Activist Alert 2-4-2016

• A Civil Liberties Defense Center office warming party will be from 5:30 to 8 pm Friday, Feb. 5, at CLDC’s new offices at 783 Grant Street. Find the free event on Facebook.

• The Beyond Toxics anniversary celebration, “15 Years of Feisty,” will be from 5:30 to 8:30 pm Friday, Feb. 5, at Capitello Wines, 540 Charnelton Street. Members of the Sugar Beets and comedien Leigh Anne Jasheway will perform and a live auction is planned. Mary O’Brien is expected to attend along with other founders. Tickets are available for $30 though 

• Tickets for Naomi Klein’s talk Feb. 16 at UO sold out quickly, but a showing of her film, This Changes Everything, will be at 7:30 pm Monday, Feb. 8, at Bijou Art Cinemas, 492 E. 13th Ave.

• A free talk by Our Oregon and discussion on “Tax Fairness: Corporate Tax Reform” will be from 9 to 11:15 am Saturday, Feb. 6, at Ebbert United Methodist Church, 532 C Street in Springfield; a follow-up discussion will be 7:30 am Tuesday, Feb. 9, at Brails, 1689 Willamette Street in Eugene. Breakfast can be purchased. Call 554-2646 or email

• The Democratic Party of Lane County will be phone banking from 6 to 8 pm Tuesdays in February, supporting raising Oregon’s minimum wage. Call 337-6391 or email 

• The NAACP of Lane County is presenting  “Community Conversations: Building Unity in our Community,” a series of five public meetings on race, privilege and equity. The next is from 5:30 to 8 pm Thursday, Feb. 11, at the EWEB Community Room, North Building, 500 E. 4th Ave. The meeting begins with a light dinner at 5:30. Additional meetings in the series will be at the same time and place on the second Thursday of each month through May. Reservations are requested through of the Facebook page. Call 682-5619 for childcare or other accommodations.

• A free climate leadership program for youth ages 8 to 17 will be from 9 am to 5 pm Sunday, Feb. 14, at Temple Beth Israel, 1175 E. 29th Ave. Plant for the Planet Academy is a nonprofit program that focuses on climate change and climate justice, including education and action. Youth have planted more than 14 billion trees worldwide. Register soon at or email

Tony McCown is kicking off his campaign for Lane County commissioner against incumbent Pat Farr from 3 to 5 pm Saturday, Feb. 6, at Cozmic, 199 W. 8th Ave. McCown, a Democrat, is currently chair of the LCC Board of Education. Commissioner Pete Sorenson is expected to attend the event and speak. For more information or to get involved in the campaign, email or call Matthew Schneider at 525-9097.