Activist Alert 5-28-2015

• Environmental advocate Paul Scott, co-founder of Plug In America, will speak on “Autonomous Vehicles and the Future of Sustainable Transportation” at 6 pm Thursday, May 28, at the EWEB North Building, 500 E. 4th Ave. Free. Scott is a former BRING Recycling worker who has gone on to gain national attention in the field of electric vehicles. He was featured in the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car?

Oregonians for Industrial Hemp will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 pm Thursday, May 28, at Growers Market, 454 Willamette St. Find the group on Facebook.

• A panel discussion on “The State of Black Oregon Report” will be from 6:30 to 8 pm Thursday, May 28, at the Knight Library Browsing Room on the UO campus. Sponsored by the Urban League of Portland and others. 

• 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 4J School Board is seeking community members interested in serving on the district’s Equity Committee. Applications are due at 5 pm Thursday, May 28. See 

Food Not Bombs is planning a “Psychedelic Indie” fundraising event from 9 pm to midnight Friday, May 29, at The Lorax, 1648 Alder St. Money raised will go towards a People’s Garden.

• 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

• The annual Festival Latino Block Party will be from noon to midnight Saturday, May 30, at Sprout! Food Hub, 418 A St. in Springfield. Drinks and dancing begin at 6 pm. Suggested donation is $5 to $10 and proceeds will go to Huerto de la Familia. 

• The fourth annual Solidarity Fair: A Social Justice Gathering will be from noon to 4:30 pm Saturday, May 30, in Central Park in downtown Corvallis. The event “celebrates a diverse and active labor movement in the Willamette Valley, honors the generations of struggle for economic, social and environmental justice, and promotes public awareness about labor and its intersections with other social movements,” say organizers. A contingency from Lane County usually attends. Sponsored by the Solidarity Action Network, a coalition of unions, student groups and social justice organizations. 

• A free stage reading of SEEDS, a Canadian documentary theater performance that is part courtroom drama, part social satire will be at 7 pm Sunday, May 31, at Oregon Contemporary Theatre (OCT), 194 W. Broadway. The play examines the 2004 Canadian Supreme Court case Monsanto vs. Percy Schmeiser for patent infringement of Monsanto GMO canola seeds. The characters are all real people, the dialogue is all verbatim. Actors are from the UO Theatre Department. Call 870-4849 for more information.