SLEEPS’ Federal Courthouse Eviction

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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.


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  1. Concerned citizen says:

    How many times can a person be arrested before they are determined to be a habitual law breaker? I’m thinking of the term, three times and you are a felon in for life.
    I have never been arrested so I don’t know the ropes, so to speak.

  2. jason marks says:


    you loose, again.

  3. Walker Ryan says:

    Ah, once again, Jason Marks contributes to humanity

  4. Valerie Goodness says:

    I am very disappointed in Eugene. Known for being the most progressive and human rights friendly city in Oregon,Eugene has allowed one person to absconded with Eugene’s friendly city motto. That person is Liane Richardson, the County administrator, who has recently (just one day ago) cited the Sub C portion of the federal title 41. For which in the fine print it also says “No rule or regulation in this subpart may be construed to nullify any other Federal laws or regulations or any State and local laws and regulations applicable to any area in which the property is situated (40 U.S.C. 121 (c)).”

    What that fine print does is put into question, Richardson’s authority and legality behind throwing her weight at homeless free speakers on federal property. Since I have had the opportunity to coordinate many rallies at the federal building, I have never seen such marginalization of Eugene’s citizens. I am appalled and disgusted and demand that Richardson be dismissed. Mayor Piercy what do you have to say about this? I know for a fact that some of these protestors are good, kind, and community oriented Eugenians standing up to human rights violations.

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