance, Day of Action event organized by civil rights groups in the Seattle area at the Northwest Detention center. For more information please call (541) 730 6402 or visit the Linn County Rapid Response Coalition online at


Sunday, Feb. 23, 10:45am – 12:15pm: Trapped at the Border

First United Methodist Church (Martha Room), Corvallis

Asylum seekers fleeing for their lives from Central America are trapped in dangerous

Mexican border towns due to a new U.S. policy requiring them to stay in Mexico until

their hearing dates months away. Eyewitness Janice Rosenberg gives a slide

presentation on the conditions she found last month in Matamoros and the stories these people told her.

Janice Rosenberg is an activist and retired educator who has lived and worked in Mexico and Guatemala. She has an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona.


Monday, Feb. 24, 4pm – 5pm: Toiling in the Shadows of Affluence: a talk by Ron Mize

Center for the Humanities, OSU; Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Ave.

Toiling in the Shadows of Affluence: Immigrant Labor  and Livelihoods in the New Gilded Era is a talk by Ron Mize, Center for the Humanities 19-20 Research Fellow and Associate Professor in the School of Language, Culture, and Society.

Since the 1990s, the resort enclaves of Aspen, Vail, Jackson, and Park City have experienced a major increase in the percentage of Mexican and Latin-x residents. They are not coming to ski, but to work—primarily in the service industry, catering to the wants of the wealthy.

Ron Mize teaches courses in Ethnic Studies at OSU. His historical research focuses on the origins of racial, class, and gender oppression in the lives of Mexicano/as residing in the United States, especially as they relate to sectors of rural spaces and the economy.



Wednesday, Feb. 26, 6pm: What is Democracy: Film and Discussion

318 Milam Hall, OSU

Around the world, it is estimated that 20% of nations are experiencing protests and social movements having to do with people fed up with not having a voice in the decisions that effect their daily lives.  Astrad Taylor’s film explores the meaning of democracy in the modern world and whether people have the power to maintain the idea of a state that works for them.

This film is the last in our series, “This is What Democracy Looks like:  A Genealogy of Movements” which has examined social movements in the last 50 years and trying to find out what issues, strategies, and tactics have persisted over time unto now when there seems to be a global uprising against increasing authoritarian forces everywhere.

Hosted by the Anarres Project.



Thursday, Feb. 27, Noon – 4pm: The Open Streets Classroom: A University-Community Partnership for the Public Good

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library

Join us to create community-university collaborations in the context of Open Streets Corvallis. Let’s identify ways to build inclusive, walkable, bikeable, and livable neighborhoods. Everyone is welcome at this free event!

Participants will be working in small teams around the following topics:

Health; Neighborhood engagement; Engineering and design; Inclusion and representation; Peace literacy and civil discourse; Sustainability.

Anyone interested in university partnerships, community-building, and active transportation should attend. This may be of special interest to neighborhoods where Open Streets has been located in the past and/or will be hosted in the future.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Adonia Lugo, Mobility Justice Advocate and Anthropologist.

Spanish interpretation and lunch available.

Hosted by Open Streets Corvallis.



Thursday, Feb. 27, 6:30pm: Corvallis City Speak

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library

February’s CitySpeak event will be one for the books. Featuring a double panel and long audience Q&A time, the event will explore the topics of conscious capitalism and implicit bias in Corvallis.

At 6:30 p.m., OSU professor Nathan Warren, will present his Conscious Community Theory, or CCT. Warren was on the cover of The Advocate earlier this month. His theory is quickly gaining esteem for its re-prioritization of planet over profit, in creating a conscious capitalist society.  Warren is owner of the Harris Bridge Winery in Philomath.

Up next, at 7 p.m., NAACP President Angel Harris will talk life in a brown body, as well as the Implicit Bias Initiative in Corvallis. Harris was on our cover in early December of last year, when she shared her background and experiences, as well as some NAACP initiatives.

Hosted by Corvallis City Club and the Corvallis Advocate.



Friday, Feb. 28, ~8:10am: KMUZ Labor Radio – Labor & The Green New Deal

KMUZ at 88.5, 100.7, or at

From host, Bob Rossi: We could not have better folks on to talk about this than Mike Ellison (IBEW Local 280, local activist, Democratic Party and Working Families Party leader) and Marty Hart-Landsberg (Professor Emeritus from Lewis & Clark, author, union member, Portland Jobs with Justice).

This was not a softball show. And it was so full of info and teaching that we will get two shows out of it, and probably much more in the future.

This show will be of interest to our friends around the United States as well as in Oregon. As with all of our shows, we will podcast this one.

Our last two shows have been about retirement issues:

PERS: and


See also the recurring schedule for this program on fourth Fridays below.


Friday, Feb. 28, Noon – 5pm: The Data Privacy Dilemma

MU 109, OSU

A student-led data privacy symposium.

Presented by the ASOSU Office of Advocacy, OSU Libraries & Press, and School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

All are welcome. Free admission. No registration.

12pm Free Lunch from Café Yumm!

12:30 Keynote Address, The Consequences of Surveillance.

Matthew Guariglia, Ph.D., will speak on The Consequences of Surveillance: Past, Present, and Future. Stop helping to build the surveillance state! Public and private surveillance have a long history, but digital tools make it more omnipresent in our lives than ever.

FMI & full schedule:


Friday, Feb. 28, 4pm – 6pm: Race War & Apocalypse

Learning Innovation Center (LINC), 128, 165 SW Sackett Place, OSU

“The White Power Movement Imagines the Future” – Lecture by Dr. Kathleen Belew

The white power movement in America wants a revolution. Returning to a country ripped apart by a war they felt they were not allowed to win, a small group of Vietnam veterans and disgruntled civilians who shared their virulent anti-communism and potent sense of betrayal concluded that waging war on their own country was justified.

Based on a decade of deep immersion in previously classified FBI files and on extensive interviews, this talk explores the story of American paramilitarism and the birth of the alt-right.

Dr. Belew is Assistant Professor of  History at the University of Chicago and a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University. She specializes in the recent history of the United States, examining the long aftermath of warfare.




Mondays, 2/17, 3/2, 3/16; 6:30pm – 8:00pm: Earth Month (Apr. ’20) Planning

UUFC, 2945 NW Circle, Corvallis

Help us plan to mitigate the climate crisis; build resiliency to climate change; secure justice for marginalized groups.

Mondays, 2/17, 3/2, 3/16.



Tuesday, Mar. 3, 7pm – 8pm: Tap Talk: Nutrition & Cancer Prevention

Block 15 Brewery & Tap Room, 3415 SW Deschutes St, Corvallis

You are what you eat. Come to a FREE presentation hosted by 500 Women Scientists Corvallis on the link between diet and disease. Learn how your food choices can decrease your chances of developing cancer. Dr. Emily Ho is the Endowed Director of the Moore Family Center and a Professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at OSU. Come early to check out the resource table and to get a good seat.

See for more information

Contact: or


Thursday, Mar. 5 through Sunday, Mar. 8: Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (Eugene)

UO Campus, Knight Law Center, Agate St. & E 15th Ave.

This year’s theme is “Move: Migration on a Changing Planet”.

This year, PIELC will host a conversation about migration on a changing planet. Changes to the environment have always affected the movement of humans and other life on earth. Recently, global awareness has shifted to issues of migration as the impacts of land use and resource extraction accelerate climate change and ecological crises. Conflicts and environmental disruptions force humans to leave their homes and face untold tribulation. Entire ecosystems creep toward the poles, and species climb to higher elevations. Climate, animal, and plant cycles fall out of sync with alarming consequences. Many species dwindle while others quietly wink out of existence. No place on earth is free from these changes.

Event schedule, registration and all other details at


Saturday, Mar. 7, 9:30am – 4:30pm: White men engaging in anti racism (inside out)

Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, 2945 NW Circle Blvd, Corvallis

Workshop with Oni Marchbanks. Oni has been leading RAWWW workshops for white women (not cis-men), and is now bringing this important work to white men (not cis women). This valuable experience helps disrupt conditioning in white supremacy and helps us get free together.

More info:

White Men Engaging in Anti-Racism Work

Cost: $149.00.



Wednesday, Mar. 11, 6pm – 8pm: IMIrJ Quarterly Gathering, Benton County

UUFC, 2945 NW Circle

The Immigrant Movement for Immigrant Justice (IMIrJ) is touring the state for their quarterly gatherings.

Please see their FB page or calendar here for more info:



Thursday, Mar. 12, 5pm – 9pm: Sustainability Fair and Town Hall

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

Don’t miss the sustainability event of the year!

Sustainability Fair 5–7 pm

Features delicious local food, lively music and more than 50 hands-on exhibits.

Town Hall 7–9 pm

Keynote speaker: TBA

Participants will be seated at tables for a fast-paced, interactive program with a presentations from the main stage followed by discussion and activity at the tables.

Registration required for the Town Hall.

Free and open to the public.



Saturdays, Feb. 22 & Mar. 14, 10:00am – 11:30am: LWV Corvallis 2020 Legislative Updates

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library

The League of Women Voters of Corvallis in partnership with the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library invite you to meet your state legislators, hear about their work in the legislature, ask questions and have conversations.

Oregon Legislators who are invited to participate: Senator Sara Gelser, Representative Shelly Boshart Davis, Representative Dan Rayfield, Representative Mike Nearman.



Saturday/Sunday, Apr. 4 & 5: Opening Space for the Radical Imagination III


Call for Presenters link: Submissions for the gathering were recently extended to Jan. 31.

This gathering explores formats to address, fabricate, discuss, and practice social transformation. It invites participants to create a common space for our radical imagination(s) and social justice that goes beyond a skill-share for radical organizers.

More information on our website at

**Registration will open in March, 2020.




Apr. 17 & 18: Oregon Environmental Justice Pathways Summit (Eugene)

University of Oregon, Gerlinger Hall

Critical conversations about environmental and racial justice in Oregon.

Hosted by two Oregon grassroots environmental and racial justice organizations—Beyond Toxics and the NAACP Eugene-Springfield. OSU’s Spring Creek Project is a co-sponsor.

This convening will bring together Oregon’s Tribal and frontline communities, decision-makers, scholars, and students to learn and plan for the future of our state. The Summit will feature workshops, interactive discussions, a youth art exhibit, and renowned speakers.

FMI and to register:


Saturday, May 30, full day: ROP Rural Caucus & Strategy Session

Cottage Grove, OR; venue TBA

Registration is open. Early registration recommended.

For 29 years, small-town and rural organizers, activists, and community leaders from across the state have gathered to reflect on the prior year’s organizing and to strategize together for the year to come at the annual Rural Caucus & Strategy Session! Register your group at

FMI: please email


Saturday, June 6, Noon – 3pm: Juneteenth Celebration

Mark your calendars. Details when available.

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



Sunday, June 7: Solidarity Fair 2020

Central Park.

Mark your calendars. Details when available.



Recurring Events (subject to change without notice):

NEW & REVISED ITEMS marked with (***)


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 at 2pm: Corvallis Divest from War

Little Morocco Restaurant, 517 SW 2nd St (an entrance also on Washington St)

Plan and implement local campaigns, including divestment and opposing nuclear weapons, to support regional organizing against US wars and the US war machine.

FMI: Bill:


First Sundays, 4:30pm: Corvallis – Albany Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)

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

Do you want to form a union in your workplace? Join the Mid-Valley Industrial Workers of the World — a union for all workers — at our monthly meeting. New and potential members are welcome to join us at 4:30PM for an orientation. Open to all IWW members at 5:00PM. 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 and Fourth Sundays, 4pm: Corvallis Latin America Solidarity Committee

OSU.  Hovland Hall, room 104 (parking is free on Sundays)

Dedicated to supporting social gains in Latin America and the Caribbean, and to resisting US imperialism.


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

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

Striving to bring universal health care to Oregon within 3 years.

Info: 541-926-5989 or


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.



First and Third Tuesdays, 6pm: 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 Tuesdays are general assemblies. Third Tuesdays are working group sessions.

All meetings are open to the public.

FMI: or;


*** First 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:


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

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


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:


Wednesdays (normally), Jan. 29 through Jun. 3, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, Introduction to Revolutionary Marxism Reading Group

Valley Library Room 1812, OSU

Hosted by Platypus Corvallis.

See this link for the full schedule and the readings:


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.


Every other Wednesday, 6pm: Occupy Corvallis Reading Group

OSU, Hovland Hall, Rm. 104

See the Google progressive events calendar for dates.


Second & Fourth Wednesdays, 6pm: Tenants United Corvallis General Meeting

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.


Fourth Fridays, around 8:10am: Labor Radio Segment of Willamette Wake Up

KMUZ is at 100.7 and 88.5 on your FM dial in our area, but you can hit it at This is community radio.

FMI: Bob R.,


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, 9am: Albany Peace Seekers Meeting

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

Help plan peace awards, balance military recruitment in schools and create other projects for a more peaceful world. Info: 541-926-7070


Third Saturdays, 1pm: Salem Democratic Socialists of America

TBA for now; am trying to get the new location.

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:


Midvalley C.A.R.E. – Community Action For Racial Equity*

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

*The Corvallis & Albany CARE meetings are suspended until further notice.



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