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Activist Alert 2016-11-10

• Through a partnership between Willamalane Park and Recreation District and the city of Springfield, there will be a new Veterans Memorial Plaza on the corner of Mohawk Boulevard and I Street in Springfield. The opening ceremony is 11:30 am Friday, Nov. 11, and will include a new Vietnam Memorial unveiling. Event parking is available on Mohawk Boulevard and on I Street; follow parking signage.

Egan Warming Center, in cooperation with Occupy Medical and Rite Aid Pharmacy, is offering flu shots noon to 3 pm Sunday, Nov. 13, at OM “winter quarters,” 509 E. 13th Avenue. OM says, “This effort was made possible by a generous donation from Episcopal Church of the Resurrection.” Egan Warming Center is looking for additional funds to help purchase vaccine at a discounted price “to ensure that everyone in our community has access to a vaccination to protect against this winter’s flu season; both for the individual and the community.” The flu shot is free of charge to low income/homeless/folks in need.

Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC) is celebrating 50 years working for peace, justice, and human rights with a gala event 5 pm Sunday, Nov. 13th, at the UO’s Ford Alumni Center, 1720 E. 13th. Michael Carrigan of CALC says, “There will be a buffet dinner and no-host bar, a silent auction, a video about CALC’s history and a variety of music. The keynote speaker is former CALC staffer Eric Ward, who is the program officer for the Ford Foundation’s Gender, Racial and Ethnic Justice team.” Tickets are $75 and CALC says $32 of your ticket purchase is tax-deductible (you will receive a receipt at the event). For more information or to purchase tickets go to calclane.org or call 541-485-1755.

Eugene School District 4J is looking to the future with 4J Vision 20/20, a strategic visioning and planning process to develop a roadmap for the next few years. According to 4J, a draft strategic plan has been developed with community input. Community members are invited to hear an overview of the draft plan and give feedback. A community meeting is from 6 to 7 pm Monday, Nov. 14 at Chávez Elementary School, 1510 W. 14th Avenue.

• At noon Tuesday, Nov. 15, Eugeneans can participate in the National No DAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline) Day of Action, Rally and March at the Army Corps of Engineers, 211 E. 7th Avenue in Eugene. Contact: Eugene Stands with Standing Rock on Facebook.

• Lane Community College is offering a sexual assault/dating and domestic violence awareness/self-defense training series Nov. 16. Classes run from 9:30 am until 3:30 pm in Building 4, Room 105, on its main 30th Avenue campus and are open to the college and community. Go to lanecc.edu/newsroom/n/nr2072 for more information.

• As part of the Stand Up to Oil Trains campaign, “Awareness & Resistance,” 350 Eugene has organized an expert panel to look at the facts and discuss options. The anti-climate change group says, “Across the Pacific Northwest, residents are talking about the growing risks from oil train traffic in their communities. The numerous derailments and fiery disasters since oil-by-rail became the go-to form of transportation for Bakken shale oil has many speaking out about concerns for public safety and health.” The panel is 7 pm Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive Street in Eugene. A Q&A follows the panel. Panelists include: Tarika Powell, senior research associate, Sightline Institute; Gregory Monahan, Beyond Gas & Oil Team chair, Oregon Sierra Club and Dan Serres, Conservation Director, Columbia Riverkeeper. In the weeks following the panel, 350 Eugene says it will present a resolution opposing oil trains through our community to the Eugene City Council.

• The Eugene City Council has scheduled a 90-minute work session for noon Wednesday, Nov. 16, to discuss the Rest Stop Program and Opportunity Village Eugene with city staff. Neighborhood activist Heather Sielicki says, “I am helping to organize a showing of support for expanding local shelter options at the Monday, Nov. 14, City Council public forum.” She says, “Supporters from all wards are invited to speak or to stand in support.” According to Sielicki, “The urgency for shelter will grow as the temperatures drop. The city-sanctioned Rest Stop Program and Opportunity Village have proven to be successful, safe emergency shelter models that can be deployed rapidly and cost effectively.” More details at bit.ly/2eqAL5f.