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January 23, 2014 05:39 PM

The Eugene Human Rights Commission has weighed in on the city's plan to shut down and fence off the Whoville homeless camp, according to an email circulating on Facebook pages that call for aiding the unhoused of Eugene.

January 22, 2014

Dear Mayor, CIty Councilors, and City Manager,

The Eugene Human Rights Commission (HRC) is very concerned with the health and safety of the 40 to 50 residents of Whoville at Broadway and Hilyard. We understand at EPD plans to close the protest camp down and disperse its residents. Among Whoville's residents are people who are disabled, some in wheel chairs, as well as people who suffer from severe mental health issues and substance abuse problems. Such people are often not readily accommodated by shelter services even when beds are available. It is not clear where the residents will go if the camp is shut down.

The HRC unanimously recommends that the following immediate action be taken: Rescind current plans to close Whoville and allow those who presently reside there to remain. This could be done in a number of ways, including a mayoral declaration of a housing emergency that would allow people to stay at Whoville legally. We believe the Whoville residents should be permitted to remain until adequate and accessible alternatives are available.

We also recommend that the City expand the number of operating Rest Stops to at least four. On sis already open. However, specific reasons cited at our HRC meeting by the unhoused and their advocates regarding the City-approved Northwest Expressway site make it unviable as a second site. We believe three additional Rest Stop sites should be established including the site at 8th and Mill favored by advocates for the homeless before closure of the Whoville location is considered. Inclusion of such advocates in the selection of additional sites may expedite the selection process.

From a human rights perspective, a perspective mandated by Eugene's revised Human Rights Ordinance and to which the HRC is highly committed, the recommended actions fall short of fulfilling the human right to housing. However these actions are important steps toward recognizing the basic human right of every person to life, health, and personal security.

Sincerely yours,

Andrew Thomson, Chair

Chris Nunes, Vice Chair

Eugene Human Rights Commission

The HRC is recuiting for four new members to serve on the commission, the application period ends March 28.

January 22, 2014 12:01 PM

A little musical primer on coal trains in the Pacific Northwest and grassroots effort to stop them performed by Counterfeit Cash.

January 20, 2014 06:17 PM

Celebrations of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. in Springfield and Eugene had big turnouts today, but it looks like you can't celebrate MLK without a racist-type or two showing up. A bagpipe-playing kilt-wearing couple serenaded Springfield while wielding a sign saying "'Diversity' is a code word for white genocide." 

EW has heard allegations that this is the same man who hung the banner over I-5 in Springfield in September 2013 that read "Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white" and that the man in question intends to run for mayor. Anyone know if those allegations are true?

Photo credit: Dana Jo Cook

January 16, 2014 02:27 PM

"New Jersey … only the strong survive." I read that on a T-shirt once. (I think it was the same batch of state shirts that also included "Idaho? No, You da ho.") Bruce Springsteen and the Sopranos have made Jersey famous. Bridge-blocking Gov. Chris Christie makes it infamous.

January 16, 2014 04:43 PM

This in from Rep. Peter DeFazio's office today:

 

DeFazio Encourages President Obama to Adopt GMO Labeling Standards

Washington, DC – Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) joined members of Congress and more than 200 businesses and organizations today to support a letter sent to President Obama. The letter encourages the President to fulfill his 2007 pledge to require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) adopt a national mandatory GMO labeling system.

Signatories of the letter include Oregon Tilth, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Amy’s Kitchen, Annie’s Homegrown, Inc., Applegate, Stonyfield Farm, Nature’s Path Foods, the Center for Food Safety, Just Label It, and Environmental Working Group.

Rep. DeFazio has long supported a standard that would empower consumers to know what’s in the food they eat. In April 2013, he and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, legislation that would require the FDA to clearly label genetically engineered (GE) foods. Rep. DeFazio’s House bill has 50 co-sponsors.

While the FDA requires the labeling of more than 3,000 ingredients, additives and processes, the agency has resisted labels for genetically modified food.

“It’s time the FDA’s policies reflect 21st century food technologies. After all, twenty years ago they didn’t have corn that could produce its own insecticide,” DeFazio said. “Plain and simple, this is about consumer rights. People should have the ability to make an informed choice about what they feed their family and we know it’s not an impossible request of food manufacturers, because they already label GMOs in more than sixty countries. Food manufacturers can and should offer that same standard right here in the U.S.”

You can find a link to the letter to President Obama here.

January 8, 2014 04:48 PM

Before there was Edward Snowden, there was a group of burglars who broke into the FBI's offices, exposed the agency's spying under J. Edgar Hoover and led the exposure of COINTELPRO. They were never caught. In case you missed The New York Times story, Retro Report made a video about the break in, which took place the night Muhammed Ali and Joe Frazier had their epic boxing match.

A Heist that Changed History from Retro Report on Vimeo.

December 27, 2013 04:55 PM

If you haven't already seen it making the rounds on Facebook, then check out this collection of news bloopers that makes me grateful EW is a print publication and that I don't have to interview handsy primates.

December 19, 2013 05:39 PM

From billboards in Oregon airports to Christmas carols, Oregon Wild is going all out with its campaign to save Oregon's public forests. Looks like the Oregon group is giving the Center for Biological Diversity a run for its money in terms of clever media play. Can Oregon Wild beat the Endangered Species condoms? How about something more gender-inclusive like anti-clearcut dental dams or old-growth vibrators? (Don't procreate! Recreate!).

December 17, 2013 03:24 PM

The Whos down in Whoville got a Christmast tree from EPD! It's nice to see some Christmas cheer coming from the Eugene police! If you can't see the video below, check it out on Facebook.

 
December 17, 2013 05:19 PM

The Obamacare rap spoof of Snoop Dog (Snoop Lion?)'s "Drop it like it's hot" is weirdly fascinating.

“So don’t stand and diddle. My healthcare’s the ‘shizzle.’ It’s chock full of top notch healthcare ‘provizzles.’"

 

But even weirder was Karl Rove's response on Fox. According to Politico, Rove said:

“I worry about something that seems aim to glorification of the commander-in-chief, the president of the United States as opposed to simply advocating young people go out and sign up for this entitlement program,” Rove said Thursday on Fox News’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.” Rove continued, “This disturbingly gets too close to the line. I think it, in fact, crosses it.” “Could you imagine if such a thing had been run by George Bush or Bill Clinton or Bush 41 or Reagan?” Rove asked. “‘I have two terms, I’m really cool, I’m really hip.’ How much public outcry there could have been?”

December 16, 2013 12:18 PM

These days the fact that climate change is happening is a given (and yeah, we say "climate" change becaue when you say "global warming" people tend to point to a cold snap and say, how is THAT global warming?  Because, climate change.) But can you explain how the global warming/climate change phenomenon works?

No worries, this cartoon will do it for you in under a minute.

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For those of us with a slightly longer attention span, here's the five-minute version:

December 12, 2013 01:41 PM

"Hey, man. Don't steal her purse (that's how you talk in Eugene, where everyone's a hippie)," says former Eugene bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler on the Small Screen site as he tells the story wearing a Red Agave T-shirt. Morgenthaler has a show on the site called The Morgenthaler Method, born out of his longtime blog

December 6, 2013 05:37 PM

This just in from Occupy Medical:

Occupy Medical in Veneta and Eugene are canceled this weekend due to the weather.

December 4, 2013 12:29 PM

I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't realize Oregon had 185 state parks. Not only do we have that many parks, The Weather Machine has filmed its new music video for "Back O'er Oregon" in all of them.

Here's the list of parks from The Weather Machine's website, in order of appearance (*indicate not a state park):

Portland, OR 0:01* 

Government Island State Park 0:17

 

Hat Rock State Park 0:19

 

Battle Mountain Scenic Corridor 0:21

 

Benson State Recreation Area 0:23

 

McVay Rock State Park 0:27

 

Minam State Recreation Area 0:29

 

Agate Beach State Recreation Area 0:30

 

Driftwood Beach State Recreation Area 0:32

 

Memaloose State Park 0:33

 

Crissey Fields State Recreation Area 0:34

 

Rooster Rock State Park 0:36

 

Heritage Landing (Deschutes) 0:38

 

W.B. Nelson Recreation Site 0:40

 

Smelt Sands State Recreation Area 0:41

 

Pete French Round Barn State Heritage Site 0:42

 

White River Falls State Park 0:43

 

Devil’s Punchbowl State Natural Area 0:46

 

Ochoco State Scenic Viewpoint 0:48

 

Fall Creek State Recreation Area 0:49

 

Hoffman Memorial State Wayside 0:50

 

Face Rock Scenic Viewpoint 0:51

 

Arizona State Recreation Area 0:53

 

Lowell State Recreation Area 0:54

 

Touvelle State Recreation Area 0:55

 

Clyde Holliday State Recreation Area 0:56

 

Ellmaker State Wayside 0:57

 

L.L. Stub Stewart State Park 0:58

 

Whale Watching Center 0:58

 

Deschutes River State Recreation Area 1:00

 

Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area 1:01

 

Humbug Mountain State Park 1:01

 

Fort Yamhill State Heritage Site 1:02

 

Lost Creek State Recreation Site 1:04

 

* Historic Columbia River Highway (Tooth Rock Trailhead) 1:05

 

Kum Wah Chung State Heritage Site 1:05

 

Sonefield Beach State Recreation Site 1:06

 

Vista House/Crown Point State Scenic Corridor 1:07

 

Neskowin Beach State Recreation Area 1:08

 

Pistol River State Scenic Corridor 1:09

 

Umpqua Wayside (Umpqua State Scenic Corridor) 1:09

 

Cape Lookout State Park 1:10

 

Milo McIver State Park 1:10

 

Nehalem Bay State Park 1:11

 

Alesea Bay Bridge Historic Interpretive Center 1:13

 

William M. Tugman State Park 1:14

 

Detroit Lake State Recreation Area 1:14

 

Beaver Creek State Recreation Area 1:15 

 

Prineville Reservoir State Park 1:16

 

Bradley State Park 1:18

 

Sumpter Valley Dredge State Heritage Area 1:23

 

Farewell Bend State Recreation Area 1:24

 

Muriel O. Ponsler State Scenic Viewpoint 1:24

 

Harris Beach State Recreation Site 1:25

 

Casey State Recreation Area 1:25

 

Oceanside Beach State Recreation Area 1:26

 

Bob Creek Wayside 1:30

 

Smith Rock State Park Chandler State Wayside 1:32

 

* Chandler State Park 1:34

 

Erratic Rock State Natural Site 1:37

 

Owahee Lake State Park 1:39

 

Mayer State Park 1:40

 

Portland Women’s Forum State Recreation Site 1:42

 

Silver Fall State Park 1:44

 

Tyron Sreek State Natural Area 1:46

 

Paradise Point State Recreation Area 1:49

 

Dexter State Recreation Area 1:50

 

Yaquina Bay State Recreation Area 1:51

 

Bolon Island Tideways State Scenic Corridor 1:53

 

Hug Point State Recreation Site 1:55

 

Angle’s Rest Trailhead (part of Bridal Veil) 2:00

 

Golden & Silver Falls State Natural Area 2:02

 

Joseph H. Stewart Recreation Area 2:05

 

Ecola State Park 2:08

 

Collier Memorial State Park 2:09

 

Koberg Beach State Recreation Area 2:10

 

Booth State Scenic Corridor 2:11

 

Goose Lake State Recreation Area 2:12

 

Manhattan Beach State Recreation Area 2:12

 

Dyer State Wayside 2:13

 

Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint 2:14

 

Cottonwood Canyon State Park 2:15

 

Port Orford Head State Park 2:16

 

Detroit Lake Campground 2:16

 

Valley Of he Rouge State Recreation Site 2:17

 

Ainsworth State Park 2:18

 

Cline Falls Scenic Viewpoint 2:19

 

Strawberry Hill Wayside 2:19

 

Wallowa River Wayside (Wallowa Lake Highway Forest State Scenic Corridor) 2:20

 

Otter Pint State Recreation Site 2:21

 

LaPine State Park Bullard’s Beach State Park 2:22

 

*Bullards Beach State Park 2:22

 

Bandon Wayside (Bandon State Natural Area) 2:23

 

Washburn State Wayside 2:24

 

Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park 2:24

 

Sunset Bay State Park 2:25

 

Governor Patterson Memorial State Recreation Site 2:25

 

Bandon State Natural Area (Devil’s Kitchen) 2:26

 

Geisel Monument State Heritage Site 2:28

 

- Terisadun State Recreation Site 2:30 (Tseriadun State Recreation Site)

 

Winchuck State recreation Site 2:32

 

Conde B McCullough State Recreation Site 2:35

 

Oswald West State Park 2:36

 

Fort Stevens Beach State Recreation Area 2:40

 

Bonnie Lure State Recreation Area 2:42

 

Bates State Park 2:45

 

Frenchglen State Heritage Site 2:46

 

Alfred A. Loeb State Park 2:47

 

Tub Springs State Wayside 2:48

 

Saddle Mountain State Recreation Site 2:49

 

Beachside State Recreation Site 2:52

 

Mary S. Young State Recreation Area 2:53

 

Viento State Park State Park 2:54

 

Ona Beach State Park 2:55

 

The Cove Palisades State Park 2:56

 

Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area 2:58

 

Golden Townsite State Heritage Area 3:01

 

Red Bridge State Wayside 3:03

 

Cape Argo State Park 3:04

 

Hecta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint 3:05

 

Banks-Vernonia State Trail 3:06

 

Bald Peak State Scenic Viewpoint 3:06

 

Coquille Myrtle Grove State Natural Site 3:07

 

Glenden Beach State Park 3:07

 

Starvation Creek State Park 3:09

 

Succor Creek State Natural Area 3:10

 

Coaka Landing State Park 3:11

 

Maud Williamson State Recreation Site 3:12

 

Arcadia State Recreation Site 3:13

 

Ophir State Recreation Site 3:14

 

Mitchell Point State Park 3:15

 

Alderwood State Wayside 3:16

 

Cape Blanco State Park 3:17

 

Boiler Bay Scenic Viewpoint 3:17

 

Lewis & Clark State Recreation Site 3:18

 

Beverly Beach State Park 3:19

 

Fogarty Creek State Recreation Site 3:20

 

Ukiah-Dale Forest State Scenic Corridor 3:21

 

Willamette Stone State Heritage Site 3:21

 

Latourell Falls / Guy W. Talbot State Park 3:22

 

Bob Straub State Park 3:24

 

Prospect State Scenic Viewpoint 3:26

 

Cascadia State Park 3:28

 

North Santiam State Recreation Area 3:30

 

Illinois River Forks State Park 3:32

 

Tokatee Klootchman Wayside 3:33

 

Champoeg State Heritage Site 3:36

 

Bridal Veil State Scenic Viewpoint 3:38

 

Elija Bristow State Park 3:40

 

Ontario State Recreation Site 3:41

 

Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint 3:43

 

Thompson’s Mills State Heritage Site 3:44

 

Unity Lake State Recreation Area 3:47

 

Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site 3:50

 

Molalla River State Park 3:51

 

Munson Creek Falls State Natural Area 3:52

 

State Capitol State Park 3:54

 

Jackson F. Kimball State Recreation Site 3:57

 

Fountain Wayside 3:59

 

OC & E Woods Line Trail State Park 4:00

 

Del Ray Beach State Recreation Site 4:02

 

Umpqua Lighthouse State Park 4:04

 

Catherine Creek State Park 4:06

 

Clay Meyers Natural Area 4:07

 

Peter Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint 4:08

 

Willamette Mission State Park 4:11

 

Lake Yachts State Recreation Area 4:12

 

Darlingtonia State Natural Site 4:13

 

Outside Succor Creek 4:14*

 

Tolovana Beach Recreation Site 4:15

 

Seal Rock Recreation Site 4:16

 

Floras Lake State Natural Area 4:17

 

Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint 4:18

 

Wolf Creek Inn State Heritage Site 4:20

 

Otter Crest State Scenic Viewpoint 4:22

 

Warm Springs State Recreation Area 4:24

 

Jasper State Recreation Area 4:25

 

Samuel H. Boardman Scenic Corridor 4:26

 

Neptune State Scenic Viewpoint 4:26

 

Hilgard Junction State Recreation Area 4:29

 

Carl C. Washburn Memorial State Park 4:31

 

Fort Rock State Natural Area 4:32

 

Dabney State Recreation Area 4:33

 

Cape Sebastian State Scenic Corridor 4:34

 

South Beach State Park (South Jetty) 4:36

 

Sarah Helmick State Recreation Area 4:38

 

Portland, OR 4:40*