Corvallis Progressive Events Calendar

Corvallis Progressive Events Calendar

Updated: January 17, 2021

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Monday, Jan. 18, 9:30am – 10:30am: 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote and Awards Celebration

Online

Angela Davis will be the Keynote Speaker at this 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. Registration for the online-only event is FREE. We look forward to welcoming you to the event, and joining Angela Davis in conversation and reflection.

Sponsored by Oregon State University, the Office of Institutional Diversity, the OSU Foundation and the OSU Alumni Association.

The public is invited.

FREE tickets via Eventbrite link on the FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/130800341841074/

Tickets here also (if you don’t want to get sucked into the “Facebook Pay” system): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/39th-annual-martin-luther-king-jr-keynote-and-awards-celebration-online-tickets-127041066249

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Week of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Events at OSU: https://diversity.oregonstate.edu/dr-martin-luther-king-jr-celebration

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Tuesday, Jan. 19, Noon: Vigil for a Peaceful Transition

First Christian Church, corner of SW 4th and Ferry, Albany

Albany Peace Seekers will be hosting this event.

People will gather at the parking lot of First Christian Church, corner of SW 4th and Ferry for brief words from local pastors. Vigilers will then proceed to Ellsworth between 4th and 5th Aves.  Signage should be limited to “Support for a Peaceful Transition” or other messages of peace and healing, with no political references. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed.

Albany Peace Seekers works for peace, justice and human rights, locally and globally. Our mission is to be a positive, non-violent voice of conscience in the midst of aggression, war and injustice. In this world gripped by anxiety and fear, we offer peaceful alternatives through education, advocacy and mutual support. For more information about Albany Peace Seekers, contact Sharon Gisler (sharon.gisler@gmail.com)

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Tuesday, Jan. 19, 4pm: ABOLITION 2021

Zoom

Hosted by Disarm OSU.

This week OSU is throwing events for MLK day in a week-long celebration. We thought it only fitting that we submit our own event centered around what MLK was fighting for: ABOLITION. Join us as we discuss the state of policing at OSU, have a KAHOOT and finally a workshop on writing letters to incarcerated folks in Oregon. This event won’t be about feeling warm and happy that MLK ended racism, it will be about recognizing the work that we still have to do, and recognizing that together we can each do our small part to enact his dream. #WECANDOTHEWORK

MLK would not stand for OSUPD — neither will we.

Zoom link: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/96215983957?pwd=b3hjWFpoa2loSnVqT05mM1F2bXBIdz09#success

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/809480079604309/

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Tuesday, Jan. 19, 7pm: Oregon Black History – Walidah Imarisha

Online

Oregon has a history not only of Black exclusion and discrimination but also of a vibrant Black culture that helped sustain many communities throughout the state—a history that is not taught in schools. Author and educator Walidah Imarisha will lead participants through a timeline of Black history in Oregon that speaks to the history of race, identity, and power in this state and the nation.

Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8291051458424911372

More info at https://www.naacpcorvallisbranch.com/.

Hosted by Corvallis Library & NAACP Corvallis/Albany Branch.

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Tuesdays, Jan. 12 – Mar. 9, 6pm: Pandemic as Portal: Creating a Just Future on Earth

Zoom
As the world reconfigures in the wake of the pandemic, Spring Creek Project has invited visionary thinkers to imagine the world anew.

Starting on January 12, we will be hosting a nine-week lecture series, Pandemic as Portal: Creating a Just Future on Earth, in partnership with the Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiative at Oregon State University.

Each speaker will explore their highest vision of environmental and social justice, think about the crucial steps we can take as individuals and communities to bring that vision to life, and share stories of how this new paradigm is already taking shape.

The series will be broadcast live on Zoom every Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. PST from January 12 to March 9. The lectures are free and open to the public and will include a Q&A. Registration is required and available until immediately before the lecture begins.

The schedule thus far:

Jan. 12: Kim Stanley Robinson: “Some Lessons from the Pandemic for Dealing with Climate Change”

Jan. 19: Erin Moore: “Design and Resistance: Pipeline Portals”

Jan. 26: J. Drew Lanham: “Coloring the Conservation Conversation”

You can learn more about all the speakers, the full schedule, and find registration links to each talk on our Pandemic as Portal web page.

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Thursday, Jan. 21, 1pm: Worker Rights Training

Zoom

The Northwest Workers’ Justice Project (NWJP) and the Marion-Polk-Yamhill Central Labor Chapter, AFL-CIO (MPYCLC) are partnering to provide working people in the Marion-Polk-Yamhill counties region with a unique training on workers’ rights.

The session is free and will acquaint working people with some of the basics of our rights at work and how to best use these rights. Women, people of color, and young people are especially welcome. The training is intended for people who are not yet represented by unions, but union members who attend can expect to learn much as well.

Register: Please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/a7tNDcZ9AcpfargK6 to participate, or connect with the MPYCLC at mpyclc@gmail.com, rjrossi55@gmail.com, or chris@oraflcio.org in order to participate or with questions.

The MPYCLC is thrilled to welcome NWJP staff attorney Lizeth Marin and NWJP Campaigns Coordinator and attorney Kate Suisman to this project. They bring years of experience and a base of knowledge that workers in our region need. The training will touch on or cover the following topics:

– wage issues

– retaliation

– sick leave laws

– relevant COVID-related benefits/leave issues (depending on what is happening when we give the training)

– health and safety rights

Participants will be encouraged to connect with a union, support and work with the NWJP, and remain in contact with the MPYCLC after the training. This training is a first step in knowing and using our rights at work and putting people before profits in our region.

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Thursday, Jan. 21, 5pm: Celebrating the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Entry Into Force

Zoom

Dr. Linda Richards (VFP and WILPF member), the OSU Peace and Justice Strategies Office, and the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility invites the mid-Valley community to celebrate the entry into force of the 2017 UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

More info & register here: https://www.oregonpsr.org/celebrating_the_treaty_on_the_prohibition_of_nuclear_weapons_entry_into_force

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Thursday, Jan. 21, 6pm: Divided States of America: Sedition, the Inauguration and the Unfolding Crisis in American Democracy

Zoom

Panelists:

  • Alison Gash, Political Science, University of Oregon
  • Sylvester Johnson, Department of Religion and Culture and Director of the Center for Humanities, Virginia Tech
  • Christopher McKnight Nichols, History and Director of the Humanities Center, Oregon State University
  • Joseph Orosco, Philosophy, Oregon State University
  • Christopher Stout, Political Science, Oregon State University

Moderator: Amy Koehlinger, History and Religious Studies, Oregon State University

Hosted by OSU School of History, Philosophy, & Religion and College of Liberal Arts

Register: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wBlmVm3KS4mdjIxqVyqODw

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/224398452497146/

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Saturday, Jan. 23, 7pm: The Extinction Variations film premiere and live Q&A

Online

Join us for the world premiere of The Extinction Variations. Filmed on the concert stage and in the Pacific Northwest’s landscapes of coastal tidepools, volcanic fields, and clear-cut mountainsides, The Extinction Variations is a moving call to action on climate disruption and mass extinction.

The screening will be followed by a conversation with Kathleen Dean Moore, Rachelle McCabe, and filmmaker Nara Garber.

Sponsored by the Spring Creek Project.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-premiere-of-the-extinction-variations-followed-by-qa-tickets-135568602339

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Saturday, Jan. 23, 7:30pm: Ten Tiny Dances Premieres at The Majestic Theatre

Online

Black, Indigenous and People of Color share their stories through movement and spoken word. This virtual event remains available for viewing through February 6, 11:30 pm (PST). Tickets $10-15-20, with a Donation to the Branch Suggested.

Tickets and more info here: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=119955

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Monday, Jan. 25, 5:30pm – 7:00pm: Healthy Planet = Healthy People Campaign

Zoom

BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION… Join a meeting of members from Corvallis Climate Action Alliance and other local groups in planning for our future. We are developing an Earth Day celebration in conjunction with local partners, a 2020 memorial, and activities to address our environmental, economic, social, and health crises. All are welcome! Help us inform, engage, and inspire community members to make positive changes. For more information see https://CorvallisClimateActionAlliance.org

Contact CorvallisClimateAlliance@gmail.com for the meeting link.

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Wednesday, Jan. 27, 5pm: Defending Forest Waters for Inland Communities: A Training in Resisting Clearcut Logging

Zoom

This event is the second of two back-to-back trainings* on building grassroots campaigns to challenge clearcut logging in public drinking water supplies.

**This training is intended for Oregon’s inland communities**

Hosted by: Oregon Wild, Cascadia Wildlands and Rogue Riverkeeper

The goal of this training is to offer concrete tools to assist Oregon’s inland communities in monitoring and defending their drinking water supplies, and to further chart a path for lasting reform of Oregon’s weak logging laws.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqcOmtrz0uE9SkBgfi4a8VyxUrYKNCBd12

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1276003616100999/

*The first event, on Jan. 20, is for coastal communities. See that FB event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1754656804708581/

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Tuesday, Feb. 2, 7pm – 8pm: TAP TALK: Adventure Tales from the Ocean’s Depths

Zoom

Join 500 Women Scientists Corvallis and Block 15 Brewing Company for a presentation on how the ghosts of our climate past informs our climate future. Dr. Jennifer Fehrenbacher is a biogeochemist and an Assistant Professor of Oceanography at Oregon State University. She will discuss how these microscopic marine fossils record past ocean conditions, how they are used to understand the effect of modern climate change on the future of our oceans, and what we can do to improve the outcome.

Support local business and it will enrich our community…

Make it Dinner and a Show by ordering food from Block 15 for pickup or delivery at https://block15.com.

Online (Zoom meeting link will be emailed following registration):

https://bit.ly/FebruaryTapTalk

To participate in fun and relevant trivia, join the meeting by 6:45 pm.

Contact: 500WSCorvallis@gmail.com

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Wednesday, Feb. 3, Noon – 1:15pm: Corvallis Sustainability Coalition Annual Meeting

Zoom

Want to hear some good news from 2020? Join us at the Annual Meeting for an overview of the past year’s accomplishments by several of our hard-working action teams. We think you’ll be amazed by what they were able to do in spite of last year’s challenges – projects such as:

– Microshelters to provide transitional housing

– It’s On Us Corvallis to support our local restaurants and people in need of a meal

– Solarize Corvallis to help us make the transition to renewable energy

– More than 1600 plantings to regenerate our local streams…and more!

Our generous Annual Meeting sponsor, First Alternative Co-op, is offering a complimentary “Snack Sampler” to the first 125 people who register. It’s bound to be delicious, so don’t delay!

If you represent a partner organization but are unable to attend, please find someone else from your organization to participate in your place.  You serve as an important “link” to others in our community who are interested and involved in sustainability efforts.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LmNB-9kmSPqI7wZSrrcUBQ

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Wednesday, Feb. 10, 4pm: Carmen Thompson: American Whiteness and Anti-Blackness: Towards an Understanding of Race in America

Online

Dr. Carmen Thompson is a history instructor at Portland Community College.

Hosted by OSU School of History, Philosophy, & Religion.

FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/426491295201704/

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Friday, Mar. 12, 4pm: Michael Dickinson: The Same Manner as in Africa: West African Cultural Survival in the Early Black Atlantic

Online

Dr. Michael Dickinson is an assistant professor in history at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Hosted by OSU School of History, Philosophy, & Religion.

FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/444518593222211/

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Recurring Events (subject to change without notice):

NEW & REVISED ITEMS marked with (***)

During COVID restrictions, the Recurring Events are left as placeholders until in-person meetings resume.

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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 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: glasslab@fastmail.fm

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First Sundays, 5:00pm: Mid-Valley Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)

Meetings being held online. Contact via email for details.

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. Open to all IWW members & guests. FMI: info@midvalleyiww.org and https://midvalleyiww.org/

On Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/events/790625494747091/

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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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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

Online Meetings – Contact via their website (below) to get the Zoom link for meetings

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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Tuesdays and Fridays: IOU Corvallis Community Meal Days

It’s On Us (IOU) Corvallis relies on community-sourced funds to provide business to restaurants, meals for folks who need a boost, and security to our friends and neighbors. Every Tuesday and Friday, IOU Corvallis pays a local restaurant to provide a “community meal” for anyone who needs it – no questions asked, no needs assessment. Like us on Facebook to keep current with goals, menus, and schedules. Follow us on Instagram to help spread the word, and for quick updates. FMI: www.itsonuscorvallis.org/ & https://www.facebook.com/itsonusCorvallis

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

Zoom

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

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

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

Zoom

Local chapter of the National Organization of Women.

More information: midwillamettenow@gmail.com

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

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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: https://bit.ly/3aKl1sc

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First & Third Wednesdays, Noon: MVHCA Health Care for All Rally

Benton County Courthouse

Honk & wave demo hosted by Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates.

FMI: see their calendar here: https://www.mvhca.org/new-page-90

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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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Thursdays, Aug. 6 – Sep. 10: 7pm – 8:30pm: White Fragility Book Study

Zoom

Hosted by the FUMC Corvallis

Join Rev. Leslie Chartier in this respectful forum for discussion around the ideas, provocation and discomfort around the book “White Fragility – Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism.”

Sessions will be held via Zoom. Thursdays, 7:00 pm.

Sign-up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0548aaaa23a5fb6-white

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Second Thursdays, 5pm: Corvallis Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby

Meetings have been moved to Zoom until further notice. 

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

Everyone welcome.

Please email Carla for the zoom link: carla476[at]gmail.com; http://www.citizensclimatelobby.org/

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Second Thursdays, 7pm: NAACP Corvallis Chapter Meeting

Monthly Membership meetings are held virtually via Zoom.com.

To receive the zoom link, email info@naacpcorvallisbranch.com prior to the meeting date/time.

(Note: It is helpful to have zoom.com installed on your device prior to the start of the meeting.)

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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)

Weekly Brew-ins are suspended.

Check the ORCA website & FB page for updates: http://orca-us.org/ & https://www.facebook.com/Our-Revolution-Corvallis-Allies-110378390508204

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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 https://kmuz.org/listen/listen-live/. This is community radio.

FMI: Bob R., rjrossi55@gmail.com

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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

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: 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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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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