April 30, 2013

Progressive Events Upcoming In Salem And Corvallis


First and Third Saturday, 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 every other Saturday 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.
Tuesday, Apr. 30, 7:30pm:  30th Annual Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Memorial Lecture for World Peace
LaSells Stewart Center, OSU
Leah Bolger will give the annual Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Memorial Lecture for World Peace at Oregon State University. Leah is a Corvallis resident and Navy veteran who previously served as the national president of Veterans for Peace. Her talk, titled “Waging Peace,” is free and open to the public. Leah served for more than 20 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring in 2000 with the rank of commander. Since then she has been a full-time peace activist. After moving to Oregon in 2004, she formed the Linus Pauling chapter of Veterans for Peace and served as the group’s president for three years. In 2012 she became the first female president of the parent organization.
Thursday, May 2, Noon - 1:30pm:  Sustainability Coalition Quarterly Gathering
Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Avenue
Presentations by Coalition partners and action teams
Contact: info@sustainablecorvallis.org, 541-230-1237
Sponsor: Corvallis Sustainability Coalition
Saturday, May 4, 11am - 4pm:  Second Annual May Day Solidarity Fair
Central Park, Corvallis
The May Day Solidarity Fair celebrates the labor movement & all struggles for economic & social justice. We hope to encourage conversations about current issues that confront working people, their families, & communities.Music, speakers, workshops, tabling, food, other family-friendly activities.Organizations that have already signed on as part of the coalition include area branches and locals of SEIU, CGE-AFT, IWW, PCUN, AFSCME, NRLCA, NALC, APWU, UFCW, and AAUP; also Linn-Benton-Lincoln Central Labor Council, Eugene Springfield Solidarity Network/Jobs with Justice; Benton County Community Rights Coalition, Occupy Corvallis, Veterans for Peace, NAACP, Move to Amend, Pacific Green Party, Committees of Correspondence, Benton County Democrats, Linn-Benton Food Share, Alternatives to War, 350.org, Amnesty International, Corvallis Hours Exchange, Corvallis area faith groups, and others.
Facebook event here - Please “join” and “invite” your friends:  https://www.facebook.com/events/136614326505146/
Saturday, May 4, 5:30pm:  Delicious Palestinian dinner, auction, and film
UUFC, 2945 NW Circle, Corvallis
Reservations encouraged (call: 541-740-4207); suggested donation $12 or more per person (includes film) children under 12, $8
Doors open at 5:30 for Turkish coffee and baklava for donation; silent auction items for viewing and bidding;
6 PM – Film, Sands of Sorrow, (30 minutes); UN documentary film (1950); documents the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes and their land in what Palestinians call the Nakba.
6:30 – Begin seating for dinner
7:15 – live auction: including art, Palestinian embroidery, cookbooks, olive oil, and more;
(Some of these times are approximate)
A benefit for Middle East Children’s Alliance – clean water for the children of Gaza - www.mecaforpeace.org
Sponsors: UUFC, Social Justice Action Group and Albany/Corvallis Friends of Middle East Peace
Sunday, May 5, Noon - 4pm:  Cinco de Mayo Ciclovia
Avery Park, Corvallis
This Cinco de Mayo Avery Park Drive will be closed to vehicle traffic in order to bring you an extravaganza of bicycle activities for all ages, including helmet decorating, a human powered parade, kinetic sculptures, youth and adult bicycle education, food, vendors, music, and fun in the park. Beautiful weather guaranteed!*
Check back for more details and events as they develop.
Brought to you by Corvallis Parks & Recreation, Safe Routes 2 School, Corvallis Bicycle Collective, Corvallis Spring Roll, Kinetic Sculptures, Team Dirt, Corvallis Police Department, City of Corvallis, Soup Cycle, Mid Valley Bicycle Club, and other groups to be announced.
* or your money back. (Also, it's FREE!)
Facebook event (join and invite others):  
Tuesday, May 7, 4pm:  APS Peace Award Presentations
Albany Public Library, 2450 14th Avenue Southeast, Albany
The Albany Peace Seekers are again sponsoring recognition of students and staff at both Albany High Schools for their efforts to promote peace, justice and harmony in their respective schools and in the larger community.  One graduating senior from each school will receive a $500 cash award and recognition of their accomplishments at both a special celebration on May 7, at the Albany Public Library and at their school's Awards Assembly.  This award has been very well received at both high schools and we are so proud to have honored great students, highlighting their contributions to a more peaceful and just world.
FMI:  Sharon, sharongisler[at]msn.com
Friday, May 10, 7pm:  “Salt of the Sea” Film
UUFC, 2945 NW Circle, Corvallis
Directed by Annemarie Jacir; The passionate story of Brooklyn born Soraya, who travels to Israel in search of her grandparents’ home, land, and life before they were expelled to make way for the new state of Israel. She unexpectedly discovers much more.“It’s one of the best films I’ve seen in years” – Michael Moore. Was the Official Selection, Cannes International Film Festival, 2008; Palestine’s submission to the 81st Academy Awards, Best Foreign Film.
Discussion and light refreshments to follow.
Suggested donation, $6 or more
A benefit for Middle East Children’s Alliance – clean water for the children of Gaza - www.mecaforpeace.org
Sponsor: by UUFC, Social Justice Action Group and Albany/Corvallis Friends of Middle East Peace
Saturday, May 11, 6pm:  Second Saturdays Benefit Concert
Sunnyside Up Cafe, 116 NW 3rd St., Corvallis
Music by "Cooper Hollow," a wonderful little band we discovered recently.  They're from Dallas (north of us, not TX).The beneficiary will be Avery House Nature Center (specifically, financial assistance for low income children so that they can participate in the Center's summer programs).
Sponsored by Alternatives to War and Veterans For Peace, Linus Pauling Chapter, Corvallis.
More details shortly.
Saturday, May 18, 7pm:  Documentary:  “Roadmap to Apartheid”
101 NW 23rd (23rd & Monroe), Corvallis
By filmmakers Ana Noguerira (a white South African) and Eron Davidson (a Jewish American-Israeli) and narrated by author and peace activist, Alice Walker.
The filmmakers draw on the historical rise and fall of South African apartheid and reveal how Palestinians view their own current situation as a kind of apartheid system. The film is “packed with insights from the world’s leading authorities on both South African and Israeli apartheid” – Abraham Greenhouse, Global Research;
Discussion and light refreshments to follow.
Suggested donation: $6 or more
A benefit for MECA – clean water for the children of Gaza – www.mecaforpeace.org
Sponsors: Albany/Corvallis Friends of Middle East Peace
Sunday, May 19, 1:30pm - 5pm:  Socialism Talk - Salem
Red Lion Inn, 3301 Market St. NE, Salem
"What Now for the Left? - Choosing Socialism"
A conversation with Bill Fletcher, Jr.
Bill Fletcher, Jr. is a leading labor, racial justice and international solidarity activist. He is a graduate of Harvard University; he writes and speaks widely on domestic and international topics, and on racial justice and labor issues. He is the author of (among others): "They're Bankrupting Us - And Twenty Other Myths About Unions."
Sponsored by: Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism - Albany/Corvallis &
Free - donations accepted to cover conference costs.
Friday, May 31, 7pm:  “The People and the Olive” Film
FUMC Martha Room, 11th & Monroe, Corvallis
Directed by Aaron Dennis. A group of American marathoners run from Hebron to Jenin (129 miles over five days) to raise awareness about olive farmers in Palestine. The run was organized by On the Ground, a non-profit group in Traverse City, MI, supporting sustainable community development in farming regions around the world. “Best described as an inspirational thriller.” - Loren King, Boston Globe
Discussion and light refreshments to follow.
Suggested donation: $6 (or more)
A benefit for Josh Hough of Christian Peacemaker Teams - http://www.cpt.org/
Sponsors: Active for Peace and Justice at First United Methodist Church; Albany/Corvallis Friends of Middle East Peace
Thursday, June 6, 7pm:  Gaza Educator Amani Inshasi Visit
Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center, 128 SW 9th Street
Ms. Inshasi returns to Corvallis to share her experiences as an educator and to exchange art collages and photography created at United Nations refugee camp schools and NGOs in Gaza City. This is part of an ongoing exchange of art with Corvallis children.
Evening activities include a dialogue with Amani, Palestinian dishes to sample, a silent auction, and an exhibition of student art and photography from the Spring 2013 exchange.
Sponsor: Friends of Middle East Peace
Saturday, June 8:  Rural Organizing Project Caucus & Strategy Session
CAPACES Leadership Institute, 356 Young St, Woodburn, OR
Every year ROP asks that you assemble your human dignity group’s team to attend the Rural Caucus & Strategy Session.  Here we are again, making that request for the 20th year in a row – because this year is our 20th Annual Rural Caucus & Strategy Session!
- Strategize with and learn from fellow organizers from across the state.
- Help shape what work ROP and ROP’s member groups will take on over the next year.
- Be the first to see ROP’s long-term vision.
- March for ONE Oregon Reunion.
FMI and for the registration form (or register online):  http://www.rop.org/get-your-team-together-for-the-caucus/
The early bird registration deadline is May 6th and you can register online at www.rop.org/caucus

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