Activist Alert 10-18-2012

• How can we achieve net-zero water in buildings? A presentation and round table discussion on the “Water Petal of the Living Building Challenge” will be from 5 to 8 pm Thursday, Oct. 18t, at Gerlinger Lounge on the UO campus. Discussion will focus on three case studies: a single family home, a multi-family building and commercial building. Free, but space is limited. RSVP to Scott Stolarczyk at 342-8077 or email

• A big anti-pot Statewide Marijuana Summit is from 8 am to 4:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 18, at Living Hope Christian Church in Madras. See

• A resolution opposing coal trains through Eugene is on the agenda of the Eugene City Council Monday evening, Oct. 22. The council held a work session Oct. 8 to hear from both opponents and proponents of the coal trains. On July 9, Councilor Alan Zelenka proposed Resolution 5065 to oppose the transport of coal by train through Eugene. A petition opposed to a coal export terminal at the Port of Morrow on the Columbia River near Boardman can be found at

Veterans for Peace is planning an “Unoccupy Afghanistan” vigil at 4:30 pm Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the old Federal Building, 211 E. 7th Ave. downtown.

• A town hall meeting to include a screening of The Story of Citizens United will be at 6:30 pm Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive St. Short presentations and small group discussions will follow. Eugene Ballot Measure 20-198 asks Congress to pass a constitutional amendment overturning the Citizens United decision; attendees will discuss why an amendment is needed and what it should look like. Sponsored by We the People — Eugene.

Eugene Neighborhoods Inc.’s annual meeting will be from 5 to 7 pm Thursday, Oct. 25, at Davis Restaurant, 94 W. Broadway. A panel of citizens will relate their experiences protecting neighborhoods against unwise commercial and residential developments and unwanted cell-towers, and lessons learned from working with attorneys specializing in Oregon’s land use laws. Panelists will include Lisa Warnes, Merilee Eisen, April Hatcher, Camilla Bayliss, Paul Conte and Liam Sherlock. Happy hour and socializing at 5 with program at 5:30.

Canvassing for Betty Taylor is now happening Saturdays with an 11 am gathering time at the Democratic Party of Lane County Office, 228 E.11th Ave. Call 484-5099 or 914-5603. Democratic campaigns are also being supported by the new Organizing for America (OFA) field office at 115 W 6th Ave. Eugene. Call 525-9387 for information on voter outreach and canvassing.