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Activist Alert 3-22-2012

• A community forum on Envision Eugene and the city manager’s recommendations will be from 6 to 8 pm Thursday, March 22, at North Eugene High School. See envisioneugene.org for more information and an online survey.

• The 10th annual César Chávez Celebration will begin at 6:30 pm Thursday, March 22, at Agnes Stewart Middle School, 900 S. 32nd St. in Springfield, honoring the union leader for his dedication to human rights and his commitment to nonviolence. This year the event also honors Benito Juarez, the famous Mexican leader who was an inspiration for Chavez. Sponsored by Springfield Alliance for Equality and Respect and numerous community organizations.

Dining for Women is planning an informational event at 6 pm Thursday, March 22, at Tsunami Books, 25th and Willamette in Eugene. DFW chapters meet to learn about programs that empower women and girls living in extreme poverty in undeveloped regions of the world. Call Nicki Maxwell at 517-0427 or Tish Hathaway at 912-1069 or visit www.diningforwomen.org

• The Many Rivers Group Sierra Club hosts a presentation on local watershed issues at 7 pm Thursday, March 22, at the Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St. Speakers will be Jared Weybright of the McKenzie Watershed Council and Max Nielson-Pincus of the Long Tom Watershed Council. Contact Sally Nunn at 302-4476 or email salaxnunn@gmail.com  

The Fembot Collective and the UO Center for the Study of Women in Society are hosting a screening of the documentary, Miss Representation! by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, at 2:30 pm Friday, March 23, at Lillis 282 on the UO campus.

Occupy Interfaith is an Occupy Eugene gathering for allied religious groups at 1 pm Sunday, March 25, at the Unitarian-Universalist Church, 477 E. 40th Ave. 

Laura Van Tosh, a nationally recognized mental health consumer advocate, will speak and lead a discussion from 1 to 3 pm Tuesday, March 27, at the Lane County Behavioral Health Services building, Room 198, at 2411 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Tosh will also be on a panel at 7 pm later that day at the Eugene Public Library befor a free showing of the documentary Open Dialogue: An Alternative, Finnish Approach to Healing Psychosis.

Envision Eugene will be on the agenda of Eugene’s Neighborhood Leaders Council at 7 pm Tuesday, March 27, at the Atrium Building Sloat Room, 10th and Olive. 

No Coal Eugene, the local group working on a city ordinance prohibiting coal trains from passing through Eugene, will meet at 7:30 pm Wednesday, March 28. upstairs at the Growers Market Building, 454 Willamette. Everyone welcome. The group is working on a rights-based ordinance similar to the one prepared for Bellingham, Wash. More meetings are planned for late March and April. Contact nocoaleugene@gmail.com or call 357-9883 for more information.