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Activist Alert 8-23-2012

Raise the Roof about Coal Trains! Beyond Toxics and partners Power Past Coal, No Coal Eugene and Many Rivers Chapter of the Sierra Club are calling on Lane County residents to make a strong statement against coal trains in the Eugene Celebration Parade entry “King Coal and the Fossil Fools.” Meet at 9 am for a 10 am parade start on Saturday, Aug. 25, on 19th Avenue between Ferry and Patterson, entry number 71. Costumes and messaging will be supplied. Bring family members, friends and energy (and homemade signs are welcomed too). For information call Beyond Toxics at 465-8860 or see our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/beyondtoxics

• “Postal Road Warrior” Jamie Partridge, a retired mail carrier, will hold an organizing meeting at 7 pm Monday, Aug. 27, at EWEB, 500 E. 4th Ave. in Eugene. Focus will be on saving the Springfield/Gateway mail sorting plant from being shut down. Sponsored by Communities & Postal Workers United, Rural Organizing Project, and ESSN/Jobs with Justice. He will also speak at 7 pm Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Walton General Store. 

• The Occupy Eugene Foreclosure Committee will hold a roundtable discussion on the new Oregon Foreclosure Law, which gives homeowners new rights to help defend against foreclosure at 7 pm Thursday, Aug. 30, at EWEB. Contact: Fergus Mclean (541) 937-3034

 • On Aug. 16, the Oregon State Court of Appeals issued a stay on altering the Willamette Valley’s canola restriction zone. The Oregon Department of Agriculture’s plan to reduce the restricted zone in which canola could be planted was met with opposition from specialty seed and vegetable farmers who fear genetic contamination with their crops. Friends of Family Farmers was part of the suit to stop canola in the valley and to find out more about the issue go to their website at friendsoffamilyfarmers.org