EUGENE, Ore. — The group of activists called SLEEPS is planning its next move after being forced out of its latest location. Members cleared out of the Federal Building Plaza for a second time Saturday night.
The Government Services Administration, a division of Homeland Security, ordered the group to leave. Members left peacefully, but two protesters were cited because they refused to leave.
Around 10:30 p.m. Saturday night about 50 people filled the plaza for a candlelight vigil. Members sang songs with candles in hand to commemorate homeless individuals who died in 2011. At 11 p.m. officials showed up and told the crowd it was time to leave.
“I think it’s important that the community realizes this is about our First Amendment rights. If you don’t want to believe in SLEEPS, if you don’t want to believe in Occupy, that’s fine, but for me it’s about any group that wants to come up here and protest. It’s not just about our group in general. This is First Amendment rights for everybody,” said SLEEPS member Terill Purvis.
Two members were taken in and cited for failure to comply with the posted signs, but they were released soon after.
As to where they will be next, no one is sure just yet, but organizers said the fight is not over.