Occupy Eugene Endorses Solidarity with Palestine

Occupy Eugene Endorses Solidarity with Palestine

The General Assembly of Occupy Eugene has endorsed the 2014 Occupy National Gathering statements of solidarity with Palestine. Occupy Eugene rejects any effort to use this statement for anti-Semitic purposes. To read the statements in full, please click on the post title.

Opportunity Village Eugene Video Wins Award

Opportunity Village Eugene Video Wins Award

Major shout out to Jana Thrift of Occupy Eugene Media Group and David Zupan of Peace Works. The two videographers entered their video about Opportunity Village Eugene into Eugene’s International Film Festival and won the award for 2014 best documentary short. Check out this beautiful video here

Sidewalk Rental vs Us

Sidewalk Rental vs Us

With great persistence and the willingness to push unconstitutional policies, premiere Occupier Art managed to cajole the City to issue a memo delineating how much of our public sidewalks are still public. Art who had been reading poetry on the sidewalk outside of a downtown business was arrested for trespassing and jailed overnight. Couple of months later the charges were dropped. Couple of months after that Art passed this memo from City Attorney Klein to us. Click on the title post to see the memo.

SLEEPS Protest Camp

SLEEPS Protest Camp

Another Oregon winter has begun. Again, thousands of our unhoused citizens face another New Year with their basic human rights being violated by Eugene’s laws against sleeping. Forcing people from one place to another when they honestly have no where to go and no choice but to sleep, is a waste of city resources and anyone that agrees can email here. You can also go to a meeting and let your voice be heard. See local meetings for dates and times. Click on the post title to see a list of needs.

Nightingale Health Sanctuary Opens New Rest Stop

Nightingale Health Sanctuary Opens New Rest Stop

On Dec. 8, the Eugene City Council approved Nightingale Health Sanctuary’s plan to operate a self-governed, village-style community on county land near the Lane County Behavioral Health building through April 2015.

Nightingale welcomes new volunteers. If you want to help, please volunteer here or contact us at nightingalehealthsanctuary@gmail.com
If you would like to help with a financial contribution, you can donate here. Click on the post title to read more.

Care Packages for Vets & Houseless Survivors

Care Packages for Vets & Houseless Survivors

From Dandy of Occupy Medical: As the nights get cooler and the ground gets soggier, some of the treatment team at Occupy Medical are assembling care packages for veterans and houseless survivors flying cardboard signs welcoming the kindness of fellow Eugeneians passing through streetlights as we go to work and run our errands. Our goal is to assemble 25 care packages this week. If you’d like to contribute financially, you can sponsor one of these holiday care packages for $20 and put a smile on someone’s weathered face. To make a donation, go to Donate at Occupy Medical and put “Sponsor A Survivor” in the purpose line.

This project is assembled in memory and honor of my friend Jacob David George, a peace warrior and survivor of war trauma who spent many years of his life on the streets. Jacob David George in the Huffington Post

Whoville - Update

Whoville – Update

Whoville continues their protest camp at 6th and MIll in Eugene despite being ticketed on 11//24 and 11/26 for violating the City camping ban. So we’re wondering, what’s up EPD with all the tickets? Is Whoville too safe, too peaceful, too clean, too sanitary? To learn more about Whoville and how you can help, go to http://respectexistence.org/

Nightingale to Establish New Rest Stop

FINALLY – Lane County and the City of Eugene are working with Nightingale Health Sanctuary to establish a new rest stop on County land. The details are still being worked out, but it seems clear that the urgency of winter and the persistence of activists is pushing everyone to come up with solutions. Read this great article about the project in the Eugene Weekly County Steps Up

Opportunity Village Eugene video is chosen for the Eugene International Film Festival!

Opportunity Village Eugene video is chosen for the Eugene International Film Festival!

Playing Saturday, November 8 @ 3 pm, Valley River Center Regal Cinemas, 500 Valley River Center, Eugene Oregon. Homes for the Houseless tells the story of how the transitional micro- housing project, Opportunity Village Eugene, is transforming lives through community. Produced by Occupy Eugene Media Group member Jana Thrift and David Zupan with Eugene Peaceworks.

OE Endorses Petition to the City Council - Modify the Camping Ban

OE Endorses Petition to the City Council – Modify the Camping Ban

Advocates for the unhoused are feeling the urgency of oncoming winter and the devastating consequences for those without shelter. There is simply no way that enough shelter is going to be available for the estimated 3,000 unhoused in our community. The only answer is for the City to modify the camping ban which criminalizes sleeping and puts those with no sanctioned place to sleep at risk of citation, arrest and confiscation of their property.

Please click on the title post to read the petition that is going to be presented to the City Council. And please, please, please email the Council, mayorcouncilandcitymanager@ci.eugene.or.us and tell them that you support the petition to modify the camping ban.