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Best of Eugene 2006-2007

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BEST CAUSE OF LOCAL UPROAR

1. West Eugene Parkway

2. Whole Foods

3. Connor-Woolley/downtown development

 

BEST COMMUNITY PROJECT

1. Bus Project

2. RiverPlay Discovery Village Playground

3. Community gardens

Bus Project - BEST COMMUNITY PROJECT

You know how the conversation goes when a hyped-up political junkie corners a hip twentysomething and asks why she doesn't vote. "I don't think I can make a difference," comes the jaded reply. "Besides, politics are boring."

She better watch out — a Lane Bus Project staffer just might lob a cell phone at her head. "Softly and gently," director Adam Petkun qualifies. "It's cell phone violence for democracy."

See, the brilliance of the Bus Project is its ability to make progressive political organizing effective and kinda silly. Through events like "Candidates Gone Wild," "Trick-or-Vote," "The Ballot Measure Peep Show" and "The Governor's Debate Drinking Game," the Lane Bus draws people under 40 to get proactive about the problems facing Lane County and the country. "Policy debates can get boring," Petkun admitted, "but we're not boring."

Oh, and be forewarned: Lane Bussers seem to have a thing for '80s music. They named a Bus trip after Europe's butt rock hit, "The Final Countdown," and Petkun reports that they sing Fine Young Cannibals' "She Drives Me Crazy" every few hours. "It makes for awkward times when somebody calls the office."

 

BEST PERSON MAKING A DIFFERENCE

1. Kitty Piercy

2. Adam Petkun, Bus Project

3. Peter DeFazio

 

BEST PLACE TO VOLUNTEER

1. FOOD for Lane County

2. Bus Project

3. WOW Hall

 

BEST LOCAL POLITICIAN

1. Peter DeFazio

2. Kitty Piercy

3. Vicki Walker

Three great winners here. U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio's a fun and friendly guy who's also serious as a cage fighter when it comes to slugging at the war machine, dirty corporations and a corrupt White House. His fancy footwork and crafty jabs are showing Dems what they need to do to knock out the neo-cons in the House and Senate in November.

BEST STUDENT ORGANIZATION

1. OSPIRG

2. ASUO

3. LGBTQA at UO

First the UO campus. Next, America. Then the world. Since its birth at the UO in 1970, OSPIRG (Oregon State Public Interest Research Group) has sparked a national movement of college students and others organizing for environmental, economic and democratic change. Last year, OSPIRG volunteers rallied to protect the Oregon Coast, pass a state clean car program and lower the costs of student textbooks. They also conceived an idea called "The Bike Phantom," tagging bikes with flyers congratulating their riders for reducing climate change, then entering the tags into raffles. The campaign was so popular it went national.

This fall, OSPIRGers are funneling their energy into voter registration and campus sustainability campaigns while working to reduce local homelessness and hunger. What's next — world peace? We wouldn't be surprised.

 

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