Social Justice

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. 

Rachael McDonald

Eugene activist and author Peg Morton died Saturday. She was 85. Morton died on her own terms. She had been dealing with health issues for some time and felt it was her time to go. Morton spoke with KLCC’s Rachael McDonald two weeks before her passing.

Recorded on: December 11, 2015

Air Date: December 14, 2015

For the fourth consecutive year, City Club's unique "Gifts to the City" is on our holiday roster. Eight community members --some known, some unknown-- will offer their virtual "gifts" to the city.

Rachael McDonald

There are 6 Syrian refugees in Oregon. One of them lives in Eugene. Ali Turki Ali came here in June. He’s learning English at Lane Community College.  Ali left his home country in March 2014.

Alyssa Bonini

December is AIDS Awareness Month. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert talks with Alyssa Bonini. The Portland native spent two years in South Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer. She worked with HIV patients and their communities.

Egan Warming Center

The Egan Warming Centers will activate tonight through Saturday.  They are now on standby for Sunday through Monday.  They are desperately in need of trained volunteers for many shifts at most sites for Friday through Monday.

Oregon Historical Society

The first Japanese American to graduate from the University of Oregon is one of 17 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom Tuesday. Minoru Yasui was born in Hood River in 1916, the son of Japanese immigrants.

Gender Diversity Awareness Week is wrapping up in Eugene over the next few days with a panel discussion, vigil, clothing swap and more.

Kyra Buckley

The Eugene City Council Wednesday approved a resolution to declare the urgency of the housing and homelessness crisis and ask Governor Kate Brown to help.

timwise.org

Tim Wise is one of the nation's foremost anti-racist writers and educators. He'll be speaking at the University of Oregon Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Straub Hall, Room 156. The event is free and welcome to the public.

Community Members Head To D.C. For Equality March

Sep 10, 2015
Corinne Boyer

Several community members are traveling from Eugene to Washington D.C. to participate in “America’s Journey for Justice” march. Supporters and elected officials gathered for the sendoff in downtown Eugene on Thursday.

“America’s Journey for Justice” began in Selma, Alabama on August 1 and will end in Washington D.C . The Eugene/Springfield NAACP president Eric Richardson is marching with his daughter and members of the group SURJ—Showing up for Racial Justice. Richardson thanked the community for supporting social justice efforts.

A former Register-Guard reporter is suing the newspaper's publishing company for firing her.
 

The lawsuit says Serena Markstrom Nugent was terminated after she became pregnant. The suit claims the firing amounts to gender discrimination.

Members of the NAACP will begin an 860-mile journey from Selma, Alabama to Washington D.C. Saturday, August 1st.

Eugene / Springfield NAACP Director Eric Richardson says he's hoping a delegation from Oregon can join the march, called "America's Journey for Justice". He says it's to raise awareness around recent events of police brutality toward African Americans. Including the recent case of a Cincinnati Police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man during a routine traffic stop.

Recorded on: July 24th, 2015

Air Date: July  27th, 2015 

Social justice activists, community leaders, educators, professionals, and students gather in Philadelphia July 11-15 for the 106th annual convention of the NAACP. At the City Club meeting on July 24, Eric Richardson (president, Eugene-Springfield NAACP) will share his experience at the convention. Members of the faith and social justice communities will join him to explore the conversations that must take place as we work together for social justice.

Volunteers Continue Push To Raise Oregon's Minimum Wage

Jul 25, 2015
Desmond O'Boyle

Union representatives, business owners, and volunteers took part in a statewide effort to raise Oregon's minimum wage Saturday.

The "Raise the Wage" Coalition is proposing increasing the minimum wage to $13.50 an hour, a boost from the current $9.25.

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