The Occupy Eugene Media Group was awarded a $6,600 Wayne Morse Center Project Grant!
You can now see six new videos with more to come at
The project we are working on is called Community Solutions Media–Supporting the Unhoused. We will be collecting, organizing, and sharing media from the last several years, beginning at the Occupy Eugene camps–so stay tuned. Thank you Wayne Morse Center!
Jean Stacey, one of 11 SLEEPS activists arrested at a sit-in at Eugene City Manager Jon Ruiz’s office on April 1, asks “did city officials fear of testifying under oath lead to dismissal of charges?”
The activists had been trying to meet with Ruiz to talk about his plan for Whoville, a legal camp for at risk unsheltered community members, but he kept refusing their requests. The sit-in was a last ditch effort by SLEEPS to engage Ruiz and prevent the premature shut down of Whoville. Stacey believes that a trial would have embarrassed and shamed city officials while revealing the extent of the debacle surrounding the closure of Whoville. The City Council had previously stated that they wanted another site to be available for the people at Whoville before the current site was closed. Ruiz instead chose to close the camp, in a military style police action, while the Council was on vacation.
The City now claims that they want to work “collaboratively” with community members and “maintain a positive relationship with homeless advocates as the City progresses toward finding solutions…” Stacey says that she and other activists will be “watch-dogging the City’s promise.”
On Monday, Sept. 8, the City Council, at the urging of architects and activists, decided to slow down their headlong rush to raze our old City Hall to the ground and give opponents of the destruction the chance to make their case that it would be greener and more cost effective to remodel. Don Bishoff has written a great commentary about why we should save City Hall and we’ve reprinted it with his permission. To read it click on the title of this post.
On Sept 10 a federal judge in Eugene ruled that government officials had infringed on the First Amendment rights of OE protesters in December 2012 when it unfairly limited the hours of protest and evicted them from the plaza in front of the Federal Building at 7th & Pearl in Eugene. During the eviction two protesters, Emily Semple and Terry Purvis, were arrested after they refused to leave, telling officials that their constitutional right to free speech was being violated.
The December 2012 action was the culmination of a series of protests organized by OE and SLEEPS (Safe Legally Entitled Emergency Places to Sleep) that had started in May 2012 to raise the issues of economic justice, shelter as a human right, and government and corporate accountability.
Attorney Lauren Regan, director of the Civil Liberties Defense Center, said this is a victory for all activists who protest at traditional public forums and serves notice to the government that they must obey the law.
Check out this beautiful short documentary which tells the story of The Wizard, James Hardin, an un-housed man in Eugene. Shout out to Occupy Eugene videographer Jana Thrift and friends (Gina Ginsberg, David Zupan, Liddy Soto, Ryan Stefan, and others) who put this together so that we can know. https://vimeo.com/102178725
SLEEPS and OE staged a Potty Protest in Kesey Square to put pressure on the City Council to reopen park bathrooms and keep downtown bathrooms open 24 hrs. People voted in a penny poll by pitching pennies into a toilet marked “Tax Breaks for Developers” or a toilet marked “Public Bathrooms.” It’s all about priorities.
Some call it economic revitalization, we call it class cleansing. In Eugene’s “downtown activity zone” there were more police, more security, more people being hassled and vendors publicly selling their art told they had to be regulated. Kesey Square, the only public space downtown, was threatened. Occupy challenged that – and won.
Burrito Brigade feeds the hungry of Eugene & Springfield through a community network of food banks and personal donations while engaging our community in the fight to end hunger. You can become a member of their family by volunteering to help with cooking and hand delivery of their nutritious burritos every Sunday.
Even though Lane County has enough food to feed every hungry person, excess food is not widely distributed, and some don’t have the knowledge or resources to access the food. Burrito Brigade gives away hot burritos to hungry locals and travelers on Sundays, when free food is especially scarce. For more info about the project and ways you help email: email@example.com
Kickoff fundraiser: Sat., Jun. 7, 11am-6pm, Madison Meadow, W. 22nd and Madison; featuring Walker T. Ryan, SugarBeets, other local musicians & talented students.
Funds raised will support NHS and will provide amenities like port-a-potties for current homeless camps. NHS will provide safe community for un-housed people with disabilities living alongside individuals who can provide support.
Eugene is the 1st US city to pass a resolution to ban bee-killing pesticides & make pesticide-free parks a priority!
Live music, yo-yo demo, bubble art, face painting, field games, kid’s book give-away & poetry workshop, prizes, beekeepers, coloring books, open mic poetry reading.
Sponsor: Smith Family Bookstore. Coconut Bliss provides “SCOOPS FOR A CAUSE.”