Who Will Win The Battle of Eugene?

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This morning, I awoke with the answer as to who will win ‘The Battle For Downtown Eugene’. I lay in my bed recalling my investigation of SHIPS that was began by a man who discovered a cave full of looted Inca gold. This was told to me by my neighbor who  met this man. By a profound coincidence, my ex-brother-in-law asked me if I wanted to go on an expedition to haul gold artifacts out of Mexico, that was found in a cave!

After living in the rainy woods for two months, I got very sick. I had no medical insurance and was put out of the hospital one cold morning. The nurse that opened the door for me, told me about the Royal Avenue Shelter where I stayed for two months until they put me in a half-way house on Kinkaid. I am their success story, until they discovered I was not taking meds. They thought the penicillin I took for pneumonia was a mind-c0ntrol drug that I refused to take because I had nine years of sobriety. They were going to throw me back out on the street again, until I got an activist attorney based in Portland. SHIPS had bought up a lot of property, old motels and were stocking them with Medheads – like chickens! I was a Whistleblower, a troublemaker. I wrote letters. This is 1996. How old was Belle Burch and Alley Valkyrie?

http://www.sheltercare.org/

http://www.floridahousing.org/HousingPartners/LocalGovernments/

That report got lost. Then, I recalled the play I had begun about the plight of the homeless, titled ‘Daughter Dead’.  that I began in November of 1996. three months after my bout with homelessness, ended. The protagonist is homeless eighteen year old beauty, named Marilyn. I wrote her dialogue, a fifty year old man. She was made manifest when I beheld Belle Burch in Ken Kesey Square. Belle’s mother was a pillar among theatre groups of Eugene. I am convinced we had psychic connections.

We are working on an unfinished drama on a level few understand. This is High Art that will make Eugene whole again, and propel it towards the Literary and Dramatic Destiny it deserves. We are all upon the Chessboard of the Gods. We are Maze Walkers – sublime!

Above are images of Emily Farthing who is a member of The Interfaith group that is based at the First Christian Church of Downtown Eugene that was the model for the church in my play. Emily has done some modeling. She would make a great Pre-Raphaelite Model. She is a guide in the new Eugene Sunday Streets.

Jon Presco

https://www.eugene-or.gov/655/Eugene-Sunday-Streets

http://kval.com/news/local/interfaith-prayer-service-invites-all-to-remember-september-11-attacks

http://kval.com/news/local/its-as-bad-right-now-as-its-been-in-a-very-long-time-public-safety-in-downtown-eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — A handful of people showed up to Monday’s Eugene City Council Meeting, to voice their opinions on what happened during Friday’s controversial arrest in the Park Blocks.

A couple of people gathered in front of Harris Hall before the meeting, holding signs with their displeasure toward the actions of Eugene Police.

One resident said she was there to speak out about the police brutality she believes occurred during Friday’s arrest.

She said many are concerned with the response from law enforcement and wants police accountable for their behavior.

She said the video making the rounds on social media is tough to watch.

“I couldn’t finish the video, I got maybe half of the way through and it was very disturbing,” said Shanalea Forrest. “I was appalled by what I was seeing, it made me physically sick to my stomach to witness.”

The video shows a police officer striking the suspect. Officials call it “focused blows”.

Police said force is authorized at times to quote, “Avoid having a higher degree of force.”

They said the incident is now under review by an auditor and Police Chief Pete Kerns.

http://www.kezi.com/news/Locals_React_to_Arrest_at_Park_Blocks.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnhIenb4wfI

“It’s clear that it’s as bad right now as it’s been in a very long time,” David Hauser, president of the Eugene Chamber of Commerce, said of public safety.

http://kval.com/news/local/theres-a-long-standing-perception-that-downtown-is-just-vacant

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EUGENE, Ore. – The 70 member businesses of Downtown Eugene Merchants might bring back Eugene Celebration.

“To me it’s something pretty dear to me because I went to every single Eugene Celebration that ever existed,” said Priya Makyadath from Shoeaholic. “That was kind of a weekend that really defined downtown.”

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EUGENE, Ore. – The 70 member businesses of Downtown Eugene Merchants might bring back Eugene Celebration.

“To me it’s something pretty dear to me because I went to every single Eugene Celebration that ever existed,” said Priya Makyadath from Shoeaholic. “That was kind of a weekend that really defined downtown.”

The group is seeking formal non-profit status as it embarks on projects with a common theme: dispelling false impressions about the commercial health of downtown Eugene.

“I think there’s a long standing perception that downtown is just vacant,” said Nicole Desch from Heritage Dry Goods, president of the Downtown Eugene Merchants board. “It was for a while, but things have definitely changed significantly in the past several years and we’re excited about those changes.”

http://kval.com/news/local/theres-a-long-standing-perception-that-downtown-is-just-vacant

Hauser told the City Council that the challenges involve illegal and anti-social behaviors, as well as aggressive harassment of shoppers and people working downtown.

Another merchant wants the City Council to make downtown ordinances more enforceable.

“We’re not trying to keep anybody from being downtown,” said Priya Makyadath with the Downtown Eugene Merchants Association, “but rather what we’re trying to do is make sure th

“I’ve been personally sexually harassed verbally several times in the downtown,” one woman testified.

http://kval.com/news/local/everybody-wants-harmony-community-responds-to-park-blocks-controversy

EUGENE, Ore.- For many people, downtown Eugene’s Park Blocks are a gathering place.

“I think it’s just a diverse communal space where people come to gather and form a community, and that takes form in many different ways,” Sunday Streets coordinator Emily Farthing said.

Whether that’s the final Tuesday Farmers’ Market of the year, or a unique community banding together.

“I’ll just say there’s a lot of colorful people down here, which makes it very interesting. But there’s never been anything go wrong,” TBS Honey salesperson Shane Stark said.

EUGENE, Ore.- For many people, downtown Eugene’s Park Blocks are a gathering place.

“I think it’s just a diverse communal space where people come to gather and form a community, and that takes form in many different ways,” Sunday Streets coordinator Emily Farthing said.

Whether that’s the final Tuesday Farmers’ Market of the year, or a unique community banding together.

“I’ll just say there’s a lot of colorful people down here, which makes it very interesting. But there’s never been anything go wrong,” TBS Honey salesperson Shane Stark said.

Last Friday’s incident in that area has left many community members concerned with both the state of the Park Blocks – and Eugene Police’s plan to emphasize police presence downtown.

“I just I feel like it’s unnecessary and I feel like if they came through here and treated us with a little more respect, then we wouldn’t have a problem, because we do,” Eugene resident Blaze Lutwinski said.

Lutwinksi spends part of her day in the Park Blocks area.

Some community members say new police presence isn’t necessarily the answer – instead, the problem lies in a lack of social resources.

“I’d be interested to see if there was more resources devoted to facilities for rehabilitation, 

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene Police are now working with the city to improve safety downtown.

The Park Blocks is an area of downtown that many said attracts a crowd and has developed a negative reputation. Shops surrounding it said they’re grateful police are working to make it a safer place.

House 868 is a Chinese bakery located just off of Broadway in the west Park Block. It opened nearly two months ago and sells locally made sweet and savory pastries.

 

Although they’ve only been at this location a short time, they said they’re happy police want to make a change and say it could even improve business.

“Since we’re not right on Broadway and we don’t have the constant foot traffic that a lot of those businesses have, it makes it really difficult. It makes people not even know we’re here, because they don’t want to come back here and deal with the people who generally hang out at the park,” said Tyson Curtis, Cashier at House 868.

This change stems from Friday’s incident. Police Chief Pete Kerns said officers witnessed a drug transaction between two people. He said one was compliant and ticketed.

He said the other aggressively resisted arrest and 30 to 50 people, who spend much of the day in the park, quickly converged toward officers hurling obscene and racist insults.

“What we observed is not in keeping with the respectful and coherent discourse that defines Eugene’s culture, or with the environment that we are fostering in our downtown. Our department, together with other city services and our community partners, will improve safety in the downtown and particularly in the park. And our strategies will be inspired by our values of Integrity, Compassion and Courage,” said chief Kerns.

Chief Kerns also says he wants to thank the officers for their capable and confident performance during Friday’s incident.

http://www.kezi.com/news/Police_Working_to_Improve_Safety_of_Park_Blocks.html

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An Evening of Interfaith We hope you join us Thursday, May 14th for a movie and discussion night! We will be showing excerpts from our newly released DVD and opening it up for a loosely moderated discussion on Interfaith in our community. Where is it going? What is “interfaith” to you? How can we further “interfaith” engagement.  Food and Beverage provided. Bring smiles. 7-9pm First Christian Church-Chapel – 1166 Oak St. Eugene, Or 97401   Thanks to Cynthia Vignos for her graphic design donation to IPSI in help with this event. Check out her website at: http://www.bluemoondm.com  …

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  After sifting through YouTube videos late last night, I was pleasantly uplifted in finding this. Last year Guru Amar, a University of Oregon journalism student did a feature story on the Interfaith Prayer Services and created this beautiful video. As we move forward into a rainy weekend, the IPSI Board of Directors will be gathering for our Fall quarterly retreat. During this time we will share in a warm potluck meal and reflect on our “Visions for the Future”, a list we compiled last year of our short and long term goals. Where are we now? Where would we like to go? (See below from excerpts from that list and how far we’ve come! Woohoo!) We are also dialoguing about ideas for the year to come, including an Interfaith Panel discussion in January. Where would you like to see Interfaith in our community? What are you spiritually thirsting for? We hope to engage a wider audience and welcome you to share with us your ideas and hopes for the future.   Short Term: -Muslim Board member/ Board members from more faith traditions/ More board members -Increased attendance and interest -Providing a forum for interfaith healing (the services provide a space to heal and heal in solidarity with the faith community) -being a vehicle for peace Digital library on computer of past, present and future services (website) -More structured monthly advertising and publicity -New website/ Update website -Social media networking -More focus on prayer at the services and on the board -Promote a well-known spiritual figure at a community event (host a spiritual figure to promote awareness)   Long-Term: -A national interfaith service -Sell a product/ service -selling videos -put on a concert   -collaboration/ communication w/ other interfaith groups/ cities -IPSI symposiums/ conferences (all IPSIs all over the world would come together) -worldwide outreach/ national -find a business sponsor -sponsor humanitarian causes -give an annual peace award -website blogs/book visibility -solid place in community – younger audience/ involvement -mediations w/ religions that are in conflict w/ each other   Peace be with you, and we hope to see you Thursday December…

 

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