As shown in this video, U.C. Berkeley students trying to set up an Occupy encampment faced a violent altercation with campus police, who arrested seven protesters and tore down tents along the campus’ Sproul Plaza Wednesday afternoon. The police, wearing riot gear, clashed with students again Wednesday evening as they attempted to reestablish their camp.
There are two events coming up that will be very helpful to community members interested in learning more about Occupy Eugene—and the occupation movement more generally. The first is a teach-in with Occupy participants, community organizers and UO professors. The second is a discussion about the broader context the occupation movement, facilitated by two UO professors who study social movements. Please mark your calendars and spread the word!
Remember, remember the 5th of November! Occupy Eugene encourages everyone to close your account in a corporate bank by November 5th and deposit your money in a local credit union or community bank. Join us this Saturday for a rally at 11:00am in the Free Speech Plaza (8th & Oak) and then for a March at 12:00pm visiting the local large corporate financial institutions. Local Credit Unions & Community Banks | Fact Sheet on Why You Should Move Your Money | Flyer
Come join us for our Halloween Zombie March on Oct. 31st at Riverfront Research Park (located on the corner of Franklin and Onyx). There will be two marches, one at 12:00pm and one at 4:30pm. Show up an hour before the march for zombification! You may not have realized, but there are significant advantages to zombification; as well, costumes can be very political and sometimes tragic.
Late Wednesday night, in an exercise of consensus process and direct democracy, the community known as Occupy Eugene elected to relocate to the University of Oregon campus. After hours of negotiations on Thursday between the University and representatives of Occupy Eugene, it was decided that the occupation would move to the Millrace Park on East 11th Avenue
Occupy Eugene will stage an “Occupy the University” rally at 12:00 p.m. this afternoon from the current occupation site at Alton Baker Park to call attention to the rising cost of education, predatory student loans, the lack of employment options for college graduates, and the crippling amounts of debt students must take on for access
The Eugene City Council on Monday evening voted 5-3 in favor of granting Occupy Eugene formal permission to camp at Alton Baker Park through December 15. In all, 22 different speakers stood before the council to present their opinions on exempting Occupy Eugene from the city ordinance that prohibits camping within the city limits. Though there were some in opposition, the majority who spoke voiced their support for the waiver.
This message was prepared by two participants of the Friday (10/21) meeting with the City Manager and Eugene Police Department (EPD), which started a discussion about suspending the order for arrests on Friday night and finding a viable site for Occupy Eugene.
The City Manager will be making a proposal to the City Council to permit a temporary Occupy Eugene site at Alton Baker Park (ABP) while the City and OE work to locate a permanent site. Given the fact that OE currently occupies ABP—and is not sure about our future location—OE encourages community members to show up in support of this proposal. For background on the earlier meeting between OE, the City Manager and EPD, please see this article.