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 »

Protester’s 18th Day on Hunger Strike

EUGENE, Ore. — The group of protesters working to bring awareness to shelter and homelessness, called SLEEPS, is officially set up at both the old federal courthouse and the new one. One activist is taking on a sort of sub journey. Conrad Barney has been on a hunger strike for 18 days. Barney says he … Continue reading »

SLEEPS Doesn’t Sleep on Christmas

EUGENE, Ore. — Even though it was Christmas Day, about a dozen protesters in Eugene didn’t take the day off. The group of homeless activists called SLEEPS continued with their demonstrations outside the old federal courthouse Tuesday. Members of SLEEPS have been camping out there since Saturday after taking a few days off because of … Continue reading »

SLEEPS Activists File Federal Complaint

EUGENE, Ore. — In response to threats that homeless activists will be arrested if they don’t leave the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza, on Wednesday they filed a federal complaint against the General Services Administration (GSA). That’s the agency that threatened to have the protesters arrested. The complaint accuses the GSA of violating the first … Continue reading »

SLEEPS Moves Protest Location

EUGENE, Ore. — The offshoot of Occupy, labeled SLEEPS, is in its third home in the last two days. The tents are all set up at the old federal courthouse in downtown Eugene. The protesters just moved there from the Lane County Courthouse. The message remains the same; they want the city to change the … Continue reading »

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