Published On: Sat, Sep 7th, 2013

Whoville SLEEPS Protesters Evicted From River Road Location

Story last updated on September 7th, 2013 at 9:13 pm.

Whoville, an offshoot of the SLEEPS (Safe Legal Entitled Emergency Places to Sleep) protesters, have been occupying the corner of River Road and Northwest Expressway for approximately one week with an around-the-clock camping protest.

SLEEPS protesters were evicted Wednesday, Sept. 4 from the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza at the Lane County Public Service Building, located at 125 E. 8th Ave. in Eugene. That eviction resulted in one arrest and three citations for criminal trespass. SLEEPS supporters do not anticipate any arrests during the River Road move-out, and they also moved a number of protesters to a campsite at the old Federal Building at 7th and Pearl in Eugene.

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Earlier Saturday, Whoville SLEEPS protesters were told by Eugene Police officers that it was time to vacate the location, and are giving campers until the end of the weekend to remove their belongings. Tin Man, a Whoville SLEEPS protester, believes this most recent eviction stems from complaints to the county from the Adult Shop located behind the protest.

SLEEPS - River Road Location Photo: Mike Weber

SLEEPS – River Road Location
Photo: Mike Weber

SLEEPS spokesperson Alley Valkyrie told Lane Today that she believes the eviction is due to the county owning the land. Valkyrie also said that the evicted Whoville protesters plan on moving to two new locations.

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  1. Scotty Perey says:

    the adult store was complaining??? that is about the funniest thing I’ve heard in a while! Yeah, I’ll bet all those pesky protestors were just *way* too unsavory for that squeaky-clean upper-crust clientele of theirs….

  2. Lexxi says:

    I think it’s cruel to evict these people. Homelessness is a sad reality and pushing it farther into the periphery isn’t a solution. I happened to be in that area a week ago and from what I saw those people weren’t causing any problems. I think they should be allowed to have a safe place to sleep. If not there then the city needs to designate a place. I also think they should be given outhouses and running water.

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