Corvallis Protest Against Homelessness

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The men’s and women’s homeless shelters have closed their doors for the season; dozens of people say they have no place to go, and protesters are speaking out in front of the Benton County Courthouse. One woman says she wanted to make a statement by pitching a tent on Tuesday afternoon. She … Continue reading »

Residents Boycott Veneta Grocery Store

VENETA, Ore. — A group of residents in the Fern Ridge area are boycotting one of their local grocery stores. Outside the entryway at the Ray’s Food Place in Veneta around a dozen people held sings urging other shoppers to boycott the grocer. This comes after protesters said a long time manager, named Wilbur, was … Continue reading »

Fast Food and Minimum Wage

Fast food workers across America protested on Thursday in favor of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Although nobody in Eugene was protesting, plenty of customers and workers had opinions on the subject. One McDonalds customer thought the workers make an appropriate amount for their job, “if you’re working at a fast food … Continue reading »

Dozens Protest Military Action In Syria

EUGENE, Ore. — More than three dozen protesters took to the streets of Eugene to have their voices heard on the crisis in Syria. Nearly two-thirds of Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll oppose US missile strikes against Syria. Monday night the protesters gathered at the old federal building in downtown Eugene waving … Continue reading »

Whoville Camp Causes Concern

EUGENE, Ore. — With the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza now closed for cleaning, homeless protesters are on the move again. People at the camp out on Chambers Street say they prepared themselves Wednesday night for folks from downtown to come their way. As of Wednesday night, at least eight tents from that group settled … Continue reading »

Four Arrested During SLEEPS Protest

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County Commissioners voted Wednesday morning to temporarily close the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza citing public and safety concerns. Protesters had the day to pack up their belongings, and then a fence was put up around the plaza. At 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, the barricades came out and Eugene Police officers assembled … Continue reading »

Lane County Meets to Discuss SLEEPS

EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Board of Commissioners will meet on Wednesday morning to discuss the growing SLEEPS camp at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza. Health concerns are among the biggest issues; the board will consider an emergency closure of the area to clean it up. But protesters say they’ve cleaned up their … Continue reading »

Protesters Discuss Expansion Plans

EUGENE, Ore. — The recently formed protest at Chambers St. and Northwest Expressway continues to grow and evolve. About 20 tents now fill the vacant corner lot. The demonstrators have grills to cook on and two portable bathrooms on site to use. Organizers say they’re an offshoot of the Occupy movement, but no longer affiliated … Continue reading »

SLEEPS Responds to County Allegations

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 … Continue reading »

Commissioners to Address Plaza Use

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County commissioners will hold a meeting next week to discuss the growing SLEEPS demonstration at Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza. On the agenda is the possible emergency closure of the area demonstrators are now calling home base. SLEEPS has been camping out at Free Speech Plaza since last week protesting for … Continue reading »

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