Social Justice

Rachael McDonald

Thanksgiving dinner will be served at the Eugene Mission, despite the loss of their kitchen to fire last summer. The mission has been operating out of a mobile kitchen while they rebuild. They expect about 400 people for the big meal.

Rachael McDonald

Lane County leaders announced a commitment to unity and respect today [Friday] in response to increased incidents of hate and bias since the Presidential election.

Brian Bull / KLCC

A national day of solidarity was held today for Native Americans protesting an oil pipeline project in North Dakota.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, hundreds gathered in downtown Eugene to show their support.

Brian Bull

The second phase of an affordable housing project in North Eugene is done.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, Bascom Village’s grand opening for 48 units was held today.  

Local Group Launches "Bridges, Not Walls" Initiative

Oct 19, 2016
Integration Network for Immigrants in Lane County

Customers to Lane County businesses may see a new poster displayed in windows. A group is asking stores and restaurants to put up a flyer stating “Bridges, Not Walls.” The initiative is meant to bring awareness to immigrants in the Eugene/Springfield community.

Eugene Springfield Pride Festival

Members and friends of the Eugene Springfield LGBTQ  community prepare to celebrate diversity and respect at the 25th Annual Pride Festival. As KLCC's Tiffany Eckert reports, the event is expected to draw thousands to Alton Baker Park on Saturday.

Diane Dietz

This week's shootings of two African-American men by police as well as the killing of five Dallas police officers by a sniper brought strong feelings from the Eugene community.

Jamie Shupe

Last Friday an Oregon Circuit Court Judge ruled a person can legally change their sex to non-binary—not female or male. Transgender law experts say this is the first ruling of its kind in the United States.

Tiffany Eckert

Trailer parks can be a viable housing option for people living on low or fixed incomes. Nearly 63-thousand Oregonians live in these unique communities.  A tenant owns the home but rents the land it sits on. Mobile home park managers act as landlords--an arrangement that can work well-- or lead to trouble if power is abused. Sometimes tenants seek legal help over grievances.

Racist Stickers Found On Eugene's Willamette Street

Jun 6, 2016
Twitter

Stickers with racist messages were found this week on new light signals installed on Willamette Street in Eugene. And this isn’t the first time hate speech has been spotted in Lane County.

The Mosaic: Black Activism in Eugene

Jun 6, 2016

Recorded on: July 3, 2016

Air Date: July 6th, 2016

Speakers:

  • Tarik Richardson, UO Gilman Scholar
  • Shaniece Curry, Black Women of Achievement
  • Willie Mims, Trustee, Mims Historical Houses
  • Eric Richardson, President, NAACP of Eugene and Springfield

Coordinator:  Mary Leighton

Speakers:

  • Mark Gissiner, Eugene Police Auditor
  • Bernadette Conover, Chair, Civilian Review Board
  • Cooper Brinson, Staff Attorney, Civil Liberties Defense Center
  • Joel Iboa, Member, Integration Network

Coordinator:  Mary Leighton

Civil Discourse

May 16, 2016

Recorded on: May 13th, 2016

Air Date: May 16th, 2016

Civil Discourse

Speakers:

Bryon Beck

Springfield's largest employer, Symantec, is one of two Oregon businesses being recognized for its LGBT Inclusion in the workplace.

Basic Rights Oregon honored Symantec and Portland metro's New Seasons Market last week at a luncheon. Seven years ago, Symantec employee Cass Avrill told his manager he was transitioning. He says he was surprised by the companies' reaction.

Desmond O'Boyle

Today (Friday), April 15th, is traditionally when taxes are due. In conjunction with tax day a coalition of activists called on Congress to re-direct tax dollars to fight climate change, fund health care and education, and create jobs. About 25 people met at the Eugene downtown Post Office and participated in a “penny poll.” Poll participants are given 10 pennies to put in jars representing a 6-category breakdown of the Federal Budget.  Activist Susan Cundiff wants to bring awareness to the Federal Discretionary Budget.

Royal Blue Organics

The founder of an organic, fair-trade coffee company in Eugene has died. dahinda Meda passed peacefully at home Sunday afternoon, surrounded by loved ones.

dahinda founded Café Mam in 1989, with organic coffee beans imported from Mayan farmers in Mexico.

He also operated Royal Blue Organics, a blueberry farm in west Eugene.

The downtown economy of Ashland is heavily dependent on the tourists who flock to see the Oregon Shakespeare Festival or who come to hike, bike, ski, fish and boat the area’s mountains and waterways.

Last year, complaints from merchants, residents and visitors about aggressive panhandling and uncivil behavior by some homeless people reached a fever pitch.

Now, city officials are looking for fresh ideas to head off a new season of unpleasantness.

Kyra Buckley

Students at the University of Oregon want the school to stop investing in the fossil fuel industry. Wednesday members of Divest UO rallied outside the administration building. The protest is part of a continued sit-in at U of O’s Johnson Hall.

Desmond O'Boyle

Farmworker Union members stopped in Eugene last weekend as part of a west coast protest of the major berry production company Driscoll's.

Opportunity Village

Tiny houses are recognized as a viable solution to the housing crisis in Oregon. Veneta is the latest community to help get people into homes they can afford.

Each year, authorities in Medford and Jackson County stage as many as a dozen sweep operation along the Bear Creek Greenway, ousting homeless campers and often confiscating their belongings. Within days, many of the campers are back, usually because they simply have nowhere else to go.

Now, a proposal that builds on successful projects around the Northwest is gaining momentum in the Rogue Valley.

Photo of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives, on Wikimedia Commons.

The occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge cost taxpayers millions of dollars. GOHOME – a campaign dedicated in part to the occupiers' eviction – raised $125,000.

Media Portrayals Of Immigrants

Feb 15, 2016

Recorded on: February 12th. 2016
Air Date: February 15th. 2016

Guest Speakers: Christopher Chavez, Assistant Professor, U of O School of Journalism and Communication; Ricardo Valencia, UO School of Journalism; Aleah Kiley, UO School of Journalism; Julie Weise, UO College of Arts and Science

Christopher Chavez moderates a panel discussing the role of immigrants in society and how the media portrays them.

copyright, 2016 KLCC

Recorded on: January 29th, 2016

Air Date: TBT

This panel of University of Oregon undergraduate student leaders represents diverse organizations dedicated to supporting students of color on campus. The groups serve as hubs for students of color to meet and plan events and programs that advance efforts to educate the community about diversity on campus.

The first questioner will be Dr. Charles Martinez, Department Head and Professor for Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership, University of Oregon.

Kyra Buckley

In Eugene Monday hundreds gathered to march in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event, hosted by the NAACP, began at Autzen Stadium and traveled to downtown Eugene.  

Recorded on: January 15th, 2016

Air Date: January 18th, 2016

Local governments in Oregon are using transformative tools to improve planning, decision-making, and resource allocation leading to more racially equitable health policies and programs.  The public, and hence government officials, are expressing growing interest in answering questions such as: “How do governments choose approaches and responses to current social, economic, and political conditions?” “Are we ensuring indigenous and migrant residents receive health service programs?”

St. Vincent de Paul

On Thursday, Saint Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County distributed 120 twin-sized Tempur-Pedic mattresses to low income families. For free.

Oregon Food Bank

1 in 5 Oregonians will rely on a food pantry or soup kitchen in 2016. This is according to a recent survey from the Oregon Food Bank. 


Lauralee Svensgaard

Friday, the 6th annual Yachats New Years Day Peace Hike sets off from the Yachats Commons at 9:45 A.M. The event, in part, honors the memory of the American Indians forced to leave their homes in the mid-1800's.

Tiffany Eckert

More than half of students in the Eugene 4-J school district qualify for the free and reduced lunch program. During long breaks from school, these children are at risk of going without meals. As KLCC's Tiffany Eckert reports, local churches are making it their mission to end food insecurity one neighborhood at a time. 

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