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Activist Alert 4-19-2012

• Finalists for the executive director of Lane Council of Government will speak and take questions from 5 to 7 pm Thursday, April 19, at the Hilton Vista Room. A final decision is expected at the LCOG board meeting April 26 in Veneta. 

• A candidates forum for North Eugene’s County Commission race, sponsored by Harlow Neighbors, will be from 6 to 8 pm Thursday, April 19, at North Park Community Church, 3484 Harlow Road.

Max Rameau, director of Take Back the Land, a national movement “liberating” vacant government land and foreclosed homes by moving homeless families into them, is in Eugene for several events, sponsored by Reality Kitchen, Occupy Eugene, CLDC, Lane Peace Symposium, and A Community Together (ACT). He will speak on “Community Control of Land and Human Rights” at 7:30 pm Thursday, April 19, at Reality Kitchen, 245 Van Buren, Eugene. $10 advance, $12 at the door (tickets at realitykitchen.org). This talk will be recorded by David Barsamian for Alternative Radio. 

• Local publisher Kris Millegan of TrineDay Books will speak at 7 pm Thursday, April 19, at Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette. Millegan has published 40 books by authors investigating conspiracy topics. Free.

• “Occupy the Economy” with NPR’s David Barsamian will be the program at City Club of Eugene at 11:50 am Friday, April 20, at the Hilton, 12th floor. Barsamian is founder of Alternative Radio and author of Targeting Iran

• The Lane Peace Center’s fifth annual Peace Symposium/Democracy Convergence is April 20-21 at LCC. Free. Speakers and panelists include David Barsamian of Alternative Radio, David Cobb of Move to Amend, Ms. George Friday of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Ben Manski of the Liberty Tree Foundation for Democratic Revolution, Max Rameau of Take Back the Land, and David West of the Potawatomi Nation. For information and registration visit www.lanecc.edu/peacecenter or e-mail peacecenter@lanecc.edu

• A Saturday, April 21 panel on ”Homelessness and Housing in Lane County” with Nancie Koerber, Doug Bales and Susan Ban will be recorded at CTV cable access and available to watch at realitykitchen.org and CTV.

Eric Tars from the National Law Center for Homelessness and Poverty, will speak on “Housing is a Human Right: National and Local Perspectives on Housing and Homelessness” from 6 to 8 pm Monday, April 23, at the Eugene Public Library. Co-sponsored by the Eugene Human Rights Commission and the Community Coalition for the Advancement of Human Rights. Free. Tars works on homelessness as a human rights issue and protecting the rights of homeless youth. See http://nlchp.org

• A fundraiser and silent auction to benefit Commissioner Rob Handy’s re-election campaign will be from 5:30 to 7:30 pm Tuesday, April 24, at Cozmic, 8th and Charnelton. $10 cover. Handy will speak at 6:45 pm. More info at reelectrobhandy.com

• “Occupy the Media,” a free event featuring Alternative Radio producer/host David Barsamian begins at 7 pm Tuesday, April 24, at Harris Hall, 8th & Oak in Eugene. Sponsored by Eugene Media Action, A Committee of Eugene PeaceWorks, Occupy Eugene Zinn/Chomsky Library, ProgressiveVoices.org and CALC. 

• A candidates forum for North Eugene’s County Commission race will be from 6:30 to 8:30 pm Thursday, April 26, at Willamette High School cafeteria, 1801 Echo Hollow Road. Focus will be on children’s health, environment and education. Sponsored by Lane Coalition for Healthy Active Youth, Beyond Toxics and STAND for Children.

Take Back the Night this year will begin with a rally at 6 pm Thursday, April 26, at the EMU on the UO campus, followed by a march to 8th and Oak with a speak-out at 8:30 pm. More details next week.