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 »

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 »

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