EUGENE, Ore. — SLEEPS has been on and off the steps of the old and new Federal Courthouses over the past couple of weeks to send a message about constitutional rights–specifically the 8th amendment–with regard to the right to sleep in public places. The group received word Friday night from the Government Services Administration through Homeland Security that they have until 11:00 p.m. to leave the premises.
The GSA says members of SLEEPS are not following posted signs, detailing the hours of the facility and who owns the property. SLEEPS says those signs were actually just posted Friday morning. Two members, including Terill Eugene Purvis, expect to be arrested because they’re not leaving.
“We already let him know exactly what our plans are tonight he knows who is being arrested already, so it’s pretty much procedural so we can get into the court. That’s where we want to be with this because it’s about our constitutional rights so we want to be in the court,” said Purvis.
The group plans to hold a candlelight vigil Saturday at 10:30 p.m. for those who are not housed and are unable to sleep safely. Then members say they will regroup and be in a new location soon.