Community Alliance of Lane County, or CALC, has been working since 1966 to create a more just and peaceful community. We seek to collaborate with organizations, institutions, government and individuals to bring about lasting change.
- We address root causes of oppression by seeking to change attitudes, behaviors, and policy through education, activism, and cultural means.
- We challenge ourselves and others to address privilege and power, to work collaboratively as effective allies, and to help build leadership, especially for marginalized and dis-empowered people.
- We work as a multi-racial, multi-class, multi-gendered, multi-generational movement on social justice issues and projects.
Historical and long-term work
The 1966 mission of CALC was to mobilize opposition to the Vietnam War. Over forty years later, CALC continues to challenge militarism, but has deepened our mission to educate and mobilize for peace, human dignity and social, racial and economic justice.
Transitioning from a predominantly white peace group to social justice organization with diverse leadership and membership has been our journey. Our experienced activists find themselves mentoring, supporting and aiding organizers and new activists, including youth. We work to build collaborative networks and allies, with a focus on groups historically kept apart and advance the social justice movement by addressing root causes, the connections between pathways of oppression and the importance of working with allies.
We are located in Eugene, Oregon and work primarily in Eugene, Springfield and outlying rural areas. We have paid program and administrative staff, a volunteer Board of Directors and Advisory Council, steering committees, and hundreds of other volunteers and interns that donate thousands of hours of service every year. We work closely in collaboration with area grassroots organizations, non-profits, and educational organizations. We are a 501(c)3, non-profit organization.