Social Justice

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.  

Brian Bull / KLCC

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.

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

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