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.
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?