Activist Alert – 2017-01-05

350 Eugene is off and running in the New Year. On Monday, Jan. 9, from 4-5 pm, activists will meet at the Federal Courthouse, 405 E. 8th Avenue, to protest Trump’s climate denier cabinet nominees, 350 organizer Betzi Hitz says. And on Wednesday, Jan. 11 from 6-9 pm at the First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive, the Winter 350 Eugene Meetup will combine a potluck, campaign reports and strategies discussion. “This is the place and time to plug in,” Hitz says. On Friday, Jan. 13 from 6-9 pm also at 1376 Olive non-violent direct action training is offered. “Join the growing numbers of citizens motivated to take earth-saving action in these most uncertain times.” Get more info at 

Friends of Jim Cross, a 41-year-old Eugene resident and University of Oregon student, who has been missing since Dec. 12, 2016 want Eugene-Springfield residents to keep an eye out for him, saying “It is possible that Jim could be in a confused or depressed state,” friend Jill Brazier says. Cross is 6 feet tall, with brown hair and a brown beard. A missing persons report has been filed with the Eugene Police Department, Case No. 16-20891. See EW’s blog for a picture of Cross, and call EPD with any tips at 541-682-5111.

• Community Rights Lane County is hosting Mari Margil, associate director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) on 7 pm Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High Street. Margil leads CELDF’s global rights of nature work, which advocates for legal standing for nature. In 2008, she assisted Ecuador’s Constituent Assembly to draft “rights of nature” constitutional provisions, and works today in Nepal, India, Colombia, Cameroon and other countries to advance the rights of nature. She has been a contributing author for several books including The Bottom Line or Public Health and Exploring Wild Law.