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An employee of the Oregon Department of Transportation is being investigated for an offensive Facebook post involving immigrants.

Oregon Historical Society

Oregon’s legacy of racism - including the prominence of the Ku Klux Klan, as well as resistance against such groups - is the focus of an upcoming publication from the state historical society. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the organization is calling for articles.

Lincoln County

Monday was the first day on the job for Claire Hall. The Lincoln County Commissioner has served for 14 years as Bill Hall and has now transitioned to female. 

Rachael McDonald

About 4 dozen people held a noon rally at the Eugene Federal Building Friday to protest the Trump Administration’s immigration policies. It was part of a national day of protest organized by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Deonna Anderson/KLCC

The history and legacy of the African American community in Eugene dates back to at least the 1890s. Now, there’s an effort to preserve the historic property of one Black family in particular – the Mims.

Anne Bridgman

Two Syrian refugees arrived last night at the Eugene Airport. The women are mother and stepmother to a pair of brothers who already live here.

Writer, speaker and self-described internet yeller Ijeoma Oluo is the author of the New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race. In addition to race, Oluo also writes about feminism, social justice and the arts. Her work has been featured in  The Washington PostElle Magazine, and The Guardian among other outlets.

Oluo spoke with KLCC's Deonna Anderson ahead of her talk in Eugene this week.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Last night, nearly 200 people gathered in Springfield’s William S. Fort Memorial Park to hold a candlelight vigil. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the event was to mark 20 years since the Thurston School Shooting.

Some University of Oregon students held a demonstration in solidarity with Palestinians Tuesday on the 70th anniversary of the Nakbah. Nakbah refers to the exodus of some 700-thousand Palestinians who fled their homes in 1948 when Israel was founded.

Sarah Espinoza

This week marks the 40th anniversary of “Take Back the Night”.  The event highlights awareness and prevention of sexual assault and domestic violence.  And the University of Oregon is working to be inclusive of different cultures affected by the issue.

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A series of national walk-outs are being held tomorrow to protest school violence. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, University of Oregon activists are also speaking out against neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

It’s been 50 years since the Fair Housing Act passed in the United States. An event this week in Corvallis will look at the history and legacy of the fair housing movement in Oregon and the nation. 

Brian Bull / KLCC

A flyer circulating around England and possibly the U.S. is calling for people to attack Muslims. Unconfirmed rumors say the flyer has appeared on the Lane Community College campus. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports on how local Muslims are responding.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Saturday, an estimated 5,000 people gathered at Eugene’s federal courthouse as part of the global “March for Our Lives” event. KLCC’s Brian Bull has this recap.

Rep. Leon

There may be as many as 150-thousand indigenous Latinos in Oregon, with a recent boost from immigrants fleeing organized crime and violence in Guatemala. They are very much under the radar and are amongst the most vulnerable people in Oregon, but they are seeking political representation.

Kiana Travers

Hundreds of South Eugene High School students were joined by Roosevelt middle schoolers when they took part in the National School Walkout Wednesday to protest gun violence.

David Geltge Sierralupe / Flickr.com

The City of Eugene released its sixth annual Hate and Bias Crime report this weekend. It showed a near-70 percent increase in reported incidents. KLCC’s Brian Bull shares responses from representatives of the two most targeted communities.

Students in Eugene plan to participate in a National School Walkout this Wednesday [3/14] to commemorate the one month anniversary of the Parkland shooting in Florida.

ACLU

A gay and transgender rights group and the ACLU are working to get a lawsuit against the Dallas School District dismissed. At issue is whether transgender students should have access to restrooms and other facilities that match their gender identity.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Writer and scholar Bill Fletcher, Jr. has been an activist in the labor and anti-racism movements for 4 decades. He’s served as Education Director for the national AFL-CIO and as president of the Trans-Africa Forum. Fletcher spoke this week at the University of Oregon as part of their Black History Month events. His talk is titled “Race and Labor: Building a More Just Economy”. He spoke with KLCC’s Rachael McDonald.

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Saturday marks the second Women’s March global event. In Eugene, organizers figure at least 3,000 people will turn out to voice support for women’s rights and to protest the Trump Administration. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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A female-owned screen-printing shop in Eugene is helping raise money for Planned Parenthood and get people geared up for Saturday’s women’s march.

Angela Kellner/KLCC

KLCC's Angela Kellner sat down with Eric K. Ward last Friday when he was in Eugene for two speaking engagements at Temple Beth Israel. A rise in hate crimes in Oregon doesn't surprise this civil rights strategist but he says they don't happen in a vacuum. And he has a message for liberals and the younger generation.

Angela Kellner/KLCC

Temple Beth Israel in Eugene is hosting a nationally-renowned speaker Sunday to discuss the rise in anti-Semitism and white nationalism.

For about three decades, the Eugene/Springfield NAACP and various community partners have been celebrating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Local NAACP president Eric Richardson says 2018 marks fifty years since King was assassinated.

Hands down, immigration was one of the biggest issues in our country in 2017, an issue that played out in Oregon as much as anywhere else. But there are many kinds of immigrants.

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.

Wikipedia/Neeta Lind

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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