Greg Stump

Do you have ideas how to best preserve, protect, and promote cycling culture in town? Free downtown parking? Stiffer penalties for cutting off two-wheeled vehicles? The Mercury is sponsoring a roundtable discussion on (motorized) two-wheeled (motorcycle and scooter) rights.

City council member Sam Adams (who has earned his spurs with three motorcycle accidents) and Hillary Barbour, an environmental advisor for U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, will kick-start the night with a discussion about how to best lobby and present ideas to legislative bodies. Mercury Managing Editor Phil Busse (who rides an old Nighthawk) will moderate a subsequent discussion to brainstorm ideas for the city to implement.

Thursday, March 24th, Amnesia Brewery, 832 N Beech (at Mississippi), 7-9 pm, free


Saturday: Anti-War March

Two years ago, 25,000 residents swarmed the city's waterfront to express their opposition to the then-pending invasion of Iraq. Yes, that anti-war expression--and dozens of others around the world--were brushed off by Bush.

But now, there has been a renewed interest and opportunity to derail Bush's war against the Middle East. Recently, several states have begun clever and powerful efforts to oppose the war. Two weeks ago, for example, Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer requested that his state's National Guard members be rotated out of combat to help fight forest fires in the Northwest this summer. With the dry winter, it's predicted this will be a scorcher of a fire season.

It's high time to re-express your opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan this Saturday.

March begins at PSU's Urban Center Plaza, 1800 SW 6th, 2 pm

Wednesday: Burnside Bridgehead

After residents overwhelmingly demanded that plans for the Burnside Bridgehead NOT include big-box stores like Home Depot, the Portland Development Commission sent developers back to the drawing board. Tonight those new, locally owned, re-imagined plans are being re-released.

March 23, OMSI, 1945 SE Water, 3-7 pm