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Activist Alert 5-16-2013

• Some 4J Board members are holding informal conversations on a variety of topics around town from 4 to 5 pm on Fridays. The next will be May 17 at the Arts & Technology Academy, 1659 W. 22nd Ave. Last week’s Activist Alert blurb had outdated information about the locations for the May 10 and May 17 meetings.

• A free lecture on “Historical and Projected Patterns of Change in Pacific Northwest Streams: Implications for Persistence of Threatened Bull Trout” will be at 7:30 pm Friday, May 17, at 100 Willamette Hall on the UO campus. Speaker is Jason Dunham, aquatic ecologist with the U.S. Geological Service in Corvallis. Call 484-4477. Sponsored by the UO Department of Biology and the local Sierra Club.

• “Decolonize This!” is the annual Environmental Justice Conference starting at 10:30 am Saturday, May 18, at the Global Scholars Hall and East 15th and Moss behind Matt Arena. Features Latino/a and American Indian indigenous peoples panels, a performance and keynote speakers. Topics will include food justice, decolonization, free trade and fossil fuels. Free. Donations welcome.

• A special concert to welcome home David Oaks, a veteran mental health human rights activist, will be held from 6 to 9:30 pm Saturday, May 18, at the Eugene Hotel, 222 Broadway. Performers include Don Latarski, Walker T. Ryan, the Eugene Peace Choir and others. Sliding scale of $10 and up. Proceeds will go to help meet the major medical expenses Oaks faces because of a spinal cord injury. Call 484-9167 for more information.

• Tree-huggers will be in their element at the Wildflower and Music Festival from 10 am to 5 pm Sunday, May 19, at Mount Pisgah Arboretum. Lots of guided nature walks, live music, food, etc. See mountpisgaharboretum.org or call 747-3817.

• A free public forum on “Microwave Impacts and the Wireless Smart Meter Threat” regarding EWEB’s pending smart meter contract will be at 6:30 pm Wednesday, May 22, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 13th and Chambers. Email info@familiesforsafemeters.org or call Kathy Ging at 342-8461.

• Doulas of Lane County, in honor of International Doula Month (May), is hosting its third annual Bellies, Birth & Babies Fair from 6:30 to 8:30 pm Thursday, May 23, at First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive St. Features community resources and complimentary health practitioners such as bodyworkers, chiropractic, parenting and postpartum help. Call 515-5990 or email jannaslack@gmail.com.