Corvallis Progressive Events Calendar

Corvallis Progressive Events Calendar

Updated: October 20, 2019

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Monday, Noon – 1:30pm: The Future of Mid-Valley Journalism – City Club Q&A

Osborn Aquatic Center Activity Room, 1940 NW Highland Dr, Corvallis

This month’s City Club of Corvallis Lunch Forum focuses on the future journalism right where we live. Headlining the event are panelists….

– Mike McInally, Corvallis Gazette-Times and Albany Democrat-Herald.

– Stevie Beisswanger, The Corvallis Advocate.

– Hasso Hering, Albany’s HH-Today.Com, (Hering was longtime editor of the Albany Democrat-Herald.)

– Jennifer Moody, Orange Media at Oregon State University.

– Moderator: Steven Schultz, The Corvallis Advocate and president of City Club of Corvallis.

At the end, Mayor Biff Traber will hold a ten-minute 911 taxing district Q&A session. The special district is on the ballot for the November 5 special election.



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 (, available here:

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.



Tuesday, Oct. 22, 7pm: Parking in Corvallis: A Community Conversation

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave

Lisa Scherf, Corvallis Transportation Services Supervisor, will present information on the City’s current parking management programs. Her presentation will be followed by facilitated table discussions in an effort to identify problematic parking issues in all sectors of the City. This free event is sponsored by the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition’s Land Use Action Team and the League of Women Voters of Corvallis.



Wednesday, Oct. 23, 6:30pm: Demystifying Budgets for Local Changemakers

Lebanon – see below

Every community member has the right to play an active role in decisions about how our local governments spend our tax dollars. It can be hard though to figure out how or when to get involved in the budgeting process, or how to make a difference.

The Rural Organizing Project is hitting the road with a newly developed 90-minute workshop led by Mark Brenner, economist and faculty member at the University of Oregon. We will dive into how local budgets are created, learn how to read budgets, and practice asking strategic questions during budget meetings. We will brainstorm together about what changes are needed for our budgets to reflect our community’s needs and values.

Co-hosted by Rural Organizing Project and Rural Oregon Progressives.

RSVP to to receive the address.


Wednesdays, Oct. 23 – Nov. 27: 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:



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 legislation is faithfully carried out.

Hosted by Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates (


Thursday, Oct. 24, 6pm – 9:30pm: CLDC Theater of Dissent 2019 (Eugene)

Unitarian Universalist Church, 1685 W 13th Ave, Eugene

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!

Tickets: $50

Ticketing info and purchase:


Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 26-27, 2pm – 6pm: Wobbly Weekends: How To Unionize Your Workplace

WestM, 101 NW23rd, Corvallis

Want to form a union in your workplace, or build more power within an existing union?

Then join the Mid-Valley Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) on its first series of Wobbly Weekends! We’re holding a two-day workshop for workers of all stripes to gain the skills and know-how needed for just these goals.

Any worker can attend regardless of their occupation (except no bosses) or prior experience in organizing/activism.

You do not need any prior union experience. You do not need to be currently employed. You do not need to be a “factory worker” or “professional” worker in a formal industry. You do not need to be planning to form a union right now or a union in your workplace (you could be hoping to organize tenants and still find these workshops useful).

The activities are open and free for all (except, again, no bosses allowed). We’ll be serving chili for our attendees.

Please RSVP so we have enough food here:



Friday – Sunday, Nov. 1-3: Yes to the Earth! No to War Taxes! – War Tax Resistance Gathering and Coordinating Committee Meeting

Portland and Corvallis

Join us the first weekend in November for “Yes to the Earth! No to War Taxes!” with a mini-conference on Friday evening and Saturday. The primary focus of the weekend will be on collaboration between war tax resisters and environmental activists.

The Friday evening session will begin in Portland at 5:00pm at the Peace House (2116 NE 18th Avenue, Portland). After the session ends at 8:00pm, we will carpool down to Corvallis. The Saturday & Sunday portions of the program will be in Corvallis. You are welcome to attend one session, all or parts of the weekend.

Information on housing, travel, logistics, and conference registration at

Gatherings and Events

Contacts for the Gathering: Lincoln Rice 262-399-8217


Sunday, Nov. 3, Noon – 3pm: Fill Your Pantry

Guerber Hall, Benton County Fairgrounds 110 SW 53rd Street, Corvallis

Ten Rivers Food Web is sponsoring Fill your Pantry. This is an opportunity to stock up on tasty foods and invest in the local farm economy. Purchase storable grains and vegetables, dried beans, frozen and preserved fruit, pickles, breads, honey, frozen meats, and more from local growers.

Two ways to buy:

  1.   On-line shopping October 4th to 23rd at

Make your selections and pre-pay from the convenience of home.

Pick up your orders at the event November 3.

  1.   Shop at the event and meet the vendors on November 3.

More information, plus a complete list of vendors, on our website

Contact us:


Monday, Nov. 4, 6:30pm – 8:30pm: Fragile No More–Workshop with Sweetwater Nannauck

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

Learn about factors and triggers that lead to White Fragility, and how our language sugar-coats the system of racial oppression. Pre-registration required. More information:

Cost: sliding scale, $40.00-$$$

Contact and pre-register:

Sponsors: Native American Longhouse Eena Haws, Idle No More Wa., Shady Grove Farm Corvallis


Tuesday, Nov. 5, 4pm – 8pm: Film Screening: The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code. Presentation with Shawna Bluestar

Native American Longhouse Eena Haws, 311 SW 26th St, Corvallis

Talk and film about the root causes of fear, domination, and dehumanization that are negatively impacting our planet, and quality of life for all peoples.


Sponsors: Native American Longhouse Eena Haws, Shady Grove Farm Corvallis.


Wednesday, Nov. 6, 6:30pm: Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive (Eugene)

UO Campus, Knight Law Center, room 175

An evening with New York Times best-selling author Stephanie Land.

Stephanie Land’s bestselling debut memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive recounts her harrowing saga as a single mom navigating the poverty trap. Her unflinching and inspiring testimony exposes the physical, economic, and social brutality that domestic workers face, all while radiating a parent’s hope and resilience.

Sponsored by Wayne Morse Center.



Thursday, Nov. 7, 6:30pm: Affordable Housing CitySpeak

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave

Rent burdens are at an all time high in Corvallis, and even city employees often cannot afford to buy a house here. What are the options for the average renter or buyer seeking housing in Corvallis, and how  can we build a brighter future?

The next Advocate CitySpeak brings together a cadre of local housing players to discuss how we got here and what we can do. Panelists continue to be added for this event, but currently include:

  • Kent Weiss, Housing & Neighborhood Services Manager for the City of Corvallis
  • Tom Gerding, longtime owner and operator of Gerding Construction
  • Dawn Duerksen, property management firm of Duerksen & Associates
  • Brigetta Olson, COO of DevNorthWest, a non-profit affordable housing developer
  • Karen Rockwell, Executive Director of Benton County Habitat for Humanity.

Free. Hosted by the Corvallis Advocate.


Saturday, Nov. 9, 2pm – 5pm: The Seventh Fire II–Workshop with Sweetwater Nannauck

TBA, Corvallis

Learn how colonization has been affecting your interactions with Natives, how to respectfully attend Native events, and support indigenous-led work in the community. By breaking cycles of oppression you are affirming your commitment toward dismantling racism, and helping to make a better world for us all. Pre registration required. More information: . Cost: sliding scale, $40.00-$$$

At Location to be announced.

Contact and pre register:

Sponsors: Idle No More Wa., Shady Grove Farm Corvallis


Saturday, Nov. 9, 5:30pm – 7:00pm: Demo: Mike Huckabee’s Brand of LGBTQ Bigotry is not Welcome in Oregon

The Salem Convention Center, Corner of Ferry ST SE and Commercial ST SE, Salem

Flagrant homophobe Mike Huckabee is set to be the keynote speaker at a Nov. 9th closed door fundraiser at the Salem Convention Center. The secretive event is being hosted by the extremist, anti-worker Freedom Foundation.



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:


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

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:


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:


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 (

Hosted by Corvallis Palestine Solidarity (CPS) and Students United For Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER) – OSU

Nada Elia is a Diaspora Palestinian writer, activist and political commentator, 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 is a retired professor of Gender and Global Studies and member of the Steering Collective of USACBI (US Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel).



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 ( as details become 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, 5:00pm: 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:

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 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


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.


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:


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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