Activist Alert 3-12-2015

• The Eugene Police Commission will meet at 5:30 pm Thursday, March 12, at EPD Headquarters, 300 Country Club Road. On the agenda is “citizens filming officers policy review.” The EPD does not currently have a policy regarding citizens recording officer interactions, such as how far away citizens must stand to avoid being arrested for interference. Email or call 682-5852 for more information. 

• An all-day symposium on “Public Engagement in Latin@ and Latin American Studies” will begin at 9 am Thursday, March 12, at the Knight Library Browsing Room on campus. Free. Sponsored by the UO Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS). Find the schedule, list of speakers and registration information at

• A rally in support of SB 629, also known as the Right to Rest bill, will begin at 2 pm Thursday, March 12, on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol in Salem. Contact Monica at (503) 860-9880.

• The Eugene Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee will meet at 5:30 pm Thursday, March 12, at the Atrium Building, 99 West 10th Ave. On the agenda are the Eugene Trails Plan, the Eugene Climate Recovery ordinance and bike parking code changes. Call 682-5471 or email

• Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley will be holding three town halls in our area on Saturday, March 14. The first will be at 10 am at the Corvallis Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave. Next will be at 1 pm at the Halsey City Hall in Halsey. The last will be at 4 pm at Harris Hall, 125 E. 8th Ave. in Eugene. 

• A “Forest Pesticide Reform Advocacy Day” is being planned for 9 am to 4 pm Thursday, March 12, at Room 350 of the Oregon State Capitol, Salem. Contact Lisa Arkin at Beyond Toxics, 465-8860. 

• A benefit for Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC) will be from 5:30 to 8:30 pm Monday, March 16, at Ninkasi Brewing, with the birthday of longtime program director Michael Carrigan also being celebrated. Free. Call 485-1755 for more information.

Oregon Wild has a special program on “Tim Palmer’s Field Guide to Oregon’s Rivers” from 6:30 to 8:30 pm Tuesday, March 17, at Claim 52 Brewing, 1030 Tyinn Street.  Palmer is an author and photographer who will show slides based on his new book, Field Guide to Oregon Rivers, published by OSU Press. See or call 344-0675 for more information.

Oregonians for Industrial Hemp will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 pm Thursday, March 19, at Growers Market, 454 Willamette St. Call Kathy Ging at 342-8461.