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CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY INSTRUCTS STAFF TO MOVE FORWARD WITH SLEEPING ORDINANCE

4.25.2013 Eugene, OR The Eugene City Council, which had dawdled unmercifully in coming to the table to discuss Safe Legally Entitled Emergency Places to SLEEP for those who are unhoused, arrived at the April 22 Council Work Session table with unprecedented determination to take immediate and purposeful action.  The Councilors were brought to the table [...]

SLEEPS Strike Team to Demonstrate at Kaufman House on Saturday, February 9

SLEEPS Strike Team to Demonstrate at Kaufman House on Saturday, February 9. On Saturday, February 9, at 1 p.m. the SLEEPS Strike Team will demonstrate for the unhoused. SLEEPS activists and their supporters will display signs, pitch tents, and rake the yard at the abandoned Trude Kaufman House at 996 Jefferson Street in Eugene. With [...]

HEDIN’S DREAM:  THE TRUDE KAUFMAN HOUSE UNSHUTTERED AND HELPING AGAIN

HEDIN’S DREAM: THE TRUDE KAUFMAN HOUSE UNSHUTTERED AND HELPING AGAIN

HEDIN’S DREAM:  THE TRUDE KAUFMAN HOUSE UNSHUTTERED AND HELPING AGAIN HEDIN BRUGH is a tough survivor and relentless activist who lives on the streets of Eugene.  He’s fought for the trees and environment for much of his life.  More recently, he’s fought against illegal foreclosures, fought for first amendment rights and now he is fighting [...]

SLEEPS ASK MAYOR TO PROVIDE MECHANISMS AND TIMEFRAMES FOR PROMISES MADE AT STATE OF CITY ADDRESS

SLEEPS ASKS MAYOR TO PROVIDE MECHANISMS AND TIMEFRAMES FOR PROMISES MADE AT STATE OF CITY ADDRESS; STATES HER PROMISES HAVE NOT YET BEEN CONSIDERED OR APPROVED BY COUNCIL Today SLEEPS formally asked the Mayor and City Manager to provide empirical, written information on how and when the City plans to follow through on the Mayor’s [...]

SPIRITS OF THE DEAD STAND IN SILENT WITNESS AT STATE OF CITY ADDRESS

SPIRITS OF THE DEAD STAND IN SILENT WITNESS AT STATE OF CITY ADDRESS “It took one death to start the Egan Warming Centers.  I wonder how many deaths it will take to modify the anti-sleeping laws? Why are we waking people up in the middle of the night when they’re doing nothing wrong, just sleeping? [...]

21 SLEEPS PROTESTORS ARRESTED AT FREE SPEECH PLAZA

21 SLEEPS protestors were arrested tonight at 11PM when the constitution, apparently, once again expired.  This is the fourth time Lane County has attempted to evict the protestors.  One time EPD declined to evict the activists and they left voluntarily the next day, one time one protestor decided to disobey what she considered an unlawful [...]

FINALLY!  CITY ACKNOWLEDGES SLEEPS HAS RIGHT TO PROTEST ON CITY LAND

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After being unceremoniously kicked off City land twice and county land three times, the City has now advised SLEEPS that their legal team has switched position and agrees activists have the right to protest on public land. They also advised us that, even though Eugene municipal code forbids the use of tents, that they can now accept that they are “symbols” and thus free speech as SLEEPS has maintained.

It is unknown whether or not SLEEPS Activists plan to sue the city over the previous unconstitutional evictions of the unhoused protestors as part of their overarching legal challenges of laws that discriminate against the unhoused.   The Civil Liberties Defense Center is currently developing a series of legal challenges focused on anti-sleeping laws as well as those used to harass those who are unhoused out of the downtown area.

This change in policy is an important step forward in SLEEPS’ campaign to effect meaningful change in Eugene’s anti-sleeping laws.  “We were pretty surprised when we first started out to protest that federal, county and city governments all violated our rights to assemble and our free speech rights.  We’ve had to spend several weeks now just protesting for the right to protest!”

With progress on the Federal and City level, on Monday SLEEPS will take a fourth “whack” at the County’s unconstitutional restrictions on free speech in order to be able to launch it’s protest against the county’s anti-sleeping laws.

Both City and County laws criminalize sleeping with Eugene’s first offense fine set at $200 for the use of a blanket, sleeping bag or tent on any public property or even in your own legally parked vehicle.  There is nowhere to sleep.  The anti-sleeping laws kill and have to be changed and SLEEPS is working to do just that.

EPD RUSHES TO SLEEP PROTESTORS’ RESCUE AT FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK

EPD RUSHES TO SLEEP PROTESTORS’ RESCUE AT FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK One would think that the last place free speech would be squashed would be at our own Eugene Library. However, last Night SLEEPS Activists had to run to get an EPD officer to stop the library staff from destroying the images being chalked on [...]

SLEEPS PITCHING TENTS NOW AT ABANDONED TRUDE KAUFMAN SENIOR CENTER,

SLEEPS PITCHING TENTS NOW AT ABANDONED TRUDE KAUFMAN SENIOR CENTER, EUGENE SLEEPS pitches tents at the Trude Kaufman House today to highlight the fact that the city has allowed the historic home, donated to provide services to low income seniors, to lie dormant while 1500 unhoused people are out in the freezing weather.  The Kaufman [...]

SLEEPS to PROTEST ANTI-SLEEPING LAWS at STATE OF THE COUNTY ADDRESS

SLEEPS to PROTEST ANTI-SLEEPING LAWS at STATE OF THE COUNTY ADDRESS At 9:30 Monday morning, December 7, SLEEPS protestors will be in place at Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza to protest the County’s Anti-Sleeping Laws. At 10:00PM the Lane County Commission and public will gather for the annual State of the County address in Harris [...]