This letter was sent Dec. 2, 2013 to Eugene city officials from peace activist David Hazen.
Dear Mayor and City Councilors,
I have been alerted to the intention of the EPD to evict the occupants of Whoville on December 20, and I am asking you to redirect and postpone this action toward a more compassionate result. I am ready to move mountains to make Eugene a compassionate city. Would you like to meet for tea and talk, and if so what times work for you?
I am asking you to consider the importance of healing the past traumatic experiences of our economic refugees and not adding more trauma. I am asking you to consider the evidence that a capacity exists among the wounded, disenfranchised peoples within Eugene to unite into a self-healing community.
I wish to convert this apparent conflict between the city and the economic refugees in our midst into a model of cooperative learning and problem-solving at the deepest root level. I am certain that the expertise and resources to do this are available here and now.
Recently, my mentor and president of the National Peace Academy, Dot Maver, alerted me to the leading edge of community peace-building, which is to re-frame the process as a public health challenge, to become a trauma-informed community. This is a link to a one-page summary of an excellent 30-page description of a public health approach to healing trauma. I hope it helps you understand where I'm headed.
The City of Tarpon Springs is taking steps to become a "trauma informed community." Robin Saenger — former Vice Mayor of Tarpon Springs - and Dr. Andrea Blanch — Senior Consultant with the National Center on Trauma Informed Care talk about what that means and how we can all be a part of this movement in this video (11 minutes). See below.
Imagineer, Eugene Peace Team
Check out the Rebecca Coupe Frank Quartet at The Jazz Station in Eugene Dec. 6 followed by Siri Vik Dec. 14 and Halie Loren Dec. 20.
Bassist David Friesen will play at the Jazz Station at 8 pm tonight (Nov. 22) with the Circle Three Trio. $10/$8. 124 W. Broadway.
Sen. Jeff Merkley just sent this message to his supporters:
Minutes ago, the U.S. Senate voted to change the rules and end the practice of filibusters on presidential nominations to the executive branch and to the courts (except the Supreme Court).
This is historic. And you made it happen.
When I arrived in the Senate, I found a place that was dysfunctional — that didn't work the way it did when I was a young man, the way it had worked since the dawn of the Republic. I don't need to remind you: The Senate has been unable to act on too many critical issues.
But, together, we organized an historic grassroots campaign. Hundreds of thousands of Americans signed petitions, wrote letters, supported candidates who committed to filibuster reform. All told, millions of Americans spoke out.
And my fellow Democrats in the Senate heard you loud and clear.
Today, we have taken an important step toward fixing the filibuster — and making the Senate work for ordinary Americans again.
The President will be able to fill executive positions critical to creating middle-class jobs, fixing the housing crisis, cleaning our air and water, holding big corporations accountable, and so much more. We'll also start making progress on ending the empty-bench crisis in our judiciary, filling critical judicial positions and ensuring that justice is no longer delayed and denied.
You made this happen. And with your support, we'll continue to lead the way and get America back on track.
Comedian and columnist Steve Hofstetter will be at Diablo's at 7 pm tonight (Friday, Nov. 15). $20. Here's a video from 2008.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has a stunning video out by Scott McKinley showcasing the scenery and diverse wildlife of the Rockies. This short video won Best of Show at the International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula and was shot on location in Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park and at the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Tim Mueller, Nel Applegate, TR Kelly and Randy Hamme of Steel Wool have a new video featuring the song "Here in the Middle." The band will be playing at 3 pm Saturday, Dec. 7, at Holidy Market at the Fairgrounds, and again at 7 pm Dec. 21 at the Deadwood Community Center.
Amy Goodman introduces Dr. Steffie Woolhandler and John McDonough of Harvard who talk about our nation's crisis in health care and whether Obamacare will meet the needs of low-income people.
Here's a press release from Merkley's office today regarding the ENDA:
Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley visited the University of Oregon today to celebrate the Senate’s historic passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and to call on the House of Representatives to vote on this legislation. Senator Merkley also took the opportunity to invite Speaker Boehner out to Oregon to see how well Oregon’s anti-discrimination law is working and how eliminating discrimination is good for business.
“This week the Senate made a huge stride forward in equality and freedom and it’s time for the House of Representative to step up to the plate,” said Merkley. “In fact, since Speaker Boehner seems to be confused about how equality impacts workplaces, I invite him to Oregon to see firsthand how well our anti-discrimination law works. The bottom line is that no one should be fired or denied work because of who they are.”
Currently, there are no laws in 29 states that protect LGBT Americans from being fired simply for who they are. ENDA would change that by creating a federal anti-discrimination law similar to those that already exist on the basis of sex, religion and national origin. Senator Merkley led the fight to pass a state-level version of ENDA when he was the Speaker of the House in Oregon.
The Senate voted 64-32 on Thursday to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. This is the first time the Senate has passed this legislation since it was first introduced in 1994.
Local high school student Isabel Cordova helped Judith Castro produce this new LTD video about what riders can look forward to with West Eugene Emx.
Oregonians don't need fucking swimming pools, right?
The city of Eugene has approved a new homeless camp at a parcel of city land off Chambers at the intersection with the Northwest Expressway. Train tracks border the site. Here is a video posted on the Homeless Action listserv Oct. 31.