Social Justice

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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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Minority children in Oregon have fewer opportunities to emerge from poverty than their white peers. That's according to a report released earlier this week from the advocacy group, Children First for Oregon.

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During October many people may notice pink themes on clothing to raise awareness for breast cancer. For years, Eugene's Womenspace uses this month to focus on domestic violence awareness.

Domestic violence has been in the national spotlight recently in professional sports and college campuses. Womenspace Executive Director Peggy Whalen says it's great to see the issue being discussed openly, but many times the wrong question is being asked.

September is one of the big harvest months for Oregon agriculture--apples, pears, hops.  It's also a time when the fields are full of farmworkers.....a large percentage of whom may be subject to sexual harassment.  It's a subject that's long been taboo, but a growing number of women are speaking out.

Every day at her job at a vineyard outside Salem, things were the same for Clarisa:

"Pues como chiquita, mi hijita, esos cosas de decía..."

Mobile Tool Shop Designed To Help Homeless

Sep 12, 2014
The Common Good's Tumbler page.

Students at the University of Oregon and volunteers with Opportunity Village are unveiling a new mobile workspace Saturday (today). This weekend, it will be parked at the transitional housing community to allow residents to maintain dwellings and fix bicycles.

Tiffany Eckert

At the behest of a burgeoning labor movement, Oregon became the first state to adopt Labor Day. That was in 1887. Today, workers of all ilk celebrate the first Monday of September by taking the day off. At a park in Springfield, hundreds of union supporters gathered for the annual Labor Day Picnic.

(Hear: sizzling on a grill and singer playing "America")

Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are cracking down on members who openly dispute the doctrine of the faith. Earlier this week, a Mormon feminist was excommunicated for pursing membership in the all-male priesthood of the church. Now another member, John Dehlin, is facing the same fate — for questioning scripture and speaking out on behalf of gay Mormons.

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This month marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of “Freedom Summer,” a campaign to encourage African-Americans in the South to assert their right to vote. Many volunteers who took part were beaten and arrested, and four civil rights workers killed. Together with thousands of black Mississippians, more than one thousand volunteers participated in the 1964 crusade.  They included Ruth Koenig of  Eugene.

City Club for June 13, 2014.  Aired on KLCC: June 16, 2014

Guest Speakers: Turtle Award Recipients and author C. David Hascall
Program Coordinator: Marty Wilde

City Club of Eugene honors those who “stick their neck out” for Eugene at its annual Turtles Award program on June 13. This year’s two honorees have worked hard for the betterment of our community. Each will speak to the group.

Opportunity Village

The folks who created Opportunity Village Eugene, a pilot project that gives short-term shelter to people without homes, are now looking to branch out.  "Emerald Village" would provide long term housing at an affordable price.

Opportunity Village opened last August and is home to 31 people in micro-houses or Conestoga Huts. Reverend Dan Bryant is president of the Opportunity Village board. He says the spin-off would be for people who are ready to transition out of temporary shelter.

Angela Kellner

55-year-old John Baker has been homeless on and off for the past 5 years. While at a homeless shelter in Aspen, Colorado, he wrote a sitcom screenplay called "The Homeless Bums of Aspen." He spoke with KLCC's Angela Kellner about submitting the screenplay to NBC during their open call for sitcoms.

John Baker's song, "The Homeless Bums of Aspen" is on You Tube.

Chris Lehman

Same-sex couples now have the right to marry in Oregon. A federal judge Monday overturned the state's ban on gay marriage. U.S. District Judge Michael McShane's ruling clears the way for weddings to begin immediately. Same-sex couples lined up this morning outside the Multnomah County marriage license office anticipating a ruling in their favor. Gay rights advocates say couples plan to get married throughout the afternoon and evening in Portland and Eugene.

Tiffany Eckert

The Global Strike for Fast Food Workers is happening across the country and around the world today (Thursday). The protest is a call for higher pay and worker rights for the estimated four million employees in the fast food industry. One of the events is in Eugene.

It’s lunchtime business as usual at the McDonald’s on Broadway in Eugene….

But outside on the sidewalk, a handful of activists are protesting  the corporate fast food giant. They want to see a “living wage” for its employees.

Lauren Regan is director of the Civil Liberties Defense Center.

Desmond O'Boyle

In 2013, about 10,000 people in Lane County experienced homelessness.  Although high, Lane County Human Services says this is an improvement from the previous year.  

Nine thousand eight hundred fifty-six homeless people sought social services through Lane County last year.  Human Services Supervisor Pearl Wolfe says the community at large is discouraged by the overwhelming nature of the issue.  But, she says, this number is nearly 1000 lower than in 2012.

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Lane County is one of thirteen jurisdictions across the nation chosen to implement a new juvenile justice program model. It’s designed to reduce the number of youth who “crossover” between child welfare and the juvenile justice system.

“At any time we have between 400 and 500 youth somewhere in our system.”

That’s John Aarons. He’s been working with Lane County Youth Services for nearly 30 years. In his view, the newly launched Crossover Youth Practice Model will help formalize an important partnership.

Karen Richards

Late Tuesday afternoon, gay rights supporters in seven cities around Oregon gathered for a vigil ahead of a landmark court case.  A federal judge in Eugene will hear oral arguments Wednesday afternoon challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Eugene resident Clark Compton has been volunteering with the pro-same-sex marriage group Oregon United for Marriage for the past year.  

Karen Richards

Wednesday's federal hearing on Oregon's same-sex marriage ban will go ahead as scheduled, after a Eugene judge today denied a motion to postpone by opponents.  

The Oregon Attorney General announced back in February that the state would not defend the voter-approved Constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.  The state said the ban would not stand up to a federal equal rights challenge. 

Desmond O'Boyle

An anonymous donor from Eugene has stepped forward with $400,000 to purchase property for a homeless camp in the city.

The $400,000 will be used to buy a piece of private property to create a place for homeless people to sleep. The donor has also asked that a health clinic be on site for residents and others in need.

Attorney Mary Broadhurst is a homeless advocate who's worked with SLEEPS and residents of the recently shuttered illegal Whoville camp. She says she's grateful.

Community Supported Shelters

Earlier this month police broke up a high profile homeless camp in Eugene called Whoville. The people who lived there said they felt safe and part of a community. The city has established a pilot program for legal camping. They're called"rest stops". So far there are two. They're creating community for people who need a sense of connection.

de Buhr: "…how are things going?"

Jes Burns

This month, the City of Eugene’s Human Rights Office, in conjunction with the Eugene Police Department, released a report documenting bias-based incidents and criminal activity in our Community.  It found there were 55 incidents reported in 2013 – ranging from acts of physical violence to vandalism targeting people based on race, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, and religion.

KLCC’s Jes Burns speaks with Michael Kinnison, manager of the Eugene Equity and Human Rights Office.

Rachael McDonald

Eugene Police surrounded an illegal homeless camp known as Whoville Friday morning and told the 30 or so residents to pack up and go. The City Council gave an April 15th deadline for the site to close.

Rachael McDonald

Advocates for the Eugene homeless encampment known as Whoville are pushing for an extension of a deadline to close down the camp.  They expect the City will begin the process of evicting residents Tuesday.

Rachael McDonald

Homeless advocates say a grassy area between a busy highway and the main line railroad in north Eugene is not a good place for the residents of Whoville. The City Council last week voted to approve a 3rd pilot "rest stop" for the people who've been at a camp near downtown for months.

It's a narrow piece along Northwest Expressway, near its intersection with River Road. No sidewalks. As vehicles whiz by, Ken Lainy sits in his wheelchair on a gravel driveway.

Advocates Lock Arms to Block NW Deportations

Feb 25, 2014
Liz Jones

Immigrant advocates locked arms Monday morning at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, WA. Their goal was to physically block the feds from deporting people who are in the US illegally.  These blockades are part of an ongoing, nationwide campaign.

Angelica: "You guys, hey. This way."

Angelica Chazaro sprints down a side street near the Tacoma detention center.

Chazaro: "Run that way, run that way….run run run."

Whoville Coalition To Hold Open House

Feb 21, 2014
Rachael McDonald

The Whoville coalition will hold an open house Saturday. Its intention is to bring awareness to the urgency of finding a new site for residents. Nathan Showers, known as "Red", is one of Whoville's counselors and managers. He says he hopes the open house will give an inside look into how the establishment operates.

Red: "It's just to let everybody come together and see Whoville people and how we interact together in a group and our living situation. So, you can see how well we do get along and coincide together."

Veteran Tells Of His Struggles With Homelessness

Feb 20, 2014
Storycatchers

Roger Coffee is a Vietnam veteran and Occupy protester who's lived on the streets of Eugene. Fellow Occupy member Karen Moore talked with him about his struggles as a veteran and the help he's received. Roger now lives in a Conestoga Hut through CALC (Community Alliance of Lane County). To hear more stories from our community or to record your own got to storycatchers.org.  Edited by Evelyn Thorne

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Marriages for gay couples will continue in Utah for the time being. A federal judge has denied a request to stay his own decision, a ruling he handed down last week. The judge ruled on Friday that Utah's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. From member station KUER in Salt Lake City, Terry Gildea reports.

TERRY GILDEA, BYLINE: At the Salt Lake County Clerk's office on Monday morning, Nathan Tanner and Jon Ayre exchanged vows.

Project Homeless Connect

In an effort to attract more people, the Benton County Project Resource Connect has dropped the word "homeless" from the name of their event.
 

Nationwide, homeless connect events are held as a one-stop shop for people needing assistance accessing services. Benton County Project Coordinator Johanna Peerenboom says they've dropped the word "homeless" from the title of their event.

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