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Activist Alert 3-15-2012

• MoveOn is planning a Save Our Homes Rally at noon Thursday, March 15, at Broadway and Oak in Eugene, calling for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to reduce mortgages to fair market value. This part of a national rally to reduce foreclosures.

• CALC and Taxes for Peace present Death & Taxes, a 30-minute video about war tax resistance and redirecting federal taxes to pay for state and local programs, at 7 pm Thursday, March 15, at CALC, 458 Blair Blvd. A potluck will begin the meeting at 6 pm. Call 342-2914 or email nwtrcc.org for more information.

Occupy Eugene, in collaboration with the Civil Liberties Defense Center, is presenting an extensive organizer training series for social justice activists. The series will teach activists everything they need to know to be a strategic and confident organizer. The sessions began this week and all-day session is planned for Sunday, March 18, at Occupy offices at 1274 W. 7th Ave. Donations are accepted but no one is turned away for lack of funds. Contact Mary at marib.eugene@gmail.com or visit occupyeugenemedia.org

• A “Tsunami Townhall” will be from 6 to 8 pm Sunday, March 18, at the UO Student Union Walnut Room on campus. State officials will provide information on earthquake and tsunami preparedness and survival. 

Climatologist James E. Hansen will speak at the Dempsey Lecture at 7:30 pm Tuesday, March 20, the Rogers Music Center’s Hudson Hall at Willamette University in Salem. The presentation will be on the topic, “The Case for Young People and Nature: A Path to a Healthy, Prosperous Future.” To reserve free tickets, email afoust@willamette.edu or call (503) 370-6654.

• The Many Rivers Group Sierra Club hosts a presentation on local watershed issues at 7 pm Thursday, March 22, at the Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St. Speakers will be Jared Weybright of the McKenzie Watershed Council and  Max Nielson-Pincus of the Long Tom Watershed Council.  Contact  Sally Nunn at 302-4476 or email salaxnunn@gmail.com

Dining for Women is planning an informational event at 6 pm Thursday, March 22, at Tsunami Books, 25th and Willamette in Eugene. DFW chapters meet to learn about programs that empower women and girls living in extreme poverty in undeveloped regions of the world. Call Nicki Maxwell at 517-0427 or Tish Hathaway at 912-1069 or visit www.diningforwomen.org

• The Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB) is seeking public comment through April 10 on Waldo Lake rules that currently prohibit gas motorboats and floatplanes on the lake. These rules are open to correct alleged procedural irregularities to their previous adoption. Those who want to use motorized crafts on the lake have taken legal action to overturn the ban. Written comments can be emailed to osmb.rulemaking@state.or.us or by mail to June LeTarte, Rules Coordinator, 435 Commercial St. NE, Suite 400, Salem 97309. The public meeting will be held at 6 pm Tuesday, April 10, at the Willamalane Center’s Ken Long Room, 250 South 32nd St. in Springfield.