Activist Alert 7-23-2015

• The NAACP national convention was earlier in July, and City Club of Eugene will have a report at noon Friday, July 24, at the Downtown Athletic Club, 999 Willamette Street. Speakers will include Eric Richardson, president of the local NAACP, and members of the Eugene-Springfield faith and social justice communities. $5 for non-members.

• The Oregon AFL-CIO will be doing statewide canvassing Saturday, July 25, talking about why raising the minimum wage is important for Oregonians and their families. “We’ll also be asking folks to pledge their support for raising the minimum wage,” say organizers in an email to supporters. “We need to send a strong message: It’s time to raise the wage to lift up half a million Oregonians and their families, and create an economy that works for all of us.” The Lane County activities will begin at 10 am at the AFSCME offices at 688 Charnelton Street. RSVP to the Fair Shot for All website, or call 682-4288.

Kari Norgaard, Ph.D., will speak on “Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions and Everyday Life” at 4 pm Sunday, July 26, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1685 W. 13th Ave. Free. Norgaard is an associate professor of sociology and environmental studies at UO. She is widely published and her lecture title is also the name of her book published by MIT Press in 2011. Her lecture is a follow-up to the presentation June 24 by professor Guy McPherson (see our cover story last week).

• Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy will hold her monthly community outreach meeting from 5 to 6 pm Tuesday, July 28, at Albertsons, 311 Coburg Road. The meetings are held in different parts of the community each month to make them more easily accessible. 

• Springfield is now eligible for a second representative to serve on the board of Lane Regional Air Protection Agency due to an increase in Springfield’s population. The representative will be appointed by the Springfield City Council with a term ending Dec. 31, 2018. To apply, visit the Springfield City Manager’s Office, 225 Fifth Street, during regular business hours, or visit the city website. Deadline to apply is Sept. 4.