Activist Alert 4-21-2016

•  A weekly “Food Not Fences — Community Lunch” is from noon to 2 pm on Thursday, April 21, at the newly constructed fences at Washington Jefferson Park on 1st and Jefferson. Organized by Voices United for Humanity and Badass Freedom Fighters. Community lunches are shared every Thursday in solidarity with our unhoused community members. 

• Badass Freedom Fighters and Voices United for Humanity are hosting “Rally Against Fences and Criminalization of Homelessness” at Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza 6 pm Monday, April 25. Immediately following the rally, organizers ask community members to participate in the City Hall public comment period in Harris Hall at 7:30 pm to speak out against the fences and the criminalization of homelessness and to speak up about real solutions. Email or about both events.

•  “Geology of Oregon, One Road at a Time” is 7 pm April 21 at Room 110 of the UO law school. UO geologist and photographer Dr. Marli Miller will describe Oregon’s geological landscape and evolution by highlighting six of Oregon’s roads — one from each of its six different geologic provinces: the Coast Range, Klamath Mountains, Cascade Range, Lava Plateaus, Blue Mountains, and Basin and Range. Miller recently rewrote the book Roadside Geology of Oregon.

Another Eugene Mayoral Candidates Forum takes place 7 pm Thursday, April 28, at Harris Hall, 125 E. 8th Avenue. Moderator: Doug Barber. Candidates: Lucy Vinis, Bob Cassidy, Stefan Strek, Scott Landfield, Mike Clark. Free. More info at

• 350 Eugene and CLDC present Non-Violent Direct Action Training from 4 to 9 pm on Friday, April 22, at the HEDCO Education Building Room 176, East 18th and Alder Street. Learn the basic concepts of non-violent direct action — how to plan an action efficiently, what structures to use, what roles might be needed and practice working through possible scenarios. “We will also talk about types of blockades and share more information specific to Break Free PNW,” organizers say. Staff from the Civil Liberties Defense Center will provide “Know Your Rights” training.

• At 6 pm April 22, Aloha Friday marks Earth Day with a presentation on Micronesia Sea Change, by Thaston Riklon. Riklon is from the Marshall Islands and founded Our Islands Conservation Center in Eugene. The group seeks environmental and cultural justice for Pacific Islanders, the world’s first climate refugees, who are already being forced to abandon low-lying islands because of rising sea levels caused by climate change.

• The year’s Shy Persons Talent Show is 5 pm Sunday, April 24, at Cozmic. Go early to sign up to perform and to get a good seat. Shy persons are both the audience and the performers. This year, the money raised will go to Occupy Medical and David Oaks. Donations from $5 to $500 will be accepted.

 • Educators Julie Heffernan, Tina Gutierez-Schmich and Jenn Burleton are offering a workshop 4 to 6 pm Wednesday, April 27: “Supporting Gender Inclusive Schools and Communities: An Advocacy Forum.” Parents, teachers, school counselors and child advocates will learn “how to create welcoming learning communities for transgender and gender-expansive children.” Burleton, with the TransActive Gender Center, will also share information about “advocacy and resources for families.” The forum takes place on the UO campus at the Lokey Education Building, Room 119, in the UO’s College of Education.