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 »

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 »

Benghazi Protesters Hit Register-Guard

EUGENE, Ore. — More than 50 protesters flooded the entry of The Register-Guard building this weekend, demanding answers as to why they say the media hasn’t properly covered the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The group, made up of Lane County Republicans, the Oregon Tea Party, veterans and others, says the strike … Continue reading »

The Whit: Neighborhood of Protest

EUGENE, Ore. — The Whiteaker neighborhood in Eugene has a reputation as being the center of protests in a town famous for it. In part three in our series, we look back on how “The Whit” developed that calling card, as well as why is it seemed to fade away.

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