Corvallis Progressive Events Calendar

Corvallis Progressive Events Calendar

Updated:  October 21, 2018

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Monday, Oct. 22, 6:30pm – 8:00pm: Wobbly Class Act – “Nightmare on Kavanaugh Street”

Interzone, 1563 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis

Join us for our next Wobbly Class Act – “Nightmare on Kavanaugh Street.”

– Last gasp of a dying patriarchy?

– Another scene in the ongoing Capitalist Chainsaw Massacre?

– And then there’s the damn vampires: “Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.” (Marx)

Come talk about how to confront these horrors. Meanwhile, be careful out there – but don’t forget to organize!

The Wobbly Class Acts are monthly discussions of topical issues during which we share personal impacts, reflections, and observations…or just listen in and enjoy the conversation.

All are welcome.

Hosted by the Corvallis-Albany Industrial Workers of the World (IWW Wobblies).



Tuesday, Oct. 23, Noon: Oregon Hate Group Expert at City Club Lunch

Grace Lutheran Church, 435 NW 21st St, Corvallis

Professor Randy Blazak’s scholarship on hate crimes and hate groups has made him a regular commentator on media outlets from NPR and CNN to BBC and Al Jazeera – and his visit to City Club could not be more timely. Hate crimes have increased in Oregon, and Corvallis civil rights group members found themselves targets earlier this year.

The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 11:30 am at the Grace Lutheran Church of Corvallis at the corner of Harrison & Kings. The event will begin at noon, and a lunch from Delicias Cafe will be available: $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. To reserve lunch, send email to by Friday, October 19. You can also pay for lunch online with your credit card–see the City Club website for that.

Hosted by City Club of Corvallis.


Wednesday, Oct. 24, 10am – 2pm: I Stand with Immigrants – Day of Action at OSU

SEC Plaza, OSU (between MU and the SEC)

Join us for the National Day of Action of #IStandWithImmigrants!

We will have snacks, a photo booth, an Oregon Immigrants exhibit from U of O, letter writing, free stuff for students. Share your support for immigrants on this special day. Meet us in the SEC Plaza.

Hosted by Here To Stay, OSU and Center for Civic Engagement, OSU.


ALSO, there are many local events planned to amplify opposition to M105, e.g., canvassing. See the Here To Stay OSU FB page for more info:


Thursday, Oct. 25, 6pm – 9pm: CLDC’s 3rd Annual Theater of Dissent! (Eugene)

1685 W 13th Ave, Eugene

NOTE: Jean has reserved another table or two for Corvallis. Please contact her for available seats.

From Jean ( We have reserved two tables for Corvallis people at this event. If you would like to join the party please let me know ASAP.  If I several additional people who would like to join the party I could reserve a 3rd table…

Tickets will cost $44 each if we fill the tables.  All proceeds to go to this VERY worthy cause.

Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC) has supported the progressive activist community for years. They provide event/protest legal observation, pro bono defense of activist defendants, training in such things as electronic privacy, cop watch, and so much more.

Let’s turn out to support them!

From CLDC: News got you down? Need a laugh? Join us for a night of comedy with a superb line up of Oregon comedians!

Join the Civil Liberties Defense Center, local business supporters, and community members for an evening of fun, friends, comedy and philanthropy. Silent auction, open bar, dinner, & dessert!

FMI & tickets:


Thursday, Oct. 25, 6:30pm: War and the Media: 1960s to the Trump Era (Eugene)

Knight Law Center, Rm. 175, 1515 Agate Street, Eugene

Featuring Norman Solomon, journalist, activist, and author. Solomon is co-founder of and founding director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, where he is coordinator of its ExposeFacts program. His books include War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death and Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America’s Warfare State.

Hosted by the Wayne Morse Center.

Free and public.



Monday, Oct. 29, 7am til ?: Demo supporting climate resisters (Eugene)

Carpool from Corvallis to Eugene, see notes

Bearing witness to history at the trial of the century: US District Federal Courthouse in Eugene.

21 youth will confront the federal government in open court suing for their right to a livable future. These young plaintiffs allege that the U.S. government has knowingly violated their constitutional rights by contributing to climate change for over 50 years.

Stand in solidarity with these brave young people to empower them as they head into the courtroom to face the federal government.

Corvallis Carpool: Meet with other Corvallis folks for carpooling at 6:45 am in the parking lot behind the Super 8 on 1st St for a 7AM departure to Eugene.

FMI: Jean Townes;; 541-745-5210


Monday, Oct. 29, 7pm: Solar Makes $ense!

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave

If you own a home or business, or if you simply want to help reduce our community’s carbon emissions, here’s your chance to find out why solar makes sense!

This special program will feature presentations by Julie Williams, Founder of Seeds for the Sol, and Dan Orzech, General Manager of the Oregon Clean Power Cooperative (OCPC), as well as a panel of local solar installers.

Hosted by Corvallis Sustainability Coalition.

FMI, call 541-230-1237, e-mail, or visit


Thursday, Nov. 1, 6:30pm – 8:00pm: Nativism and White Supremacy: Oregon, the U.S., and Europe

Knight Law Center, Room 175, 1515 Agate Street, Eugene

A discussion featuring Jess Campbell, Rural Organizing Project (; Terri Givens, author and professor;  Zakir Khan, CAIR-Oregon; and Laura Pulido, UO Ethnic Studies.

Jess Campbell has been involved in rural organizing for more than 15 years. She has worked with some of the most rural communities in Oregon to organize in frontline communities reeling from vigilante and state violence and white nationalist organizing.

Terri Givens is an author, consultant, and political scientist. She is the author/editor of many books and articles on immigration policy, European politics and security.

Zakir Kahn is the board chair of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Oregon and is a professor of communications at Linn-Benton Community College.

Laura Pulido is the chair of the UO Ethnic Studies Department and a 2018-19 Wayne Morse Resident Scholar.  She is a qualitative social scientist who works at the intersection of geography and critical ethnic studies.

Hosted by the Wayne Morse Center.

Free. Public.



Thursday, Nov. 1, 7pm: It Takes a Community to Raise a Village

Dennis Hall at the First Presbyterian Church, 114 SW 8th Street in Corvallis

Event to explore transitional housing models.

The featured speaker is Dan Bryant of SquareOne Villages in Eugene. The program is sponsored by the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition’s Housing Action Team.

SquareOne Villages is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create self-managed communities of cost-effective tiny homes for people with low-incomes in need of housing. The November 1st program will focus on how tiny house villages are being used to address transitional and affordable housing needs in Eugene.

FMI: Visit, contact or call 541-230-1237.


Friday, Nov. 2, 7pm: Venezuela Under Siege by US Sanctions

WestM, 101 NW 23rd, Corvallis

Doors open at 6:30. Snacks and drinks provided. Talk begins at 7 pm.

The Venezuelan economy is being crippled by the sanctions the Western powers have imposed on it.

Steve Ellner from Alliance for Global Justice will discuss the impact of these sanctions and the impact of other factors on the Venezuelan people’s lives.

Steve Ellner earned his Ph.D. in Latin American history at the University of New Mexico in 1980. Since 1977 he has taught economic history and political science at the Universidad de Oriente in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela and for a ten year period taught in the graduate school of law and political science of the Universidad Central de Venezuela.

FMI: or contact Courtney:


Monday, Nov. 5, Noon – 4:30pm: Internalizing and Applying an Equity Lens

Children’s Farm Home, 4455 Northeast Highway 20, Corvallis

by Linn Benton Health Equity Alliance.

(also offered in Lebanon on Nov. 6; see link below for that one)

Often, after we become aware of issues of equity, inclusion and diversity and how they show up in our lives and environments – we are left wondering, what do we do next? This four-hour training will provide participants with the opportunity to begin the journey of internalizing equity work within themselves and within their organizations.

Through simulation, interactive exercises and group discussion, participants will gain insight into the ways they communicate, including the messages they send and how they respond to others.

Physicians, nurses, community health workers, public health professionals, social workers, non-profit partners, and community members are all encouraged to attend. Space is limited.

A salad bar will be provided for lunch at noon, the workshop will begin promptly at 12:30pm.

Register for Benton County event and FMI:

Register for Lebanon, Nov. 6:


Thursday, Nov. 8, 7pm – 10pm: Film & Veteran Panel: Breaking the Silence

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

This groundbreaking film explores the lives of five LGBTQIA+ Oregon veterans, who not only served their country honorably, but were forced to serve in silence and at great risk to themselves, their careers and their families.

Screening at 7 P.M.

Veteran panel immediately to follow.

Hosted by the OSU Military & Veteran Resources; Oregon Dept. of Military Affairs; OSU Pride Center.

No cost for admission

The public is welcome



Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 9, all at 2pm – 4pm: (In)Visible Series: Living in Albany

Fellowship Hall, First Christian Church, 432 Ferry St SW, Albany

Series of events meant to improve community relationships in Albany. This series is intended to improve our collective understanding of what intersectionality is, what actions we can take in our community, and what changes we want to see in how we interact with each other in our daily lives.

Oct. 14: “Strength in Diversity”

Nov. 11: “Our Lived Experiences”

Dec. 9: Local Resources Panel

Hosted by Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services; Linn-Benton Health Equity Alliance; CIty of Albany.

Light refreshments served.

FMI: Tina Dodge Vera, 541-760-3541


Sunday, Nov. 11, 7pm: Armistice Day Public Forum

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave

Nov. 11 is Armistice Day, but most in the U.S. mark it as Veterans Day. This year is the 100th anniversary of the armistice that brought a close to World War I, which was said to end all wars.

But many nations continue to pursue economic and political imperialism and have fought countless wars supporting those aims.

This forum will provide a space to discuss the reasons this has gone unchecked and various approaches, from leftist to center left, to halt or slow imperialism. [The righties may attend but will have little constructive to offer, we expect.]

Public. Free.

Hosted by Veterans For Peace (VFP), Linus Pauling Chapter and the Anti-Imperialism Working Group of Benton County Democratic Socialist of America (BC DSA).


Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6pm: Gen Silent Documentary Screening

First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Ave

Gen Silent asks six LGBT seniors if they will hide their lives to survive. They put a face on what experts in the film call an epidemic: gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender seniors so afraid of discrimination, or worse, in long-term/health care that many go back into the closet. And, their decisions are captured through intimate access to their day-to-day lives over the course of a year in Boston, Massachusetts. Gen Silent discovers how oppression in the years before Stonewall now leaves many elders not just afraid but dangerously isolated.




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


Save the dates and there is a call for presenters out now.



Recurring Events (subject to change without notice):


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

Natural Grocers, 1235 NW 10th St, Corvallis, by The Arc on 9th St. (Second Sundays on even numbered months)

Albany Main Library, 2450 14th Ave SE, Albany (Second Sundays on odd numbered months)

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

All are welcome.

FMI:  CAREmidvalley[at]



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

Corvallis – location may vary. 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: Benton County Democratic Socialists of America

UUFC, 2945 NW Circle Blvd.

A chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America operating in Benton County.

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

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.


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

First United Congregational Church of Christ, Corvallis,  4515 W Hills Rd, 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, 12:30-2:00 pm: Corvallis SURJ: Showing Up for Racial Justice
General meeting, open to the public, including children.

South co-op (First Alternative Natural Foods), 1007 SE 3rd St, Corvallis. The meeting room is a separate building north of the store.

Corvallis SURJ is part of a national network organizing white people to take action for racial justice as part of a multiracial majority. See

Third Saturdays, 1pm: Salem Democratic Socialists of America

Salem, TBA

The venue has changed several times since I started tracking this. If you are interested, email me and I’ll find out where the next one is…or you could subscribe to their google calendar here:



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