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
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.
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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.