Thursday, May 3 — The Chinese Exclusion Act. 5:30-7:30, OSU Asian-Pacific Cultural Center, 2695 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis. What does a little-known 1882 law have to do with American identity, democracy, and civil rights today? The Chinese Exclusion Act documentary explores the history of Chinese immigration to the United States and its significance to issues of globalization, immigration, labor and civil rights today. Come see an excerpt from a documentary film and engage in discussion facilitated by Dr. Patti Sakurai from Ethnic Studies. Free and open to the general public.
Friday, May 4 — International Culture Night. 6:00-9:00 pm, Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd SW, Albany. Enjoy cultural activities and food samplings from around the world starting at 6 p.m. Global talent and fashion show starts at 7 p.m. Fashion show with traditional clothing, singing, magic, martial arts, dancing and variety of instruments including piano and Chinese flute. Door prizes and drawings! Free.
Saturday, May 5 — Teach-in/Nonviolent Protest Training. 1:00-7:00 pm, First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis. Come to the church’s Community Center (corner of 12th and Jackson). This training will prepare people to take direct actions in Salem in May and June, and lobby legislators, in conjunction with the Willamette Valley affiliate of the Poor People’s Campaign. Free supper with vegetarian and gluten-free options. If you plan to participate, please RSVP to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org so they know how many to expect for dinner.
Sunday, May 6 — Healing Justice Workshop. 1:00-3:30, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis, 2945 NW Circle Blvd. Showing of a video, created by World Trust Educational Services, that explores the causes and consequences of the current American justice system and its effect on marginalized communities. After the video there will be journaling and discussion exploring trauma, justice, and healing. Presented by the UUFC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. To sign up, contact Lee Holt, email@example.com.
Monday, May 7 — SURJ Business Meeting. 7:00-8:30 pm, north co-op meeting room (First Alternative Natural Foods, 2855 NW Grant Ave, Corvallis). Planning for upcoming direct action and education events. All members and prospective members are invited to attend.
Monday, May 7 — Muslims in Corvallis. 11 am to 12:30 pm. OSU International Living-Learning Center, 1701 SW Western Blvd. Panel discussion about the experiences and conditions of Muslims in Corvallis and beyond. Also a time to ask questions about the holy month of Ramadan.
Wednesday, May 9 — OneVibe Diversity Day. 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Linn Benton Community College, Albany Courtyard. The annual celebration of LBCC’s rich array of cultures. Live music, drumming and dancing, food, and dozens of campus and community groups hosting information tables and activities. Hosted by the LBCC Dept. Institutional Equity & Student Engagement.
Friday, May 11 — Solidarity with Gaza’s Great Return March. 6:00-8:00 pm, Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center, 128 SW 9th St. Palestinian food, poetry and photography.
Fundraiser for Gaza Community Mental Health Programme and Middle East Children’s Alliance. Hosted by Corvallis Palestine Solidarity. Donations appreciated. Everyone welcome.
Monday, May 14 — Oregon Poor People’s Campaign Rally and Nonviolent Direct Action. 11:00 am to 6:30 pm, Oregon Capitol, 900 Court St NE, Salem. Training (location provided when you RSVP) at 11:00 am. Rally at north capitol steps: 2:00 pm. Join people in more than 40 states who are heading to their state capitals on May 14 to force a serious national examination of the enmeshed evils of systemic racism, systemic poverty, ecological devastation and the war economy.
RSVP to receive more details: http://bit.ly/salem-may14
Principles and demands of the campaign: https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/
Tuesday, May 15 — “Here to Stay” Social. 6:30 pm, OSU Native American Longhouse, 311 SW 26th St. Hear updates on DACA/legislation nationally, state, and locally, and on student activism. Dr. Juan Guzman will discuss the history of immigration in the US. The event will be free-flowing and relaxed to let people network and get to know each other. Please bring brochures or pamphlets if you are wanting to display information about your community organization! There will be food and drinks to enjoy.
Wednesday, May 16 — SURJ Book Group meeting. 7:00-8:30 pm, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2945 NW Circle Blvd, Corvallis. The group will discuss White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson. The book for June is My Beloved World by US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Want other suggestions? Click here to see the group’s online reading list.
Thursday, May 17 — Gabby Smashes. OSU Asian & Pacific Cultural Center, 2695 SW Jefferson Way. 4:00-5:00 pm — Live, Love, Laugh: A Workshop on Art & Activism. Luann Algoso, star of the ‘Gabby Smashes’ web series, will lead a workshop exploring the use of comedy in activism. 6:00-7:00 pm — Screening of ‘Gabby Smashes: Pilot Episode’. A screening of Gabby Antonio Smashes the Imperialist, White Supremacist, Capitalist, Patriarchy – followed by a Q/A session facilitated by Dr. Patti Sakurai. Sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Student Union, Women’s Center, Pride Center, Center for Civic Engagement, and President’s Commission on the Status of Women.
Thursday, May 17 — Open Iftar (breaking of the fast). 8:00-10:00 pm, OSU Memorial Union Ballroom. People of all faiths and backgrounds are invited to come together in solidarity and learn about the holy month of Ramadan. The event will feature Muslim students reflecting on various cultural norms. Community members will be able to ask questions, and Muslim faculty members will provide answers and insights.
Friday, May 18 — 20th Annual Salmon Bake. 12:00-2:30 pm, OSU Native American Longhouse Eena Haws, 311 SW 26th St. Featuring special guest Lyla June to honor the salmon culture of the Pacific Northwest. Accommodations for disabilities can be made by contacting Luhui Whitebear at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-737-9036.
Free and open to the public.
Saturday, May 19 — 42nd Annual Klatowa Eena Powwow. 12:00-9:00 pm with Grand Entry at 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm, OSU McAlexander Fieldhouse. Native American cultural celebration, free and open to the public. Family-friendly. Dancers, singers, food, vendors. Hosted by the OSU Native American Student Association and Native American Longhouse Eena Haws.
Friday, May 25 — Malcolm X Solidarity Iftar. 7:30 pm, OSU Memorial Union Ballroom. The Executive Director of the Council of Islamic American Relations in Michigan, Dawud Walid, will discuss Islam, social justice, the legacy of Malcolm X, and the importance of Black Muslim voices in our communities. Hosted by the OSU Muslim Students Association. A FREE iftar dinner will be provided. RSVP required, tinyurl.com/MalcolmXIftar
Wednesday, May 30 — Creating Anti-Racist Communities. 6:00 pm, Austin Auditorium, OSU LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. Free and open to the public. What does it take to create a just community today? What are some critical obstacles and how might we overcome them? This talk by Tricia Rose will invite collective dialogue and community building. Tricia Rose is the Chancellor’s Professor of Africana Studies, Associate Dean of the Faculty for Special Initiatives, and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University. Accommodations for disabilities may be made by contacting 541-737-4717 or email@example.com. Sponsored by the OSU College of Engineering and the President’s Commission on the Status of Women. Free and open to the public.
Saturday, June 2 — Annual Solidarity Fair. 12:00-5:00 pm, Central Park, Corvallis (between Monroe and Madison and between 6th and 8th Streets). Celebrate past and present social movements, as well as further local organizing efforts against all forms of oppression. Rise, Resist, Love, Create! Stop Making Capitalism – Join a diverse labor movement & generations of struggles for economic, social, and environmental justice! Community Meal, Movement Conversations, Political Theater, and Music. Organized and sponsored by The Solidarity Action Network, a coalition of unions, community groups, student groups, and social justice organizations. Free and family friendly!
Website for more info: https://www.solidarityfair.com/
Register your group to table at the fair: https://goo.gl/forms/UGu0GutXJ7lFGs2q2
Monday, June 4 — SURJ Business Meeting. 7:00-8:30 pm, NORTH co-op meeting room (First Alternative Natural Foods, 2855 NW Grant Ave, Corvallis). All members and prospective members are invited to attend.