Social Justice

Social Justice
6:00 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Eugenians Reflect on "Freedom Summer" Fifty Years Later

Credit democracynow.org

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of “Freedom Summer,” a campaign to encourage African-Americans in the South to assert their right to vote. Many volunteers who took part were beaten and arrested, and four civil rights workers killed. Together with thousands of black Mississippians, more than one thousand volunteers participated in the 1964 crusade.  They included Ruth Koenig of  Eugene.

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City Club of Eugene
6:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

The Annual Turtle Awards and Some Oregon History

City Club for June 13, 2014.  Aired on KLCC: June 16, 2014

Guest Speakers: Turtle Award Recipients and author C. David Hascall
Program Coordinator: Marty Wilde

City Club of Eugene honors those who “stick their neck out” for Eugene at its annual Turtles Award program on June 13. This year’s two honorees have worked hard for the betterment of our community. Each will speak to the group.

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Homeless Issues
11:12 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Group Plans Permanent "Village" For Homeless People

Opportunity Village Eugene.
Credit Opportunity Village

The folks who created Opportunity Village Eugene, a pilot project that gives short-term shelter to people without homes, are now looking to branch out.  "Emerald Village" would provide long term housing at an affordable price.

Opportunity Village opened last August and is home to 31 people in micro-houses or Conestoga Huts. Reverend Dan Bryant is president of the Opportunity Village board. He says the spin-off would be for people who are ready to transition out of temporary shelter.

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Homelessness
7:56 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Homeless Man Pens Screenplay About Living In A Shelter

55-year-old John Baker has submitted his screenplay, "The Homeless Bums of Aspen" to NBC for consideration.
Credit Angela Kellner

55-year-old John Baker has been homeless on and off for the past 5 years. While at a homeless shelter in Aspen, Colorado, he wrote a sitcom screenplay called "The Homeless Bums of Aspen." He spoke with KLCC's Angela Kellner about submitting the screenplay to NBC during their open call for sitcoms.

John Baker's song, "The Homeless Bums of Aspen" is on You Tube.

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Social Justice
12:24 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Federal Judge In Oregon Rules In Favor Of Gay Marriage

Supporters of same-sex marriage gathered outside a federal courthouse in Eugene prior to a hearing in the case.
Credit Chris Lehman

Same-sex couples now have the right to marry in Oregon. A federal judge Monday overturned the state's ban on gay marriage. U.S. District Judge Michael McShane's ruling clears the way for weddings to begin immediately. Same-sex couples lined up this morning outside the Multnomah County marriage license office anticipating a ruling in their favor. Gay rights advocates say couples plan to get married throughout the afternoon and evening in Portland and Eugene.

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Social Justice
4:20 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Protesters Demand Living Wage for Fast Food Workers

Lauren Regan (far left) and Leonard Stoehr (center) join other activists protesting low wages for fast food workers.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

The Global Strike for Fast Food Workers is happening across the country and around the world today (Thursday). The protest is a call for higher pay and worker rights for the estimated four million employees in the fast food industry. One of the events is in Eugene.

It’s lunchtime business as usual at the McDonald’s on Broadway in Eugene….

But outside on the sidewalk, a handful of activists are protesting  the corporate fast food giant. They want to see a “living wage” for its employees.

Lauren Regan is director of the Civil Liberties Defense Center.

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Homelessness
6:55 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Tally Shows Total Number Of Homeless In Lane County Lower

Credit Desmond O'Boyle

In 2013, about 10,000 people in Lane County experienced homelessness.  Although high, Lane County Human Services says this is an improvement from the previous year.  

Nine thousand eight hundred fifty-six homeless people sought social services through Lane County last year.  Human Services Supervisor Pearl Wolfe says the community at large is discouraged by the overwhelming nature of the issue.  But, she says, this number is nearly 1000 lower than in 2012.

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Social Justice
2:27 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Officials Launch System Improvements to Help At-risk Youth

Credit Lane County

Lane County is one of thirteen jurisdictions across the nation chosen to implement a new juvenile justice program model. It’s designed to reduce the number of youth who “crossover” between child welfare and the juvenile justice system.

“At any time we have between 400 and 500 youth somewhere in our system.”

That’s John Aarons. He’s been working with Lane County Youth Services for nearly 30 years. In his view, the newly launched Crossover Youth Practice Model will help formalize an important partnership.

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Social Justice
12:40 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Gay Rights Supporters Gather Ahead Of Landmark Court Hearing

Credit Karen Richards

Late Tuesday afternoon, gay rights supporters in seven cities around Oregon gathered for a vigil ahead of a landmark court case.  A federal judge in Eugene will hear oral arguments Wednesday afternoon challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Eugene resident Clark Compton has been volunteering with the pro-same-sex marriage group Oregon United for Marriage for the past year.  

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Same-sex marriage
3:55 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Judge Denies Motion To Delay Same-Sex Marriage Hearing

Federal Court House in Eugene
Credit Karen Richards

Wednesday's federal hearing on Oregon's same-sex marriage ban will go ahead as scheduled, after a Eugene judge today denied a motion to postpone by opponents.  

The Oregon Attorney General announced back in February that the state would not defend the voter-approved Constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.  The state said the ban would not stand up to a federal equal rights challenge. 

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