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Activist Alert: March 9 to 18

The St. Vincent de Paul Youth House kicks off its fundraising campaign 10 am Thursday, March 9, at the site of the future Youth House. SVDP is converting the former Cascade Presbyterian Church at 3350 Willamette (across from the post office) into a facility that will provide up to two years of free housing and social services for homeless high school students from Eugene, Bethel and Springfield school districts. “It’s intended to establish a model that we plan to replicate in each of the three districts and that we hope and expect others will establish across the state,” Paul Neville of SVDP says. 

• Join Willamette Animal Guild (WAG) for a “Night of One Thousand Spays” 5:30-10 pm Saturday, March 11, at The Shedd in Eugene, 868 High Street, “for a night of fun, food and drink in support of WAG and our Spay It Forward program.” WAG has provided 44,487 low cost spay/neuter surgeries since its opening in 2008. For more info go to wagwag.org.

March for Trans Justice is looking for organizers: queer trans people of color (QTPOC), disabled folks and any other multi-marginalized individuals strongly encouraged to attend, the march says, adding, “You’re cordially invited to join us for our next planning meeting” 3 pm Sunday, March 12, at the Unitarian Universalist Church. 1685 W 13th Avenue in Eugene. Contact: transjustice@protonmail.com. The March is being planned for April 8.

• “U.S. Empire at the Crossroads: Start a new Nuclear Arms Race, or Invest in Human and Environmental Needs,” a public lecture, 7 pm Wednesday, March 15, at the Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High Street. Kevin Martin, president of Peace Action, the nation’s largest grassroots peace organization, and Reiner Braun, co-president of the International Peace Bureau, will discuss the global quest for nuclear weapons abolition, U.S. militarism and its impact on our economy, and whether the president will be constrained by national and international law.  For more information contact CALC at 541-485-1755  or calclane.org.

• The folks trying to start senior cohousing in downtown Eugene are seeking members to create a cooperative community, based on a Danish concept (see cohousing.org). “One where everybody owns their own separate home, but the residents come together for shared meals a few times a week, as well as other community activities,” organizers say. The group has land to build on Lincoln Street, just west of the city center. There is an informational meeting 2 pm, Saturday, March 18. For info on location, call 541-344-5751, or email: eugenecohousingdowntown@gmail.com.