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November 10, 2016 04:26 PM

What gives us hope and how do we resist the results we fear from a Trump presidency?

Send us your events, your ideas your activism. Resistance is not futile. As we wrote in slant this week:

We are in shock at the dawning of a Trump presidency and all that we stand to lose: Roe v. Wade, civil rights, immigration reform, media freedom, minority representation, climate change, the list goes on. The path to resistance becomes clear. Don’t circle the wagons; don’t snipe at the Bernie voters. It’s time to listen to the anger of those who elected Trump as well as to the thoughts and fears of those who are most hurt by the policies Trump has said he will put into place. We won’t give in to hate and despair. We will reassess and move forward to create the nation we want to be.

Jezebel has been compiling  "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support." And we'd love to hear from you of organizations locally who are in that fight.

Locally, here are some ideas for hope and activism.

Hope

• South Eugene High School students marching Nov. 9 to say hate and fear do not represent them. 

Youth activists winning in the battle to stop climate change Nov. 10.

Activism

• Protest Trump in Eugene! 5 pm Nov. 10, starts at Erb Memorial Union on the University of Oregon campus and goes to Kesey Square (aka Broadway Plaza, 10 E. Broadway) downtown. 

• Vigil for Hope and Respect starts at 5 pm Nov. 10 at Kesey Square 

• Protest Trump March Monday, Nov. 14, 5 pm, Island Park in Springfield. 

Do you have ideas? Events? Hope? Activism? Send them to editor@eugeneweekly.com. Or write a letter and send to letters@eugeneweekly.com.

November 10, 2016 04:40 PM

Our Children's Trust gives us a ray of hope after Donald Trump won the presidential election — and promptly appointed a climate denier to his Environmental Protection Agency transition team.

The federal government and fossil industry argued that the lawsuit put forth by 21 youth plaintiffs shouldn't go forward. But the youth won in court and the case will go forward.

The full press release is below.

Victory for America’s Youth – Constitutional Climate Lawsuit against U.S. to Proceed

Federal Judge Ann Aiken rejects U.S. government and fossil fuel industries motions to dismiss

Eugene, OR – Today, the federal court in Eugene, Oregon decided in favor of 21 youth plaintiffs in their “groundbreaking” constitutional climate lawsuit against President Obama, numerous federal agencies, and the fossil fuel industry. U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken completely rejected all arguments to dismiss raised by the federal government and fossil fuel industry, determining that the young plaintiffs’ constitutional and public trust claims could proceed. Now, the 21 plaintiffs, who range in age from 9-20, are preparing for trial in what is believed to be a turning point in United States constitutional history.

In determining the complaint to be valid, Judge Aiken’s ruling contained these passages:

“Federal courts too often have been cautious and overly deferential in the arena of environmental law, and the world has suffered for it.”

...

“Although the United States has made international commitments regarding climate change, granting the relief requested here would be fully consistent with those commitments. There is no contradiction between promising other nations the United States will reduce C02 emissions and a judicial order directing the United States to go beyond its international commitments to more aggressively reduce C02 emissions.”

...

“[The defendants and intervenors] are correct that plaintiffs likely could not obtain the relief they seek through citizen suits brought under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, or other environmental laws. But that argument misses the point. This action is of a different order than the typical environmental case. It alleges that defendants’ actions and inactions - whether or not they violate any specific statutory duty - have so profoundly damaged our home planet that they threaten plaintiffs’ fundamental constitutional rights to life and liberty.”

“My generation is rewriting history,” said Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, a 16-year-old plaintiff and youth director of Earth Guardians. “We’re doing what so many people told us we were incapable of doing: holding our leaders accountable for their disastrous and dangerous actions. I and my co-plaintiffs are demanding justice for our generation and justice for all future generations. This is going to be the trial of our lifetimes.”

“This decision is one of the most significant in our Nation’s history,” said Julia Olson, counsel for the plaintiffs and executive director of Our Children’s Trust. “This court just gave the youth of this country the critical opportunity to protect their futures. In what will be the trial of the millennium, these young plaintiffs will prove that their federal government, in cooperation with the fossil fuel industry, has knowingly put them in grave danger, trading their futures for present convenience and gross profits for a few.”

“It’s clear Judge Aiken gets what’s at stake for us,” said 17-year-old plaintiff Victoria Barrett, from White Plains, New York. “Our planet and our generation don’t have time to waste. If we continue on our current path, my school in Manhattan will be underwater in 50 years. We are moving to trial and I’m looking forward to having the world see the incredible power my generation holds. We are going to put our nation on a science-based path toward climate stabilization.”

“Based on our Constitution, Judge Aiken correctly determined we have properly claimed the federal defendants are responsible for harm caused by climate change and these young plaintiffs may challenge the government’s wholly inadequate climate change policies in court,” said Plaintiffs’ co-lead counsel Philip Gregory, with Cotchett, Pitre, & McCarthy, LLP of Burlingame, CA. 

“This is a critical step toward solution of the climate problem, and none to soon as climate change is accelerating,” said Dr. James Hansen, guardian in the case for all future generations, and world-renowned climate scientist. “Now we must ask the Court to require the government to reduce fossil fuel emissions at a rate consistent with the science.”

The young plaintiffs sued the federal government for violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, and their rights to vital public trust resources, by locking in a fossil-fuel based national energy system for more than five decades with full knowledge of the extreme dangers it posed.

This federal case is one of many related legal actions brought by youth in several states and countries, all supported by Our Children’s Trust, seeking science-based action by governments to stabilize the climate system.

Our Children's Trust is a nonprofit organization, elevating the voice of youth, those with most to lose, to secure the legal right to a healthy atmosphere and stable climate on behalf of present and future generations. We lead a coordinated global human rights and environmental justice campaign to implement enforceable science-based Climate Recovery Plans that will return atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration to below 350 ppm by the year 2100. www.ourchildrenstrust.org/

Earth Guardians is a Colorado-based nonprofit organization with youth chapters on five continents, and multiple groups in the United States with thousands of members working together to protect the Earth, the water, the air, and the atmosphere, creating healthy sustainable communities globally. We inspire and empower young leaders, families, schools, organizations, cities, and government officials to make positive change locally, nationally, and globally to address the critical state of the Earth. www.earthguardians.org

Counsel for Plaintiffs include Philip L. Gregory, Esq. of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy of Burlingame, CA, Daniel M. Galpern, Esq. of Eugene, OR, and Julia Olson, Esq., also of Eugene, OR.

 

 

November 9, 2016 02:57 PM

After an earthshaking election night, students at South Eugene High School wanted to send a message that hate and fear does not represent them. Hundreds of students gathered in front of their high school Wednesday at noon, carrying signs. They buzzed with energy, frustration and hope.

High school student Maia Barnebey says students decided to march because they weren't happy with the results of the election. "We didn't get a say in this," Barnebey explained. As a member of the LGBTQ community, she worries a Trump administration will take away her right to marry. She said she also fears for women's rights and her ability to make decisions about her own body.

"I just wanna live my life," she pointed out.

"And I just wanna live," said Angel McNabb-Lyons, who came to the rally to express her dissastisfaction with the uptick in hate crimes and racial slurs, which she and her friends have personally been victimized by.

"I was shocked," she said of the outcome of the election.

Students emphasized that the rally was not an anti-Trump rally (although several students carried "Fuck Trump" signs), but rather, a gathering in support of love, peace and acceptance.

As students marched down 18th Avenue towards the University of Oregon campus, they carried signs and cheered as cars drove by and honked in support. People lined the streets, filming the rally and calling out their approval. 

Students chanted for the environment, for reproductive rights, for LGBTQ rights, for women's rights, for racial equality. They shouted for peace and love, calling to "build bridges, not walls."

The procession made its way down 13th Avenue through the UO campus; faculty members and students emerged from buildings to watch the march, some with tears in their eyes. The large group convened on the Erb Memorial Union plaza, where hundreds crowded the pavilion to hold their signs and chant.

"As youth, we bear the biggest brunt of the consequences of this election," SEHS graduate Kelsey Juliana said into a megaphone, addressing the crowd. "We have to organize and come together and recognize that the youth are damn loud!"

Miles Pendleton, the president of the Eugene-Springfield NAACP's Youth Council, took the megaphone and spoke of his father who lived in the South in the 1950s and wasn't allowed to walk through the front doors of restaurants. He said his father was greatly discouraged by the outcome of the election. "We need to stand together right now to make this country the place we want it to be," he said.

As high school students continued their march down 13th, college students joined in the procession. 

"These are high school students doing this," one college student remarked. "How cool is that?"

November 8, 2016 03:08 PM

At about 1:30 pm this afternoon, a Eugene Weekly staffer spotted this pro-Trump truck across the street from the Lane County Elections office at 10th and Lincoln downtown.

The sheriff on duty at the office tells EW that the owner of the truck was there for about 10 minutes and was voting inside the election office. The sheriff told EW that the owner of the truck was told he had to move his vehicle and was warned not to do it again.

This seem pretty close to electioneering, which is illegal, according to Oregon law ORS 260.695(2);Restrictions on Electioneering at State or Local Government Buildings Designated for Ballot Deposit.

The law states that:

 “Electioneering” includes the display, distribution or circulation of any political material or verbal statements supporting or opposing a candidate or ballot measure on any election, even an election other than the one being conducted. It also includes exit polling and the gathering of signatures on any election-related petition.

The electioneering ban does not apply to the wearing of political buttons or other insignia (t-shirts, caps, etc.), which relate to the election in a polling place in a county clerk’s office, as a means of personal expression. Electioneering actions beyond this are not allowed.

So, electioneering is not allowed within “100 feet measured radially from any entrance to the building, during any time that the elections building is open to the public.”

But what about cars with political bumper stickers parked within that 100-foot radius? Oregon law only goes as far as to say it’s OK for county election employees and officials:

“In most cases, employees who work in a building that is periodically issuing ballots for an election (which can happen often for extended periods of time up to four times a year) should be able to continue to park their vehicle in their assigned spots even though they are located within 100 feet of the building and even though the vehicle has some political campaign bumper stickers affixed.”

The law does not provide that same exemption for the public. Even so, you could say that there’s quite the chasm between a bumper sticker and a huge sign for Trump-Pence.

Read more about Oregon election law here.

November 8, 2016 01:35 PM

In which the Germans remind us of our "greatness."

Lyrics are below the Horror Clown.

Lyrics by NEO MAGAZIN ROYALE mit Jan Böhmermann.

 I was born in post-Nazi Germany.
In 1981.
Ronald Reagan just got into office, man, there’s been a cold war going on.

Deutschland, my homeland, so divided! 
But you tore down wall and helped us reunite it, America, America!

You taught us democracy, freedom of speech, equality and liberty.
You gave us David Hasselhoff, one of the greatest actors and singers there’ll ever be.
You brought us the McRib, Windows ME, Type II-Diabetes and the great Bill Cosby, 
America, so inspiring, 
your soon-to-be foresightful foreign policy!

America, God shed His grace on thee.
And thy new triumphant maxim so full of modesty.

Chorus
Grab ‘em by the pussy!
You can do anything!
You are a star, go on and do it! 
Move on ‘em like a bitch!

Grab the whole world by the pussy! 
You can do anything!
Don’t even ask, go on and do it!
You don’t need to use some Tic Tacs!

Some many great American idols,
Dennis Rodman, Rudy Giuliani, and the great actor from Happy Days.
Almost as awesome as Fonzy.
America, we thank you for your recent contributions to political culture.
You definitely killed it bigly this time.
And that means something coming from a German!

Thank you for lowering the bar.
You taught us lately, everyone can make it, if one is just great enough – and a TV-Star.

Chorus
Grab ‘em by the pussy!
You can do anything!
You are a star, go on and do it! 
Move on ‘em like a bitch!

Grab the whole world by the pussy! 
You can do anything!
Don’t even ask, go on and do it!
You don’t need to use some Tic Tacs!

We love the new spirit of your nation! Let’s hand in hand walk into isolation!

Chorus
Grab ‘em by the pussy!
You can do anything!
You are a star, go on and do it! 
Move on ‘em like a bitch!

Grab the whole world by the pussy! 
You can do anything!
Don’t even ask, go on and do it!
You don’t need to use some Tic Tacs!

November 8, 2016 12:23 PM

As news of another young woman killed in an alleged domestic violence incident hits the R-G, and in the wake of settling its stalking lawsuit, LCC is offering a sexual assault, dating and self defense series. See the press release below.

LCC Public Safety offers assault prevention training, Nov. 16

Eugene, Ore.—Lane Community College Public Safety is offering another Sexual Assault/Dating & Domestic Violence Awareness/Self-Defense training series.

• Sexual Assault Awareness Training, Wednesday, November 16, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Building 4, Room 105. This class is open to the entire college community as well as the general public. During this one-hour class, attendees will be given instruction on how to prevent sexual assaults and harassment; what to do and not do if you are sexually assaulted; and how and where to report incidents.

• Dating and Domestic Violence Awareness, November 16, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Building 4, Room 105. The Dating and Domestic Violence Awareness presentation was put together with the goal of helping people out of abusive relationships, recognizing abusive relationships (whether its their own relationship or a friends/family). Instructors will provide information on warning signs of abuse, what abuse is, making a plan to get away safely, resources around the college and the community (both emergency and legal). There will also be information about restraining orders and stalking orders, and handouts on resources and safety planning.

• Basic Self-Defense Training, November 16, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Building 4, Room 105. This class is open to the entire college community as well as the general public. During the four-hour class, which will be taught by Corporal Ryan Sager, Rape Aggression Defense instructor, attendees will be led through a series of warm up exercises to help loosen up and prevent injury. Participants will be instructed on proper methods to perform a variety of strikes and escape techniques. Be sure to wear loose fitting clothing. Participants will be monitored as they practice their new skills on strike bags and assistants.

In addition to hands-on exercises, participants will learn about personal safety in parking lots, including situational awareness, walking confidently and with head held high, and having keys in hand, ready to open a car door or be used to protect oneself.

November 8, 2016 05:00 PM

As we anxiously watch election results come in (current go-tos are The New York Times and 538) what happens if no candidate were to get "a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed” per the 12th Amendment to the Constitution?

According to the Congressional Research Service, "With a total of 538 electors representing the 50 states and the District of Columbia, 270 electoral votes is the 'magic number,' the arithmetic majority necessary to win the presidency."

On Nov. 3, the CRS published "Contingent Election of the President and Vice President by Congress: Perspectives and Contemporary Analysis" by Thomas H. Neale, specialist in American National Government.

Neale writes that if no candidate won a majority of electoral votes:

The 12 th Amendment also provides that the House of Representatives would elect the President, and the Senate would elect the Vice President, in a procedure known as “contingent election.” Contingent election has been implemented twice in the nation’s history under the 12th Amendment: first, to elect the President in 1825, and second, the Vice President in 1837.

In a contingent election, the House would choose among the three candidates who received the most electoral votes. Each state, regardless of population, casts a single vote for President in a contingent election. Representatives of states with two or more Representatives would therefore need to conduct an internal poll within their state delegation to decide which candidate would receive the state’s single vote. A majority of state votes, 26 or more, is required to elect, and the House must vote “immediately” and “by ballot.” Additional precedents exist from 1825, but they would not be binding on the House in a contemporary election. In a contingent election, the Senate elects the Vice President, choosing one of the two candidates who received the most electoral votes. Each Senator casts a single vote, and the votes of a majority of the whole Senate, 51 or more, are necessary to elect. The District of Columbia, which is not a state, would not participate in a contingent election, despite the fact that it casts three electoral votes. 

Read the whole report here.

November 3, 2016 03:21 PM

A University of Oregon law professor, who has been identified by The Register-Guard as Nancy Shurtz, sent a note to her students apologizing for her Halloween costume in which she wore blackface in depicting the book Black Man in a White Coat.

I chose my costume based on a book that I read and liked—Black Man in a White Coat. I thought I would be able to teach with this costume as well (or at least tell an interesting story). When I asked my daughter who is at Brown Medical School the demographics of her medical school class, she said “they do not give those statistics out mom”, but later when she asked the administration, they said there was _not one black male _student in the class. She and others were outraged. She was able to get the administration to assign a portion of this book (the one where the black medical student was thought to be the janitor) out to students.

I am sorry if it did not come off well. I, of all people, would not want to offend.

Prof. Shurtz

October 31, 2016 07:37 AM

Featuring haunting music by Adolphe Adam, and original staging by Louis Godfrey after Marius Petipa, Eugene Ballet’s Giselle stands shoulder to shoulder with any production I’ve seen.

            Set against the backdrop of autumnal, pastoral repose - the harvest is finally in, the latest vintage is ready to be poured, the Rhineland has never looked prettier than it does this fall - Giselle plumbs this bucolic moment for all its gothic glory. Giselle is a ghost story, after all. Boo!

            In the title role, dancer Yoshie Oshima is exquisite, possessing an effortless quality, like spun sugar, she dances with lightness and grace. But underpinning her work is a steel cage of emotion, as Oshima delves fully into the character’s transformative emotional range, from giddy peasant girl, to jilted girlfriend, to ultimate redeemer. Oshima finds the perfect, compelling balance for the role.

            Hirofumi Kitazume, as Giselle’s beloved Count Albrecht, is equally riveting. He moves like a coiled spring, synaptic and powerful, packing tremendous force, and yet he also possesses a nuanced tenderness, and an easy, approachable manner. These roles demand acting, as well as dance, and could easy tip over into the maudlin. But Kitazume never indulges in such frivolity, instead displaying genuine feelings: Ardor, shock, grief and fear. He carries the narrative for the audience, from inciting incident, to the last sad moments. (Newsflash: It’s a tragedy.)

            Reed Souther as Hilarion, Albrecht’s counterpart and another of Giselle’s suitors, also anchors the production. He has an earthier quality to his work, a grounded, sensible approach that offers an alternative to the flashy Albrecht. Spoiler alert: Things don’t end well for him, and throughout, Souther astonishes with his physical conviction and emotional conveyance.

            As a whole, this ballet really shows off Toni Pimble’s pitch-perfect musicality, and the ensemble’s flawless timing. Throughout, there’s little for the audience to do but sit back, relax, and take this mesmerizing journey. Pimble’s approach is precise, but always humane. Somehow, she never loses sight of the relational storytelling the dance is meant to convey, even as she dishes out technique that shines.

            The corps in Act One explores pleasing configurations and the geometric shapes, that harken back to the simpler time, and perhaps its folk dances, that this romantic ballet epitomizes. The pas de quatre towards the end of Act One exemplifies the versatility and strength of the dancers, with Victoria Harvey, Suzanne Haag, Mark Tucker and Colton West, all turning in terrific performances.

            And Act Two is all about the ladies: Danielle Tolmie as Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis, sets a gold standard for the corps, dancing with ferocity and a blithe fragility. Tolmie is a wonder, almost weightless, her technique extraordinary, and the faceless, blank stares of the Wilis that surround her create a sensation of coolness and reproach.  Has your man done you wrong? The ultimate squad, these punishing gals have your back. (Just wait until dark.)

            Costumes by Amy Panganiban and sets by Russell Coburn, lend magic, transporting the viewer from the warmth and conviviality of a Bruegel painting, to the cold, clear twilight of lost love.

            Happy Halloween.

             

           

           

            

October 31, 2016 02:46 PM

Former Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury weighs in on Brad Avakian and Dennis Richardson in this year's race for his former position.

This year, 14 states around the country will have voting restrictions that make it more difficult for Americans to exercise their right to vote. Some sharply limit early voting, some make registration more difficult, and some have enacted strict photo ID requirements that disempower voters and erode participation in our democratic process.

At the same time, our state has moved in a better direction, rejecting voter suppression efforts and instead working to break down barriers to our democracy. Expanding voter participation has been a central goal of Oregon's system of elections for a generation.

It’s why I support Brad Avakian for secretary of state.

As the state’s chief elections officer, Brad will work for fair elections that give everyone a voice. He’ll build on our landmark motor voter law and work for greater transparency in campaigns. Significantly, he’ll fight to pass meaningful campaign finance limits that reduce the influence of corporate money in Oregon elections.

Dennis Richardson offers a different approach. And it seems in this campaign, he’s desperate to talk about anything but his record.

The truth is that time and again, Richardson has voted for more barriers to voting, more roadblocks to participation, and less transparency in our elections:  For three legislative sessions in a row — in 2005, 2007 and 2009 — Richardson led the charge for voter identification laws like the ones that have been ruled unconstitutional in recent court decisions. Don’t be fooled. These measures aren’t about “voter integrity”; they’re about disenfranchising poor and minority voters for partisan political advantage.

In striking down a similar North Carolina voter ID law, the court noted that this Republican-led effort suppressed African-American voter turnout “with almost surgical precision.”

Richardson has also stood against common-sense voter registration efforts that make it easier for Oregonians to have a say in our elections.

In 2013, Richardson opposed a measure to strengthen voter registration programs at universities and community colleges, HB 3175. Richardson voted against Oregon’s electronic voter registration system, a measure that passed 45-9. Richardson even voted against greater transparency for out-of-state political contributions, putting him in the extreme minority on a measure that passed 49-8.

Certainly, there’s plenty to be wary about when it comes to Dennis Richardson’s hardline views on marriage equality and reproductive rights. Richardson’s views on man-made climate change – which have more in common with Donald Trump than 97 percent of the world’s scientists — make him ill-suited for the State Land Board.

But voters who care about fair and open elections deserve to know the truth about Richardson’s record of right-wing extremism.

I trust Brad Avakian to protect and strengthen the integrity of our elections. I know that he’ll fight to get big money out of politics and work for a system that gives everyday Oregonians a voice in our democracy.

The next secretary of state can either build on Oregon’s approach or turn back the clock on the progress we've made.

Vote for Brad Avakian for secretary of state.

Bill Bradbury served as Secretary of State from 1999 to 2009.

October 31, 2016 01:47 PM

Below is a viewpoint written by Josh Proudfoot of the Good Company

The truth about Joshua Skov and Seneca

By Josh Proudfoot

I worked with my friend, Joshua Skov, for twelve years as co-founders and co-owners of Good Company, a sustainability research and consulting firm. In 2009, we evaluated the Seneca project on behalf of EWEB, one of the hundreds of projects our firm has done for public infrastructure agencies and food systems. 

Recently, Brian Weaver, in a guest viewpoint in Eugene Weekly (“Rezoning and the Ward 1 Election”) and others supporting Emily Semple have made false claims about our work and about Joshua Skov in the Eugene Council Ward 1 race. Let me set the record straight.

First, Good Company did not “recommend,” “greenwash” or “approve” the Seneca combined heat and power plant on behalf of EWEB. Instead, we were hired by EWEB staff to benchmark and characterize wind, solar, nuclear, gas, coal, and the Seneca project without recommendations so that the EWEB board could make their own choice. Further, we’re proud of our Triple Bottom Line analysis. I challenge anyone to find another utility in the entire United States that has compared the multiple economic, social and environmental aspects that carefully and benchmarked them before engaging a power purchase agreement. Kudos to EWEB for looking well beyond what is required of them. Read our report yourself: www.eweb.org/public/documents/seneca/goodCo.pdf.

Second, Good Company took a close look at the sources of local air pollution sources and scaled them in juxtaposition to the Seneca project and scaled potential pollution reduction projects. We also highlighted the importance of forest stewardship and that biomass combined heat and power from sawmill waste and forest slash is an extremely efficient energy source, with lower net carbon emissions than fossil fuels. Note that forest slash, by law, must be burned in the field, which contributes substantially more air pollution than a biomass facility. Read here for a more recent meta analysis of life cycle studies of all of power sources to see for yourself: nrel.gov/analysis/sustain_lca_results.html and dx.doi.org/10.5849/jof.14-009

So how does Skov’s work with Good Company and sustainability actually relate to the Ward 1 race?

First, Skov has dedicated his life to the pursuit of sustainability and social equity—in his personal life and in his professional life. It is not something he does in his spare time. It is what he does full time, and it is what he has done for his entire adult life. 

Second, Skov has systematically contributed to the public, while learning more about how the city works to prepare himself for leadership. He has contributed to many citizen committees on sustainability, land use, transportation, energy and wastewater. Isn’t it a good thing to have experience? I know if I was needing a surgeon, lawyer, plumber, electrician, sustainability consultant, or a city councilor, I would pick the one that has relevant experience.

I am proud to support Joshua Skov for Eugene City Council Ward 1.

Josh Proudfoot is the principal of Eugene-based consulting firm Good Company, which he co-founded with Joshua Skov in 2000.

October 28, 2016 02:28 PM

After eight years at its spot on Willamette Street downtown, secondhand shop and costume mecca Kitsch-22 will be closing in November, the Kitsch-22 team tells EW.

This feels a little bit like the end of an era for designer-run thrift stores. In the past few years, Deluxe — which was just a couple blocks south on Willamette and operated by Eugene designer Mitra Chester (who is now the fashion guru for St. Vincent de Paul’s) — closed, as well as The Redoux Parlour in the Whiteaker, which was headed by designer Laura Lee Laroux, who now lives in Montana. And in fact, Chester originally started Kitsch-22.

The Kitsch-22 team tells EW that the space it has leased at 1022 Willamette is too small for the way the business has expanded, while it would “cost too much money to move somewhere else.” So, owner Norman Lent has decided to close up shop and retire. They aren't the only ones leaving the block: Harlequin Beads & Jewelry, across the street from Kitsch-22, is moving to a South Eugene location, the R-G reported Oct. 21, making way for a dispensary.

Kitsch-22 has been a cultural staple in the local thrift, costume and designer scene, having just last year won Best Clothing Store in Eugene Weekly’s Best of Eugene reader’s poll.

Kitsch-22 will close in about two weeks, so now is the time to check out this sartorial treasure chest, packed to the gills and the ceilings with Halloween masks and costumes, all the plaid you could ever dream of, pretty and ugly sweaters, gowns, platform heals, candy-colored wigs and offbeat accessories. Kitsch-22 has also opened its off-limits basement to customers, and it’s bursting with sequined getups, onesies and flapper dresses. The Kitsch-22 team says post-Halloween, sales will begin, starting with 25 percent off and eventually increasing to 50 percent off.

October 27, 2016 04:29 PM

Press release on the Malheur Occupation is below.

WTF.

JURY DELIVERS VERDICTS IN OREGON STANDOFF TRIAL

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A federal jury today delivered its verdicts against seven defendants charged with conspiracy, possession of firearms on federal property, and theft during the 41-day armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Jurors found Ammon Bundy, Shawna Cox, David Lee Fry, Jeff Wayne Banta, Kenneth Medenbach, and Neil Wampler not guilty on all counts. Jurors found Ryan Bundy not guilty on charges of conspiracy and possession of firearms, but were unable to reach a verdict on the charge of theft. 



Co-defendants Jason Blomgren, Brian Cavalier, Blaine Cooper, Eric Flores, Wesley Kjar, Corey Lequieu, Joseph O'Shaughnessy, Ryan Payne, Jon Ritzheimer, Geoffrey Stanek, and Travis Cox previously pled guilty. Co-defendants Dylan Anderson, Sandra Anderson, Sean Anderson, Duane Ehmer, Jason Patrick, Darryl Thorn, and Jake Ryan will stand trial beginning February 14, 2017. Charges against co-defendant Peter Santilli were previously dismissed. 



"While we had hoped for a different outcome, we respect the verdict of the jury and thank them for their dedicated service during this long and difficult trial," said Billy J. Williams, United States Attorney for the District of Oregon. "We strongly believe that this case needed to be brought before a Court, publicly tried, and decided by a jury. Despite the verdict reached, I want to personally thank all of the law enforcement personnel who worked tirelessly to bring about a peaceful resolution to the Malheur occupation. I also want to thank the residents of Burns, Hines, and Harney County and members of the Burns Paiute Tribe for their patience and resolve throughout this process." 



"For many weeks, hundreds of law enforcement officers -- federal, state, and local -- worked around-the-clock to resolve the armed occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge peacefully. We believe now -- as we did then -- that protecting and defending this nation through rigorous obedience to the U.S. Constitution is our most important responsibility," said Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "Although we are extremely disappointed in the verdict, we respect the court and the role of the jury in the American judicial system." 



The case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Geoffrey Barrow, Ethan Knight, and Craig Gabriel, Assistant United States Attorneys for the District of Oregon.