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.

Changing Lives In the Juvenile Court

Jun 1, 2015

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.

Achieving Equity In Policing: Minority Voices

Apr 20, 2015

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.
 

Building Bridges Between Races And Culture

Mar 23, 2015

Recorded on: March 20, 2015

Air Date: March 23, 2015

A constant in the news these days are stories of unequal policing practices and inequitable educational and employment opportunities based on race and culture. These issues have an impact on all of us in the United States, in Oregon, and in Eugene.

City of Eugene

African-Americans are more likely to be targets of hate and discrimination in Eugene than other minorities. That's according to a report released this week.

The report records criminal and non-criminal hate and bias behavior that is reported in Eugene. That includes a wide spectrum of activity including harassment, graffiti, and assault.

The city found there were 47 criminal incidents reported last year. The majority of victims were African-American. Eugene Springfield NAACP Director Eric Richardson says this is not a surprise.

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Portland veterinarian Stacey Addison, who was detained in East Timor for five months, is on her way home. She boarded a plane to the U.S. after being released Monday night.

Although never charged with a crime, Addison was arrested last September in the southeast Asian country when she shared a taxi with a stranger who was arrested for possessing methamphetamine. She was told investigation of the incident might take a year. In December, KOIN-TV captured her despair:

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A plan to build long-term housing for people who've been in prison is raising objections from neighbors. The proposal is to put in a 60 unit building in the neighborhood of Acorn Park in West Eugene.

Sponsors is a program that helps people who've been in prison get back into society. Director Paul Solomon:

Solomon: "Re-entry services consist of transitional housing, long-term housing, employment services, mentoring and a range of other services designed to help people transition successfully back into the community."

Karen Richards

Several hundred marchers gathered in Eugene today to honor Martin Luther King Junior.

 Speakers including Lane County NAACP president Eric Richardson and Congressman Peter DeFazio kicked off the event. Dr. King’s words “darkness cannot drive out darkness only light can do that,” had impact on the bright sunny morning. Several participants thought the race and equality issues of the past year brought energy to this year’s holiday. Eva Bertoglio is a student from Newberg:

Meeting Date: Friday, January 9, 2015

Air Date: Monday, January 12, 2015

The American Anthropological Association recently condemned the use of Indian mascots in any form—a concrete denunciation of a practice under discussion for several years. A related discussion is about the historic agreements with Native American tribes and the value of recognizing the sovereignty of the 566 tribal nations in the United States. Jason Younker is at the forefront of these discussions.

University of Oregon

On Wednesday, the University of Oregon hosted “I Can’t Breathe:” A Conversation Starter about Racism, Justice and Love. In the wake of the recent grand jury decisions in Ferguson and New York, the meeting was called to address racism and what can be done on the UO campus and in the community.

Recorded on:  Friday, December 12, 2014

Air Date: Monday, December 15, 2014

Maria Chavez-Haroldson is director of the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations at the Oregon Youth Authorirty in Salem.  She discusses the reasons minority youth are over-represented in the state’s correction system.

US Department of Housing and Urban Development

Even as the White House moves to announce an executive order overhauling American immigration policy, many people who bought houses while living here illegally will continue to face fallout from unorthodox real estate deals. Historically, undocumented immigrants have had few options for formal financing, leading to informal arrangements with some risky consequences.

After an early morning shift at the warehouse where she packs apples, Maria rests her elbows on the kitchen counter of her tidy home in the Yakima Valley.

UPDATE: Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 11:20 A.M.:

The Egan Warming Centers confirmed they are activated for tonight, Saturday. But they will NOT be open on Sunday and Monday nights because the overnight temperatures will not be cold enough.

Those needing to get to a Warming Center tonight can ride LTD for free - just tell the driver you need to get to a warming center.  St Vincent de Paul will provide shuttle service from the First Christian parking lot behind the church to other sites from about 5:30 pm- 8:30 pm.

oregonlive.com

A Eugene convenience store violated the civil rights of a disabled customer when it refused to allow a woman entrance with her service animal. That is today's (Monday) ruling from BOLI--The Bureau of Labor and Industries.  

BOLI has found that Duck Stop Market, a small shop on Franklin Boulevard in Eugene, was in violation of the law for repeatedly denying entry to a customer with a service animal.

Oregon Center for Public Policy.

Despite economic growth, the number of Oregonians living in poverty is higher than it was during the 2008 recession. The Oregon Center for Public Policy has released poverty figures for 2013. KLCC’s Corinne Boyer has more.

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Eva Kor, age 80, of Indiana, is a Holocaust survivor. She shares the story of her harrowing experience with KLCC's Claude Offenbacher. Kor speaks Saturday evening at 6:30 at the University of Oregon in room 150 of Columbia Hall. Her address is titled "Forgiveness: The Triumph of the Human Spirit".

Tiffany Eckert

In 2013, nearly 2 thousand people in Lane County didn't have a place to sleep at night.

Meeting Date: October 31, 2014

Air Date: November 3, 2014

Guest Speakers: Judith Mowry, Policy Analyst, City of Portland; and Mark Harris, Counselor and Instructor, Lane Community College
Program Coordinator: Mary Leighton

Tiffany Eckert

Hundreds of health care workers with McKenzie Willamette Medical Center are still on the picket line in Springfield. The 3-day strike ends at 6:30 Friday morning. The hospital has employed temporary replacements in positions including surgical nursing assistants and paramedics.

With a steady stream of picketers on the sidewalk since Tuesday morning, the hospital has had no comment beyond press releases. Wednesday, McKenzie Willamette administration wrote a 'clarification,' saying information about contract bargaining has been inaccurate.

Tiffany Eckert

Hundreds of hospital workers took to the picket line Tuesday protesting unfair labor practices by one of the largest for-profit health care companies in the country. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert reports from the sidewalk in front of McKenzie Willamette Medical Center in Springfield.

Radiologists, respiratory therapists and housekeepers are among the hospital workers here holding up signs and chanting. They are members of the Service Employees International Union Local 49 and they are striking after contract labor negotiations with the hospital broke down.

Corvallis Homeless Coalition

A group of non-profits in Corvallis is hoping to expand their efforts to provide permanent housing to homeless people in the community. They're focusing on "housing first", a model that's been successful in other cities.

Corvallis Housing First plans to build a permanent shelter on a site that's now a temporary warming center for men. Executive Director Gina Vee says focusing on *housing first can reduce rates of emergency room care and arrests for homeless people.

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With Oregon temperatures getting colder, efforts to find havens  for  Eugene's homeless are heating up.  KLCC's Claude Offenbacher spoke with Community Alliance of Lane County's Michael Carrigan Tuesday.  He asked Carrigan about the role CALC, Nightingale Sanctuary and others are playing to help secure safe places to sleep this winter for a few dozen of the estimated 1700 County people on the streets:

The Eugene City Council this week heard from Carrigan and the Raging Grannies, a social activism group.  They urged the city to lift the ban on homeless camping in City parks. 

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