Activist Alert 8-6-2015

Hiroshima/Nagasaki commemoration events continue this week. An annual gathering calling for action “to help ensure that nuclear weapons are never used again” will be from 6:30 pm until dusk Thursday, Aug. 6, near the Alton Baker duck pond. The free event begins with a pot luck and will include speakers, drumming by Eugene Taiko, traditional Japanese Obon dancing and music by the Yujin Gakuen Children’s Peace Choir. Call CALC at 485-1755. A related event will be “Bike Around the Bomb” with Global Zero and the UO Bike Program at 10:30 am Sunday, Aug. 9, beginning at 8th and Oak in Eugene. Participants will bike around a 12-mile route representing the blast area of a “small” nuclear weapon.

• “The Really Big One,” a free public forum on earthquake hazards and preparedness in the Northwest will be from 7 to 9 pm Thursday, Aug. 6, in Straub Hall, 1451 Onyx Street on the UO campus. Panelists will include UO geologists Rebecca Dorsey and Douglas Toomey, along with other academics Amanda Thomas, Ray Weldon and Chris Goldfinger, and Josh Bruce of the Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience. See or the EW blog this week for more information. 

• A back-to-school “Swap Don’t Shop” event will be from 2 to 4 pm Saturday, Aug. 8, at Thurston Park, 6329 F Street in Springfield. “It’s like a yard sale, but no money,” organizers say.

15 Now, the group working to raise the minimum wage to $15, meets at 3 pm Sunday, Aug. 9, at the AFSCME Hall, 7th and Charnelton. Email contact is