See what we've been up to lately, and where we're headed for the next month!

News & Updates
February and March have been busy for CALC! In February, we celebrated Black History Month, and March brought many opportunities to be involved in community action, along with the first signs of spring!
"Not in Our City" Rally & Building Circles

Sunday February 12, CALC hosted the Not in Our City Rally at the Washington/Jefferson City Park. The rally was a peaceful response against the recent hate activity in our community.  Speakers at the rally included youth from  City Wide MEChA , people from our local Jewish and Muslim communities, and city officials. 

After the rally, there was an opportunity to join with fellow community members in "Building Circles" to organize and strengthen community. The Building Circles helped to cultivate awareness and resistance through education, theatre, art, poetry, building communi ty response teams, and more.

A Victory for Shelter Rights

Monday February 27, the Eugene City Council unanimously voted to make permanent two programs that provide those without homes legal and safe places to sleep . City councilors agreed to remove the sunset dates for the Rest Stop and Dusk to Dawn overnight sleeping programs. 

The Dusk to Dawn program, run by St. Vincent de Paul, provides a place for homeless people to sleep between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. 

Rest Stops provide ongoing legal shelter for up to 20 people in tents on platforms, Conestoga huts, or tiny houses.  Five rest stops are currently in operation.

In collaboration with the unhoused and other homeless activists, CALC's Shelter Rights organizer Michael Carrigan has played an important role in creating the Rest Stops, and will continue to advocate for the expansion of homeless services.  "Five rest stops are not enough. The Rest Stop Ordinance needs to be changed so that there will be more possible locations to cite Rest Stops - we want them placed in every City Ward," says Michael.
Public Interest and Environmental Law Conference

The weekend of March 2nd - 5th, the University of Oregon hosted the 35th annual Public Interest and Environmental Law Conference. The conference brings  together thousands of environmental activis ts, students, and professionals   from  diverse array of communities and cultures ,  to advance  efforts  for environmental and social justice. Eugene is honored to be the home of this nationally recognized event! Learn more about the Public Interest and Environmental Law Conference .
Sanctuary City Update

Monday March 13th, following a rally in support of the Sanctuary Movement, the Eugene City Council voted unanimously in favor of an ordinance which  ensures that city personnel and resources will not be used for detecting or apprehending undocumented citizens.

This ordinance does not name Eugene as an official Sanctuary City, which could have impacted federal funding. However the spirit of the ordinance stays true to what it means to be a Sanctuary City.  See KEZI's coverage of the City Council's vote and  learn more about the Sanctuary Movement .
US Empire at the Crossroads

On March 15th, the Eugene Garden Club hosted a discussion "US Empire at the Crossroads: Start a new Nuclear Arms Race, or Invest in Human and Environmental Needs featuring  Kevin Martin, president of National Peace Action, and  Reiner Braun, European peace activist and co-president of the International Peace Bureau.

The pressing topics for discussion included e ffective action for peace,  U.S./NATO conflicts with Russia, and t he urgent need to abolish nuclear weapons once and for all.
Looking Ahead:
What's Happening Next
Opportunity Village Fundraiser- March 27-28
Falling Sky will donate 25% of your entire purchase at all three of their locations from 11 am to midnight on March 27 and 28. Proceeds from this fundraiser will support Opportunity Village Eugene, a transitional housing village for people who are homeless. To get the donation for Opportunity Village, you must bring the flyer or show the image on your phone. See the Facebook event.
Islam or Culture- April 7
This free and public event will be held Friday April 7 at the Ford Alumni Center, from 6-9 pm.  The event will consist of a talk given by Dr. Waleed Basyouni, a prominent American Muslim scholar, on the differences and connections between Islam and culture in the Muslim World.  See the Facebook event hosted by the University of Oregon's Muslim Students Association .

Eugene Tax Justice March/Rally- April 15
As Tax Day nears, all across th e nation people are rising to connect the dots of how our collective Tax Dollars are being squandered and misused to subsidize these most destructive industries/corporations and continuing to penalize the commons who are facing even deeper cuts.  Join us for a local/national Tax Justice March and Rally on Saturday April 15th at Alton Baker Park, from 1 pm- 4 pm. There will be a r ally, march, speakers, and a ctivist booths. See the Facebook event .

People's Climate March- April 29
The People's Climate March has a motto: "We Resist, We Build, We Rise". Join the march in Eugene on  April 29th to oppose expanding fossil fuel extraction, and support a clean energy economy that works for all people. People  will march in Washington, D.C., in Eugene, and across the country on President Trump's 100th day in office to "show the world and our leaders that we will resist attacks on our people, our communities and our planet." Learn more about the People's Climate Movement and 350 Eugene.
For more information on these and other exciting upcoming events, take a look at our latest  Community Events Calendar.
Call for Volunteers and Interns!

This spring, there are a number of volunteer and internship opportunities available at CALC. We are looking for people to help us:
  • Develop and publish the monthly newsletter and the weekly Community Events Calendar
  • Assist in financial management tasks 
  • Assist in researching grassroots social justice groups in Lane County
  • Build relationships between student groups at the University of Oregon and CALC
  • Take notes and meeting minutes for CALC's Back to Back Program
If you are interested in volunteering, interning, or learning more about these exciting opportunities, please
CALC's peace and justice work is made possible by contributions from people like you!