Occupy Eugene members are reporting that Eugene Police began posting the below notices on tents as of late afternoon, Dec 21st.
Occupy Eugene is saddened by the City Council’s decision to evict protestors from Washington-Jefferson Park only 5 days before Christmas. The emergency meeting and decision to evict represents a clear betrayal of the collaborative relationship established between OE and the City. This decision will serve as further motivation to protesters here in Eugene and around
OE medics help to save another life at W/J Park despite generator noise hampering efforts;
25 OE organizers arrive within minutes to help keep site calm for Eugene Police and Medics
Occupy Eugene applauds the city council for recognizing that homelessness is an issue requiring more significant attention, and for allocating greater funding for Eugene’s houseless population. However, Occupy Eugene did not request funds for an increased police presence at the site, and maintains that the site has been running adequately with the help of volunteer
On December 14th, Occupy Eugene reached a milestone in its ongoing protest after the City Council offered another extension of the municipal camping ban exemption, which has afforded the movement a legal occupation site since late October. In contrast to the fate of many Occupies in other cities, Occupy Eugene continues to actively engage with city officials, seeking partnership in addressing both acute and systemic social and economic issues.
The Eugene City council will decide tomorrow at noon (Dec 14th) whether or not to extend the camping exemption to allow the occupation to continue at Washington / Jefferson Park. If you would like to attend, please be at 777 Pearl Street – 12:00pm, the meeting will be held in the McNutt Room. Please see our discussion of the current proposal as far as we understand it. Essentially, Occupy Eugene would be given 45 days past the original deadline of Dec 15th and then would be required to disband. If the camping ban exemption is not extended, Occupy Eugene will have 72 hours to vacate the camp. Should this happen, there will be an emergency GA tomorrow at 7pm (at the occupation site), to discuss our options. In response, the Occupy Eugene General Assembly reached consensus on the following proposal to City Council.
Two of the most experienced, effective and respected community leaders working with the homeless population, Chuck Gerard of the White Bird Clinic and the Rev. Dan Bryant of First Christian Church in Eugene provide interesting observations about the surprising impact of the Eugene Occupy Camp and how its unprecedented work with the homeless is helping them in their work and the entire Eugene community.
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Dusk Winston, one of the 17 Occupy Eugene members arrested on November 17th actions was hit by a car yesterday in Portland, OR while participating in the actions to shutdown Portland commercial ports. Seen in the nearly 1 minute video above, protestors were gathered nonviolently in the street when a car approaches and without stopping
The City Council Chamber was packed out the door on Monday evening as supporters (and a few opponents) of Occupy Eugene turned out to discuss the planned vote on whether to extend OE’s camping ban exemption. Because of the limited time, and due to the large numbers of respondents, Mayor Piercy decided to limit each