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Occupy Eugene Wins Protest Case in Federal Court

Occupy Eugene Wins Protest Case in Federal Court

On Sept 10 a federal judge in Eugene ruled that government officials had infringed on the First Amendment rights of OE protesters in December 2012 when it unfairly limited the hours of protest and evicted them from the plaza in front of the Federal Building at 7th & Pearl in Eugene. During the eviction two protesters, Beatrice (Emily Semple) and Terry Purvis, were arrested after they refused to leave, telling officials that their constitutional right to free speech was being violated. 

The December 2012 action was the culmination of a series of protests organized by OE and SLEEPS (Safe Legally Entitled Emergency Places to Sleep) that had started in May 2012 to raise the issues of economic justice, shelter as a human right, and government and corporate accountability. 

Attorney Lauren Regan, director of the Civil Liberties Defense Center, said this is a victory for all activists who protest at traditional public forums and serves notice to the government that they must obey the law. 

Without Public Bathrooms, Eugene's a Latrine

Without Public Bathrooms, Eugene’s a Latrine

SLEEPS and OE staged a Potty Protest in Kesey Square to put pressure on the City Council to reopen park bathrooms and keep downtown bathrooms open 24 hrs. People voted in a penny poll by pitching pennies into a toilet marked “Tax Breaks for Developers” or a toilet marked “Public Bathrooms.” It’s all about priorities. 

Liberating Kesey Square

Liberating Kesey Square

Some call it economic revitalization, we call it class cleansing. In Eugene’s “downtown activity zone” there were more police, more security, more people being hassled and vendors publicly selling their art told they had to be regulated. Kesey Square, the only public space downtown, was threatened. Occupy challenged that – and won. 

Burrito Brigade Needs You (Who me? Yes, you!)

Burrito Brigade Needs You (Who me? Yes, you!)

Burrito Brigade feeds the hungry of Eugene & Springfield through a community network of food banks and personal donations while engaging our community in the fight to end hunger. You can become a member of their family by volunteering to help with cooking and hand delivery of their nutritious burritos every Sunday. 

Even though Lane County has enough food to feed every hungry person, excess food is not widely distributed, and some don’t have the knowledge or resources to access the food. Burrito Brigade gives away hot burritos to hungry locals and travelers on Sundays, when free food is especially scarce. For more info about the project and ways you can help email: burritosundays@gmail.com 

February 11th 2014 is The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance

February 11th 2014 is The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance

Why is there a US news blackout on Edward Snowden’s January 27 interview (in English) on German TV? Maybe because he accuses the US Director of National Intelligence of lying to Congress about NSA mass surveillance. Watch the interview here:
LiveLeak.com – German Television does first Edward Snowden Interview (ENGLISH)  

Occupy Eugene will add our voice to a broad coalition of activist groups, companies, and online platforms holding a worldwide day of activism in opposition to the NSA mass spying regime on February 11th. Dubbed “The Day We Fight Back.” Please revisit this site Tuesday, February 11, to help us flood Congress with our messages of support for the USA Freedom Act, to rein in illegal NSA mass surveillance and restore the rule of law over the US national security state. 

For more information about this day of activisim against mass surveillance, go to:
The Day We Fight Back – February 11th 2014  

Whoville Granted Reprieve Through February 28

Whoville Granted Reprieve Through February 28

On January 27, 2014, the Eugene City Council granted Whoville and its advocates 30 days to find a new location for the Whoville Unhoused Sanctuary. City Manager Jon Ruiz prefers private instead of public land for Whoville although everyone is aware we are not likely to secure private land in the 30-day period. Therefore three temporary sites on public land are currently being evaluated. 

Occupy Eugene Launches Sustaining Donor Drive

Occupy Eugene Launches Sustaining Donor Drive

Occupy Eugene is asking for your sustained financial support to help our organizers and activists to achieve the change the 99% wants to see. 

Judge Rules for Free Speech

Judge Rules for Free Speech

Eugene Municipal Court Judge Karen Stenard issued a ruling Thursday August 15th upholding the rights of protestors
to hold 24-hour protests at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza in Eugene. 

Press Release: Municipal Court Hearings Set for Occupy Eugene and SLEEPS Activists

Press Release: Municipal Court Hearings Set for Occupy Eugene and SLEEPS Activists

On Monday, July 15, a Eugene Municipal Court judge will hear arguments for and against dismissal of trespass charges against 20 Free Speech activists 

Press Release: Occupier Scales Chain Link Fence to Protest City's Lack of Action on Homelessness

Press Release: Occupier Scales Chain Link Fence to Protest City’s Lack of Action on Homelessness

On Saturday, November 17, Occupy Eugene activist Gwendolyn Iris climbed a $70,000 chain link fence that bars access to Eugene’s old City Hall near 8th and High and chained herself to it in protest of the City’s lack of action for the unhoused.