EUGENE, Ore. — The organizers of the SLEEPS movement have a few questions for the man who suggested their protest shut down.
A spokesperson questioned the Health Department’s tour and recommendation that suggested the county close the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza.
“When he came on site, did he see anyone that was sick? As to my knowledge right now, we don’t have anyone who is sick or transmitting diseases,” said Angie Bartow, a SLEEPS spokesperson. “We have a wash station for our dishes. We do have all separate buckets. We have a rinse bucket, then we have a wash bucket, a sanitize bucket and then another rinse bucket. Everyone is really be responsible for washing their own dishes.”
She says there are about five garbage cans on site and they have hand sanitizer in the kitchen. They say they are trying to be as sanitary as possible.
Not all of the demonstrators in the plaza are affiliated with SLEEPS, the group that’s attempting to have the laws changed so the area homeless population can have more access to camping.