CALC was vandalized- and we need your help

Hate — it’s been erupting all across the country.  Hate — it’s been erupting right here in Lane County.  We are asking you to help us right away so we can keep responding effectively.

Like many others, folks at CALC are deeply saddened and angered. But we are not immobilized. We were glad to offer immediate, tangible support to leaders in the Asian Pacific American community, as they organized a strong response to the vandalism inflicted on local Asian-owned businesses. We stand ready to respond wherever and whenever the haters emerge from their hiding places and pollute our community with their ugly acts, threats and messages.

That kind of immediate response is central to the mission of CALC’s Back to Back: Allies for Human Dignity program — and we are excited to announce that CALC has just hired a dynamic organizer, Shanalea Forrest, to staff Back to Back. Shanalea jumped right in and has already helped coordinate effective actions in response to hate activity right here where we live, letting targeted community members know they have our love and support.


We shouldn’t be surprised that CALC’s involvement has drawn the attention of the haters. We were recently targeted with three disturbing incidents of hate graffiti at our office. Here are the images, but please be warned — they contain some extremely racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic words and images.  We wish we didn’t have to share these images, but we feel it’s important for our friends to know what’s going on. The individual who left the graffiti that mentions Obama later returned to our office, and had to be firmly ordered, multiple times, to leave. The graffiti containing a swastika was written very large,  directly at our front door, with a permanent marker.


Donations to CALC drop off in the summer, and we’ve just grown our staff… so things are very tight right now . All of the work CALC does to combat hate activity is only possible with donations from wonderful folks like you. Please consider making a contribution to CALC today, over and above your usual contributions.  Make a secure donation online, or mail your contribution to us at 458 Blair Boulevard, Eugene, OR 97402.  Thank you for your support .


Adrienne, Amy, Carol, Marion, Michael, and Shanalea


P.S. In addition to your much-needed donation, here’s how you can help:
  • Join Back to Back’s rapid response team. Contact Shanalea at and we’ll be in touch right away.
  • Express your feelings in a letter to the editor.
  • Engage friends, colleagues and family in conversations about racism and privilege. We can offer articles that will help you talk about these issues.


P.P.S. Check out this great coverage of the incidents by KEZI, KVAL, and KLCC.


Drafting Women

This opinion piece by CALC’s Truth in Recruiting Coordinator Carol Van Houten appeared on 5/26/2016 in the Eugene Weekly:

Heads up: Females may soon need to register with Selective Service and be eligible to be drafted into the military, just as males are when they turn 18, should Congress authorize a return of the draft.

I have been expecting this change since women became eligible for all military jobs. Some court suits, if successful, would require females to register. One bill by 32-to-30 vote in the Armed Services Committee is on its way to the whole House of Representatives requiring females to register; another on which Rep. DeFazio is a co-sponsor would entirely eliminate the Selective Service. Whether Selective Service ends or expands to include females is unknown at this point.

Making females liable to be drafted into the military is probably a shocking idea to many people because to most Americans, the “military” is something other people do. This could be a good time to look at who serves in the military (generally poor, rural, minorities, offspring of military) in this so-called “voluntary” military, and to look at what the military is doing in our name. Is it doing what we want? Is it effective? Have 15 years of war in the Middle East improved things?

Maybe a better idea is to require national service of all youth, service which builds our nation instead of expanding our military.

Carol Van Houten, Community Alliance of Lane County, Eugene

Honor the Dead but Not the Military

This opinion piece by CALC’s Truth in Recruiting Program coordinator Carol Van Houten originally appeared on May 18, 2016 in the Register Guard:

Memorial Day is May 30. For many people it will be a day to shop or the unofficial start of summer. For others it will be a time to honor our military dead.

I wish the honoring would be more like the Mexican Day of the Dead, which has beautiful altars containing details about the lives of the deceased, not our patriotic veneration of all things military.

A recent report pointed to just how bureaucratic and self-protective the military is, and how much energy it puts into propping up its image to sustain the public rating of the military as one of the most trusted and respected organizations in our country.

The report on the October bombing of a Doctors without Borders hospital in Afghanistan says a series of “mistakes” were made — and the consequences for those who made the mistakes was limited to halting their career advancement.

It also says the most-junior person on the bomber crew knew the hospital was the wrong target but was overruled by people higher up in the command structure, so the multiple bombings proceeded, killing 42 people in the hospital.

Let’s honor all veterans and the dead, but recognize that the military is just another bureaucracy that’s made up of human beings, doing some things well and some things very badly.



2016 Peace Scholarships- Winning Essays


The 2016 Winners of CALC’s Truth in Recruiting Program’s Peace Scholarships. L-R: Bryanna Gabalon, Kale’a Galbreath, Roxi Holt, James Connolly, Kyra Hanson, Logan Mertz, Holly Hicks.


Each year CALC’s Truth in Recruiting Program awards Peace Scholarships. These scholarships are CALC’s tangible commitment to offering students an alternative to enlisting in the military to pay for college. This year we asked students to address the following prompt:


Both warfare and climate change are rendering large areas of the world uninhabitable.  Some examples are Syria and Iraq.  Lack of access to resources, including land, food, water and rule of law, has caused an enormous refugee problem in the Middle East.  Already in the US there is early evidence of similar problems, such as forest fires, hurricanes, water wells drying up, etc. What are you inspired to do to help resolve these crises, to decrease warfare and promote positive solutions to climate change.  Does that include, or not, enlisting in the military?


See the incredible winning responses here.



Choose Hope, Not Fear


CALC’s Memorial Day Peace Ad was published in Monday’s edition of the Register Guard! We’d like to say a big THANK YOU to the 600+ folks who supported this project. If you haven’t already, please consider making a contribution of $5 or more to help with the significant ad costs.


Check out the final product, seen by an estimated 40,000 readers:


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Making Sense of The Federal Budget

Check out this great visual presentation.



























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