Social Justice

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.

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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.

Alan Sylvestre / OPB

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.

U.S. State Department Courtesy Photo

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:

Rachael McDonald

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.

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