Another Oregon winter has begun and it has been severely cold, windy, and wet already. Again, thousands of our unhoused citizens face another New Year with their basic human rights being violated by Eugene’s laws against sleeping. With tents erected illegally in a refugee camp fashion, the words “Please let us sleep” say it all at the SLEEPS protest currently on 150 Shelton Mcmurphy Blvd. Safe Legally Entitled Emergency Places to Sleep is what they want and it seems like a fair request but what they have been getting is even more tickets than usual and a lot of police time that could be much better spent. Forcing people from one place to another when they honestly have no where to go and no choice but to sleep, is a waste of city resources and anyone that agrees can email the city here. You can also go to a meeting and let your voice be heard.… Read the rest
SLEEPS is a grass roots organization whose mission is to provoke changes in attitudes, laws and policies toward those who are unhoused in order to help create a more just, humane and sensibly managed society for all.
SLEEPS is not just talking; we’re acting. It’s about taking action to establish and maintain Safe Legally Entitled Emergency Places to Sleep for those who are currently unhoused. SLEEPS works to decriminalize and provide resources for the other “unavoidable consequences of being human” such as cooking, eating, staying warm and dry and going to the bathroom. SLEEPS is exercising 1st Amendment rights for the purpose of upholding the 4th, 8th, 9th and 14th Amendments to the US Constitution and relevant Articles of the Oregon Constitution.
SLEEPS immediate objectives are to force the city to:
- modify the camping ban and park curfews to allow unhoused people to sleep from 9pm to 7am on public property, in accordance with the 2007 Jones v.