Monday, June 10, 2013

Know Your Rights Issue

Dear Friends,

We are happy to present to you a glistening, beautiful, online version of the soon-to-be printed Know Your Rights Guide.  It was written by the Civil Liberties Defense Center, and designed and published by the Student Insurgent.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May Day!

Dear Readers,

Happy May Day! Beltane! Spring! Wheeee!

May Day is a great day to honor the Earth, which continues to brighten as we leave winter behind.
May Day is a great day to give thanks to our community for all their support, and without which we couldn't dance around a May pole.
May Day is a great day to honor workers and unions.  Remember the Haymarket Massacre of 1886, the struggle for the 8-hour work day, and all the families that continue to struggle within (and against) the exploitative system of capitalism.
May Day is a great day to honor immigrants, who have so often been robbed of their human rights and exploited for their labor, but who continue to provide for their families and create meaningful lives.

It's a great day to envision the world in which we wish live.


P.S., You'll see the Love Issue really soon!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Poetry from Jah-vi

We got a letter from Jamie Cotten, a.k.a Jah-vi the other day.  He sent us a sexy poem you can expect in our love issue, and has a great blog..

 Check it out!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The ASUO Women’s Center and Sexual Assault Support Services of Lane County Present Take Back the Night 2013

Come break the silence surrounding sexual violence in our community at the 34th annual Take Back the Night event on April 25, 2013, an historic event that demands an end to sexual violence and supports those who have survived it. 

Since the first rally in Belgium in 1976, Take Back the Night has become an annual event in cities all over the world.  The event is composed of three parts—the Rally, March, and Speak Out.  The event is free, wheelchair accessible, interpreted in ASL and Spanish, and open to the public.  Food and warm beverages will be provided first come, first serve at the Speak Out.  Because the event is held mostly outdoors, we encourage participants to dress warmly or bring a change of clothes.  Below is the event program and location information:

KVAL Radio Show – 4:00pm
U of O’s Erb Memorial Union (EMU) Amphitheater
(E 13th Ave. and University St.)
Community Tabling – 5:00pm
U of O’s  EMU Amphitheater
Rally – 6:00pm
U of O’s  EMU Amphitheater
March – 7:00pm
Cozmic Pizza (199 W 8th Ave.)
Speak Out – 8:30 pm
Cozmic Pizza (The bar will be closed for the duration of the event.)

In this year’s rally, we proudly present speakers Maure Smith-Benanti, UO Assistant Director of LGBT Education and Support, and Patrick Lemmon, nonprofit co-founder of Men Can Stop Rape and our performers, the Radical Cheerleaders and the Sexual Wellness Advocacy Team.  After the Rally, event participants will take to the streets of Eugene and march united to end sexual violence in our community to the beat of Rhythm O, U of O’s newly independent drum line.  Latin@ Youth Group Juventud Faceta will lead chants in English and Spanish.  The Speak Out will open with a spoken word performance by Andrea Valderrama and will continue with participants sharing their experiences dealing with sexual violence. Sponsors include the Sexual Wellness Advocacy Team and Triangle Graphics.

The ASUO Women’s Center is a campus organization that advocates for the best educational and working environment for the women at the University of Oregon by working toward societal change and the end of oppression and supporting personal growth.

SASS is a non-profit organization that provides outreach, advocacy and support to survivors of sexual violence and their partners, families and friends throughout Lane County, maintaining a 24-hour crisis and support line and 24-hour advocacy for survivors of sexual assault and sexual abuse.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Love Issue: Submit (but only if its consensual)

That's right.  Love issue.  From solidarity, to self-love, to sexuality, and all things in between.  Submissions (articles, art, etc...) requested by April 1st.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Meeting on 2013-2014 Tuition

Attention, students! The UO administration is inviting students to a meeting on tuition for next year this Friday, March 15th from 2-3pm in the Jacqua Center Auditorium. This is an important issue and affects students greatly, so please come and represent students. It is pertinent we let the administration know we can't afford another increase in tuition prices. LE$$ T, a group comprised of educators and students seeking to lower tuition prices and advocate for affordable higher education will be handing out free T-shirts.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Anti-Forest Defense Bill in Oregon

Our Cascadia Forest Defender friends informed of a bill that's been proposed the capital. It would criminalize forest defense with a mandatory minimum of 13 months for interfering in logging operations.  Check out the CFD blog for more:

Friday, March 1, 2013

Direct Action Issue Out Now!

Well, the printer will send it back to us next week.  Here is our new and beautiful baby, the Direct Action Issue!  With interviews with Chief Caleen Sisk, Tre Arrow, and Camille from Zone a Defendre in France.  Also stories about Renters' Rights, Political Repression, and Eugene Activism.

The Student Insurgent

Police Raid Community Center in the Bronx

South Bronx community center Rebel Diaz Arts Collective (RDACBX) shut down by Federal marshals and NYPD. Rally to be held denouncing lockout and forced eviction.
March 1, 2013- After a violent daytime raid yesterday, Thursday, February 28, 2013, on the warehouse turned arts space at 478 Austin Place in the Bronx, members of Hip-Hop community center RDACBX are denouncing their forced eviction at a rally to be held at 6pm today in front of their locked out building.
The building landowner, local commercial developer Marc Pogostin of Austin Property Corp., had for months stalled negotiations on a new agreement with the RDACBX after the group’s original lease expired this past November. Despite diverse support for RDACBX from local politicians, churches, and community organizations in the area, Austin Property Corp. eventually refused to renew the lease, citing concerns about the group’s political murals, and prompting the surprise eviction yesterday.
“The violent actions taken yesterday are an attack on young people, artists, and Hip Hop culture,” says RDACBX co-founder RodStarz. “In a time where budget cuts, stop and frisk, and gentrification are affecting our communities, it’s a shame we are being treated like criminals. There is no justification for this eviction.”
Rebel Diaz pieceKaren Louviere, 19, a past participant in RDACBX youth programs, expressed her disappointment at the violent shutdown of the space. “They came in with armed officers into what is supposed to be a safe space for the community. A space that has served as an alternative for young people in the area, helping develop their talents in a positive way.”
The internationally renowned RDACBX, host to weekly cultural performances and educational workshops, had recently announced plans for the creation of the Richie Perez Radical Library, as well as the continuation of their widely recognized Boogie Mics open mic series, and the SxSBX Hip-Hop Festival.
“Despite the violent removal of RDACBX from its space, RDACBX will continue to work on its development, as it strives to be a resource for the community. There is a need for this organization to exist in The South Bronx,” says Claudia De La Cruz, a member of the collective.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Eugene Police Create and Escalate Conflict, Raid House

At 3 A.M. on Friday night, nine police cars, including one ‘Prisoner Transport Van,’ blocked Alder Street between 16th and 17th.  A police line stretched across the street and across the length of the Campbell Club house on the other side of the street. Not even a few hours earlier, the Campbell Club had been bumping their usual beats, hosting a benefit show for a new student group on campus.  However, after hours of continued escalation by the Eugene Police Department, the house had been raided by the police — doors kicked in, residents taken to jail, and community members shaken by the five-hour long incident.  23 were arrested, with 14 taken to jail for the morning.  

 From the beginning of the night, the EPD actively escalated the situation — transforming what could have been the issuing of a warning or citation for an alleged noise violation, into a warranted raid of the house. Upon an alleged altercation with someone on the front porch, an officer called for backup. While many were able to leave the party before cops trapped residents and party-goers inside, other party-goers were unable to leave for several hours due to EPD’s persistence to enter through any crack of the door.  Any resident who stepped outside to speak to the police was arrested and taken into custody.

Residents of the Campbell Club repeatedly invoked their fourth amendment right — protection from unreasonable search and seizure, requiring the police to have a warrant before entering a home without consent, and their fifth amendment right — the right to remain silent. Several residents had ‘Know Your Rights’ training, and were familiar with police interactions, including the lies and force that can be legally used to coerce cooperation.  

On the street, community members videotaped police interactions and documented officer and car numbers.  This is a practice called ‘CopWatch,’ and it is a powerful tool in holding the police accountable to the community. While police tried to quarantine the area in order to disrupt the documentation of their actions and to move supportive community members further away from the house, those on the outside also asserted their rights to film and be on public property.

Late into the night, police obtained a warrant to search for ‘sound equipment.’ The search, which could have begun and ended in the living room where the criminal equipment was quietly sitting, instead went through every room and to the roof, breaking down individuals’ doors and waking sleeping residents.  It is unclear if the search of individuals’ rooms was warranted.

Door of Campbell Club resident smashed in by police
Wall torn by Eugene Police Department

Door Broken by EPD

Police are now saying that they would have liked to use the Social Host Ordinance, which goes into effect in April, against the Campbell Club. “This is kind of a prime example of why that ordinance is going to be enforced,” said Sgt. David Natt. The Social Host Ordinance can lead to fines of up to $1,000 per person, as well as response costs. Had the Social Host Ordinance been in effect, it could have been on the Campbell Club’s tab to pay for the police response of between 10 and 14 patrol units for a five-hour period.

This enforcement, however, has nothing to do with keeping students — or anyone else — safe. With increasing legal force and firepower around the UO campus and Eugene, students and others in the campus area are forced into a compromising and untrusting relationship with police. Students may assert their rights, but Eugene Police have made it clear that their homes and bodies will not be respected — even if they have to get a warrant to prove it.  

Friday, February 8, 2013

Upcoming KYR booklet!

Hi Friends,

We are working on our upcoming Know Your Rights booklet.  It will cover talking to the police, asserting your rights, special considerations for immigration and youth, and grand juries. 

Until then, check out this presentation with CLDC attorney Lauren Reagan.  And remember, just say "NO" to cops.