Social Justice

Egan Warming Center Facebook Page

Cold temperatures brings the call for volunteers to help staff shifts at Egan Warming Center locations in the Eugene/Springfield area. With overnight temps dropping to about 28 degrees, the centers are being activated tonight and Tuesday night. They remain on standby for Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 6-8.

All trained volunteers can sign up for a shift and organizers say more volunteers are needed for the early morning and overnight shifts in particular.

The link to volunteer is: http://eganwarmingcenter.com

Rachael McDonald

St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County has received a $2 million gift that will enable it to open a home for local teen boys who are homeless.

Rachael McDonald

One way to eat more healthy food is to grow your own veggies. The non-profit Huerto de la Familia helps low-income Latino families in Eugene and Springfield.

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As NPR's The Two-Way has just reported, American Indian Movement activist and co-founder Dennis Banks has died at the age of 80. Banks is best remembered for his activism in the 1960s and 70s, especially the occupation of Alcatraz and the 71-day standoff at Wounded Knee, South Dakota.

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Animal welfare advocates are holding an event this Saturday in Eugene to celebrate recent legislation, and to get more laws passed to protect pets.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

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Congressman Peter DeFazio has harsh words for the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who rallied in Charlottesville this past weekend.

Jacob Lewin

How, on a local level, do you positively combat some of the fear and divisiveness that seem to be on the increase in our country?  A group in Corvallis found that one way to do that is with food.

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KLCC presents a year-long series on Immigration in Oregon beginning July, 2017.  Stories air monthly during Morning Edition and All Things Considered

Karen Richards

 

Nearly 400,000 Oregonians were born in another country; about 115,000 are undocumented. As part of a monthly series on immigration, KLCC's Karen Richards set out to learn where we stand, finding that while global migration is in crisis, U.S. policy is static. 

 

 


One reason the Oregon Country Fair is so popular is people can feel free to be themselves. But what if you’re still not sure who you are – or you want to connect with others like you? Rainbow Village is the base camp for all things L-G-B-T-Q-I-A at the fair.

Rachael McDonald

Monday, community members celebrated the kick-off of a $1.85 million dollar remodel project on a former Eugene church that will provide housing to homeless teen girls. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald has more from what was called a “ground-shaking” with a musical theme.

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As part of a more aggressive effort, ICE--U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement--has increased arrests in the Northwest by a third this year, to more than  a thousand.  Possibly lost in the numbers is what it's like to have a parent taken from the home permanently.

Recorded on: March 30, 2017

Air Date: July 3, 2017

Soraya Deen told the LA Times recently that she vividly remembers the moment she was spurred to activism. The Sri Lankan immigrant told the Times, she was picking up her 7-year-old son from a Woodland Hills school on Sept. 11, 2007, when he asked amid tears: “Mommy, are we terrorists?”

The Times reports the mother of two said: “That’s when I decided circumstances don’t have to define who we are,” We all have the capacity to change those circumstances.”

Rachael McDonald

The Trump Administration’s travel bans have put a damper on refugee resettlement efforts in the United States, despite the fact they’ve been successfully challenged in court. Still, advocates will celebrate World Refugee Day Tuesday in Eugene.

Tiffany Eckert

A new affordable housing community had its grand opening in Lane County, Monday. The Oaks at 14th will provide housing to an especially underserved population: people with criminal histories who have served their time and want to rejoin society.

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An astrophysicist has used census data to create a map showing racial diversity in the U.S.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports on how Eugene fares.

Eight people from Middle Eastern countries have been denied visas to come to Eugene to participate in a conference and film festival next week. It’s unclear why the visas were denied since a judge has stayed President Trump’s executive order banning travelers from some Muslim majority countries.

Rachael McDonald, KLCC

The University of Oregon and Lane County’s 39th annual Take Back the Night rally, march and speak out is this Thursday, April 27th. The director of the UO Women’s center Fatima Roohi Pervaiz says among the themes of the night is the intersection of marginalized populations, especially undocumented groups, and sexual violence.

Rachael McDonald

Almost 4 years ago, Opportunity Village was established in Eugene. It’s a community of tiny houses for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The idea is to give people safe shelter as they transition to permanent housing. But there’s not enough affordable housing to serve the need, so a new village is in the works. 

Ben has been living on the streets of downtown Portland with Precious, his 7-year-old Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix, for the past four or five years. Ben is an older man who says that Precious loves the attention from people passing by. She’s a calm dog; she didn’t bark or move from her place in Ben’s arms the entire time we were talking. 

“You know, we do what we have to do to survive,” said Ben, who gave only his first name. “This one is just so much joyful and giving me so much pleasure to have her, that makes it all matter in the world.”

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In Springfield faith and service organizations continue to help homeless folks find shelter and get in to housing. They also help low income people pay rent. There’s little to no emergency shelter available in the city, and thousands of names are on the wait list for subsidized housing.

Rachael McDonald

A new plaque honors one of Eugene’s earliest African American residents at the site of his former home. Historical research has found that Wiley Griffin lived near the current Eugene Water and Electric Board. The plaque was unveiled Friday.

More Than 7,000 Join Women's March In Eugene

Jan 21, 2017
Jesiah Hallford

More than 7,000 people marched through the streets of Eugene Saturday, according to Eugene Police. They were rallying in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington.

Tiffany Eckert

A chapel in Eugene overflowed with mourners Wednesday paying their respects to Carrie Lucinda Miller. The homeless woman, also known as “Mama Carrie,” was found dead on the steps of white bird clinic last week. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, the memorial included stories, music and repeated calls for this community to protect its most vulnerable. 

Tiffany Eckert

A chapel in Eugene overflowed with mourners Wednesday paying their respects to Carrie Lucinda Miller. The homeless woman, also known as “Mama Carrie,” was found dead on the steps of White Bird Clinic last week. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, the memorial included stories, music and repeated calls for this community to protect its most vulnerable. 

The homeless community of Eugene is mourning the death of Carrie Lucinda Miller, known fondly by friends as “Mama Carrie”. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

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Friends, officials, and homeless advocates gathered to honor the memory of Thomas Egan today, at the site of his death roughly eight years ago.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the veteran’s legacy lives on through a warming shelter service in his name.  

Julie Fink

As winter approaches, people continue to arrive at a protest encampment at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. They’re there to oppose construction of the Dakota Access Pipline or DAPL. More than 100 tribes have been represented. We share some of the sounds and voices from the Standing Rock.

Photo by Eric Alan

Families can get a taste of Eugene history this Friday amid Thanksgiving leftovers and shopping.
The Eugene / Springfield NAACP is having an open house on Black Friday. They’re opening the historic Mims House near Skinner’s Butte in Eugene.

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