Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Some Important Upcoming Events For Salem, Independence And Corvallis---Many Great Things Are Happening!

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 3pm - 5pm: History of Race Relations at OSU---Valley Library, OSU, 5th Floor Special Collections, Rm. 5069

In the workshop, facilitated by spoken word artist, TOO BLACK, participants will learn about the history of race relations at OSU and its connections to contemporary issues. TOO BLACK will share experiences from his recent visit to South Africa and will connect it to an early 1980s protest and educational campaign led by the OSU African Students' Association in response to wrestling coach Dale Thomas' association with the South African wrestling community; the history is documented in the Ed Ferguson Oregon Anti-Apartheid Scrapbook.

RSVP: To register for the workshop or if you have any questions, please contact Natalia Fernández at 541-737-3653 natalia.fernandez[at]

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Friday, Jan. 20, 3pm - 6pm: Inaugurate Social & Eco Justice! - Rise*Love*Resist*Create* starting at OSU SEC Plaza, then to other locations (see below)

This community and family-oriented event will include a March, Rally, and end with a Community Gathering. We are pushing back against the politics of fear and instead wish to convey that:

1 - we are an inviting, inclusive and welcoming city,

2 - we intend to protect ourselves, our neighbors and our natural environment, and

3 - that we are building the community and the Oregon we want for all. This is an opportunity for us all to find new friends & allies in our community.

Kicking it off at 3pm, students & others march from SEC Plaza on OSU campus to Central Park, join with community members for Rally at 3:30pm, and then march together through downtown, ending at the Waterfront Park. From there, everyone is welcomed to the Odd Fellows Hall for a People's Gathering with hot drinks, snacks and goodies, conversation, networking and planning for the future.

Groups are invited to march with their banners & signs; artists, musicians, performers and activists are invited to bring their imagination and creativity to this collective action; and you are invited to bring your signs, messages, voices, drums, determination, energy, friends, families and allies! We intend our March to be bright, bold, noisy, joyful and powerful!

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Saturday, January 21, 7:00 p.m., Salem: NEW CD RELEASE CONCERT BY JAN MICHAEL LOOKING WOLF, at First Congregational Church, 700 Marion St. NE. Tickets at the door ($10 adult, $5 Elder 55 & over, Children free). One-third of the proceeds will go to David Anitok of the Oregon Marshallese Society and the organization CANN, which supports legislation for justice for Pacific Islanders. More info from

Monday, Jan. 23, 7pm: Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory (Book)---Independence Civic Center, 555 S Main Street, Independence, Oregon. In Breaking Chains, R. Gregory Nokes tells the story of the only slavery case adjudicated in Oregon’s pre-Civil War courts—Holmes v. Ford. Through the lens of this landmark case, Nokes explores the historical context of racism in Oregon and the West, reminding readers that there actually were slaves in Oregon, though relatively few in number.

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Friday, January 26, 7:00 p.m., Salem: POWER, PRIVILEGE & RACIAL DIVERSITY IN OREGON, an Oregon Humanities conversation led by Emily Drew, at Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St., SE. More info from Valorie Freeman at, 503.561.5279

Saturday, February 4: Stand With Standing Rock---Defund The Dakota Access Pipeline. Meet in front of the Wells Fargo Bank at 580 State Street in Salem and march to 4 banks in Salem involved in financing the Dakota Access Pipeline. See https://350salem,org for details.

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 9am - 4pm: 2017 Interfaith Advocacy Day (Salem)---St. Mark Lutheran Church in Salem. "Raising Diverse Voices of Faith to Strengthen Oregon Communities"

The 2017 Interfaith Advocacy Day will bring together hundreds of people from many religious traditions from throughout Oregon for a day of worship, dialogue and advocacy. Activities will include an interfaith panel, training in advocacy skills, issue briefings, meetings with our legislators, and a keynote address by Attorney General Ellen F. Rosenblum.

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Tuesday, February 7. 6:30 PM "The Brainwashing of My Dad" showing with Jen Senko, the filmmaker. Salem Public Library. More info at 503-881-5305.

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