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Activist Alert 5-3-2012

• Eugene’s sixth annual Global Marijuana March will kick off with a list of speakers at noon Saturday, May 5, at the Free Speech Plaza, 8th and Oak, followed by a march at 1 pm. Speakers include Jim Klahn, Rick Staggenborg, MD, Lynnette Shaw, Shelley Fox-Loken, Bob Wolfe, Sam Chapman and Elvy Musikka. Organized by Jim Grieg and Dan Koozer. Other marches will be in Salem, Medford and Portland. Contact jimgreigineugene@gmail.com

Phone banking, canvassing and other activities in support of progressive candidates are being organized by the Oregon League of Conservation voters. Canvassing for Rob Handy will be from 11 am to 1 pm Saturday, May 5, beginning at the Handy campaign office, 354 W. 6th Ave. Calling for Handy will be late afternoons May 6, 8 and 13. Calling for Pete Sorenson, Kitty Piercy and Betty Taylor will be the evening of Wednesday, May 9. Email ashley@olcv.org or call 968-8269 for details and to sign up. 

• Broadcast journalist Belva Davis, who overcame tremendous obstacles including abuse, sexism and racism to become the first black female news anchor on the West Coast, will speak at 7 pm Tuesday, May 8, at the second floor lounge of the Eugene Hotel, 222 E. Broadway. Complimentary appetizers, juice, wine and beer catered by Café Soriah. $25 admission benefits Eugene PeaceWorks. Reception begins at 5:45 pm. Davis will also speak (free) at 1:30 pm Wednesday, May 9, at the LCC Longhouse Building 31, and again at 7 pm at the Lillis Building, Room 182 on the UO campus. Davis has anchored at CBS, NBC and PBS and currently hosts a political affairs program for KQED-TV in San Francisco.