Free Speech Plaza Curfew to Continue

EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Board of Commissioners voted on restrictions to 24-hour protesting at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza. Two weeks ago, the board voted on an emergency closure because of health concerns. Commissioners voted Tuesday to continue the nighttime curfew, which runs from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. That curfew will … Continue reading »

Free Speech Plaza Reopens

EUGENE, Ore. — The Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza was officially opened to the public again Tuesday. This follows the emergency closure of the site last week. SLEEPS protesters were forced to leave the premises due to health and safety concerns, Wednesday. Lane County says the site has been cleaned and city crews have taken … Continue reading »

New Free Speech Plaza Area Opens

EUGENE, Ore. — Just days after the county board voted to close the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza, demonstrators have a new designated option when it comes to practicing their first amendment rights. On Friday, the county told KEZI 9 News it had crews out spray painting an area off Sixth Avenue, which is now … Continue reading »

County to Address SLEEPS Concerns

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County Commissioners are putting together a plan to address safety and sanitation concerns after human feces were discovered near the SLEEPS camp downtown. Protesters are still camped out in the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza and say they have no plans to leave the area any time soon. In fact, they … Continue reading »

Eugene Protest Leads to Arrest

EUGENE, Ore. — Angry protesters headed back to Free Speech Plaza after Lane County decided to put up a fence and close the plaza indefinitely. Thursday’s protest ended with one woman handcuffed after protesters trespassed on the closed property. The SLEEPS protesters were camped out at Free Speech Plaza for two nights when the county … Continue reading »