PRESS RELEASE: Occupy Eugene Begins New Occupation…

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Contact:, Reid Kimball (415) 632-9982, @OccupyEugene

Occupy Eugene Begins New Occupation by Cleaning Up Bank of America’s Mess
Occupy Eugene’s next occupation will be a little closer to home. The Occupy Housing and Foreclosures Action Committee (OH-FAC!) will clean up trash that is piling up on the steps of a vacant foreclosed home in downtown Eugene, this Friday at 3:30 p.m. All media are invited to attend to witness the event and interview participants.

Later in the evening OH-FAC! will join the Fed Up Committee to occupy the lawn of the property to protect it from further vandalism. Occupiers will stay with the property for as long as it takes to solve the deteriorating situation.

The home was foreclosed on, most likely illegally, according to documents found by activists in the Lane County Deeds and Records office. According to neighbors, it has been vacant for nearly two years, and they have called police on squatters who vandalized the inside and outside of the property over the years.

Occupy Eugene activists worked with the neighbors to clean up the mess several weeks ago, but, since then, more trash and excrement has begun to pile up again.

“Enough is enough. We will present compelling evidence of forged mortgage documents making this foreclosure illegal. This home serves as an example of why we need a moratorium to allow foreclosure victims to stay in their homes at all costs. We can’t allow Wall Street banks to illegally foreclose on us and blight neighborhoods throughout Eugene,” says activist Reid Kimball.

Reid continued, “In addition to cleaning up the property, Occupy Eugene has support of the neighbors for a small number of people to occupy the lawn of this vacant property to engage the community on the housing and foreclosure crisis.”

This press release is from the Communications Committee of Occupy Eugene that has been empowered to speak on behalf of the larger Occupy Eugene body.


Norman Rousseau Memorial Site at Wells Fargo

On May 26th occupiers from the Occupy Homes and Foreclosure Actions Committee will be creating a memorial site at the 99 E Broadway Wells Fargo in memory of Norman Rousseau. Norman lived in California and on May 13th, took his life two days before Wells Fargo took his home.

The Rousseau’s story is tragic and unfortunately not an isolated case.

The site is dedicated towards remembering one of many victims of the criminal foreclosure crisis, and help Oriane Rousseau ensure that “no other family has to endure what she’s been through.”

The site will be setup at 9:30am and the goal is to keep it at Wells Fargo for as long as possible. If you feel inclined, visit to pay your respects, leave some flowers, or anything else appropriate.

Calendar and location info.

Occupy Eugene Celebrates Friday the 13th with Zombie Bank Protest

What’s more scary than a psychopath with a hockey mask and a knife? How about a “Zombie Bank” that keeps rising from the dead to terrorize our community?

Join Occupy Eugene in protest this Friday the 13th at the 11th and Pearl St. Bank of America branch from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. as we “pull the plug” on this Zombie Bank to keep it in the grave where it belongs!

The Zombie Bank (Bank of America) has been mired in problems for years: illegal foreclosures, robo-signing, outrageous executive compensation packages, questionable investment practices, sub-prime mortgage scandals, using the illegal Mortgage Electronic Registration System (MERS) to avoid paying property title transfer fees and taxes, ridiculous customer charges like $5 a month debit card fees, and more. Without massive taxpayer bailouts, Bank of America would have been dead years ago, but they keep rising up from the grave! It’s not brains they want, but our homes and money!

We’ll outline the horrors of dealing with Bank of America and their frightening practices that threaten the people and businesses in our community. Enjoy lively street theater featuring a Zombie March, a seance to bring back the Glass-Steagall Act that the Banksters murdered in their insatiable quest for more profits, and much more!

Please note the event details have changed. This Friday the 13th we are having a zombie bank themed protest! Dress up as a zombie!

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Free Medical Clinics

Sundays, 12 -4 pm:  Downtown, corner of 7th & Pearl.  Dr. Knowlton, 12 -2pm; Dr. Howison, Spanish interpreter available, 2 -4pm.

Tuesdays, 5pm – 7pm:  Occupy V, 1274 W. 7th, Eugene.  Dr. Knowlton, 5 – 7pm.

Dr. Howison is a family physician with special interests in developing preventive health strategies for patients, holistic remedies, nutrition, obstetrics and pediatrics.

Dr. Knowlton is a family physician who has been practicing medicine in the Eugene area since 1997. He was the medical director of the clinic providing health care for the Makah Nation in Neah Bay, Washington from 1993 – 1997.

All are welcome, no charge. No appointments; first come, first served. If you have any medical conditions, concerns or questions, please come by. Let’s all do what we can to make our Occupy Eugene environment as healthy and safe as possible.

Please check the OE calendar to make sure the event is still valid.


Also available in : Spanish

Press Release: Poling Protests Organized by Independently Empowered Affinity Group

It has come to the attention of Occupy Eugene that Councilor George Poling and others are upset about recent actions at Councilor Poling’s home that are perceived to be a part of Occupy Eugene.

The actions at George Poling’s residence were made up of participants of Occupy Eugene who acted on their own free will as part of an affinity group affiliated with the Occupy Eugene Actions committee.

Occupy Eugene does not require consensus from the General Assembly for independent actions, and our members are empowered to act independently as long as their goals and methods align with Occupy Eugene’s principles. Last night’s action was a symbolic expression of protest on the part of the women involved.

“We were individuals engaged in an independent action with open minds and a shared purpose. This action was not discussed with nor consensed upon by Occupy Eugene,” said one participant in last night’s protest action.

Individual participants of Occupy Eugene may either agree or disagree with the content or message of the demonstrations that have occurred at George Poling’s residence. Demonstrating at the residence of a public official is a longstanding tradition in this country and such demonstrations are a time-honored and essential exercise of our constitutional rights.

As a community, we are actively and currently engaged in robust discussion regarding the issues presented before us after these actions. We hope this Occupy Eugene Action can further the discussion centered on the issues of homelessness, community building, and freedom to protest.

This press release is from the Communications Committee of Occupy Eugene that has been empowered to speak on behalf of the larger Occupy Eugene body.


12.29 Foreclosure Crisis Movie Event

OE BankBusters

This Thursday, Dec. 29th at 7pm, Occupy Eugene BankBusters is having a movie and discussion night on the issue of the foreclosure crisis and that housing is a human right.

It will be held at Reality Kitchen located on 245 Van Buren.
This event is sponsored by Occupy Eugene BankBusters and is free for all attendees.

12. 22 Stop Illegal Foreclosures Action

With the city of Eugene planning to shutdown our right to assemble in protest to economic injustices, the Occupy Eugene BankBusters are holding their first event in their campaign to stop illegal foreclosures in Eugene neighborhoods.

What: Stop Illegal Foreclosures Rally
When: Thursday, December 22nd.
Time: Gather 4:30p at old AAA Appliance building, 1274 W. 7th Ave. (7th and Polk)

Procession leaves 5:00.

Brief rally at the old AAA building and reading of the houses in foreclosure at Wells Fargo-7th Ave & Polk and march back to site for a winter solstice celebration.

Candlelight vigil to proceed the rally.

Bring candles and dress warm.

Sponsored by Occupy Eugene BankBusters

12. 21 Legal Observation and Cop Watch Trainings

Tim Lewis and Lauren Regan are going to have a legal observer and cop watch training and mini know your rights training Wednesday, at 8pm at 1274 W. 7th Ave. (corner of 7th & Polk, the old AAA Appliance Building)

1/6/12 Occupy Eugene Documentary Night


Movie: The Corporation
Fri, Jan 6, 6pm
Occupy V (1274 W. 7th)

The Corporation is today’s dominant institution, creating great wealth but also great harm. This 26 award-winning documentary examines the nature, evolution, impacts and future of the modern business corporation and the increasing role it plays in society and our everyday lives.

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