“You ask for an interview with the two of them, the creators and administrators of the Save Kesey Square Facebook page. But they are not the only ones who show up to talk at the controversial city-center public space on a sunny Thursday morning. “This is not about me, this is not about Gwendolyn, this is about all of us,” says Zachery Quale, referring to Gwendolyn Iris, with whom he co-created the Facebook page.”
I believe Zachery is lying. He got arrested with Gwendolyn, as did a sixteen year old minor whose mother was pissed because these OCCUPY anarchists did not call the police – knowing she was a runaway. This minor was in the presence of Ambrose Stormrider Holtham-Keathley, who later became Belle Burch’s lover, and Terra Rene Williams, who helped Gwendolyn accuse me of being a deviant stalker of women. That’s half-naked Stormrider hugging and cupping the breast of the mother who brought her children to the square to listen to Ken read. Meanwhile, near Burns;
For Gwendolyn to fraudulently introduce an imposter as a co-founder of any art movement, is a crime against art and history! My niece, Drew Benton, is an artist and is carrying on the creative dynasty of her ancestors. I am carrying forth the Abolitionist politics of the Republicans party they founded. Our kindred made most of Oregon’s history. I was as the second OCCCUPY meeting, got up and spoke, and suggested we OCCUPY the Post Office in Eugene – and offices all over America. This would have countered the anti-government movement of the Tea Party and Bundyites. I put forth an idea for Trading Posts where one could sell their arts and crafts – four years ago!
Trading Posts Make a Stand
Below is Alley Valkyrie – in group disguise – soliciting money for Gwendoln’s minor daughter. It looks like Gwendolyn and Alley founded ‘Kesey Square Revival’ and they do not want the Citizens of Eugene, the Mayor, and the City Council to know they are in cahoots. This is because Eugene hates these troublemakers and do not want them to run our downtown Art Scene! This proves my contention that Belle Burch was employing sub-rosa when she called me and asked for a sit-down to get to know each other. She told me nothing, and I revealed much. I became suspicious when she wanted very personal information from me outside the protection of my copyright. She has agree to model for me, and be my muse. If I had filled her email with my stories, then, she could write her own book – employing much of the information in my blog as well! Clever girl! Did she have an co-conspirator?
After she has looked at my blog for over a week, Belle asks for more personal details about my life. Why? Was she falling in love with me? What kind of Dating Game is this?
“I’d like to hear more of your personal life story. “When I got sober”, “When I was homeless”, “When I was fighting cancer”……. these are words you drop and then let flit by without much detail or explanation or storytelling. I want those details and stories. Please.
Tell me what you thought of my poem. Did it make you feel anything? Did it make you think? If so, what?”
I want those details and stories. Please.
Belle Burch majored in literature at Lane, and knew the definition of story: a narrative, either true or fictitious, in prose or verse, designed to interest, amuse, or instruct the hearer or reader; tale.
2. a fictitious tale, shorter and less elaborate than a novel.
3. such narratives or tales as a branch of literature:
4. the plot or succession of incidents of a novel, poem, drama, etc.:
The characterizations were good, but the story was weak.
5. a narration of an incident or a series of events or an example of these that is or may be narrated, as an anecdote, joke, etc.
6. a narration of the events in the life of a person or the existence of a thing, or such events as a subject for narration:
the story of medicine; the story of his life.
7. a report or account of a matter; statement or allegation:
The story goes that he rejected the offer.
Belle had parts of my story. SLEEPS forced me to write about them so I could stop them from ripping off my stories, some that have Sleeping Beauty at the core of them. Consider the people of SLEEPS around Ken as he reads – declaring it is a right to sleep. Grimm named his sleeping princess, Rosamond, my mother’s maiden name, and my late sister’s middle name that she used to sign her images of beautiful (belle) women. My autobiography ‘Capturing Beauty’ has been in the works for ten years. It is about Christine and I. When Belle told me her name, after I captured her on video, it was like putting a glass slipper on her foot. This infuriated Alley Valkyrie – who slimed this creative and beautiful event – with the help of her lover, John Monroe. Alley is taking Witch lessons around this time. Was Gwendolyn in her class? Did they hissss when they read my theological essays? Are we all guilty of plagiarism, or, is there a hidden author, a phantom of sorts, dictating the show? I am telling the story of Belle and I……..alas!
Bill and Nancy
Gwendolyn Maeve, and Alley Valkyrie, do not want our elected officials to know who they are and what their agenda is. We The People cast our votes and put them in office so THEY WILL KNOW who we are dealing with. How dare they hide a mother’s child.
“EUGENE, Ore. — A Springfield mother claims Occupy Eugene protesters harbored her 16-year-old daughter after she ran away from home, but protesters say that’s not true.
Christine Patterson says she used to support Occupy Eugene’s ideals and peaceful protests, but she says hiding her runaway daughter at their camp is neither political nor peaceful.”
Gwendolyn Maeve has made two mission statements. The one she made on the Kesey Square Revival (removed after I discovered the truth) and in an article that appeared in the Register Guard. To read Quale claim he has a deep connections to Ken because he lived near the town they shot his movie in, is ludicrous – out there! They try to destroy me, someone who has been on the bus. This is classical and comical usurpation, where a ‘Traveler’ is anointed ‘King Ken’. I am reminded of Clockwork Orange.
“There is some concern among City Council members that it is always the same small group of people speaking out on every issue. While we know this isn’t true we need to show the council this isn’t true. Your job is to bring at least one friend who cares about Kesey but hasn’t spoken at council or rarely speaks at council. We will Rally in Kesey Square then march over to Harris Hall in time to sign up to speak. Everyone is welcome, even if you speak at every single forum! We just want to do our best to get new faces in that room to speak as well!”
What is very weird, Alley speaks as if she is the Square. This tells me Kesey Square was/is HER BABY, and this is why she sent Belle after me to get my real history with the Kesey family in her back pocket.
“they have tried to shut me down so many times over the years ….”
Why are these people acting in such a covert manner? Alley is begging for money this very second on a funding site. How much money have citizens forked over to Gwendolyn in order to help Save Ken Kesey Square? How much money has Alley gotten by playing the poor homeless artist? Did she declare that money with the IRS – who might have trouble figuring out who she is because of all the disguises she wears. The more the merrier! A pot of gold under every rainbow!
“I thought we already cut Alley a check?”
“This isn’t Alley.”
“Are you sure?”
I just ripped off another one of her masks – that Gwendolyn now wears as she speaks to the Mayor – who doesn’t have a clue this artsy dish was one of the ballsy dames that invaded our downtown Banks! I don’t think these are the cultured types we want running any art show.
“Must get in bank!”
“Many banks took proactive measures, like closing for most of the afternoon, which left customers locked out. Customers say that while they support Occupy Eugene’s right to protest, Thursday’s situation made them look down upon the movement.”
Below is a scathing art critique by John Monroe, Alley’s anarchists lover who got arrested with her and Belle when they invaded the City Managers office. John is not kind to my mother who gave birth to a world famous artist. This is karmic payback for I giving a scathing review of my uncle’s Keane when I was thirteen. I didn’t foresee a movie being made about my uncle’s good friends Walter and Margaret. Big Eyes! Big Lies! My Art book on all this will be a coffee book sensation!
‘Escape From OCCUPY’
What astounds me is this GANG still subscribes to People Power. They believe if they get enough people, our elected leaders will feel bullied and open the door. I am One Senior Citizen, and after two year of trying to kick my ass, and bully me into submission – I am stronger than ever!
I have lost all respect for OCCUPY because they can not admit they made any mistakes, and thus, right any problem. How stupid – they didn’t build in a critical minority opinion to throw bowling balls at their head. In two short year they became their enemy. Unmovable, Pragmatic, Elitists, and Prigs! They should read Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’. They missed the Bernie Sander’s Juggernaut, altogether. Special dancing lessons for the top echelon – my ass!
I didn’t build the Ken Kesey Labyrinth and put Belle in the center of it, Alley Valkyrie did. This is why she was furious I connected them together, because she is terrified of the IRS. Did she pay taxes when she sold at the Saturday Market? Alley hid her connection to Belle Burch like she did her ties to Gwendolyn – who names her co-founder after I started digging! These people lie to the Press all the time, because, every time they appear on the news – they get checks! These are Pity Merchants – who turn the misfortune of the homeless into cold hard cash!
Here are the images Puppet Master Alley put up to please Gwenydlon.
After I read John Monroes’ critique to my childhood friend, and when she stopped laughing, she suggested this, art-drama, would make a great Soap Opera. I came back with;
“It would make a great reality show!”
Millions of viewers would want to know why that woman is hiding her face from me and my camera? Belle looks concerned, then dismisses me with a wave of her hand. Belle has a classic Dicken’s look, where the fish she hooked may bolt – before the coin purse comes out. Is that Red Beard LaVoy, who runs the French school for little pick-pockets? Feel free to make a meme from this classic image that will be in my coffee table book.
Look out! Here come’s Madam Valkyrie La Farge known as ‘Guillotine Alley’.
“I would like to request that the admins of this group remove Greg Presco from this page. It is important that this page be a safe space for activists, and this man is disturbed and potentially dangerous. If anyone needs proof or justification of this belief, have a look at his blog.”
Compare that statement with Gwendolyn’s;
“He needs to just be banned. He has a history of cyber stalking and harrassing women both online and in person. I have been trying to ignore him but as you can see it is incredibly hard.
“How about you stop harassing and cyber stalking women, then you won’t have to worry about such threats. We get a little defensive when our safety is threatened.”
Here is Terra Williams, who was arrested with Gwendolyn;
“Gwen has done no such thing. You’re making up complete lies. Quit taking footage of her and Alley and other activists and obsessively writing about them on your blog and Facebook. Go your own separate way. Seriously mods, why hasn’t this guy been removed?”
Bring out The Bohemians!
I am reminded of the whores lined up on a Roman street in the movie La Doice Vita. These activists got their homeless huddled around Saint Belle of the Field – for protection from the Big Bad Wolf. A Bentley pulls up. The tinted window rolls, down, a hand holding a bag of money comes out – and they rush the car, they wobbling on their high high-heals, their mouth smeared in rouge lipstick contorted in anguished pleas, each one making the case a Activist Sanctuary should be established in Ken Kesey Square, and guards posted to keep Mr. Presco – OUT!
On Saturday, April 19, 2014 9:34 PM, Belle Burch wrote:
It’s Belle. Still wondering if you’re real. Thank you again for the bike. Let’s set up a time for me to do some modeling. Thurs and Fri are possibilities for me.
By the way, Why “John Ambrose”? Is that your middle name? Nom de plume? Highly synchronistic, as my current partner’s legal first name is Ambrose. I’m very curious about this.
Also, I thought you preferred to spell your name without the “h”?
Here’s the poem I said I’d send you.
Haven’t read any of your emails yet, will get to that soon.
Last night I fell
asleep in a tent on the concrete
in front of city hall
to the sounds of a quiet radio-
some show about the Bermuda Triangle.
Here is the real founder of Kesey Square Revival and Save Kesey Square – in my opinion! Jean Stacey led our beloved ragamuffins into Jon Riuz’s office where this attorney got arrested with our Dirty Dozen. How many citizens of Eugene go to the square with legal representation? Have Gwendolyn and Stacey had warm artsy chit-chats about taking over the Art Scene of Eugene?
Here is CBS News wanting to get a story on my homeless friend.
“Sent: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 12:28 PM
Subject: CBS News Request/VA Backlog/Hollis Williams
I’m a producer with the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley and I’m working on a piece about the VA backlogs and how in spite of these backlogs, and other issues some administrators were given bonuses. I ran across your blog/tribute to your friend Hollis and saw that you believe he might still be alive if he had not been denied medical help by the U.S. Government– the VA, SSI, or Medicare. I’d love to talk to you more about this. Could you please email me with your contact info, or give me a call. My contact info is below. Hope to talk to you soon.”
Mr. H – My Angelic Advocate
Save Kesey Square shared a page.
November 20, 2015 · …
Hi folks I wanted to share our sister page and the event that in part inspired this page to be born. The Kesey Square Revival was a weekly event that used to be held in the square weather permitting (and for some of us diehards weather not permitting).
His family lived near Wakonda Beach Road, off Highway 101. Ken Kesey’s 1964 novel, “Sometimes a Great Notion,” was set in the fictional Oregon Coast town of Wakonda.
“That’s a deeply personal connection,” says Quale, who has a long shock of charcoal- and gray-colored hair.
That the Register Guard allowed these three words to appear in print, in this town, tells me we are going to crash and burn, because the wrong people are at the controls.
““This is not about me, this is not about Gwendolyn, this is about all of us,” says Zachery Quale, referring to Gwendolyn Iris, with whom he co-created the Facebook page.”
How dare Gwendolyn produce this imposter to play me! I already told you we are doing The Phantom of the Opera! Belle Christine has upstaged and replaced vain Alley Carlotta. Only Belle can save the Art Scene of Eugene, now. Bring her back – our Star! Our drama will be broadcast from Ken Kesey Square – for a hundred years!
Opera singer Christine triumphs at the gala on the night of the old managers’ retirement. Her old childhood friend, Raoul, hears her sing and recalls his love for Christine. At this time, there are rumors of a phantom living at the Opera and he makes himself known to the managers through letters and malevolent acts. Some time after the gala, the Paris Opera performs Faust, with the prima donna Carlotta playing the lead, against the Phantom’s wishes. During the performance, Carlotta loses her voice and the grand chandelier plummets into the audience.
After taking my number at Ken Kesey Square, and when she called me to make an appointment, I told her I was going to make her the Heir of my Bohemian Legacy. She let out a squeal of delight. I am a man of my word. I hereby leave Belle Burch Ken Kesey Square to do with it what she will. For this is how we true Bohemians do things.
Out of curiosity, I would like to see Ken Kesey’s Will.
Build the Labyrinth, Fair Belle, and they will come! It is your destiny.
I know there was Witchcraft used against me. Alley believed she was empowered, and perhaps, Belle? What about John – and Maeve? When your voo-doo and black magic doesn’t work, one wonders if they are up against a real powerful Witch or Warlock.
‘King of The Bohemians’
The Bohemian Louisiana Purchase
October 7, 2014 ·
#Eugene Family. Gwen’s daughter Inanna is raising funds for her dance team fees offering Cosmos Creations GMO FREE popcorn $4.00 a piece, And even better she can deliver after 6:30 pm Sunday thru Wed. Message Gwen to order.
“Can artists show up there any time with their art and sell? Is the ordinance against selling on the street totally not enforced? Did anyone sell there during night before last night’s First Friday Art Walk?
June 3, 2012 at 2:28pm · Like
Kesey Square Revival Yes, artists can show up there any time… or anywhere on public property for that matter, as long as you’re not blocking pedestrian traffic. The ordinance is not enforced if your item can be considered “free speech”… books, magazines, music, visual art, anything with political, religious, or philosophical content. If you’re having a yard sale on the sidewalk, you will probably receive a citation, but if what you’re selling is protected by the First Amendment and/or Article 1, Section 8 of the Oregon Constitution, you are safe.
And yes, I (Alley Valkyrie) sold t-shirts Friday afternoon before the Art Walk. I can’t say that I had a lot of sales, but I definitely wasn’t bothered by law enforcement.
Here’s a cry for a check if I ever read one. Always read the small print!
“they have tried to shut me down so many times over the years ….remodels put streets in take them out…no more benches no more art ..to many people here ( the wrong people) the folks say send them away …no place to go with just as much right to it as anyone else.They have made this a place to gather but don’t like those that come so tear it down the Rug Thugs say we’ll buy it and house the trust fund brats …now they are trying to sell me again with that MUTE bullshit ….. Please save me ! #savekeseysquare
John Monroe critiques John Presco
“Anyone acquainted with the subtleties of violent communication can see that Presco entertains death-phantasies regarding Alley and Belle. Every psychotic lone shooter imagines themselves and their target as dual immortalities — here Presco sees Belle and Alley as potential victims that can turn him into an Eternal Name.
His desire to be an artist (fueled by his mother, who suppressed his sister’s talents so he could be the family star, see my post earlier in the thread for the links to demonstrate this) is his way of desperately seeking immortality as he gets closer to death. I imagine his belief that Alley wants Belle for herself has something to do with his own erotic phantasies, obviously still running just fine regardless of whether his genitals work. His desire to demonstrate his superior masculinity is linked to obvious male socialization patters. Cf. Oregon Duck rape scandal(s).
John is relentless because he read my review of his fellow arrestees poem. Their attorney pipes in and questions whether this critique is over the top, and I might hurt Belle, who has been benched while her fellow Bank Invaders have their way with – my ego! I might pay John to wrote a column for my newspaper. ‘Nuts I have Known’.
“This man is dangerous. Regardless of whether he intends or would use physical violence, he is being emotional abusive and manipulative. He is clearly mentally ill, but he is also highly intelligent. Based on my research he comes from a family with incredible abuse but also high capacity. (http://rosamond.com/about and http://rosamondpress.wordpress.com/…/christine-rosamond/)
This guy isn’t making simple errors. He is a very ill person. But he is also highly abusive, and we should be protecting those who are being targeted. On top of that, I don’t see how this isn’t also a case of male domination. Regardless of his mental space, that is patriarchical BS. Our community should be made aware that he is a threat to young women.
Here is one of two awful biographies about my late sister written by GHOST WRITERS! Outsiders are still exploiting our real tragedy. Who has been telling scary stories, and scaring the women? Imagine the real scary stuff John Monroe was saying to Belle in person. What happens – WHEN YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES? That is a self portrait of Christine lying down with her eyes closed. If the real Art World is too scary for you, then stay out of it! Do what you do best, like, invade banks, trespass, and bully people!
And….if you can’t find the exist, you trespassers only have yourself to blame! There are real penalties in the world!
“The only way we’re leaving here is dead or without charges,” Fry said, who told the FBI to “get the hell out of Oregon.”
These Pundyites, forgot about Unmerciful Art. Or, never heard of such a thing – till now! They will be rendered into a…….coffee table thing. Hefty royalty checks, will be cashed at the bank.
Sleeping Beauty” (French: La Belle au bois dormant “The Beauty Sleeping in the Wood”) by Charles Perrault or “Little Briar Rose“
The Brothers Grimm included a variant Little Briar Rose in their collection (1812). Their version ends when the prince arrives to wake Sleeping Beauty, unlike the stories of Basile and Perrault. Some translations of the Grimms’ tale give the princess the name Rosamond.
12 Cited for Criminal Trespass After Refusing to Leave City Manager’s Office After Hours
Cited and Released were:
1. Bollman, Aurthur Frank 12/31/63 Eugene Trespass II
2. Burch, Belle Erin 11/21/90 No Address Trespass II
3. Shepard, Helen Marie 07/12/85 Eugene Trespass II
4. Monroe, John Lee 11/06/85 Eugene Trespass II
5. Smith, Charles Anderson 11/08/50 Springfield Trespass II
6. Williams, Terra Renee 02/24/88 Eugene Trespass II
7. Marcroft, Sabra Marie 05/15/66 Eugene Trespass II
8. Stacey, Jean Anderson 08/23/45 No Address Trespass II
9. Valkrie, Alley NMI 12/20/81 Eugene Trespass II
10. Wales, Geran Straford 09/15/90 Eugene Trespass II
11. Holtham-Keathley, Ambrose Stormrider 02/06/92 Eugene Trespass II
12. Grotticelli, Peter David 07/16/88 Eugene Trespass II
Here is their attorney wondering if they really care if I go gaga on Belle who is now the tethered goat in their Tiger Hunt..
May 9 at 8:53 am ·
“Mary Broadhurst: yeah well…I’m a bit concerned about labels being applied to this guy. obviously he has issues. but will calling him a psychopath push him over the edge. did anyone consult with Belle before coming to her rescue? perhaps she had a plan as to how to deal with this…
May 9 at 8:57am ·
Alley Valkyrie: “Yes, I talked to Belle.”
According to Eugene Police, 17 people were arrested, including one juvenile. The Eugene Police Department Thursday night released a list of those arrested:
Jacob Robert Keeton, 21, Eugene
Shantia Marie, Gambill, 27, Idaho
Gwendolyn Maeve Iris, 29, Springfield
Nicholas Joseph Ingram, 23, No address
Zachary Aaron Quale, 22, Eugene
Austin Earle Roland Wilson, 26, Eugene
Alicia Denise Markus, 26, Eugene
Michelle Ryan Ankin, 25, Eugene
Ambrose Stormrider Holtham-Keathley, 19, Eugene
Terra Rene Williams, 23, Eugene
Terry Thompson Graham, 23, Eugene
Danielle Nichol Anderson, 25, No address
Ira James Allen, 27, Eugene
Julie Katherine McDonnell, 29, Eugene
Colby Ross Clipston, 18, Eugene
Juvenile Female, 16, Eugene
Tracy Ann Winston, 30, No address
Police estimate that between 200 and 300 protesters took part in the downtown demonstrations.
42 U.S.C. § 1985(3) – Depriving persons of rights or privileges
If two or more persons conspire…for the purpose of depriving, either directly or indirectly, any person … of the equal protection of the laws, or of equal privileges and immunities under the laws…in any case of conspiracy set forth in this section, if one or more persons engaged therein do, or cause to be done, any act in furtherance of the object of such conspiracy, whereby another is injured in his person or property, or deprived of having and exercising any right or privilege of a citizen of the United States, the party so injured or deprived may have an action for the recovery of damages occasioned by such injury or deprivation, against any one or more of the conspirators.
Save Kesey Square shared a page.
November 20, 2015 · …
Hi folks I wanted to share our sister page and the event that in part inspired this page to be born. The Kesey Square Revival was a weekly event that used to be held in the square weather permitting (and for some of us diehards weather not permitting). The idea was to bring positive community building action back to the town square. We would play games, play music, share food and visit with everyone who came. The event did much to bring people living on the street and the road together with people with homes from different socioeconomic classes, in an enviroment that wasn’t about charity, but of interdependance and true community.
The event worked. The square was alive for those months that this event took place. And then at a certain point the issue of shared space came up and our community event clashed with food vendors and their business. As we did not want to harm local small business, The Kesey Square Revival was discontinued.
But now they just want to sell it! There are fewer foodcarts than ever and there is no reason to not start this wonderful tradition once more. This is how real change happens! Getting rid of these lines of division within our community and connecting as human beings who share this world, this city and this Square!
So we are going to reboot The Kesey Square Revivals! Bring art and community and expression and connection back to this space! Back to the heart our city, we will reclaim the commons!
Continue to follow this page for updates as well as give the Kesey Square Revival page a like as information regarding this event will be shared there as well.
Together we can save Kesey Square, preserve our history and take back our culture”
You ask for an interview with the two of them, the creators and administrators of the Save Kesey Square Facebook page. But they are not the only ones who show up to talk at the controversial city-center public space on a sunny Thursday morning.
There’s also a man in a pirate costume, a young woman twirling hula hoops, a former SLUG queen (dressed the part), a longtime University of Oregon literature professor, a man who says the square must be saved because “it’s a dancing square!” and an assortment of other folk.
“This is not about me, this is not about Gwendolyn, this is about all of us,” says Zachery Quale, referring to Gwendolyn Iris, with whom he co-created the Facebook page.
Quale is all of 27 and grew up in Yachats, coming to Eugene around 2008, not long after graduating from Waldport High School.
His family lived near Wakonda Beach Road, off Highway 101. Ken Kesey’s 1964 novel, “Sometimes a Great Notion,” was set in the fictional Oregon Coast town of Wakonda.
“That’s a deeply personal connection,” says Quale, who has a long shock of charcoal- and gray-colored hair.
But Broadway Plaza — the official name of the heart of Eugene that many know only as Kesey Square, and which incorporates the intersection of Broadway and Willamette Street and all that surrounds it, including the now-famous sculpture of Kesey reading to his grandchildren — is a relatively short memory for him.
Stories about, for example, the large concrete fountain, a long-ago-removed remnant of what was once the downtown Eugene Mall, are just that: stories, not memories.
Quale and Iris, 33, want desperately to keep Kesey Square the way it is. The square, they say, is part of who they are.
In a city immersed in protest, Kesey Square has become the latest hotpoint. The protagonists are familiar: real estate developers, potentially development-friendly city officials, and an impromptu brigade of anti-development activists. In fact, Quale and Iris met — and were arrested — at an anti-bank protest in downtown Eugene in 2011.
“Heart of Eugene”
The city is considering three options for the space: its sale or lease for private redevelopment (including plans for a six-story apartment building with first-floor eateries and retail shops); a public improvement project; or leaving it as is.
“To me, it’s connected to the history and culture of Eugene,” says Iris, who lives off Highway 99. Iris works odd jobs, from delivery person to landscaper, but considers herself an artist: She paints and sculpts and participates in something called public ritual theater.
“It’s an important public space. It’s been here 40 years.”
The community “picked this place for the Ken Kesey statue because it’s right in the heart of Eugene,” she says.
Eugene’s culture of art and performance defines the city, she adds. “And Ken Kesey, who is one of our people who become famous worldwide, epitomizes that.”
Iris mentions gentrification and says Eugene doesn’t need trendy, high-rent apartment buildings, rather more places with more affordable rents.
“The idea of them putting one of those projects over a free public use space, it feels like colonization,” she says.
Quale and Iris met on Nov. 17, 2011, when they and 15 others were arrested downtown as part of an Occupy Eugene campaign to close five downtown banks on a day of civil disobedience aimed at protesting corporate influence and income inequality.
Quale says he was sentenced to 30 hours of community service after being charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespass.
Barbara Mossberg, a longtime literature professor and poet in the UO’s Robert Clark Honors College, puts the saving of Kesey Square this way:
“In cities, there has to be space, so we can think about human responses to our environment,” she says, standing at the square. “This is a threshold moment for Eugene, that we’re really thinking about how we go forward.”
Mossberg, who has taught at the UO for 40 years, says Kesey often was a visiting speaker in her classes.
“All great cities honor their writers. I think that Kesey had an epic vision.”
Statue of possibilities
One of the groups that wants to develop the property, 2EB LLC, has told the city that it’s committed to finding a home for the Kesey sculpture, erected in 2003, two years after the famed author died at 66 of cancer.
Conceptual drawings show possible locations on the wide sidewalks along East Broadway or Willamette Street. Other possibilities include telling Kesey’s story using “interactive digital display and lighting.”
But Mossberg and others see no need for an apartment building on Kesey Square.
“Public space creates and increases consciousness about what we can create and what we can imagine,” she says.
Quale is now typing, on a turquoise 1960s-era Remington Monarch typewriter, as he sits by the Kesey statue. The sculpture was created by Dexter artist Pete Helzer, at a cost of $125,000, with contributions coming from the likes of actor Paul Newman (who starred in the film version of Kesey’s “Sometimes a Great Notion”) and authors Tom Wolfe and Tom Robbins.
“I just quit my job,” Quale can be heard saying of a home-healthcare position he held for three years. “And this is what I want to do now.”
He calls it “spontaneous prose,” in the spirit of Jack Kerouac.
Find kindness in every stranger. Shake hands and don’t be afraid of germs.
Juggling bubbles in Kesey Square, the jangling of wheels and those with coffees. Italian restaurants and royalty checks, Portlandia rises and DVRs and always a good place to stop and enjoy ..
That’s the beginning of what Quale, who also says he’s an artist, has banged out as he talks about discovering Kesey Square when he came to Eugene seven or eight years ago.
“I needed to sit down,” he says. “And I couldn’t find many places. I was passing out resumes, and I had very little to my name.”
So he took a seat on the statue’s bench.
“I envision this as a smaller Pike Place Market,” he says, referring to Seattle’s famous marketplace. He sees easily movable platforms that could be transformed into stages.
“If there was always something here, I don’t see how that could be detrimental to businesses.”
“I was a traveler”
Many Eugene residents complain of people dubbed “travelers,” transients who congregate at the square, often drawing the ire of local business owners.
The young woman twirling the red, black and white hula hoops, wearing bushy red and black leg warmers, says she came to Eugene five years ago from St. Louis.
“I was a traveler, and I came here with nothing,” says the woman, Jessica Love, 28, a bartender at Shoryuken League, a half-block away. “I lived in my car, and I worked really hard to get a place, just to be functional.
“The more we use the space in a positive way, the less it will be used in a negative way,” Love says. She wants more craft fairs, community events, movies, etc.
“I’ve had people tell me to be careful here, but I never felt like it was a safety issue. There’s nothing bad that’s happening now. All I see is good things happening.”
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By Lauren Mickler
EUGENE, Ore. — A Springfield mother claims Occupy Eugene protesters harbored her 16-year-old daughter after she ran away from home, but protesters say that’s not true.
Christine Patterson says she used to support Occupy Eugene’s ideals and peaceful protests, but she says hiding her runaway daughter at their camp is neither political nor peaceful.
Amanda Patterson has run away before.
“What was different this time is that I didn’t have a fix on where she was within 24 hours of here being gone,” Christine Patterson said.
Patterson says it took nine days for her to locate her daughter.
She printed flyers, called police, organized search parties to try to track down Amanda and eventually looked at the Occupy Eugene camp.
“They gave her a toothbrush and she slept in some person’s tent and they gave her a coat. It’s a very easy place to get lost in the shuffle if you don’t want to be found,” Christine said.
While the atmosphere might not sound so bad, protesters’ actions are what really bothered Patterson.
“When the police came, they hid her because she was there, and she admits that she was there when the police came,” Christine said.
But Occupy Eugene protesters say they do not harbor runaways and they did not hide Amanda from police.
They say they have rules about underage kids coming to the camp.
“We try and peacefully resolve the situation by either coaxing them to return home and let their parents know that they’re safe or at least giving them a call and saying, hey mom this is where I’m at,” Jambit said.
Patterson says what protesters should have done is called the police.
“Tons of people were looking for her. I’ve been worried sick, and it’s just simply unacceptable to hide a child,” Christine said.
Protestors say they weren’t hiding Amanda, they just don’t like to bring police in if they don’t have to. They felt they could convince Amanda to go home, which they said is exactly what happened.
“We need to step up. The community, the city and the leadership at Occupy Eugene and say this is unacceptable,” Christine said.
By Jeff Skrzypek
EUGENE, Ore. — Maybe protesters saw Thursday as a triumph, but it was the opposite for bank customers.
Many banks took proactive measures, like closing for most of the afternoon, which left customers locked out. Customers say that while they support Occupy Eugene’s right to protest, Thursday’s situation made them look down upon the movement.
“This is very frustrating when I have got to pay bills, I’ve got to do business and they’re stopping me from doing business,” said Umpqua Bank customer Max Jordan.
Some customers had to find creative ways out of the banks because the doors were locked. Over at Wells Fargo, the bank eventually opened its doors using security guards and let customers to go in and out to do business.
By Jeff Skrzypek
EUGENE, Ore. — Occupy Eugene’s goal was to occupy area banks and commit acts of civil disobedience, but the day didn’t go according to plan.
They rallied at the free speech plaza, signs in hand and voices loud and clear. This was Eugene’s contribution to the International Day of Action. Protesters marched to numerous banks in downtown to let the establishments know their policies aren’t popular.
The plan was to infiltrate the banks and once inside, occupy. Managers quickly got wind of what was happening, and locked their doors just in time. That didn’t stop demonstrators from committing acts of civil disobedience, like blocking the banks’ doors.
“I think the folks who remain are willing to deal with the consequences of their civil disobedience and that’s why they’re here right now,” said Grace Warner of Occupy Eugene.
Eugene Police kept an eye on the situation, scurrying from bank to bank on bike to make sure order was in check. The banks we covered decided against removing demonstrators and opted to cool their heels inside.
“I think every second that they lock that door is a second that they’re not doing money and their not doing business with their customers,” said Kristen Carpenter of Occupy Eugene.
In Occupy Eugene’s view, despite the bank doors being locked, the day was a success. As for the banks, it put them in a tough spot, trying to balance service with safety.
“I think it’s misguided. My understanding of the whole occupy is talking about corporate greed, wall street. Umpqua Bank is a community bank based in Oregon,” said Terry Gent, Umpqua Bank.
I also think that some sort of micro-enterprise program targeting the youth downtown would give them both an activity as well as job skills and a potential source of income. Art vending is legal on the sidewalks downtown, and especially in Kesey Square, and a lot of the panhandling youth would rather be selling their art, poetry, etc, if they had a place to produce it and a way to sell it. That would also cut down on the drug dealing… studies done on homeless youth show that most will choose a legitimate way of making money over dealing if they have the opportunity, and street vending has been shown to be a positive instrument in revitalizing downtowns. Make Kesey Square a place for art vending, not food carts. We have way too many half-empty and unused parking lots downtown… fill them with food carts instead. I think the parking lot next to the Kiva would be great place for food carts.
“Anyway, the reason why I was wondering if you’re coming to the council meeting is because there are a number of people (some on the council) who want to put forth a community action to have your face plastered across the neighborhood with information as to why you are dangerous. Nothing but direct quotes from your ‘newspaper’ so you can’t even get us for slander.
And it would be very nice to be able to point you out to everyone in attendance.
Let that sink in for a minute, pal. Because you can not stop yourself, you are on the verge of being black listed from the artistic center of the city. A place you ‘helped to shape’.
But no, this isn’t of YOUR doing. Oh no, it’s just a huge conspiracy to discredit — what some lonely old man? Come on, you’re not that crazy enough to believe that.
For all your ‘royalty’, your family ties and for everything you have done? It will all become un-done simply because you won’t stop acting like a fucking creep.”
Three hours ago I found a message from a member of the Whiteaker Community Counsil. He sent it before the meeting tonight, that Jeff said was last night. Was he waiting with his thugs last night?
He assured me there will be no agenda like the one Jeff Holiday mentioned. He assured me the Board would never hear such a suggestion, nor was I welcome to come and defend myself. Instead of going, I chose to put this matter in the forum I have worked very hard on for many years. I get about 250 readers a day. The Whiteaker neighborhood has spent ten thousand hours to be what it is, a place of Peace and Acceptance. No way do Whiteaker merchants want evidence of the First Whiteaker Witch-hunt plasterd all over the walls. You see, once you allow one witch hunt, then you got have another.
I talked to Alley Valkyrie & Mary Broadhurst today at the City Club meeting. They both said the Whoville camp is in the process of reorganizing and they thought that it will work. Alley said the camp’s main problem is that they can’t keep people out, so can’t keep their numbers down to something workable, like 15. She said that City Manager Jon Ruiz does not want to turn it into a legal camp at the same location, because it would look like they were legalizing something illegal. So probably the Whoville people need to move somewhere else before a legal camp could be established at Hilyard & Broadway.
Alley has turned in a proposal for a legal camp and met with the city about it, but the city seems vague about what it wants. She was told they have to check with the city attorney (?). Alley is concerned that the city may try to hang the same requirements on the new legal camps that they did with OVE, which would be unworkable. OVE was required to buy liability insurance for the Village, put up a $20,000 bond, and have a private security firm on call in case of trouble. She said the city hasn’t told her what the next steps are to get approval from the City Manager.