Activist Alert 5-21-2015

Community Rights Lane County will host a free workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 pm Friday, May 22, at the LCC Downtown campus, Room 105. The workshop will “explore provocative issues around democracy, the power of the corporate state and communities’ rightful role in local decision-making.” Speakers include advocates Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin from Washington, Cliff Willmeng from Colorado and Ann Kneeland, a local attorney working to get community rights initiatives onto the ballot in Oregon.

• The annual March Against Monsanto will begin with a gathering at 1 pm Saturday, May 23, at Kesey Square on Broadway followed by a march to Alton Baker Park. Bring signs and banners. The local march is in solidarity with protests against Monsanto being held around the world. Contact Aaron at 606-7773 or find the event on Facebook.

• A benefit for Nepal earthquake survivors will be from 4 to 6 pm Sunday, May 24, at First Christian Church, 1166 Oak St. Speakers include Mayor Kitty Piercy, Pastor Dan Bryant and Swamini Svatmavidyananda. Music will be by Forrest McDowell, Jeffery Dufty, Priscilla Dantas, Jessica Mendoza y el Taller de Son Jarocho, and classical Indian dance by Uma Goswami. Admission is free, and refreshments and fellowship will follow the program. For more information, email or call CALC at 485-1755.

• The annual NAACP Memorial Day Celebration and BBQ will be from noon to 5 pm Monday, May 25, at Washington Park, 21st and Washington Street. The event will include a reading of President Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Speech, a kid’s corner with the HONEY organization, a basketball ultimate bump tournament and a free barbeque lunch provided by Papa’s Soul Food Kitchen.

• The proposed Crossfire Church cell tower at 4060 W. Amazon goes to a city of Eugene public hearing on the conditional use permit from 5:30 to 7:30 pm Wednesday, May 27, at Harris Hall, 125 E. 8th Ave.

• Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy and Ward 2 City Councilor Betty Taylor will be at the Mayor’s One-on-One community outreach meeting from 5 to 6 pm Thursday, May 28, at Haggen at 30th and Hilyard Street.

• The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency Board has an opening for a Springfield position and the deadline to apply is May 29. Applications are available at Springfield City Hall or online at