It’s been a busy time recently with lots of great stuff going on. The Eugene New Economy Working Group continued to meet and now has its own website and a Facebook page!
We just had our first big public event with over 50 people gathering together to watch a documentary called “Fixing The Future” and discuss shared interests and project ideas! If you would like to see some of what occurred you can watch this video that was put together from the event:
It turns out the majority of the attendees are most excited by the idea of starting a Time Bank skill sharing network here in town as our first project. They already have one in Portland Oregon as well as Portland Maine!
The plan is to start having regular potlucks to keep the momentum going and have some fun together while creating an opportunity to get organizing done. The first one will be on Buy Nothing Day (Nov 23rd). Visit the website if you would like to get more information or sign up for the mailing list to be kept in the loop.
Today I had the pleasure of attending a rally and march hosted by the Eugene chapter of 350.org. It was designed to raise awareness about Climate Change and call for a move toward renewable energy and sustainability. There were a number of speakers that addressed the crowd before we broke out into groups which attended short educational sessions. I really like 350’s focus on having a good time while working for change!
After the learning sessions most of the group headed out to the street for a short march to a demonstration along the Ferry Street Bridge. Lots of signs were waved, chants were made, cars honked in support….good fun! I’ll post a gallery of images I got below.
I even had a chance to pass out some fliers for an event that the Eugene New Economy Working Group is sponsoring in conjunction with 350.org. It will happen on October 28th from 6:30-9pm at the Eugene Garden Club (1645 High St, Eugene, OR) and is called “Transitioning from an extractive to a regenerative local economy: Global Movements & Local Initiatives”. I am excited to learn more about this innovative movement coordinated by the Transition Network that they describe as “A movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world”….yes please!
Edit 9-25-18: updated the location and date of the Transition Towns event.
I dropped by the federal courthouse to check out the Rush Hour Resistance demonstration that happens there every Tuesday from 5-6pm. I was surprised there weren’t more people standing on the corner with signs. I learned there is a stalwart group that shows up each week to hold down the fort, but even with all the political craziness of the last couple years it has been difficult to get a crowd to come out and make a showing on a regular basis.
It’s nice to know this dedicated group of folks is out there at the courthouse so that anyone who can free up an hour after work to speak out doesn’t have to go it alone. You can make up a sign for your issue and show it to hundreds of people as they drive by after work. It seems to me this is an effort worth supporting!
The other day I wandered down to New Day Bakery and attended the monthly Green Drinks gathering. No, it has nothing to do with St. Patrick’s Day. It’s one of the longest running progressive social meetups in town. On the second Friday of each month from 5-7 pm a number of locals converge to eat, drink, socialize, and network about issues that matter. Some of the folks I chatted with have been working on issues in town for years, and had interesting perspectives, experience, and stories to share. As much as folks have been disheartened by politics of late, it seems they are also inspired to get involved and do something about it.