Thursday, January 21, 2010

Radical Infoshop and Vegan Soul Food at 13th and Oak

Eugene finally gets an infoshop.

From the Eugene Weekly:
Radical reading is coming to Eugene. Bad Egg Books, a radical infoshop, is getting ready to open on the corner of 13th and Oak. Despite Eugene’s reputation as an activist and anarchist Mecca, the area hasn’t really had anything approaching an infoshop since Icky’s Teahouse closed in 1997. Organizers are accepting donations from 1 to 4 pm Sunday, Jan. 24.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Student Senate votes on resolution against pacifica forum on campus.

Unanimously the Student Senate voted in approval of the resolution which calls for Pacifica Forum to "[get the fuck] off the university" (some words and emphasis added). The issue was safety, as students and community members sighted violent attacks, harassment and a feeling of general insecurity from the Pacifica Forum's presence on campus.

While this meeting sent the resolution to rules committee, where it will go through grammatical not substance reform. It will be heard for final approval in next week's senate meeting... stay tuned for that. Further that, but every Senator did support the bill, so it will likely pass.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Human Rights Advocates Face Six Months in Federal Prison For Nonviolent Direct Action Opposing School of the Americas

On Monday, January 25, 2010, four human rights advocates are scheduled to begin federal trials for carrying the protest against the School of the Americas onto the Fort Benning military base in Georgia. This school, re-named the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, is a controversial U.S. Army training school for Latin American soldiers. Each defendant faces up to six months in prison and a $5,000 fine for this act of nonviolent civil disobedience.

The four were among the thousands who gathered on November 19-21, 2009 outside the gates of Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia to demand a change in U.S.-Latin America foreign policy and the closure of the School of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC). The group peacefully crossed onto Ft. Benning, site of the school, while thousands stood vigil at the gates of Fort Benning in memory of those killed by graduates of the institution.