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 »

Sanitation Issues Near SLEEPS Camp

EUGENE, Ore. — While the Eugene Celebration takes place downtown, homeless rights advocates are staying put. Protesters with SLEEPS have set up tents in the downtown area. Demonstrators say that some of the campers were previously staying in the wetlands on the outskirts of town, but moved here when they were forced out. The group … Continue reading »

Students Protest Zimmerman Verdict

EUGENE, Ore. — Less than a week after a Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a group in Eugene is protesting the verdict. On Thursday night, protesters at the University of Oregon’s EMU Amphitheater plan to show solidarity with others around the country who have spoken out against Zimmerman’s … Continue reading »

Protesters to March Against Monsanto

EUGENE, Ore. — Hundreds of thousands of people in cities worldwide Saturday will march in unison against bio-tech giant Monsanto, accused of genetically engineering agriculture and food. Protesters will gather at the old federal building at 10 a.m. to prepare for Eugene’s march. They will begin marching at 11 a.m., starting at the Wayne Morse … Continue reading »

Demonstrators March in May Day Rally

EUGENE, Ore. — People all across the country are celebrating May Day Wednesday by rallying for workers rights among other issues. The day was marked by an historic bill signing in Salem and marches throughout the state. At the old federal building in downtown Eugene, demonstrators made their way in a march of solidarity from … Continue reading »

Head Start Advocates Protest Sequester

EUGENE, Ore. — Local Head Start advocates demonstrated outside of Representative Peter DeFazio’s office Friday to tell the congressman they are not happy about the effect the sequester will have on Head Start programs. For event organizer and parent Aloma Murray, Head Start is a family affair. “I just felt like it was really important … Continue reading »

State Workers Picket for Benefits

EUGENE, Ore. — State workers across Oregon took to the picket lines Tuesday to advocate for their benefits. Local protesters say they hoped to get Governor Kitzhaber’s attention as he puts the state’s budget together. They say they are entitled to reasonable benefits like anyone else and don’t want state employees to shoulder the burden … Continue reading »

SLEEPS Protesters Arrested

EUGENE, Ore. — More than a dozen protesters linked to an offshoot of the Occupy Eugene movement were cited for trespassing Monday night. Activists with SLEEPS moved back to the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza Monday morning. More than 100 people were still present when the plaza closed down at 11 p.m. Monday, leading Eugene … Continue reading »

SLEEPS Back at Free Speech Plaza

EUGENE, Ore. — Homeless advocacy group SLEEPS is back protesting in Free Speech Plaza. The group has been evicted from that location twice already, but activists keep coming back. On Monday they set their tents back up again. The plaza is closed from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m., so protesters say they will be interested … Continue reading »

SLEEPS’ Federal Courthouse Eviction

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 … Continue reading »

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