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Activist Alert 5-31-2012

• Noted New York author and journalist Thai Jones, who has strong family ties to Eugene, will be reading from his new book, More Powerful Than Dynamite, at 7 pm Thursday, May 31, at Tsunami Books, 25th and Willamette. Jones is the son of former members of the Weather Underground and his family went into hiding for 10 years following an accidental bomb explosion in 1970 in Greenwich Village. His book is about anarchy, corporate greed and the violent protests of 1914, which have close parallels to the Occupy Wall Street movement of today.

• County Commissioner Pete Sorenson, with prior legal environmental work with the Union Pacific Railroad, will assist in an introductory meeting of concerned Whiteaker residents about railroad pollution, at 6:30 pm Saturday, June 2, at Reality Kitchen, 245 Van Buren. Free. Visit www.realitykitchen.org or call 337-1323.

• The folks from Aprovecho Institutional Stove Project are celebrating the launch of a worldwide effort to fight hunger, lung disease, pollution and deforestation with their groundbreaking institutional stove on Sunday, June 3. There will be an open house from 2 to 4pm at Aprovecho A concert featuring  singer-songwriter Keith Greeninger, the swamp rock boogie of Etouffee and local songwriter and troubadour Jeffrey Martin starts at 5 pm at the Axe and Fiddle. For more info: 514-3653, fredcolgan@aprovecho.org,  www.aprovecho.org or see our story at blogs.eugeneweekly.com

• The last of the current series of “Conversations on the Forest,” is 6 pm Monday June 4 at Cozmic. Called “Looking at Solutions” the evening will examine:  What would an integrated set of solutions and forest policy reform look like? How would best practices protect drinking water sources and our environment? What can be done to improve the prosperity of rural communities? How is fair taxation and funding streams for governments that provide services possible? And what are the current policies and practices that the timber industry can be proud of? For more info contact Rob Handy rob@robhandy.com or go to www.conversationsontheforest.org

• Saturday, June 9, will be the day this year when cyclists in Eugene will join thousands of other cyclists around the planet for the World Naked Bike Ride. “We celebrate the human body and the bicycle, our best alternative to fossil fuel addiction,” says local ride coordinator Ralph Forrest-Ball. “We ride our bikes naked (or nearly so) to remind fellow travelers that bicycles are vulnerable when sharing the road with two-ton metal monsters.” Participants will gather at 4 pm at the corner of Cheshire and Lawrence, and the ride begins at 4:30. Clothing, costumes and body paint are all optional but please wear a helmet. Email tiedyeguy@hotmail.com or visit www.worldnakedbikeride.org