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Activist Alert 11-15-2012

• “The PERS Picture in Oregon and Springfield” will be the topic at Springfield City Club at 11:45 am Thursday, Nov. 15, at Willamalane Center, 250 South 32nd St., Springfield. Panelists will include John Thomas, Brett Yancey and Bob Duey. 

• The LCC Peace Center and CALC are sponsoring a forum, “Debunking the Myth of the Muslim Tide,” at 1 pm Thursday, Nov. 15, at LCC Building 19, Room 26. Retired UO professor Dan Goldrich will speak on U.S. post-WW II foreign policy actions that have had an impact on the Middle East. LCC sociology instructor Nadia Raza will emcee the panel. For more information contact Michael Carrigan of CALC, 485-1755.

• Washington state Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken will be reading from her book Plume at 7 pm Thursday, Nov. 15, at the First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive St., Eugene. Flenniken grew up next door to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and worked as a civil engineer at Hanford. She wrote her book after declassified documents revealed the hidden dangers of Hanford. Book signing and refreshments will follow the reading, See oregonwand.com

No Coal Eugene is hosting a teach-in and open forum at 6 pm Thursday, Nov. 15, at 100 Willamette Hall on campus. No Coal Eugene encourages local citizens to assert community rights over corporate power. Speakers will talk about the impacts of coal trains, present short films, and an open forum will discuss solutions and mobilizing. Contact nocoaleugene@gmail.com or visit nocoaleugene.org for more information.

• An Elliott State Forest mushroom hike is planned for 10 am Saturday, Nov. 17, sponsored by Forest Web of Cottage Grove and Cascadia Forest Defenders. “Learn about the fungus native to our bioregion, enjoy a hike through a beautiful area and bring home some of the bounty of the forest!” say organizers. Hikers will meet up near Reedsport, at the turnout where Loon Lake Road meets 7700 at Cougar Pass Road. Eugene carpool will meet at 8 am at 17th and Charnelton. For more info, call (530) 574-1105.

• Volunteer training for the Egan Warming Centers will be from 10 am to noon Saturday, Nov. 17, at First Christian Church, 1166 Oak St.; 6 to 7 pm Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 440 Maxwell Ave.; and 10 am to noon Saturday, Nov. 24, at Ebbert Memorial, 532 C St. in Springfield.

• Quaker peace and justice activist Peg Morton will launch her new book Feeling Light Within, I Walk from 1 to 3 pm Saturday, Nov. 17, at Eugene Friends Meeting, 2274 Onyx; from 4 to 6 pm Sunday, Nov. 25, at Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette; and distribution of pre-purchased books will be from 2 to 5 pm Saturday, Dec. 1, at 510 Van Buren St. Morton can be reached at 342-2914.

• The Coalition for Justice is planning a return of Abolition Project, a two-night fashion show beginning at 7 pm Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 19-20, at UO’s EMU. Ten local designers will show their talents with 100 models, with the help of 230 volunteers. Proceeds go to Hope Ranch Ministries, a local safe house for victims of human trafficking. Find ticket information at the Abolition Project Facebook page or email alishag@uoregon.edu