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February 22, 2017 03:29 PM

In an update sent to Lane Community College faculty and staff today, LCC president Mary Spilde reminds that that a sanctuary policy was passed by the LCC board in February and says, "In the unlikely event that anyone from any federal agency shows up in a classroom or office they should be directed to the President's Office."

The portions of the president's message that relate to immigration are below.

Resolution on the Protection, Safety and Sanctuary of All Students

You may be aware that the board of education passed a resolution on the Protection, Safety and Sanctuary of All Students at the February meeting. The resolution is attached. We are now working on developing board policy that embeds some of the elements of the resolution. We plan to have first readings in March.

In the meantime, I'd like to provide some guidance. In the unlikely event that anyone from any federal agency shows up in a classroom or office they should be directed to the President's Office. Our staff is developing a protocol to review credentials and warrants or subpoenas.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recently updated its FAQs on the "Sensitive Locations Policy." In the past colleges and universities were listed as places to avoid for enforcement activities. The update does not appear to change this practice. Please remember also that FERPA protects student information and representatives of the college are not to provide any information about our students’ schedules, attendance, grades, etc. to anyone not authorized to receive it. If something happens after hours, please send the individual(s) to Public Safety.

At this time this scenario is highly unlikely. DHS guidance released on Tuesday does not appear to target “Dreamers” or DACA students but, of course, their families will likely be impacted as these enforcement actions ramp up. In addition, we expect a new Executive Order regarding banning individuals from certain countries. As the situation evolves we will be monitoring things and re-grouping as events change.

February 22, 2017 02:39 PM

This Facebook Live video was posted by Angie Spencer from the Standing Rock protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. State officials ordered the protest camps to be cleared out today, Feb. 22, by 2 pm.

Spencer lists herself as a "PTSD Specialist. PhD Candidate. Human & Civil Rights Advocate. Oceti Oyate, All Nations."

News site Buzzfeed has been there covering the removal, as has The Atlantic.

Local DAPL water protector Janie Coverdell is still at Standing Rock. She posted to her Facebook page this morning that she was on her way back  to the Sacred Stone Camp,  and "There will be a blockade of sorts. Armed forces will not be allowing entry in a few days or so..not even food/firewood."

Coverdell is fundraising to cover the cost of her trip to Standing Rock. She gave up her job to join the protest, she writes on her GoFundMe page. To donate, go here

February 16, 2017 12:17 PM

"PyschoSuperMom" Lauren Mayer writes and performs an anti-Trump folk song — the Ballad of Donald vs. Nordstrom takes on the Donald's battle with department store Nordstrom over dropping his daughter Ivanka's line of clothing.

So heed the tale I'm telling while these chords strum

About when Donald Picked A Fight With Nordstrom

His insults and his lies just made their stock price rise

It's the ballad of Donald vs. Nordstrom.



 

 

February 10, 2017 06:29 PM

Environmental groups that have long fought to preserver the coastal old growth of the Elliott State Forest are celebrating today.

The public forest was recently threatened with privatization, but today Gov. Kate Brown released a plan to keep the forest public and in her statement addresses its value as habitat and as a carbon sink. 

Cascadia Wildlands, one of the earliest conservation groups to agitate to save the Elliott, released a statement in response, saying the group is:

… encouraged by the governor's leadership toward finding a lasting solution for the Elliott State Forest that maintains the forest in public ownership. There are still a number of details that need to be worked out and elaborated on, and we look forward to continuing to working toward a solution that safeguards all the public values of the forest, including protecting old growth and mature stands, wildlife habitat, clean air and water and recreation.

The Oregon League of Conservation Voters celebrated as well, sending out an email blast that says, "With almost nothing but bad news on the environment coming from Washington D.C., it’s phenomenal to see real leadership here in Oregon."

Brown's statement in full is below.

The Elliott State Forest was created in 1930, through consolidating tracts of Common School Fund forest land scattered across Oregon. Since the mid-1950s the Elliott has produced in excess of $400 million for Oregon schools. About 90 percent (82,500 acres) of the Elliott State Forest is owned by Oregon's Common School Fund – a trust fund for K-12 public education that is overseen by the State Land Board as trustees.

Since 2013, because of harvest limitations prompted by a lawsuit over federally protected species, owning the Elliott has cost the Common School Fund more than $4 million. We must change the way we own and manage the forest, ways that benefit Oregon's schools and children for the long term.

Oregon's public lands — our forests, parks, and beaches — are irreplaceable assets. Even in the face of complicated challenges, we must strive to protect the values Oregonians hold dear.

Today I propose my way forward for the Elliott, a plan I believe is in the best interest of future generations of Oregonians.

• The Elliott is Oregon's first State Forest, and has been a State Forest since 1930. Under my plan, the Elliott State Forest would remain in public ownership, with either the state or tribes owning the land.

• A bond proposal would be developed to include up to $100 million in state bonding capacity to protect high value habitat, including riparian areas, steep slopes, and old growth stands. The investment will go into the Common School Fund and decouple a portion of the forest from the Common School Fund trust lands.

• On the remainder of the forest, we will re-enter into negotiations with the Federal Services for a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) that will allow for sustainable timber harvest while protecting endangered and threatened species. We expect that harvest to average about 20 million board feet per year over the long term – the next 100 years of this state forest's history.

• We hope to work with the tribes to regain ownership of their ancestral lands while protecting the Common School Fund.

When the state adopted the protocol to sell the Elliott, there was no established value for the forest. Because we followed the protocol, we have an appraised value of $221 million.

We know the Elliott is worth far more to Oregon's children than $221 million. By investing in and protecting the highest quality habitat, areas where forest management is the most vulnerable to expensive and lengthy lawsuits, we are protecting marbled murrelets, owls, and coho salmon. At the same time, sustainable forestry management on the remainder of the land can generate continued financial returns for Oregon schools.

We also know Oregon forests are a carbon sink, holding an estimated 3 billion tons of carbon. Growing trees is something the Elliott does well, and in public ownership the forest will help the state meet our climate goals. That, too, benefits Oregon's school children, and all Oregonians for generations to come.

 

February 6, 2017 02:51 PM

We woke up today and it was cold, pouring rain and Donald Trump is still president and he and his cronies are still making shit up.

Luckily we have Randy Rainbow to help us sing our blues away.

For like 5 minutes.

And in case you are one of EW's many readers who doesn't have TV and stays off Facebook and somehow missed Saturday Night Live and Melissa McCarthy's take on Sean Spicer, let this be our gift to you. 

In some strange new, probably temporary, strategy, Trump did not take to Twitter Sunday morning to call SNL "Not Funny" and predict it's demise and Spicer told Fox News that McCarthy's spoof of him was "cute."

February 4, 2017 03:59 PM

Eugene Weekly is getting reports of local businesses, including Old Nick's Pub, being tagged with Nazi graffiti the night of Feb. 3.

Photo of graffiti at Old Nick's Pub by Emily Nyman.

A post on the Pacific Northwest Anti-Fascist Workers Collective Facebook page reads:

Please share:

The first picture is the boreal. The second two are old nicks. They were tagged last night by the local neo-nazi contingency. Nazis are coming after our show spaces. Not in the abstract, but they are making material threats against the two most visible punk/metal venues in Eugene Oregon. I'm asking all of you to push back on this disgusting nonsense. Please come out to every show. Even if you don't like the music. Just come out and support the venues. Hang out outside, have a drink (at old nicks) go back and forth between the two, but COME OUT AND SUPPORT THEM. The nazi contingency wants to intimidate them out of business, please stand by your community and make that impossible. Thanks.

The post also features photos of another swastika as well as the number 88, which is said to be numerical code for "Heil Hitler" as H is the eighth letter of the alphabet. 

Update:

Eugene police spokesperson Melinda McLaughlin confirmed that cases of "criminal mischief (bias)" were investigated at 107 Van Buren Avenue (Jerry and Walt's Auto Care) and 211 Washington Street (Old Nick's). The police report says that officers investigated two cases of swastikas painted in the Whiteaker neighborhood. "There were no leads or suspect information."

February 3, 2017 12:02 PM

It started with the Netherlands: ""We totally understand it's going to be America First — But can we just say 'The Netherlands Second?'" a Dutch TV show asked, adding in a Donald Trump-cadenced voice, "We speak Dutch. It's the best language in all of Europe. We've got all the best words. All the other languages? Failed. Danish? Total disaster."

The video went viral, with YouTube currently clocking in at more than 17 million views.

The Swiss response soon followed: "We are not flat, like for example, the Netherlands. Total disaster," the cheeky and inuendo-filled video intones in Trumpian tones. "Like the KKK we also like to ride on horses and burn things."

As a Dane, my favorite is Denmark's response, also using the Trumpified vocal talents of Shaun Streeter. "We know you like golden showers, excuse me, golden towers, and we  have one, the golden tower in Tivoli Gardens," and offering to turn its windpower to oil.

Lithuania, Portugal and Germany have all weighed in as well, and you can see all the videos at everysecondcounts.eu.

If you are laughing at Trump, Europe is laughing with you. If you are horrified by Trump, well, Europe is horrified too. 

January 31, 2017 11:52 AM

In a Jan 31 email to Lane Community College faculty and students, LCC President Mary Spilde writes of the recent executive orders from President Donald Trump temporarily banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries and that the orders affect four LCC students. She adds that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students are still in limbo. 

Spilde's full statement is below.

Like many of you I have been dismayed and disappointed over the Presidential Executive Orders issued last week, particularly because of the impact on our students. These Orders were not processed or implemented in an orderly way causing a great deal of uncertainty, anxiety and extreme hardship for immigrants and refugees. The situation remains very fluid but along with our colleagues in our national associations we are monitoring events very carefully.

This kind of action does not align with the core values Lane lives by. It conflicts with the board policy on non-discrimination. I simply want to reaffirm our commitment to these values and policies and state that now, more than ever, we are unwavering in our commitment to equity and inclusion and to our students – all of our students. Lane is strengthened and enriched by the insights and culture brought by our international students and others and I believe that their presence contributes to international understanding and peace.

We have four students from one of the affected countries. We are reaching out to these students, listening and responding as we can. Our IESL and International Programs staff have been proactive in arranging activities to support students.

Of course, the impact of such reckless Orders goes far beyond these students. As Martin King said: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere … Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

For example, our Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students are still in limbo. Next week the board of education will take up a resolution on this matter that was deferred from an earlier meeting because of the snow storm. I expect the board to take a stand on behalf of our students.

I will keep you apprised of these issues as we learn more. For now, I ask that you reach out to one another and our students with compassion, caring and empathy.

January 27, 2017 04:10 PM

The Roseburg News-Review newspaper published a letter to the editor Jan. 25 calling for the murder of protesters.

Though the writer does not specifically refer to the Jan. 21 Women's March on Washington, the letter suggests shooting "a few of this year's crop" of protesters. 

The letter, written by Terry Stafford of Riddle, Oregon, was published online and in print under the headline "Working, tax-paying citizens they are not" and it starts off decrying protestors (spelled in the British style) for being "socialists" and "trying to bring down the United States."

The letter references the 1970 Kent State shootings of student Vietnam War protesters and was published 15 months after the Oct. 1, 2015 Umpqua Community College mass shooting in Roseburg  in which nine people were killed and eight were wounded.

Stafford writes, "How about we shoot a few of this year's crop — say a dozen at each protest to see how many were bussed [sic] in, paid well." He adds, "Of course, we will give all samples an absolutely free same-day burial at sea."

After a public outcry on the website, social media and calls and messages to the News-Review, the online letter was taken down. The editor's note  apologizes and says, "After reviewing our guidelines, which clearly state not to threaten the harm of another individual, we removed the letter. " 

 

 

January 5, 2017 02:16 PM

Press release of the day goes to SAIF for its advice on dealing with slippery sidwalks.

With inclement weather arriving in some parts of the state and forecast for others, SAIF again wants to remind Oregonians to "walk like a penguin."

"Slips, trips, and falls are the leading cause of injury in Oregon--both in and out of the workplace," said Scott Clark, safety innovations manager for SAIF. "Changing how you walk on slippery surfaces can mean the difference between making it home safely and taking an unexpected trip to the hospital."

Clark offers the following guidance for taking walking cues from our arctic friends:

*Keep your hands by your side (and not in your pockets).

*Slow down and take short steps.

*Walk flat-footed.

*Point your toes slightly to the sides. 

The not-for-profit insurance company supplied a video to illustrate its point:

January 2, 2017 12:39 PM

Now that the 49ers have fired Chip Kelly, on the heels of the University of Oregon firing football coach Mark Helfrich, you cannot help but to wonder if the former Ducks coach should have listened to the pleas of musician (and Ducks fan) Mat Kearney?

December 19, 2016 04:58 PM

The Electoral College voted Donald Trump in as president today. 

At least Saturday Night Live can still make us laugh. 

And Trump hates it and hates that you watch it.

December 5, 2016 10:31 AM

According to the website corpcounsel.com, "The University of Oregon has asked its general counsel, Kevin Reed, to look into whether the school's athletic department is violating university free-speech policies by allegedly threatening to pull the credentials of reporters who try to speak directly with student athletes."

Corporate Counsel, a publication that specializes in "addressing the needs of the nation’s in-house attorneys and executives," writes that the issue arose when the Daily Emerald reported  three incidents of violence over two years allegedly committed by Duck football tight end Pharaoh Brown.

According to a Nov. 28 Emerald story about the UO Senate calling for an investigation of athletic department for possible free speech violation, the Emerald reporter, Kenny Jacoby "had called kicker Matt Wogan for comment, following a prearranged interview in which Wogan declined to speak on the issue. The department’s policy states that all requests for interviews with players must go through the athletic department, and by calling a player directly, the Emerald knowingly violated that policy."

Corporate Counsel reports that "asked about an investigation, Reed confirmed that university president Michael Schill asked him 'to conduct a review. I wouldn't describe it as an investigation. I understand my brief is to report to the president regarding whether our rules governing the rights of speech of our student athletes and the rights of access of the press to our student athletes are consistent with university policy, law and best practices.' He said he expects to report back 'sometime after the first of the year.'"