Mark Your Calendar for These Upcoming Events

Every fourth Thursday of the month*, Oregon WAND explores a compelling topic in depth with special features, guest speakers, and presentations. All Oregon WAND programs are free and open to the public. Below you’ll find the Monthly Programs marked next to the event date. Oregon WAND Members & Allies: If you know of or are involved in an event that is aligned with the mission of WAND, please send us information about it for consideration in the Upcoming Events. *January-May, September, October, and November (third Thursday due to Thanksgiving; no program in December)

February 2017

February 16, 2017

Gandhi and Nonviolence: Relevance for the 21st Century

Arun Gandhi photo
Photo: Courtesy LCC Peace Center

The Lane Peace Center is proud to bring Arun Gandhi to Lane Community College to present “Gandhi and Nonviolence: Relevance for the 21st Century”.

Following in the footsteps of his legendary grandfather Mohandas Gandhi, Arun Gandhi promotes nonviolence as the path to personal awareness and social change. With turmoil and conflict rising up at home and abroad, our society needs Dr. Gandhi’s crucial understanding and essential messages of constructive encouragement.

Arun Gandhi is the Founder of the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute and M.K. Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute. He is the author of Grandfather Gandhi; A Patch of White; M.K. Gandhi’s Wit & Wisdom; the bestseller Legacy of Love: My Education in the Path of Nonviolence; and co-author of The Search for a Nonviolent Future: A Promise of Peace for Ourselves, Our Families, and Our World. He is also the co-creator of the Gandhi Legacy Tour of India.

The event will be live-streamed. For complete information about attending or watching the live-stream go to:

Date: Thursday, February 16
Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Lane Community College Main Campus, Center for Meeting and Learning, 4000 East 30th Ave.,
Cost: Free and open to the public

February 23, 2017

Standing Strong for Justice at Standing Rock – Oregon WAND Monthly Program

Water Protector Camp at Standing Rock North Dakota

WAND member Annette Rose recently traveled to Standing Rock with the Rural Organizing Project to deliver supplies donated by Oregonians. She will talk about the difficulties of making a supply run to North Dakota, what the group was able to accomplish during their brief stay, and stories from some of the people they met there. She will discuss the history of the pipeline conflict and other disputed locations along the route, the use of violence to put down peaceful protests, and what the future might hold in light of recent Presidential directives.

Date: Thursday, February 23
Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive St., Eugene
Cost: Free and open to the public


February 24, 2017

Forum and Fundraiser: An Evening with the Tar Sands Valve Turners – Civil Disobedience Today

Tar Sands Valve Turners Fundraiser Eugene will host a fundraising event for the Tar Sands Valve Turners. All proceeds go to the Shut It Down legal fund in order to present a strong defense and help keep these individuals out of jail.

On October 11th, 2016, five climate organizers turned emergency shut-off valves on the five pipelines that carry oil from the Canadian tar sands into the United States.

The five “Valve Turners” face serious charges in four states, Washington, Montana, North Dakota, and Minnesota, with some facing sentences up to 51 years in prison.


Date: Friday, February 24
Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm
Location: First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive St., Eugene
Cost: $20 Suggested donation




February 26, 2017

Nuclear Policy in the Trump Administration: Real Dangers, Real Possibilities

Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC) and Radical Organizing & Resource (R.O.A.R) Center present Joseph Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund, speaking on “Nuclear Policy in the Trump Administration: Real Dangers, Real Possibilities.”

The Ploughshares Fund points out that President Trump could launch 140 nuclear warheads in the time it takes to write 140 characters. If this terrifies you, come learn more.

Cirincione is the author of many books including Nuclear Nightmare: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late, Bomb Scare: The History and Future of  Nuclear Weapons, and Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats. He has also written numerous articles about nuclear matters and is a frequent commentator for the media.

Oregon WAND is proud to be a co-sponsor of this event.

For more information, contact, CALC,, 541-485-1755

Date: Sunday, February 26
Time: 4 pm
Format: Skype Presentation
Location: Room 145, Straub Hall –  UO Campus, 1451 Onyx Street, Eugene, OR 97403 (corner of 15th & University)


March 2017

March 9, 2017

Hanford: A Conversation – Personal Stories in Poetry & Prose

Hanford: A Conversation event poster

Former Washington State Poet Laureate and author of Plume Kathleen Flenniken and Hanford Downwinder and activist Patricia Hoover share their insights, poems, and personal experiences living in the shadow of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

In conjunction with this program, an exhibit featuring seven fabric posters entitled Atomic Footprints: Excerpts from Particles on the Wall will be on display throughout the month of March.

Flenniken is a former Oregon WAND program presenter and Hoover is an Oregon WAND member.

Date: Thursday, March 9
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: White Salmon Community Library, 77 NE Wauna Ave., White Salmon, WA