Not too long ago, a friend and I had a conversation about how much the societal conflict between the religion he holds dear and the fact that he's gay made him feel like crap for a long time. He said that feeling like he had to choose between two parts of himself that felt equally true was one of the darkest times he's ever had. His happy ending to that conflict, luckily, was meeting a wonderful man who was already connected to a community that embraced them both.
If you're so inclined, please share these links so that anyone who happens to be gay and struggling with something similar might have that struggle cut shorter.
Please add additional links in the comments if you know of them -- I'm certain that there's more out there. I don't know a lot more than the Cliffs Notes versions of most religions (and Google was none too helpful, just telling me that Buddhism is generally nice to gay folks), but there are awesome people of all kinds, right?
Procrastinating on final exams and thinking about the Steubenville rape cases led a UO student, Samantha Stendal, to create a 26-second anti-rape public service announcemt that's gone viral with more than one million hits in just a few days and news stories from today's R-G to the Washington Post's blog.
A drunk girl is passed out on the couch and young man aks, "Guess what I’m gonna do to her?”
Stendal told KGW news that she was angry about the rape case's news coverage, which has been more sympathetic to the rapists than the victim, "“I wanted to make something that was more positive than what was being shown. We should be treating each other as human beings not blaming victims.”
Fast forward to get to the actual lecture.
Wish we could be there...
More amazing music from the guy who came here from some other planet.
Solidarity! Supporters of marriage equality will rally 5 to 7 pm Tuesday, March 26, at the federal building at 211 E. 7th Ave. They're gathering to express solidarity during U.S. Supreme Court deliberations on the right of gays and lesbians to marry. Oregon United for Marriage organized the event, and speakers include Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy and City Councilor Claire Syrett.
More info here.
An audit of the Eugene Police Department’s Property Control Unit (PCU) has revealed 1,116 items missing from its storage rooms, including guns, drugs and jewelry. Internal affairs and Oregon State Police are investigating three EPD employees, who have not yet been named.
Evidence Control Systems’ EPD audit criticizes the PCU for not have clear policies for dealing with property and for underutilizing technology in tracking the items. Among other problems, it says that there is no written policy on how to proceed when evidence is determined to be missing, no statistical review of the inventory and no formalized policy that mandates an annual review of the entire inventory for purging. The number of items in the PCU grew by about 29,000 items to a total of 91,000 items between 2007 and 2012.
In addition, the report says that evidence lockers aren't entirely secure: "a slender person could easily stand inside the tall locker and basically reach behind the locker and remove evidence from at least a dozen lockers ..."
Since the audit was completed in August, EPD has doubled the staffing in the PCU from five to 10. “Both during the audit process and after receiving the ECS report, Eugene Police staff began to implement corrective measures, write new policies, and create new standard operating procedures,” an EPD press release reads.
“The present supervisor has a complete understanding of what needs to be done,” the audit reads, but his role as supervisor of the forensic unit takes away from his supervision of the PCU. The PCU supervisor requested the audit. In January, the EPD added a tenured full-time supervising sergeant to the unit.
A memo from the PCU supervisor to Chief Pete Kerns states, “Mr. Latta also commented that this audit was the most difficult audit he has performed in his 60 plus audits due to the lack of procedures and consistency in tasks performed. He said to make sure that I mention that ours is not the worst, just the most difficult.”
From Willmaette Week:
Jim Gerritsen was a keynote speaker at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference in Eugene March 1, 2013. He is president of the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association.
Students Against Imperialism were performing a "direct action in solidarity with Mexico and Palestine" when UO adjunct instructor James Olmsted confronted them at the EMU amphitheater on March 14. Students videoed the confronation in which Olmstead says, "I am the dominant paradigm. If you want the country back. Start a fucking war and take it back. Get a gun. Shoot me. I'm right here." The direct action was "a mock border checkpoint for the people of Palestine and all who are crossing the Mex/US borders," according to the YouTube page the video was posted on.
Omlsted is filmed snatching and pocketing the phone of a female student filming the confrontation and pushing another male student who had briefly touched him while stepping in front of him — apparently to try to defuse the situation. Later in the video Olmsted talks with the male student, who offers to sit down and mediate. The audio can be heard in the recording below.
Here is the full video
According to his LinkedIn profile, in addition to being an adjunct at the UO law school, Olmsted "nationally recognized conservation easement attorney representing land trusts, landowners and developers in large-scale fee title and conservation easement acquisitions" and teaches a "course on Land Trust & Conservation Easement Law to second and third year law students, L.L.M. and MBA students."
The police were called, according to the video, and one of the YouTube posts says charges were filed against Olmstead. EW has asked the UO campus police if any charges have been filed and and will update this post.
A letterhas been sent out by the law school:
Dear Oregon Law School Community, The University of Oregon School of Law has reassigned the teaching responsibilities of adjunct instructor James Olmsted to Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Adell Amos. This is a personnel decision, and as such we are unable to discuss details of the situation at this time.
We are aware that Mr. Olmsted was involved in an incident with students on the afternoon of Thursday, March 14. As dean, I expect all members of the University of Oregon School of Law community to conduct themselves with the highest degree of professionalism and respect for public discourse, especially with those with whom they may disagree.
Philip H. Knight Dean
Kelly McIver, communications director & public information officer UO police, says they are working on the charges to be filed.
From Phil Weiler, assistant vice president, Office of Strategic Communications
ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR ARRESTED BY UNIVERSITY OF OREGON POLICE DEPARTMENT
James L. Olmsted, 58, of Eugene, was arrested by University of Oregon Police on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 2:41 p.m. at the Erb Memorial Union, near 13th Avenue and University Street on the UO campus.
Mr. Olmsted was cited in lieu of custody for second-degree theft and two counts of physical harassment. Olmsted was escorted off campus and issued a letter forbidding his return. An investigation is ongoing and other charges may be pending.
Olmsted has worked as an adjunct instructor for the University of Oregon Law School, which Friday reassigned his teaching duties to another faculty member.
In the Family plays at the Bijou this weekend as part of the Good Works Film Festival.
Tired of those Harlem Shake memes (and the misunderstanding of what the Harlem Shake is)?
So are the cops in Portland. They've made a public service announcement asking you to stop. It's kind of realistic right until the part where the white-guy shaker puts his hands behind his back almost before the cops has his cuffs out, but maybe it's doubling as a "how to get arrested" PSA.
Eugene Police Department: You have been out-memed. Time to step it up.
H/T Willamette Week.