Social Justice

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Friday's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court extends marriage rights to same-sex couples in all 50 states. Oregon's ban on gay marriage was struck down in May 2014 by Federal Judge Michael McShane.

Matt Friday and Bruce Carlson of Eugene were the first gay couple to get married in Lane County after Judge McShane's ruling. They've been together for nearly 30 years. Matt Friday says the supreme Court decision means a lot.

Community Supported Shelters

A rest-stop for homeless veterans is moving from its current home along Northwest Expressway to the Mission. The Eugene City Council voted 5 to zero Wednesday in favor of the move.

The Veterans' Safe Spot provides a temporary site for homeless people to stay. It's now on a grassy lot between Northwest Expressway and the railroad tracks. Michael Kinnison, program manager for the city's Office of Human Rights & Neighborhood Involvement told councilors the Mission location will be more accessible and flat.

Evangelina Sundgrenz

A handful of citizens were out gathering signatures and raising general awareness for increasing Oregon's minimum wage Saturday in downtown Eugene. It was part of a statewide effort by the Fair Shot for All Coalition with similar efforts taking place in Portland, Salem, and Bend. Regional Outreach Director Laurie Trieger says raising the minimum wage is an issue that resonates with working women and minorities.

Recorded on May 29, 2015

Air Date: June 1st, 2015

Children can become wards of the State of Oregon for many reasons. They can be the victims of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse; parental drug or alcohol abuse; or physical, medical, or emotional neglect. Children who are put into the system frequently need support and services — and so do their parents. Speakers at the City Club Friday Forum will describe the scope of the problem facing Lane County and how they and their agencies work together to help vulnerable children.

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Native American activist Suzan Harjo will speak Thursday at Lane Community College. She's director of the Morningstar Institute, and a recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom. She talks with KLCC's Tripp Sommer about efforts to remove native mascots from sports teams.

Suzan Harjo will speak Thursday as part of the 8th Annual Peace Symposium at Lane Community College.

Recorded on: April 17th, 2015

Air Date: April 20, 2015 

Last November, a panel of Lane County law enforcement professionals outlined the steps their agencies are taking to achieve equity in law enforcement. In the second part of that discussion, three activists with long and distinguished experience as community leaders will describe what they see as critical flaws in existing policy related to the area’s law enforcement and accountability systems.

Tax Day Rally

Apr 15, 2015

Wednesday, groups in Eugene held the annual tax day rally at the downtown post office. The penny poll is a staple at this event, where community members can vote on how they would like to see tax dollars spent.

A line of six jars sits on a table and citizens are given ten pennies to divide up the budget as they see fit. Carol Van Houten with Community Alliance of Lane County has the results.  "The big winner is human services. There's almost nothing in the war budget."

Recorded on: April 3, 2015

Air Date: April 6, 2015

Speakers from the Center for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect will describe the center’s plans for reducing violence against children. The goal of the 90by30 Initiative is a 90 percent reduction in child abuse and neglect in Lane County by 2030. The speakers will emphasize the need to engage a critical mass of neighbors to actively invest in healthy families and healthy communities.

Embracing Opportunity: The Story of Johnny 'Awesome'

Apr 2, 2015
Joshua Gurnick

EUGENE, Ore. -- Any given Saturday, Jonathan Elsworth can be found in front of the Lane County courthouse in Eugene, drumming and dancing in a community drum circle. Saturday Market goers gather around to take in the sights and sounds of the eclectic group. This is a passion for Elsworth, providing him with an escape from the challenges of daily life.

"Give Food, Give Love" Food Not Bombs in Eugene

Mar 31, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. -- On Sunday afternoons near 8th Avenue and Oak Street, the Saturday Market block fills with people wearing backpacks or carrying bags of belongings. A diverse crowd of men and women, both old and young, is looking for a warm meal from Food Not Bombs, a national non-profit group.