Corvallis Progressive Events Calendar

Corvallis Progressive Events Calendar

Updated:  August 18, 2019

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Sunday, Aug. 18, Noon – 4pm: Open Streets Corvallis 2019

Lilly Park to Tunison Park, SE Bethel St. to SW Tunison Ave., Corvallis

Free. Walk, bike and play at this free street festival that builds community through shared activity in public spaces. Play giant Scrabble, try a bicycle-powered carnival ride, experience a neighborhood bikeway demonstration, visit the Urban Farm, or if you live along the route, set up a mini-event or a lemonade stand in your own yard – your imagination is the limit! Enjoy local food, music, and drinks, too. Visit for more info.


Sunday, Aug. 18, 1pm – 4:30pm: Becoming a Spiritually Grounded Anti-Racist Ally with Dr David Campt

UUFC, 2945 NW Circle Blvd., Corvallis

This is an intro level workshop teaches the core methods of the White Ally Toolkit contextualized in the context of spiritual principles, and gives ample time for practice in using these conversational skills.

Fee structure: Workshop & materials: $40, Supporting Others:$60, Supported by Others:$25.  Some scholarships available.


For more information contact

For Scholarship information contact


Sunday, Aug. 18, 6pm – 9pm: 4th Annual Solidarity Picnic

Townsend Shelter, Avery Park, Corvallis

Please bring food and drinks to share, your friends and family, opinions and attitudes, brilliant political analyses and solutions. Towards having a garbage-free gathering, please bring your own plate, bowl, cup and silverware.

Two other things to bring: a couple dollars to contribute towards rental of the shelter ($67) and a sign. Let’s gather for a group photo with signs re Abolish ICE, Close The Camps, support for immigrants and refugees, rejection of racism, bigotry and fascism.

Any money collected over $67 will go to RAICES (Refugees and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) in San Antonio, TX.

However, this is not a fundraising event – this is a chance for us to get together, share food and enjoy our beloved community.

If you’re able to come a few minutes early to help set up, or stay to the end and help clean up, either or both are welcome.

Hosted by: Mid-Valley IWW and the Solidarity Fair Organizers



Mondays, July 22; Aug. 5 & 19; Sept. 2 & 16; all at 5:30pm: Global Climate Strike & Week of Action (Planning Sessions)

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2945 NW Circle Blvd, Corvallis

***Location change for Aug. 19 only: Westminster House, 101 NW 23rd, Corvallis

Are you scared about the future? Take action and hope will come. Help us plan Corvallis events during Climate Action Week (September 20-27) to raise awareness of the Climate Crisis & address the causes + consequences of global warming.



Wednesday, Aug. 21, Noon – 1:30pm: Sen. Ron Wyden Town Hall

Boys & Girls Club, 1112 NW Circle


Wednesday, Aug. 21, 5:30pm – 7:30pm: Know Your Rights for Activists (Newport)

Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye St, Newport, OR

Presented by Civil Liberties Defense Center (



Thursday, Aug. 22, 3pm – 7pm: Medicare for All Rally (Salem)

In front of Rep. Kurt Schrader’s Office, 530 Center Street NE, Ste 415, Salem

Persuade Rep. Schrader to sign on to the Medicare for All Act of 2019, HR 1384. Rep. Schrader sits on the Commerce and Energy Committee, an important committee that needs to hold a hearing on HR 1384.



Saturday, Aug. 24, 10am – 4pm: Racism and White Women Workshop with Wilma Marchbanks

Native American Longhouse, 311 SW 26th St., Corvallis

Transformational Conversations about Racism, Oppression, & Getting Free Together.  Investment: $149 workshop fee & materials. Save the date! For more information and how to register:

Scholarships available. For scholarship or other information contact:


Monday, Aug. 26, 6pm – 8pm: MVHCA Potluck Picnic

Avery Park, Thompson Shelter, Corvallis

Hosted by Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates.

Convivial celebration of ourselves and our success so far in 2019. Enjoy good food each of us brings. Listen to good music from Craig Hanson, Mark Weiss, & Ron Green.



Tuesday, Aug. 27, 7pm: Movie –  Undeterred: Community Resistance on the US/Mexico Border

Albany Public Library, 2450 14th Ave SE, Albany

U.S. policy uses death as a deterrent to migration but those who live on the border and those who cross it remain undeterred. Discussion to follow.

Sponsored by Community Action for Racial Equity (CARE).


Monday, Sept. 2: Labor Day Picnics in Springfield & Salem

Every year on Labor Day, union members come together to celebrate family and community. Here are this year’s events.

EUGENE/SPRINGFIELD — Splash Pool Picnic Shelter, 6100 Thurston Road, Springfield. Noon to 3:30 p.m. Hamburgers, hot dogs, live music, door prizes. Please bring a side dish to share. Sponsored by the Lane County Central Labor Chapter.

SALEM — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Riverfront Park, 230 Front St., SE, Salem. A barbecue with all the fixings will be provided. Guest speakers from 11-11:30 a.m. Request two non-perishable food items per person, or $2 per person for the Marion/Polk Food Bank. Sponsored by Marion-Polk-Yamhill Labor Chapter. Contact Will Music at 503-598-6344 or


Thursday, Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26; 6pm: September Union Study Group: No Shortcuts

WestM, 101 NW 23rd, Corvallis

Join us for four sequential Thursday’s in September @ WestM for a reading of Jane McAlevey’s 2016 book No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age on the importance of mass organizing to building powerful and engaging labor and social movements.

All are welcome, no cost to attend, accessible location, PDFs of chapters are available, no prior union or organizing experience needed, tea and coffee will be provided, and bring snacks to share.

Reading schedule:

September 5th: “Nursing Home Unions: Class Snuggle vs Class Struggle: (Ch 3)

September 12th: “Chicago Teachers: Building a Resilient Union” (Ch 4)

September 19th: “Smithfield Foods: A Huge Success You’ve Hardly Heard About” (Ch 5)

September 26th: “Make the Road New York” (Ch 6)

Co-sponsors: Coalition of Graduate Employees (American Federation of Teachers, Local 6069), Mid-Valley Industrial Workers of the World (General Membership Branch), Service Employees International Union at Oregon State University (Local 503 / Sublocal 083). and the United Academics of Oregon State University.

Contact Kevin at (Operations Support at CGE) or Kali at (Organizer for US) for more information or to obtain PDF copies of the chapters.



Saturday, Sept. 7, 3pm – 5pm: Know Your Rights Training

South Coop Meeting Room, 1007 SE 3rd St., Corvallis

FREE workshop by Attorney at Law Lorena Reynolds: training to help you make informed choices when interacting with law enforcement and government agents. All are welcome! Please register by contacting Jean Townes (

See for more information

Contact: Corvallis Climate Action Alliance (


Tuesday, Sept. 10, 7pm – 8pm: Mid-Willamette NOW Book Club: Jailed for Freedom

New Morning Bakery, 219 SW 2nd St, Corvallis

Join us for a casual discussion of “Jailed for Freedom: American Women Win the Vote” by Doris Stevens.

Public; free.




Sunday, Sept. 15, 1pm – 5pm: ¡Festival Latino de Albany 2019!

Monteith Riverpark, 489 Water Ave NW, Albany

*** English below ***

¡Venga a celebrar la Cultura Latinoamericana en el Festival Latino de Albany 2019!

Evento Gratuito para el público.  Habrá comida para comprar, actividades para los niños, espectáculos culturales, carrera/caminata familiar y una feria de recursos comunitarios, incluyendo consultas con abogados legales! No se lo pierda!

Se tomarán inscripciones para la feria de recursos, puestos de comida y música entre el 15 de julio al 15 de agosto.


Come Celebrate with Us: the Latino America Diversity at Albany’s Festival Latino 2019!

This free event includes cultural performances, children’s activities, food for purchase, a fun run, and a community resource fair, including a legal clinic.  You can’t miss it!

Formal registration for resource fair, food vendors and musicians will be open July 15- August 15.

Contact HAC Co-chairs for more information:

Jaya Conser Lapham (541-264-9311) or Valentina Soaares (702-235-2787)



Friday Sept. 20 through Friday Sept. 27: Global Climate Strike & Week of Action


Are you scared about the future? Take action and hope will come. Join us for Local Solutions to the Climate Crisis: various events + ideas, resources, & incentives to help reduce our carbon footprints. TOGETHER WE CAN CREATE A BETTER WORLD!



Friday, Sept. 20, 11am – 1pm: Student-led Climate Strike

Location TBA

K-12 student-led Climate Strike to encourage ACTION to address the Climate Crisis. All are welcome to join! See for more information.

Location to be announced



Friday, Sept. 20, 7pm: Hope for Our Climate Future: What Parents Need to Know

Corvallis High School Theater, 1400 NW Buchanan Ave, Corvallis

Actions, not words, give hope. FREE presentation explaining why children are striking from school in support of Climate Action. See for more information.



Saturday through Friday, Sept. 21-27: Illahee Spirit Runners Actions – Unity with Climate Action Week

starts at Corvallis Skate Park, SW 2nd & SW B, each day

In unity with the greater Climate Action Week. We will be doing confrontation against an agency that kills up to 35 million animals a year with taxpayer money. Look for the American Indian Movement Flag when you get to the skate park.

Join the rightful stewards of the land in seeking further protection for wolves under the American Indian Religious Freedom Act of 1978. Wear a face mask. Yellow or Blue to honor the ghost dance.

What not to bring: Do not bring weapons or illegal drugs. Do not bring dogs as sometimes actual wolves join us on our events.

Be prepared to carpool. Organize with each other to share transportation. Park in the Free Parking by the river.



Friday, Sept. 27, 11am – 2pm: Community-wide Climate Strike & Rally

Riverfront Commemorative City Park, SW 1st St, Corvallis

Join us in taking action to address the Climate Crisis. Walk out of schools, businesses, and homes. March to riverfront. Rally at Riverfront Park starting at 11:30am followed by a march to City Hall to hand-deliver a Climate Action petition. See for schedule and more information.

Contact: Corvallis Climate Action Alliance (


Friday/Saturday, Oct. 18, 6 – 9pm & Oct. 19, 9am – 4pm: Democracy School (Eugene)

Eugene Garden Club , 1645 High Street, Eugene

A stimulating and illuminating course that reframes often discouraging single issue work (such as toxic exposure or fracking) in a way that enables us to confront corporate control on a powerful front that cuts across issues: people’s constitutional rights. Democracy School explores the limits of conventional regulatory organizing and offers a new organizing model that helps citizens confront corporate usurpation of the rights of communities, people and the earth.

Hosted by: Community Rights Lane County and Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund.

FMI: &


Wednesday, Oct. 23, 7pm: Senate Bill 770: The path to Oregon single-payer health care

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave

Come learn from legislators, advocates, and experts about this important legislation, and how you can help ensure that the intent of the legistlation is faithfully carried out.

Hosted by Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates (


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

LBCC Calapooia Center, Albany

More details as they are available.



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, 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 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.


Second & Third 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)

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.

*The Corvallis meetings are suspended until further notice.




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;


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.


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, Hovland 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, 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

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:



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