Invite your friends! EARTH DAY 2015 is on! Forty five years after it began, a committee of local organizers is keeping the global celebration alive in Eugene/Springfield! This year’s event, April 25th at Alton Baker Park, replaces the recently- canceled annual observance originally scheduled for April 18th at EWEB (River Place Plaza). “EARTH DAY IN
HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE CRISIS OF YOUTH HOMELESSNESS 11:30am to 3pm April 25, 2015. First Christian Congregational Church 1050 E. 23rd Ave., Eugene OR A community forum and conversation on the growing numbers of children and youth who are unhoused in the Eugene/Springfield Area and what can be done toward elimination of this violation of
Oregon legislature is looking at a Right to Rest Act (SB629) right now and our representatives really need to hear from their constituents in favor of this bill. People can’t do better if they can’t get sleep to even be coherent the next day. Give people a chance and legalize survival. Please contact your representatives,
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.
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to help with a financial contribution, you can donate here. Click on the post title to read more.
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