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Activist Alert 1-23-2014

 • A film screening of Ocean Frontiers will begin about 5:45 pm Thursday, Jan. 23, at the UO School of Law, Room 175. Mayor Kitty Piercy will introduce the film and a panel of local experts will discuss the film at about 7 pm, followed by a reception. Live music, beer, wine and refreshments are planned. $5 suggested donation. See ocean-frontiers.org for more information.

• Local climate recovery activists and affiliated groups are forming a new 350.org group with a meeting at 7 pm Thursday, Jan. 23, at First United Methodist Church (small chapel), 1376 Olive St. Email marydemocker@gmail.com or call CALC at 485-1755.

• A three-hour “Democracy School” led by the Community Legal Defense Fund will be from 6 to 9 pm Thursday, Jan. 23, at Westminster House, 101 NW 23rd St. in Corvallis. RSVP to dana@bentonCCRC.org. 

• A series of free workshops for trainers on “Know Your Rights” will begin from 1 to 4 pm Saturday, Jan. 25, at 214 McKenzie Hall on the UO campus. The series will continue at the same time Feb. 1 and Feb. 8. The series is open to anyone serious about learning to give training to others on exercising civil rights when interacting with police. Taught by Lauren Regan and sponsored by the Civil Liberties Defense Center, the Survival Center and the UO National Lawyers’ Guild. Bring a laptop and thumb drive to download materials. Email lregan@cldc.org or call 687-9180.

• A second public hearing on Eugene city budget options will be at 5:30 pm Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Eugene Public Library (not Jan. 29 as we noted last week). Community members are being asked to respond to a list of Budget Committee options or suggest their own. Five of the six current options being put forward present different combinations of service reductions, while the sixth option calls for a citywide across-the-board reduction of 2 percent for all departments. See eugene-or.gov/budget.

• The documentary Take Back Your Power will be shown free at 6:30 pm Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette. Sponsored by Families for Safe Meters. Call 342-8461.

Environment Oregon and OSPIRG will kick off two days of action with a gathering at 10 am Thursday, Jan. 23, outside the EMU on the UO campus. Mayor Kitty Piercy will speak, along with Congressman Peter DeFazio, Charlie Fisher of Environment Oregon and UO professor Dalton Fusco. The focus is on climate change and the EPA proposal to regulate carbon pollution from power plants.

• A public forum on “Solving the Wage Gap in Oregon” will be from 6 to 7:30 pm Monday, Jan. 27, at the Eugene Public Library. Speakers will include Brad Avakian, Oregon’s commissioner of labor and industries, Sen. Chris Edwards and Sunny Petit, chair of the Oregon Council on Civil Rights. RSVP to jesse.bontecou@state.or.us.

Environment Oregon and OSPIRG will kick off two days of action with a gathering at 10 am Thursday, Jan. 23, outside the EMU on the UO campus. Mayor Kitty Piercy will speak, along with Congressman Peter DeFazio, Charlie Fisher of Environment Oregon and UO professor Dalton Fusco. The focus is on climate change and the EPA proposal to regulate carbon pollution from power plants.

• A public forum on “Solving the Wage Gap in Oregon” will be from 6 to 7:30 pm Monday, Jan. 27, at the Eugene Public Library. Speakers will include Brad Avakian, Oregon’s commissioner of labor and industries, Sen. Chris Edwards and Sunny Petit, chair of the Oregon Council on Civil Rights. RSVP to jesse.bontecou@state.or.us.