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Activist Alert 2-28-2013

•  City Club of Eugene will meet at noon Friday, March 1, at the new LCC Downtown Center on the topic of “Prison, Compassion and Peace,” with speakers Steven Shankman, the Rev. Tom English, Connie Bennett and Mark Beudert. This is the first in a series on the link between art and public policy. 

Friends of Trees is organizing tree planting events around the valley this winter. The next planting date is March 2. See friendsoftrees.org for details or to donate.

• The Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) is now accepting nominations for its first-ever Community Hero Award. The award aims to honor individuals across the Northwest who are leading innovative efforts to reduce pesticide use in their communities. Deadline for nominations is March 1. See pesticide.org or email kkis@pesticide.org 

Friendship with Cambodia will present a 40-minute film summarizing the PBS documentary Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide at 7 pm Monday, March 4, at 1166 Oak St. The documentary is based on the book Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn, examing violence against women worldwide including maternal mortality resulting from genital mutilation, gender-based violence and sex-trafficking. A donation of $5 to $10 to help girls in Cambodia is optional.

• A Gun Violence Prevention Rally is planned for 1 to 3 pm Saturday, March 2, at 8th and Oak in downtown Eugene, sponsored by Ceasefire Oregon and the Million Mom March. Live music is planned along with speakers including Mayor Kitty Piercy.  

• A second march against the practices of extractive industries is planned for 1 pm Sunday, March 3, starting at the EMU on campus in conjunction with the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference. The first march through the streets of Eugene was held at the end of the recent Social Justice, Real Justice Conference. Call (727) 432-5767 or (206) 962-1407 for details or email HYPERLINK "mailto:samk@riseup.net"samk@riseup.net