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Activist Alert 9-29-2016

•  A fundraiser for Emily Semple, candidate for Ward 1 Eugene City Councilor, is at Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette Street. The event will be from 5:30 to 8:30 pm Thursday, Sept. 29. “There will be good talk and good music,” organizers say.

• There will be a Stop Hate Now! rally 5:30 pm Sept. 29 at Willamalane Park, 1276 G Street in Springfield with speakers, spoken word, songs and chants. “The rally is in reaction to increasing levels of racist, xenophobic, homophobic, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic and classist activity happening in Lane County,” the Community Alliance of Lane County says. “There have been more Confederate flags seen in the area, vandalism targeting Asian owned businesses, a truck driving around with neo-Nazi and white supremacist messages on it and more.” For more information contact CALC at 541-485-1755 or calcb2b@gmail.com.

• The Eugene Police Department says 10 am to 2 pm Saturday, Oct. 1, is the 2nd annual Stuff the Cruiser at Home Depot on Green Acres Road. People are encouraged to come out and bring new, unwrapped toys for the Children’s Miracle Network, which is a PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center Foundation program, EPD says. The toys go to Sacred Heart’s pediatric units at RiverBend. “Every time a child is admitted, or comes in for surgery, a procedure or even an MRI, they are given a toy to ease their nerves about being in the hospital,” EPD says. At the same time, Home Depot is hosting a Safety Day where kids can build a firetruck craft, climb in an ambulance, sit in the driver’s seat of a firetruck and look at classic cars and motorcycles. 

• Willamette Riverkeeper’s Great Willamette Clean Up is 8 am to 1 pm Saturday, Oct. 1. Locations include Maurie Jacobs Park, Alton Baker Park, Springfield’s Island Park, Peoria Park in Corvallis and more. Some locations require a boat, others are on land. Go to goo.gl/G7GP5A or Willamette-Riverkeeper.org for more info and to register.

The Slow Way Home documentary and panel discussion is a benefit for Eugene-Springfield Safe Routes to Schools and takes place 6 pm Monday, Oct. 3, at Roosevelt Middle School, 680 E. 24th Avenue. Organizers say, “This event is free and we are asking that you support our work to increase the number of kids who can safely walk or roll to school by giving as you can.” To RSVP, find the Slow Way Home event page on Facebook.

• The Fall 350 Eugene Meetup is 7 pm Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive in Eugene. Topics include: No Dakota Access pipeline, no LNG pipeline, no bomb trains, DivestUO, Eugene’s climate recovery ordinance, Oregon climate legislation, electing climate champions and no TPP. Go to world.350.org/Eugene or facebook.com/350EUG for more info.

• White Bird has offered temporary housing to the Occupy Medical clinic, OM clinic manager Sue Sierralupe tells EW. Starting in October, White Bird is allowing Occupy Medical to share free healthcare from its building at 509 E. 13th Avenue. “This is a temporary loan but a huge gift to a group of volunteers used to providing care in freezing weather,” Sierralupe says, adding, “This is deep level activism.” Occupy Medical serves healthcare as a human right every Sunday from noon to 4 pm, usually located at the downtown Park Blocks.