Community Alliance of Lane County is mobilizing with both Springfield Alliance for Equality and Respect (SAfER, a CALC program) and Back to Back: Allies for Human Dignity (B2B), to counter recent hate activity and support neighbors along Centennial Boulevard in Springfield. From 4:30 to 6:30 pm Wednesday, April 18, activists will engage in counter-leafleting and distributing information about how to report and get involved in combating hate activity. Individuals wishing to help, as well as the media, are invited to a public press conference and kick-off at 4:30 pm Wednesday in the parking lot at Hamlin Middle School.
On Sunday, April 15, neighbors along Centennial woke to find flyers accredited to the Ku Klux Klan “spouting ugly racist comments” on their door step, according to a CALC press release. “Springfield residents and officials have been outraged by the spreading of these messages and want to send a clear message that hate activity and language will not be tolerated,” says CALC.
CALC is “committed to defending human rights and human dignity.” SAfER promotes human rights, responds when abuses occur and assists public institutions in addressing social justice issues. B2B “exposes and challenges overt bigotry and institutionalized oppression through education, cultural work, and activism,” and “works against racism, homophobia and anti-Semitism.”
Participants are encouraged to arrive at the Hamlin Middle School parking lot on Wednesday afternoon dressed for the weather and be willing to walk the neighborhood to help share anti-hate and anti-racism information.
Local tax resister, former prisoner of conscience, and long-time Latin America solidarity activist Peg Morton was arrested at a direct action on Monday afternoon, April 16, in front of the congressional offices in Washington, D.C.
Morton, along with hundreds of other activists from across the hemisphere, participated in Monday's "Rally, March and Nonviolent Direct Action to Shut Down the School of the Americas and End U.S. Militarization." It was the culmination of five days of lobbying, meetings and trainings, organized by School of the Americas Watch, the national organization dedicated to the closure and investigation of the SOA. This U.S. military training facility, renamed WHINSEC by the Pentagon some years ago, is responsible for “educating” hundreds of Latin American military officers who were later implicated in human rights cases in their own countries.
Morton was held for almost six hours in a cramped holding cell before being allowed to pay a $100 fine and be released, according to a statement from Scott Miksch of the local Latin American Solidarity Committee (LASC). He said Morton is adamant about the need for more direct action against the SOA. "Here we are in the hub of a giant empire,” she is quoted saying. “People are suffering and dying because of our nation's policies. We need to show these people that some of us do care, and want to make a difference."
Miksch said “Peg went to D.C. to represent LASC at SOA Watch's national conference. But in a way, she's also representing all of us who are tired with business as usual, tired of the same old policies of militarization and U.S. support for human rights violators. Leave it to Peg to speak truth to power in a very direct fashion!"
SOA Watch founder Father Roy Bourgeois was arrested along with Morton and nine others who engaged in the nonviolent direct action on Capitol Hill. "U.S. militarization in the Americas has increased during the Obama administration, said Bourgeois, “as evidenced by the military coup and the ongoing violence in Honduras, the ever-expanding ‘War on Drugs,’ the continuing murders of unionists in Colombia and the construction of new U.S. military bases throughout the hemisphere.”
Photos and videos of the demonstration can be found at http://wkly.ws/19a
Wondering what’s up this weekend? Check out the Eugene Ballet Company in its final production of the season, Stravinsky Gala. Three ballets, 21 dancers and the music of Stravinsky will all be fused into one hell of a performance down at the Hult. Look to see the stunning choreography of Toni Pimble accompanied by a 17-piece string ensemble conducted by Robert Ashens. Another thing to consider is that this will be 18-year EBC veteran dancer Jennifer Martin’s last Gala performance — not something dance fans in Eugene want to miss.
Stravinsky Gala is 7 pm Saturday, April 14, and 2 pm Sunday, April 15, at the Hult. For more info go to www.eugeneballet.org
Porn star turned feminist ecosexual Annie Sprinkle is coming to Eugene tonight.
Also a performance artist and an activist, Sprinkle will give a talk Wednesday, April 11 at 6 pm in Lawrence Hall, 177 on the UO campus. On Thursday you can stop by the Sidewalk Sex Clinic at 11:30 am outside the UO Fishbowl and consult with experts such as Earth First!er and pleasure-shop purveyor Kim Marks. Then at 3 pm, also on Thursday April 12, join Sprinkle on an "Eco-Sexy Walking Tour."
From the UO:
Annie Sprinkle has made SEX her life’s work for four decades. She was a prostitute and porn star who recreated herself as a pivotal player in the 1980s sex–positive, feminist movement, became a tantric sex guru, an internationally acclaimed performance artist, and a sex educator with a PhD. Now the grrrlll has gone green and has come out of the closet as “ecosexual,” taking the Earth as her lover. She is committed to making the environmental movement more sexy, fun and diverse.
If you miss Sprinkle in Eugene, you can go hiking with her in Portland. Check out As You Like It for more information on Saturday's hike.
The Oregon State Marine Board voted 3-2 last night (April 10) to maintain the ban on gas-powered motorboats on Waldo Lake, but declined to continue the ban on floatplanes, saying the OSMB does not have the authority to ban the planes. Read the OSMB staff report and recommendations at http://wkly.ws/190 which includes an analysis of the 4,000 public comments.
The issue of gas motors on Waldo is not over. A challenge to the 2010 rule is still pending in the Oregon Court of Appeals. And the lifted ban on floatplanes is also subject to litigation or legislation.
In the noisy, urine-soaked hallways of rock ’n’ roll history there exist epic stories of origin — those chance encounters or strange coincidences that seem designed by fate to bring a band to the attention of the world at large the Violent Femmes discovered on a Milwaukee sidewalk by a guitarist for the Pretenders, or Kim Deal being the sole respondent to a Charles Thompson classified ad. One of the greatest of all of these is the story of fIREHOSE. It goes like this: Band ahead of its time (the Minutemen) loses soul and creative lifeblood when leader D. Boon is killed in tragic accident. Band breaks up, obsessive fan drives cross-country, finds Mike Watt’s name in the phonebook and tries to convince remaining members to continue playing music by forming new band (the fan, Ed Crawford, was mistakenly told by members of Camper Van Beethoven that Watt and George Hurley — the ex-Minutemen — were holding open auditions for a new guitarist). And thus, fIREHOSE was born.
Reuniting now for its first show in nearly 20 years (the band’s last appearance in Eugene was in 1993), fIREHOSE was among the giants of the late ‘80s college rock underground and quickly gained a reputation for being hard-working, playing nearly a thousand shows in its eight-year run. Cresting a second wave toward the shores of a rock ’n’ roll rebirth, fIREHOSE took the jazzy,winding funk-punk of the Minutemen and aged it like fine whiskey, the bite still present but ultimately going down a bit more smooth.
Alongside contemporaries like The Replacements and Sonic Youth, fIREHOSE represented the epitome of the late ‘80s college radio aesthetic, giving legions of young people a respite from the horrific machinations of mainstream ‘80s rock. For most casual fans of music it was Nirvana that slayed the big-haired beast of butt rock, but Nevermind was more like the cavalry — the final charge that delivered a decisive blow and sounded the horn, alerting the arbiters of good taste that it was safe to come out. fIREHOSE and its ilk were the infantry, slugging it out on the battlefield — Look What The Cat Dragged In was the group’s personal Helm’s Deep. If Nirvana is the Run-DMC of “alternative” rock then fIREHOSE is the Treacherous Three, laying down a foundation that to some contemporary ears may sound almost dated — though in reality was but one more ingredient in the rocket fuel that launched grunge into the stratosphere.
fIREHOSE plays 9 pm Tuesday, April 10, at WOW Hall; $15 adv., $18 door. — Mark Sullivan
Please, please, please let a Eugenean remix a local news broadcast.
And here's the original.
I suggest remixing "Panda Cow." You could do a lot with the words "Panda Cow."
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Lane County Commissioner Rob Handy's re-election campaign got the attention of the Oregon League of Conservation Voters this week as one of Oregon's "critical" races.
Oregon Wild is putting on “an evening celebrating everything you love about Waldo Lake” from 6 to 8 pm Wednesday, April 4, at Agate Alley Laboratory restaurant, 2645 Willamette St. in Eugene.
The event is leading up to a public meeting by the Oregon State Marine Board at 6 pm Tuesday, April 10, at the Willamalane Center, 250 S. 32nd St. in Springfield. Written comments can be emailed to email@example.com or by snail mail to June LeTarte, Rules Coordinator, 435 Commercial St. NE, Suite 400, Salem 97309.
Comments on the Waldo float plane ban can be emailed to the Oregon Aviation Board at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the Department of Aviation at 3040 25th St. SE Salem ?97302-1125. See http://wkly.ws/185 for individual Aviation Board members’ email addresses and phone numbers.
See www.oregonwild.org for more information.