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Activist Alert 4-12-2012

• Local organizations are hosting community meetings to share current information and science on marine debris left by the Japanese tsunami in 2011 from federal, state, and local experts. Lane County events will be at 6 pm Thursday, April 12, at Newport City Hall, 169 SW Coast Hwy; at 10 am Friday, April 13, at the Florence Fire Station, 2625 Hwy. 101; and at 3 pm Saturday, April 14, at the EWEB Training Center, 500 E. 4th Ave. in Eugene. Contact rachael@solv.org

• Amir Hussain of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles will present two lectures Thursday, April 12, in LCC’s Center for Meeting and Learning, Room 226, main campus. The lectures are free and open to the public. At 2 pm he will speak on “(Re)presenting Images of Muslims in North American Films and Television.” At 5 pm he will talk on “Building Faith Neighbors Between Muslims and Christians.” See http://wkly.ws/18v for information on this and upcoming events. 

North county commissioner candidates Rob Handy, Pat Farr and Nadia Sindi will be speaking in a special City Club candidates forum at 7 pm Thursday, April 12, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 440 Maxwell Road. City Club will resume its regular Friday meetings with Rep. Peter DeFazio talking about “Congress, Timber and Transportation” Friday, April 13. See www.cityclubofeugene.org

• Authors and photographers Paul Dix and Pam Fitzpatrick are back in Eugene after an East Coast tour with their acclaimed bilingual book Nicaragua: Surviving the Legacy of U.S. Policy. They will be talking about their book and their return trips to Nicaragua from 3 to 5 pm Friday, April 13, at J-Tea on Friendly Street. Journalist Bill Moyers says he was “deeply touched” by the book. “You have done the people who suffered and died a profound service.”

• Institutional racism and inclusion of marginalized populations are topics in a speaker series at the UO. Karen Gibson, associate professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University, will speak at 1:30 pm Friday, April 13, in the Knight Browsing Room. Roberto Jimenez, executive director of the Farmworker Housing Development Corporation, will speak at at 3:30 pm Thursday, April 19, also in the Knight Browsing Room.

• The Visions Native American Dance Group and Chief Caleen Sisk of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe in the Mount Shasta area will speak and answer the question, “Why do we run for the Wild Salmon?” at 7 pm Friday, April 13, at the Churchill High School Auditorium. Donations are welcome and people can register for the 5K run that begins at 8 am Saturday, April 14, at Alton Baker Park Shelter 1. Registration for the run is $10. See www.winnememwintu.us for information about the tribe’s efforts to restore native Chinook salmon runs on the McCloud River, and protect indigenous sacred sites in far northern California.

• The 18th annual Holistic Options for Planet Earth Sustainability (HOPES) conference at UO will bring in national design experts for free workshops and discussions April 13-14. Topics will include worm composting, permaculture, earthen finishes, sustainability and urban gardening. See schedule of keynote speakers and more info at pages.uoregon.edu/hopes 

• Peace activists from around the Northwest, including a contingency of vets from Lane County, are gathering from noon to 5 pm Sunday, April 15, at Jon Dam Plaza in Richland, Wash., for a Hanford rally. The anti-nuclear action is looking at issues of clean-up of what Occupy Portland calls “the most contaminated site in North America.” Helen Caldicot is one of the keynoters. The local Squadron13 vets bus is going up if they can get more donations to cover gas. Email gs@squadron13.com or call 729-7760. Info on the action can be found at hanfordrally.wordpress.com

• LRAPA will be offering free motor vehicle emission testing over the next two weekends at the Valley River Center. A testing van will be set up in the west parking lot from 10 am to 5 pm April 14-15 and 21-22. The test takes five minutes and drivers will receive a printed pass/fail report.

Dalit Baum, Ph.D., will be speaking on “Occupy the Occupation!” at 7 pm Monday, April 16, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2945 NW Circle Blvd., in Corvallis; and Tuesday, April 17, at UO’s Willamette Hall 100. She is an Israeli feminist and anti-occupation activist and co-founder of Who Profits from the Occupation (whoprofits.org) in the Coalition of Women for Peace, researching corporate complicity in Israel’s occupation of Palestine. The Eugene talk is sponsored by Students for Palestinian Liberation, and the Al-Nakba Awareness Project. 

Bruce Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, will speak at 7 pm Tuesday, April 17, at Ninkasi Brewery, 272 Van Buren St. He will also speak in Corvallis at 5:30 pm Wednesday, April 18, at OSU’s new Linus Pauling Science Center, Room 125. The events are free and open to the public. See www.space4peace.org for tour updates.

Max Rameau, director of Take Back the Land, a national movement “liberating” vacant government land and foreclosed homes by moving homeless families into them, will be in Eugene for several events, sponsored by Reality Kitchen, Occupy Eugene, CLDC, Lane Peace Symposium, and A Community Together (ACT). At 6:30 pm Wednesday, April 18, Rameau will be guest trainer at Occupation Education series at Occupy Eugene V, 1274 W. 7th. Free, donations welcome. He will speak on “Community Control of Land and Human Rights” at 7:30 pm Thursday, April 19, at a fundraiser for Reality Kitchen, 245 Van Buren, Eugene. $10 advance, $12 at the door (tickets at realitykitchen.org). This talk will be recorded by David Barsamian for Alternative Radio. Barsamian will be in town that week for several appearances, including City Club April 20.