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 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/
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
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.
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, email@example.com and tell them that you support the petition to modify the camping ban.
Our dear friend and comrade Art, has posted a letter to Eugene’s Mayor. His letter begins, “I have been asked by the Whoville Refuge Site to formally request that you offer them sanctuary as political refugees. I wish to argue that their rights, under both the U.S. Constitution and international law have been systematically violated. I further wish to argue that it is your responsibility as the Mayor of a Human Rights City to offer them sanctuary in order to remedy this situation.”
Please click on the post title to read the entire letter. It is important and wrenching. And it begs the question, what will it take for the City to finally step up?
Apparently this is the City of Eugene Administration’s latest foray in their quest to rid our downtown of “undesirables,” aka people who dare to be downtown but aren’t buying anything. Please read this great article by Alley Valkyrie published in the Eugene Weekly.
Renting Sidewalks? | eugeneweekly.com
Our friends at SLEEPS have requested the release of public records about the shut-down of “Whoville.” They have been told by the City of Eugene that it will cost them $625.00 to receive electronic copies of the records. SLEEPS is requesting a fee waiver and explains “Our justification for the waiver is that this information is for the benefit of the public as informed citizens and participants in our democracy.”
OE endorses SLEEPS request for a fee waiver and we encourage other groups and individuals to join. OE will post when the request is submitted and we will post the records once they are released to SLEEPS.
Read more about SLEEPS request by clicking on the title.
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.”