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Activist Alert 1-26-2012

Discover Downtown Springfield will be holding a networking reception to update the public on the progress of downtown Springfield from 5:30 to 7 pm Thursday, Jan. 26, at Devote 30, 126 4th Street, Springfield. Contact Neil Obringer at NEDCO, neil@nedcocdc.org

• This year’s St. Thomas More Lecture series at the Newman Center, 1850 Emerald St. in Eugene, will be on “Social Justice for Farmworkers.” John Morris, a Dominican priest, will offer an overview of Catholic teaching on social justice at 7 pm Thursday, Jan. 26. At 7 pm Friday, Jan. 27, Ramon Ramirez of PCUN will describe the lives of Northwest farmworkers, the issues involved, and the role of the union. 

• The local Many Rivers Group of the Sierra Club is meeting from 7 to 9 pm Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St. Speaker is outdoor writer William L. Sullivan talking about his favorite Oregon hikes and adventures, based on his new book, Oregon Favorites. See http://wkly.ws/qk for more information.

• Two years ago Congress declared every Jan. 23 to be “Ed Roberts Day” based on Roberts’ legacy of advocacy for those with disabilities. This year Lane Independent Living Alliance is honoring Roberts, whose brother lives in Eugene, with a gathering and discussion of universal health care from 7 to 9 pm Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Peer Support Club, 990 Oak St.

• Janet Hardy will be speaking on Ethical Sluts” from 7 to 9 pm Thursday, Jan. 26, in 100 Willamette on the UO campus. The event is organized by As You Like It — The Pleasure Shop and will address relationships and polyamory. Email Ariel Howland at phowland@uoregon.edu for more information.

• “Undoing Racism,” an interactive workshop for social justice activists, will be from 9 am to 4 pm Saturday, Jan. 28, at First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive St., Eugene. Sliding scale donation of $15 to $25. Sponsored by CALC’s Back to Back: Allies for Human Dignity. To register, call 485-1755 or email calcoffice@gmail.com The next workshop in this series will be April 28.

Emerald FEAST (Financing of Eugene Area Sustainable Talent) will be from 6 to 8 pm Saturday, Jan. 28, at Unity of the Valley, 39th and Hilyard. First of a series of “crowd-sourcing” events sponsored by Eugene City of Peace, eDev and Helios to provide small grants to social entrepreneurs. Tickets before Jan. 27 are $15 to $20 sliding scale and are available at eDev offices, Suite 120, 1445 Willamette St., or online at BrownBagTickets.com. Contact David Hazen at 520-6621 or email innercom@peak.org

• The Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition is hosting a panel discussion that will explore climate change and water supplies at 7 pm Tuesday, Jan. 31, in the Yachats Commons. The free public event is part of Oregon Shores’ Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project. Three OSU science professors will speak: Ken Williamson, Anne Nolin and Chris Surfleet. Call 414-9371 or email paris@oregonshores.org

• Lane County Commissioners will hold a public meeting at 7 pm Tuesday, Jan. 31, at the Florence Event Center to decide if they will amend the Florence 2020 Plan which was passed unanimously in 2010 by Commissioners Fleenor, Dwyer, Handy, Sorenson and Stewart. At issue is a “voluntary annexation” amendment that would allow developers to bring parcels into the city, burdening city infrastructure.

• The campaign to free Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, accused WikiLeaks whistleblower, will be presented by Jeff Paterson at 7:30 pm Wednesday, Feb. 1, at First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive St. in Eugene. Sponsored by CALC, email calcpeace@efn.org or call 485-1755.