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Corvallis area radical and progressive events and actions

This is a pretty comprehensive list of things going on in the Corvallis area. Thanks to "Wrench" for doing this.
OSU & CORVALLIS AREA CALENDAR OF RADICAL & PROGRESSIVE EVENTS
Compiled by Wrench

Please forward widely.

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EVERYDAY

Tala Madani, an Iranian activist and art student at OSU, has a series of
paintings on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on display in the MU
Concourse at OSU. In addition, there is a collection of drawings from
Palestinian children.

Alternatives to War sponsors a daily peace vigil at the Benton County
Courthouse from 5-6pm. Candles and signs are displayed, and all are
welcome.

Keep up with layoffs, the OSU and higher ed budget crises, political
action and OSU news and views by going to
< http://www.opeuseiu.org/Local083/local083.index.html>.

TUESDAYS

Every Tuesday, David Barsamian hosts nationally-syndicated "Alternative
Radio" from 6:30-7:30pm on 89.7 FM (KLCC). Each week features a
different
progressive activist-intellectual speaking for an hour. Frequent
contributors include Noam Chomsky, Vandana Shiva, Howard Zinn, and
Edward
Said.

WEDNESDAYS

Every Wednesday, Women in Black holds a silent vigil against global
violence against women in front of the MU main lounge at OSU from
11am-1pm. All women are welcome to participate. For more information
about
Women in Black, visit < http://www.womeninblack.net/>.

FRIDAYS

Every Friday at 9am on KBVR 88.7 FM is "Unfiltered Econausea" with Sasha
and Alicia--a "talk and fight show" on any topic from Ecofeminism to
Globalization, usually with guests or co-hosts.

Every Friday, from 9-10pm, Bill Moyers is doing a weekly program on PBS
(OPB) called "NOW" that is covering some of the issues that have been
missing from the corporate media.

Every Friday, David Barsamian hosts nationally-syndicated "Alternative
Radio" from 9-10pm on 550 AM (KOAC). Each week features a different
progressive activist-intellectual speaking for an hour. Frequent
contributors include Noam Chomsky, Vandana Shiva, Howard Zinn, and
Edward
Said.

SATURDAYS

Every Saturday at 10:30am, join Mid Valley Health Care Advocates at
Westminster House (101 NW 23rd St.) to go out in pairs to gather
petition
signatures for the Health Care For All initiative.


-----MEETINGS-----

TUESDAY, MAY 7

Unheard Voices will meet at 5pm on Tuesday, May 7 in MU 208 at OSU in
order to continue planning a response to the current Israeli attacks in
the occupied Palestinian territories. For more information, email
< voices_unheard@hotmail.com>.

THURSDAY, MAY 9

On Thursday, May 9, from 5:30-7pm in MU 212 at OSU, there will be a
general meeting about creating a student-community-labor coalition.
Members of Wrench and MEChA, workers from SEIU locals 49 and 503, and
anyone else who is interested will come together to talk about the
janitors' upcoming contract negotiations and how to move forward. All
are
welcome.

THURSDAY, MAY 9

The Corvallis Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of
Colored People (NAACP) meets the second Thursday of every month--this
month, on Thursday, May 9 at 7pm at Westminster House (Monroe and 23rd
St.). There is no new business planned for this meeting, only final
preparations for the Freedom Fund Banquet and the Youth Recognition and
Awards Program (see below, May 10 & 11). All are welcome. For more
information, call 757-8230.

MONDAY, MAY 13

Wrench meets on Mondays from 5-6:30pm in the Memorial Union Council Room
at OSU. If you've never been to a meeting before, come at 4:45pm for an
introduction.

THURSDAY, MAY 23

On Thursday, May 23, at 5:30pm, at the Old World Deli (341 SW 2nd
Street), there will be a meeting to continue the planning process for starting a
local Jobs with Justice. JWJ brings together local coalitions that
connect labor, faith-based, community, and student organizations to work
together on workplace and community social justice campaigns
< http://www.jwj.org>.
Anyone interested is welcome to attend.


-----EVENTS-----

TUESDAY, MAY 7

As part of Disability Awareness Week at OSU, on Tuesday, May 7, Mike
Volpe, Disability Services Advisory Committee chair for the Oregon
Cascades West Council of Governments, will talk about "Accessibility
Issues in Corvallis." Volpe's talk starts at noon in OSU's Women's
Center.
Also at noon on Tuesday, the video "Disability, Identity and Culture"
Will be screened in the MU Leadership Lounge. A roundtable discussion on
discrimination against the disabled is set for 3pm in the MU Lounge, and
a workshop, "Disabling Your Able-ism," will start at 7pm in the same
location. Requests for further information and/or special accommodations
should be directed to Bridget Burns, ASOSU's Disabled Affairs Task Force
director, at 737-0734.

TUESDAY, MAY 7

On Tuesday, May 7 at 7pm, activists Liza Featherstone and Agatha
Schmaedick will be speaking about United Students Against Sweatshops at
the OSU Native American Longhouse (at the intersection of Jefferson and
26th Street). Liza Featherstone is a journalist who lives in New York
City. She is co-author, with United Students Against Sweatshops, of
Students Against Sweatshops, published by Verso in May 2002. Agatha
Schmaedick works as an Indonesia consultant to the Worker Right's
Consortium (WRC). She was an interpreter, translator, and logistics
coordinator during the WRC's recent investigation of Pt Dada, an
Indonesia factory that makes baseball caps and other products for more than 60 US
universities including the University of Oregon and Oregon State
University.

TUESDAY, MAY 7

On Tuesday, May 7, at 7:30pm at the Corvallis Public Library, the
Rainbow Health Resource Center presents "The Laramie Project," a film about the
life and death of Matthew Shepard. An open discussion will follow the
showing. This is part of the Pride Video Festival in Corvallis.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8

As part of Disability Awareness Week at OSU, a wheelchair tour of the
OSU campus starts at noon on Wednesday, May 8, from the MU north steps. At
7pm in the MU Lounge, Kim Elderbrook, a member of the United States Student
Association Advisory Council, will oversee "A Kaleidoscope of
Identities" workshop. Requests for further information and/or special accommodations
should be directed to Bridget Burns, ASOSU's Disabled Affairs Task Force
director, at 737-0734.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8

In celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, Professor Aoki
from the University of Oregon Law School will be speaking about
Asian-Pacific American immigration and stereotypes on Wednesday, May 8,
At 4pm in MU 213 at OSU. Later, at 7pm in Gilfillan Auditorium there will
Be a showing of the film "Catfish in Black Bean Sauce." For more
information,
contact Mee Cha at (503) 830-1527 or (541) 713-6889 or
< faye_gurl@yahoo.com>.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8

On Wednesday, May 8, at 5:30pm in the MU Concourse at OSU there will be
An art reception for Tala Madani's installation on the Palestinian-Israeli
conflict. Snacks will be provided. At 6:30pm, Mrs. Marlene Eid will
present a lecture entitled "Children of Palestine" in the Joyce Powell
Learning Center in the MU. She is a child psychologist who has worked in
the Occupied Territories.

THURSDAY, MAY 9

Disability Awareness Week at OSU wraps up on Thursday, May 9, with a
Noon screening of the video "Abandoned to Their Fate," in the MU Leadership
Room, followed by the OSU Forensics Team debating the Americans with
Disabilities Act at 7pm in the MU Lounge. Requests for further
Information and/or special accommodations should be directed to Bridget Burns,
ASOSU's Disabled Affairs Task Force director, at 737-0734.

FRIDAY, MAY 10

In celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, on Friday, May
10, Aiko Shimada will speak in the MU Lounge at 12pm noon. Discussion
will follow in MU 206. For more information, contact Mee Cha at (503)
830-1527 or (541) 713-6889 or < faye_gurl@yahoo.com>.

FRIDAY, MAY 10

The Corvallis chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of
Colored People (NAACP) presents its 2002 Freedom Fund Banquet on Friday,
May 10, at 6pm at O'Callahan's Restaurant at the Ramada Inn (1550 9th
Street). At 6pm is the no host social, and dinner is at 7pm. The 2002
theme is "Changing Faces and Hearts in Oregon" with featured speaker
Cliff Trow, Oregon State Senator. Senator Susan Castillo and previous
Treasurer Jim Hill are Toastmasters. During the banquet, awards will be presented
In recognition of service to our community in the work of ending
discrimination and promotion of equal rights for all. The CHS Jazz Band
will provide entertainment. This is the primary annual Corvallis NAACP
fund-raising event: proceeds are shared between the local branch and the
national organization. Tickets for this event are $35.00 of which $10.00
(the portion sent to the national NAACP) is eligible as a charitable
contribution for tax purposes. For information, call (541) 754-1347.

SATURDAY, MAY 11

The Corvallis Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of
Colored People (NAACP-Corvallis) will recognize the achievement of
Youths of all colors in Benton and Linn counties, on Saturday, May 11, 2002,
1-3pm at the Benton/Corvallis Public Library in the Community Room.
Rollie Smith, a charter member who helped found the Corvallis NAACP 31 years
ago, and Senator Cliff Trow, a longtime advocate of education in Oregon, are
Honorary Chairs of this event.

SATURDAY, MAY 11

In celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, there will be
An Okinawan "Eisa" drum performance on Saturday, May 11, from 3-4pm in the
MU Quad at OSU. Eisa is one of the most popular and famous Okinawan folks
dances, representing bravery and magnificence. It originally began as a
type of invocation in order to see off departed souls during the Obon
(Buddhist festival for the dead) season. During this season, people
enjoy watching and performing Eisa all over Okinawa. Saturday's performance is
free and Okinawan donuts (Saataa Andagii) will be provided. For more
information, contact Makiko at 758-9160 or < akainko@hotmail.com>.

SUNDAY, MAY 12

As the kick-off event to Queer Pride Week at OSU, there will be a
candlelight vigil on Sunday, May 12, at 7pm in the MU Quad/steps
followed by some appetizers at the Women's Center at 8:30pm. For more
information, call the Rainbow Continuum at 737-6360 or the Queer Resource Center at
737-9161.

MONDAY, MAY 13

Celebrating Queer Pride Week at OSU, on Monday, May 13, there will be a
brown bag lunch and music in the MU Quad from 12-1pm. From 4-5pm, there
will be a Queer Student Panel in the MU Lounge. From 6-7:30pm in the
International Forum (in MU East), Colleen Belisle will discuss the
"Physics of Lesbian Sex." From 8-9:30pm in the International Forum (in
MU East), Al Salochier will discuss the "Physics of Gay Sex." These events
are for informing people of the ins and outs of intercourse between same
sex couples. Question and answer sessions will follow. MATURE AUDIENCES
ONLY. For more information, call the Rainbow Continuum at 737-6360 or
The Queer Resource Center at 737-9161.

MONDAY, MAY 13

On Monday, May 13 at 6:30pm at the Corvallis Public Library, there will
Be a public forum on Discrimination and Hate: Building a Community
Response. A number of recent incidents have affected our friends and neighbors.
Come find out what's been happening and help build a community response.
Bring your tools, skills, and ideas to a working session on how our community
can respond to discrimination and hate.

TUESDAY, MAY 14

Celebrating Queer Pride Week at OSU, on Tuesday, May 14, there will be a
brown bag lunch and music in the MU Quad from 12-1pm. From 1-2pm in MU
208, Jase Drew Ousley will present "Trans Fundamentals": What you need
to know to participate in a discussion on transgender issues. From 1-6pm in
the MU Quad, there will be a recreational sporting activity. From 3-4pm
in the MU Quad, there will be "rainbow jello wrestling." From 4-5pm in the
Women's Center, Robin Keillor will discuss "Interpersonal Violence in
LGBTQ Relationships." From 6:30-7:30pm at the Lonnie B. Harris Black
Cultural Center, there will be a discussion called "In the Borderlands,"
as part of an ongoing discussion group focused around issues of
Ethnicity/Race and Sexuality. From 8-9:30pm, starting at the Women's
Center, there will be a campus safety walk. For more information, call
The Rainbow Continuum at 737-6360 or the Queer Resource Center at 737-9161.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15

Celebrating Queer Pride Week at OSU, on Wednesday, May 15, there will be
A brown bag lunch and music in the MU Quad from 12-1pm. From 2-3pm in the
MU Lounge, Tim Stover of the First United Methodist Church will discuss
"Homosexuality and the Bible." Questions and answers will follow. From
3-4pm in the MU Quad, Stacey McGowan, ASOSU LBBTQQI Task Force Director,
will discuss "LGBT Issues in the Oregon Ballot Initiative Process." From
5-5:30pm in the MU Lounge there will be a speech choir and Queer Pride
Celebration. Over that night there will be a campfire and campout in the
MU Quad. For more information, call the Rainbow Continuum at 737-6360 or
the Queer Resource Center at 737-9161.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15

In celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, on Wednesday,
May 15, there will be a showing of the Japanese Anime film "Princess Monoke"
in Gilfillan Auditorium at 7pm.

THURSDAY, MAY 16

Celebrating Queer Pride Week at OSU, on Thursday, May 16, there will be
A brown bag lunch and music in the MU Quad from 12-1pm. From 1-2pm in the
MU Quad, Jase Drew Ousley will present "Put your action where your acronym
is!": How to develop a trans inclusive campus (including the "T" in
LGBT). From 2:30-4:30pm Jen Chen will present "Breaking Through Stereotypes and
Building Bridges" in MU 208. From 6-8pm in the MU Ballroom, The Pride
Planning Committee will host a celebration honoring the student, staff,
faculty and community LGBTQ leaders, past and present. A look back at
the earliest beginnings and current state of the lesbian and gay student
associations at OSU will be provided. Members of past LGBT
organizations, LGBT Task Force directors and Faculty advisors will be on hand to
provide a first-hand account. Mina Carson, an OSU History Professor, will
present a brief overview of the History of the LGBT movement. Dessert and
beverage will be catered by OSU catering. For more information, call the Rainbow
Continuum at 737-6360 or the Queer Resource Center at 737-9161.

THURSDAY, MAY 16

On Thursday, May 16, at 12:30pm in MU 206 at OSU, there will be a short
film festival featuring two student works: "Turbans" and "Talking
History." For more information, contact Mee Cha at (503) 830-1527 or
(541) 713-6889 or < faye_gurl@yahoo.com>.

THURSDAY, MAY 16

In celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, on Thursday,
May 16, Magdalen Hsu-Li will perform a concert in the MU Ballroom from
8-10pm. This will be followed by a discussion on Asian-Pacific American and
Queer issues in the music industry.

FRIDAY, MAY 17

As a conclusion to Queer Pride Week at OSU, on Friday, May 17, there
Will be a Queer Pride Celebration March from 12-1:30pm in the MU Quad. Then,
from 8-11pm, there will be a free Drag Show and Dance in the MU
Ballroom.

SATURDAY, MAY 18

On Saturday, May 18, from 8pm to midnight, join friends of KBOO to
celebrate the ten-year anniversary for KBOO's 100.7 FM Translator in
Corvallis. The party will be at Old World Deli (341 SW 2nd St.), and
Will include door-prizes, a silent auction, talk, and plenty of music:
Sawtooth Mountain Boys (Bluegrass), Acoustic Mayayana (Folkrock from the Farm),
Don Caughey (BlueNote Funk), and High Water (High Energy Rock Funk).
Admission is sliding scale: $5-10. For more information, call Michael at 753-3138
Or email < papadop@peak.org>. For KBOO's web page, see
< http://www.kboo.fm/>.


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Do you want to ADD an event to this calendar? Email Chris at
< chrisak@tao.ca>.
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Wrench is an OSU student organization seeking to promote equality,
freedom, community, democracy, and an end to all forms of exploitation
and oppression. We support nonviolent, creative, and democratic paths toward
the realization of these goals. We hope to join with others to find
socially just alternatives to capitalism and an end to corporate
domination, the growing gap between the rich and the poor, the
exploitation of labor, environmental degradation, gender and racial
oppression, and others forms of social violence. Staff, faculty, and
community members are also welcome to participate. Please join us.