The City Council of Eugene, Oregon voted on Monday, October 24 to grant Occupy Eugene formal permission to camp at Alton Baker Park through December 15. The ordinance to declare Occupy Eugene a "special event" that is exempt from the traditional campaign ordinance was recommended by City Manager Jon Ruiz and Chief of Police Pete Kerns.
The Change.org petition signed by 673 people backed up efforts of Occupy Eugene participants who shared their views on the movement's importance at the City Council meeting. Many City Council members vocie their support for the occupation commending the participants for ensuring that Occupy Eugene is well-organized, crime-free and respectful of the community.
As Councilor George Brown stated, "Yes it is a public park [Alton Baker], it is a public space, and the public is using it. They’re using it as a laboratory for democracy and community dialogue.” This demonstration of support and respect for free speech and assembly can serve as a model and inspiration to other cities where Occupy Together movements are growing.
Occupy Eugene is a nonviolent movement for accountability in the United States government.
We will gather in solidarity with the ongoing protest in New York City, Occupy Wall Street, and the growing number of cities whose people will no longer sit back watching corporate and special interests run their government. We are citizens of the United States, and this country is ours. We will take it back.
It is no longer enough to vote and to participate in the political system because our political system has been altered drastically from its intended and proper function. Currently, we are allowed to pick from a few candidates whose campaigns are funded more and more by large organizations, corporations, and special interests. The success of their campaigns depends entirely on how the corporate mass media presents them. When our elected officials enter office they then pander to the small groups responsible for their election. Even good men and women cannot make real improvements that benefit the American people.
We are one city in a growing national movement of people who no longer feel that their government works in their best interest.
Our government is divided. We, the people, are united.