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 »

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 »

Protesters Cleared in Free Speech Debate

EUGENE, Ore. — Activists are reacting to a ruling in their favor — a judge threw out trespassing citations Thursday that were issued to 21 protesters this year. The protesters were cited by Lane County during an event in January being held at Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza in downtown Eugene. The judge ruled the … 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 »