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Activist Alert 7-19-2012

A free screening of Bag It!, a documentary on plastic bags, will be at 7:30 pm Thursday, July 19, at Cozmic, 199 W. 8th Ave. in Eugene. Sponsored by OLCV, Surfrider Foundation, Sierra Club and Environment Oregon. Plastic bags will be on the agenda of a work session of the Eugene City Council Monday, July 23, and a draft ordinance can be read at www.Eugene-or.gov

• Author and Rabbi Maurice Harris will speak at 10 am Sunday, July 22, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Eugene, 1635 W. 13th Ave., on the topic of “Being Pro-Gay and Hanging in There with Leviticus.” Harris was ordained at the Re-constructionist Rabbinical College, the first major rabbinical seminary to ordain gay and lesbian rabbis beginning in 1984, and he is a longtime advocate for marriage equality and the full affirmation of LGBT people in religious communities. 

• National mental health advocate Laura Van Tosh will speak at a free public forum from 1 to 3 pm Tuesday, July 24, at Lane County Behavioral Health Services, 2411 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Room 198, near Autzen Stadium in Eugene. Tosh is an advocate for mental health peer services nationally and in Oregon. For more information, email oregon.united@gmail.com or call 345-9106.

• A No Coal Demonstration during President Obama’s Portland fundraiser is planned from 11 am to 2 pm Tuesday, July 24, in the park blocks in front of the Portland Art Museum, sponsored by the North Portland Coal Committee. Visit www.goodgrowthnw.org or email bonnie@goodgrowthnw.org 

• Ten Salem households will showcase their backyards in the second annual Capital City Chicken Coop Tour from 10 am to 4 pm Saturday, July 21, hosted by Chickens In The Yard (CITY), the group responsible for legalizing backyard chickens in Salem. Email salemchickens@yahoo.com for details.