Corvallis Progressive Events Calendar
Updated: April 11, 2021
Sunday, Apr. 11, 3pm: Town Hall for Rep. DeFazio’s Constituents: The National Infrastructure Bill and the Climate Emergency
The Federal Infrastructure Bill will likely be the most impactful piece of climate-related legislation passed by this Congress. Rep. Peter DeFazio from Oregon’s 4th district is writing the House version of this bill. So, this Sunday, join us at a Town Hall for Rep. DeFazio’s constituents – so you can make suggestions about how infrastructure can address local environmental concerns, and the global climate emergency. Rep. DeFazio and members of his staff are invited to the meeting.
Panel: Alan Minsky, PDA Executive Director; Josh Fox, Film Director and Activist; Bethany Cotton, Conservation Director, Cascadia Wildlands; Chuck Willer, Executive Director, Coast Range Association; Nick Caleb, Climate and Energy Attorney, Breach Collective.
Moderator: Julie Mathison, PDA Oregon Media Coordinator.
Hosted by Progressive Democrats of America (PDA-Oregon).
Tuesday, Apr. 13, Noon – 1:30pm: A Democracy Worth Fighting For
In this conversation, longtime social and economic justice organizer Erica Smiley will explore how the pandemic has left millions of people behind—especially women and people of color—while wealth grows even more concentrated in the hands of the few. She will explain why more political and economic democracy is necessary to lessen poverty and racism.
Smiley and respondents Margaret Hallock and Lisa Hubbard will discuss achieving worker power through organizing “whole people” in their communities. This strategy will help the labor movement in the United States build on the unions we have in order to create the new institutions we need.
This event is part of the Wayne Morse Center’s Margaret Hallock Program for Women’s Rights
Tuesday, Apr. 13, 4pm: Voting Restrictions, Voting Rights, and the Dismantling of American Democracy
State legislatures across the nation are considering new restrictions on voting practices. What are the origins and aims of these proposed voting laws? Which communities stand to be affected by them? This panel brings together experts in history, law, and political science to contextualize proposed voting restrictions within the history of race, voting rights, and politics in the US.
Nicole von Germeten, Oregon State University
Adrienne Jones, Morehouse College; Marisa Chappell, Oregon State University; Domingo Morel, Rutgers University; Thessalia Merivaki, Mississippi State University; Douglas Hess, Grinnell College.
Steve Shay, Oregon State University
Hosted by: School of History, Philosophy, & Religion and College of Liberal Arts – Oregon State University
Zoom link at the FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/208918640593706/
Wednesday, Apr. 14, 5pm – 6pm: Provost’s Lecture Featuring Ibram X. Kendi: A Conversation About How To Be an Anti-Racist
A conversation with Ibram X. Kendi, today’s leading antiracist voice in America, historian, National Book Award winner (2019), Guggenheim Fellow, three-time New York Times best-selling author and journalist. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research.
He is the author of many books including “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America,” which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and three #1 New York Times bestsellers: “How to Be an Antiracist;” “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You,” co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and “Antiracist Baby,” illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. His latest book, “Be Antiracist: A Journal for Awareness, Reflection, and Action,” was released in October.
Wednesday, Apr. 14, 5pm: Reimagining Union Leadership in the 21-Century labor Movement
With David Alexander, faculty, North American Building Trades, Michigan State University
This session will address leadership style for building an inclusive space for enhancing critical thought and reimagining unionists’ racial and gender solidarity in the 21-century labor movement with a group exercise.
Hosted by the U of O Labor Education and Research Center (LERC).
Wednesday, Apr. 14, 6:30pm: Protecting Mother Earth: The history, legacy, and possibilities as understood by Native Americans
Speakers from local Pacific Northwest tribes will join in a virtual presentation of the history and realities of environmental justice, traditional ecological knowledge, and the emergence of rights of nature laws as experienced, understood, and advocated by Native American tribes.
The Oregon Community Rights Network (ORCRN) along with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) will host this virtual event.
To register, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, Apr. 15, 3pm – 5pm: CLDC Webinar: COVID-19 Litigation
The COVID-19 pandemic has elevated the public health crisis of mass incarceration to an even higher level.
During this webinar we will hear from attorneys who have filed successful lawsuits requiring cities and states to free prisoners from detention in order to mitigate the spread of the pandemic. We will talk about tactics that have been successful, ongoing legal battles, and obstacles they have encountered.
Hosted by the Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC), Eugene.
Friday, Apr. 16, Noon – 1pm: Fundamental Rights, Data Privacy, and the Power of Tech Companies, a conversation with Senator Ron Wyden
In this conversation, Senator Wyden will address how the internet interacts with the freedoms guaranteed under the First and Fourth Amendments (for example, law enforcement’s use of personal location data to arrest Capitol insurrectionists), regulation of tech companies, issues surrounding data privacy, and the costs and benefits of reforming Section 230 of the CDA. The conversation will be moderated by Wayne Morse Law Fellow Shiwanni Johnson, founder and president of the UO Technology and Law Club.
Part of the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics’ Public Affairs Speaker Series.
Friday, Apr. 16, 5pm: Consider This with Clint Smith
A conversation on education, memory, race, and democracy with Clint Smith, author of How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America.
Clint Smith is staff writer at The Atlantic. He is the author of Counting Descent, which won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award.
Hosted by Oregon Humanities (https://oregonhumanities.org)
Friday, Apr. 16, 6pm: A Wobbly Class Act
More info soon at the Mid-Valley IWW FB events page: https://www.facebook.com/midvalleyIww/events/
Saturday, Apr. 17, 10am – 1pm: Planet Palooza!
Online & in the real world
Join us in a celebration of Earth. Participate in a FREE all-ages event that can increase the environmental, physical, and mental health of our communities. It is an extravaganza of both virtual and distanced in-person activities in your neighborhood and at parks in Corvallis.
For more information or to register for activities, go to https://www.corvallisoregon.gov/parksrec/page/special-events
Sponsors: Corvallis Parks and Recreation, Ashbrook Independent School, Corvallis Environmental Center, Mid-Valley STEM-CTE Hub.
Tuesday, Apr. 20, 6pm: Cuba – The Threat of a Good Example
According to the World Wildlife Fund’s Sustainable Development Index, the island of Cuba is the only country in the world with a sustainable model of development.
In the last year it has had one of the lowest incidences of COVID-19 and has sent thousands of medical personnel around the world to help other countries.
While many people around the world applaud this good example the US government has for 60 years tried to destroy it via a crippling economic blockade. The blockade reached an unprecedented intensity during the Trump administration and so far President Biden has done nothing to change that.
IFCO/Pastors for Peace (https://ifconews.org/) has been taking Caravans of people and humanitarian aid to Cuba for almost 30 years in open defiance of the blockade.
Come learn about Cuba’s sustainable model and its medical achievements, hear about the next Caravan to Cuba, and many other ways you can support the campaign against the blockade.
John Waller – Pastors for Peace National Caravan Coordinator
Mike Beilstein – Frequent Caravan visitor to Cuba from Corvallis
Pacific Green Party – Linn Benton Chapter; Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism; Corvallis Latin America Solidarity Committee; Portland Central America Solidarity Campaign; Ashland Friends of Cuba; Veterans for Peace – Linus Pauling Chapter.
The program will last 90 minutes, including Q & A.
Tuesday, Apr. 20, 6pm: Essential Work, Disposable Workers
Experiences of Immigrant and Refugee Food Processing Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Eastern Washington.
Presented by: Lola Loustaunau, doctoral candidate at the Sociology Department of the University of Oregon.
Hosted by: U of O Labor Education & Research Center (LERC). https://lerc.uoregon.edu/events/
More info and signup info TBA.
Wednesday, Apr. 21, 6pm: How publicly funded health care would benefit your community
Monica Beilski Boris, AFSCME
Jacob Trewe, Democratic Socialists of America
Eric Richardson, NAACP
Orion Falvey, Orchid Health
Hosted by Lane County HCAO (https://www.hcao.org).
For questions or more information about the program contact: Lou Sinniger – email@example.com
350.org; Beyond Toxics; Eugene Democratic Socialists of America; NAACP Lane County; Orchid Health; American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, Local 1724.
Wednesday, Apr. 28, 4pm: A ‘Common Spectacle of the Race’: Garveyism’s Visual Politics of Founding
A talk by Adom Getachew, Neubauer Family assistant professor of political science at the University of Chicago. She is a political theorist with research interests in the history of political thought, theories of race and empire, and postcolonial political theory.
The Cabildos Speaker Series is a new online speaker series for 2020 to 2021. The goal of this series is to:
– Listen to Black voices
– Foreground cutting edge scholarship
– Contextualize United States history in an African Diaspora context
– Highlight the links between academic research and activism.
Sponsored by the School of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies and the History Department Unrestricted Fund at Oregon State University.
Thursday, Apr. 29, 1pm – 2:30pm: The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome, with Alondra Nelson
Alondra Nelson was recently nominated by President Joe Biden as the Office of Science and Technology deputy director for science and society. She is president of the Social Science Research Council and is also the Harold F. Linder Chair and Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, an independent center for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry.
She has contributed to national policy discussions on inequality and about the social implications of new technologies, including artificial intelligence, big data, and human gene editing.
Sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.
Saturday, May 15, 9am – 8pm: ROP Virtual Rural Caucus & Strategy Session
Every year rural and small town organizers come together for the Rural Caucus & Strategy Session, a day to share incredible organizing from across the state, reflect on our last year and make plans for our rural human dignity movement in the year ahead.
The Caucus will look a bit different this year. We will begin at 9 am PST with a morning session focused on reflecting on the work rural Oregonians have done for human dignity and democracy over the last year and planning for the year of community organizing to come! Join us for one or both of the afternoon strategy sessions focusing on building our rural organizing toolboxes. We will close out the Caucus with a performance and conversation with the phenomenal “OUT Dance Project,” which will perform rural, queer Oregonians’ stories, including stories from folks in the ROP network. You can join us for the whole day or just come to parts of it!
Full schedule & register here: https://rop.org/update/2021-rural-caucus-strategy-session-see-you-there/
Saturdays: Feb. 13, Mar. 13, Apr. 10 and Jun. 12, 9:30am – 11:00am: Legislative Updates
Meet your state legislators, hear about their work, learn what is happening, ask questions and have conversations.
Oregon Legislators invited to participate:
Senator Sara Gelser
Representative Shelly Boshart Davis
Representative Dan Rayfield
Hosted by the League of Women Voters of Corvallis and the Corvallis/Albany Branch of NAACP.
Link for April update: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83858858138
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(Nearly) Every Day, 5pm – 6pm: Corvallis Daily Peace Vigil
Benton County Courthouse, east side
Until recently, this vigil was held every single evening since October 7, 2001. Now several groups have committed to covering one day of the week but there now are gaps. Please stay tuned for a more detailed schedule.
Every peace-loving person is welcome to join.
[I understand the Raging Grannies are doing the vigil on Tuesdays; Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates has the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays; ORCA has Thursdays; and the Greens have Fridays, 5-6pm.
Please let me know if there are changes to those. Thanks. bb.]
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org and https://midvalleyiww.org/
On Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/790625494747091/
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.
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 http://hcao.org
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.
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
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/
*** First Tuesdays, 7pm: Corvallis Feminists Book Club
GoogleMeet – meet.google.com/jtv-veqc-zrx
Casual discussion of a different book each month.
Second Tuesdays, 7pm: Linn-Benton Green Party Meeting
101 NW 23rd, Corvallis (23rd & Monroe)
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
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
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: https://www.facebook.com/events/2085964081468111/
Thursdays, Aug. 6 – Sep. 10: 7pm – 8:30pm: White Fragility Book Study
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.
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.
Please email Carla for the zoom link: carla476[at]gmail.com; http://www.citizensclimatelobby.org/
Second Thursdays, 6:30pm: NAACP Corvallis Chapter Meeting
Monthly Membership meetings are held virtually via Zoom.com.
To receive the zoom link, email email@example.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.)
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)
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
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., firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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: https://www.facebook.com/salemoregondsa/
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: email@example.com
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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