Corvallis Progressive Events Calendar

Corvallis Progressive Events Calendar

Updated: November 10, 2019

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November: Native American Heritage Month

OSU

Native American Longhouse Eena Haws is hosting several programs. See their FB page for details: https://www.facebook.com/NALatOSU/

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Mondays, Oct. 21 – Dec. 16, 6pm: Study to Struggle: Multi-Union Reading Group

WestM, 101 NW 23rd, Corvallis

Join the Mid-Valley IWW, Coalition of Graduate Employees (CGE), United Academics of OSU (UAOSU), and SEIU 503 in a weekly study group dedicated to learning organizing approaches toward building working-class power.

Oct. 14-Nov. 4:

We’ll be reading selections from the online journal, Organizing Work (organizing.work), available here: https://tinyurl.com/yyjrwubd

We’ll read and discuss articles: 1-3 on Oct. 14; 4-6 on Oct. 21; 7-9 on Oct. 28; 10-12 on Nov. 4.

All are welcome, no cost to attend, PDF’s and digital copies will be made available of everything we read, no prior union or organizing experience needed, tea and coffee will be provided, and bring snacks to share.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/945704142470161/

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Tuesday, Nov. 12, 10am – 2pm: Home is Here

OSU, SEC Involvement Lounge (SEC 112)

Come learn more about the situation on the DACA program and show your support for a positive outcome.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1674508432686005/

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Tuesday, Nov. 12, 4pm – 6pm: Are Unions Political?

WestM, 101 NW 23rd St. Corvallis

Hosted by the Coalition of Graduate Employees Committee On Social & Political Education.

A facilitated discussion asking the question of whether unions are political, and what answers are provided by the historical record.

Open to all.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/532453527332458/

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Wednesdays, Oct. 23 – Nov. 27, 6pm – 8pm: Platypus Marxist Reading Group – What is the Left?

The Valley Library, Room 1812, OSU

Join us for the preliminary weeks of our primary Marxist reading group at Oregon State University. Every Wednesday 6pm.

All are welcome!

Summer and Fall/Autumn 2019 – Winter 2020

  1. What is the Left?
  • required / + recommended reading

Marx and Engels readings pp. from Robert C. Tucker, ed., Marx-Engels Reader (Norton 2nd ed., 1978)

Readings here: https://platypus1917.org/2019/05/27/platypus-primary-marxist-reading-group-summer-and-fall-autumn-2019-winter-2020/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/467705573821946/

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Wednesday, Nov. 13, 7pm: Process of Impeaching a President

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave

You are invited to learn about and engage in discussion about how a president can be impeached. The League of Women Voters of Corvallis in partnership with the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library invites the community to hear OSU Professors: Dr Steve Shay, School of History, Philosophy and Religion; Dr Rorie Solberg and Dr. Christopher Stout, School of Public Policy discuss the impeachment process.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/2516309048638323/

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Thursday, Nov. 14, 6:00pm – 7:30pm: Vigil for Black Trans Womxn

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

This event will be centered on remembering Black Trans Womxn’s lives as well as space for support and community.

Hosted by SOL Oregon State

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/402898617259643/

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Thursday, Nov. 14, 6pm: Fighting for Community Rights: What are they, how they’ve been denied, how to reclaim them (Monroe)

Monroe Community Library, 380 N 5th St

Please join members of Community Rights chapters, Barbara Davis from Lincoln County and Michelle Holman from Lane County, for a discussion about the Community Rights movement in Oregon which helped them take a concept and turn it into action and advocacy for the rights of people over the rights of corporations.

Public and Free.

FMI: orcrn.org and info@orcrn.org

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Saturday, Nov. 16, 10am – 5pm: Basic Rights Oregon Statewide Action Summit

United Church of Christ, 4515 W. Hills Road, Corvallis

Registration at 9 a.m.

Event from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

This all-day event will be your opportunity to meet with LGBTQ and ally Oregonians from around the state, attend community-led workshops, and get the skills you need to advance your leadership in your community.

You’ll hear inspiring speeches from national leaders, rising activists in our state, and updates from our executive director Nancy Haque.

More details of the event, registration and tickets on the web page: http://www.basicrights.org/event/statewide-action-summit-2019-in-corvallis/

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Saturday, Nov. 16, 3pm – 5pm: Film- The Bystander Moment: Transforming Rape Culture

CGE, 101 NW 23rd, Corvallis

Presented by the CGE Anti-Harassment Caucus and Men’s Coalition to End Violence (MCEV) [https://www.cardv.org/mcev].

This is a film screening followed by a facilitated discussion over the documentary The Bystander Moment: Transforming Rape Culture at its Roots.

This film contains graphic and troubling content. Trained facilitators will be present for support. View the film trailer here: https://www.mediaed.org/bystander-moment/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/2474736056145696/

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Saturday, Nov. 16, 4pm – 9pm: Festival de las Piñatas 2019 – Piñatas Festival 2019 (Eugene)

First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive St, Eugene

We are very excited to bring the 2nd. Annual Art in Piñata Contest in Eugene. The theme is free and you can register as an individual or group. We are having a potluck, music and lots of fun activities for children like a children piñata workshop. If you want to register or volunteer, please call at 541 – 337 – 6224 or write infolulaclane@gmail.com

Tenemos mucho gusto en invitarles al segundo concurso de arte en piñata en Eugene. El tema es libre y puede participar individualmente, en grupo o con su familia. Compartiremos comida, música y muchas actividades divertidas para los niños como un taller de piñatas. Para ayudarnos en el evento o para registrarse en el concurso favor de llamar a 541-337-6224 o escribir a: infolulaclane@gmail.com

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Saturday, Nov. 16, 6pm – 9pm: NAACP Corvallis/Albany Freedom Fund Banquet & Fundraiser

LBCC Calapooia Center, Albany

Keynote address by Ms. Willie Richardson, President, Oregon Black Pioneers. Individual tickets $100. Sponsorships and program ad purchases appreciated.

Tickets and info: https://www.naacpcorvallisbranch.com/freedom-fund-2019.html

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Monday, Nov. 18, 6pm: An Evening with Nada Elia, Palestinian writer, activist and political commentator

WestM, 101 NW 23rd, Corvallis

6pm Community Potluck Dinner

7pm Talk, followed by Q&A

Free & open to the public; all donations benefit Palestine Writes (https://palestinewrites.com/).

Palestinian keffiyehs, embroidery, cards, flags, buttons and pins will be for sale.

Hosted by Corvallis Palestine Solidarity (CPS), Students United For Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER) – OSU, Pacific Green Party, Linn-Benton Chapter, and Our Revolution – Corvallis Allies

Nada Elia is a Palestinian-American scholar-activist, grassroots organizer and prolific writer, whose widely-published articles cover the occupation, settler-colonialism, BDS, Gaza under siege, Racism, Zionism and Islamophobia, and issues of Palestine in the media and on campuses.  She teaches Arab American Studies at Western Washington University, and is currently completing “Palestine for the 99%: a Primer for Progressives.”

FMI: valori@peak.org

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Thursday, Nov. 21, 11am – 1pm: Rally Against the Jordan Cove Energy Project (Salem)

Oregon State Capitol (900 Court St NE, Salem, Oregon 97301)

Rally to tell Gov Brown: The time is NOW to stop Jordan Cove LNG!

For over a decade, the Jordan Cove fracked gas pipeline and export terminal has threatened private and public lands, tribal sites and cultural resources, public safety, and existing jobs in fishing, tourism, and more. Governor Brown cannot claim to be a climate champion while remaining silent on a proposed fracked gas export project that would become Oregon’s single largest climate polluter.

RSVP here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/rally-to-tell-governor-brown-the-time-is-now/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/707921693058129/

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Friday, Nov. 22: Just Futures: Speculative Arts and Social Change Symposium

OSU Memorial Union

A one-day gathering, will examine the ways in which science fiction, fantasy, and horror can influence our understanding of social power, make social change, and build more just alternative institutions.

Dr. Grace Dillon, an Anishinaabe professor in the Indigenous Nations Studies program at Portland State University, will give a keynote lecture about indigenous futurisms.

Evening keynote time TBD in the

Memorial Union Horizon Room.

Learn more on the Anarres Project website (http://www.anarresproject.org/) as details become available.

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Recurring Events (subject to change without notice):

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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.

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First Sundays, 5:00pm: 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:  info@corvallisiww.org.

On Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/CorvallisIww/

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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]roguelink.us

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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.

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

Albany Main Library, 2450 14th Ave SE, Albany (Second Sundays; Info: 541-926-7070)

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

All are welcome.

*The Corvallis CARE meetings are suspended until further notice.

Albany CARE info: 541-926-7070

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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 http://hcao.org

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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.

FMI:  http://www.mvhca.org/

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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: BentonCountyDSA.com or dsausa.org; facebook.com/HeartoftheValleyDSA/

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

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

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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: midwillamettenow@gmail.com

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mwillamettenow/

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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: midwillamettenow@gmail.com

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mwillamettenow/

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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.

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Every other Wednesday, 6pm: Occupy Corvallis Reading Group

OSU, Hovland Hall, Rm. 104

See the Google progressive events calendar for dates.

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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: https://www.facebook.com/events/2085964081468111/

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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]gmail.com; http://www.citizensclimatelobby.org/

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Second Thursdays, 7pm: NAACP Corvallis Chapter Meeting

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

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Third Thursdays, 7pm: Benton County Democrats Monthly Meeting

Grace Lutheran Church, 435 NW 21st St, Corvallis

Open to the public.

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Fourth Thursdays, 6:30pm: 350 Corvallis

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

FMI:  http://350corvallis.org

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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.

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First Saturdays, 10am: Corvallis CCDS Discussion Group

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

Committees of Correspondence For Democracy & Socialism (CCDS, see: http://www.cc-ds.org/) 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.

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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

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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: https://www.facebook.com/salemoregondsa/

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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: nonie@rice.edu

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