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Activist Alert 3-1-2012

The Green Neighbors Faire, sponsored by the Neighborhood Leaders Council Committee on Sustainability, will be from 11 am to 2:30 pm Saturday, March 3, at First United Methodist Church, 1375 Olive St. The free event will include workshops and panels on a variety of topics, from backyard chickens to bike repair. At 10 am, before the free family event, author Richard Heinberg will speak on "Transitioning After Growth – Connecting, Community, Economy, Energy & Environment." Donations of $5-$10 will be asked to support Heinberg's talk.

• A public meeting on the Lane County Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan will be at 10 am Thursday, March 1, at Lane County Public Works, Training Room 3. The plan is also at www.lanecounty.org/prepare and comments can be submitted online or by email to prepare@co.lane.or.us To receive emergency text alerts directly to a cell phone, visit http://www.lcog.org/alertme

• Lane County Commissioner Jay Bozievich will be available to meet with members of the public at 10 am Thursday, March 1, at the Eugene Eagles Aerie #275, 1375 Irving Road in Santa Clara, and at noon the same day at the Junction City Moose Lodge, 427 Front St. in Junction City.

Paul Pierson and Jacob Hacker will be speaking on “The Politics of Inequality” at 4 pm Thursday, March 1, at the Knight Law Center on the UO campus. Pierson and Hacker, both former Eugene residents, recently published Winner Take All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer — and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class.

Almudena Bernabeu, an international lawyer who works with the Center for Justice and Accountability in San Francisco, will present the 2012 Bartolomé de las Casas Lecture in Latin American Studies, “Fighting Impunity in National Courts: Human Rights and Transitional Justice in Latin America,” at 7 pm Thursday, March 1, in the Knight Library Browsing Room at UO. Bernabeu’s lecture addresses critical issues in the efforts to prosecute human rights violators in Latin America. 

• Mayor Kitty Piercy’s new campaign office is at 443 W. 11th Ave. and an office party is being planned for Saturday afternoon, March 3, according to Jake Foster, Piercy’s campaign manager. Office equipment and supplies are needed, along with volunteers. Call 632-4442 or email casey@kittypiercy.com

Oregon Common Cause will hold a public meeting and discussion about Citizens United at 2 pm Sunday, March 4, at the EWEB meeting room. Speaker will be former Common Cause executive director Janice Thompson.

Conversations On the Forest, the second in a monthly series on the lumber industry and regional economics, will be from 6 to 7:30 pm Monday, March 5, at Cozmic Pizza, 199 W. 8th Ave. in Eugene. This session’s topic will be “Trees, Trucks and Taxes — Where does the Money in Timber Come From, and Where Does It Go?” Panelists include Kevin Matthews, Commissioner Rob Handy and forestry consultant Roy Keene. See conversationsontheforest.org

Sen. Lee Beyer and Rep. Phil Barnhart will be available to members of the public at 7:30 am Tuesday, March 6, at Creswell Coffee, 116 Melton Road in Creswell; at 6:30 pm Monday, March 12, at Aunt Dings Restaurant in Walterville; at 7:30 am Tuesday, March 13, at Randy’s Main Street Coffee in Brownsville; and at 7:30 am Wednesday, March 14 at Jake’s Café in Harrisburg.

• Eight state lawmakers from Lane County will be holding a town hall on foreclosures from 6:30 to 8 pm Wednesday, March 7, at Harris Hall, 125 E. 8th Ave. in Eugene. 

Matt McRae, climate and energy analyst for the city of Eugene, will discuss what can homeowners, builders, and designers can do to help reduce the negative effects of climate change and increase resiliency locally, at 7 pm Wednesday, March 7, at BRING’s Planet Improvement Center 4446 Franklin Blvd. Glenwood.

• Public comments on Waldo Lake power boats and float planes can be submitted from March 1 to April 10, when a public meeting of the Oregon Marine Board will be held in Eugene. Written comments can be submitted to osmb.rulemaking@state.or.us or to June LeTarte, Rules Coordinator, OMB, P.O. Box 14145, Salem 97309-5056. 

• A UO symposium on “Gender Equity and Capitalism” will include author and economist Nancy Folbre of the University of Massachusetts Amherst as keynote speaker for International Women’s Day. Her talk will be on “Women’s Gains, Mothers’ Losses: Capitalism and the Care Penalty” at 7 pm Thursday, March 8, at 110 Knight Law Center. 

Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics, will be on a speaking tour in Oregon: March 8 in Corvallis and March 10 in Eugene, followed by an all-day workshop March 11 in Eugene. More details next week or at www.unifyingcascadia.info