Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza

Eugene Police Blotter – June 28, 2014

Eugene, OR – Eugene Police Blotter.  Stories from the men and women of the Eugene Police Department. This edition covers  just one such incident on June 28, 2014.

Saturday Market Stabbing

Case No.  14-10822

Eugene Police responded to a report of a stabbing at the Saturday Market (Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza) at approximately 0955 the morning of June 28, 2014.  While arriving officers located the victim, a 44 year old male, other officers began to search for the suspect who had fled on a bicycle.  Multiple witnesses’ provided a detailed suspect description, as well as direction of travel, which aided police in locating him in Skinner’s Butte Park.

 

The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was evaluated and treated for multiple non-life threatening stab wounds.

 

The suspect, Brian Fredrick Ernest (9/9/1962), was positively identified by witnesses and was interviewed regarding his involvement in the assault.  He was later lodged at the Lane County Jail on charges of Assault 1 and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

 

Additional witnesses are encouraged to contact the Eugene Police Department’s non-emergency number           (541-682-5111) with information.  The investigation is on-going.

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Occupy Eugene medical clinic serves low-income families and homeless

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Occupy Eugene began on October 15, 2011.

The Occupy movement began on September 17, 2011, with a protest in Zuccotti Park, New York. Initiated by Adbusters, an anti-consumerist magazine from Canada known for their spoofs of popular advertisements, the movement used “We are the 99%” as their slogan to highlight the economic disparity between the wealthiest individuals, the 1%, and everyone else. While the protest at Zuccotti Park took aim at Wall Street, protests all over the world began to emerge, each grounding itself in specific localities and addressing not just Wall Street but local issues.

Occupy Eugene began with a march on October 15, 2011. Taking place at Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza, it began with a similar emphasis on Wall Street and economic corruption. Eugene’s protest ended up at the Washington/Jefferson bridge area, forming a camp-out for individuals to network and speak out.

Volunteers set up Occupy Eugene’s medical clinic at the downtown park on 8th.

A crucial part of the Eugene camp-out began to emerge: a medical clinic that treated conditions of people hurt by the economic recession and lacking in health insurance and treatment options. As Occupy Eugene began to address local homelessness issues, however, the clinic’s importance took on a whole new dimension.

Sue Sierralupe, a sustainable landscape educator and medical herbalist from Eugene, is one of the organizers of Occupy Eugene’s Medical Clinic. Sierralupe explains the transition of the clinic:

“When the homeless came to join our camp-out, we had a complete change of focus. We originally just had one doctor. With new conditions and a new set of people to treat, we knew we needed to expand.”

The Eugene Police Department shut down the Occupy Eugene camp-out at Washington/Jefferson in December of 2011, after a protestor was found attacked, being beaten and choked and having suffered multiple facial fractures. Sierralupe said that, once the shut down happened, the clinic knew its work had just begun.

We realized that all the homeless would have nowhere to go. They would try to survive under bridges until they died.”

The medical clinic has 3 professional doctors on staff, as well as nurses, a pharmacist, a pediatrist, as well as a dental hygienist.

Sierralupe and other organizers for the clinic re-grouped in February of this year to re-open their clinic.

We re-grouped as a triage clinic. We have 3 professional doctors, as well as nurses, a pharmacist, and a pediatrist. We also have a dental hygienist.”

Everything used by the Eugene clinic is donated.

“It’s all 100% donations,” Sierralupe says.

“Volunteers buy bandaids or donate socks.”

Socks are especially important for the homeless, Sierralupe explains. Many individuals that come to the clinic have just one pair of socks and they are usually worn out and wet from all the rain.

“It’s horrifying and sad, the condition of some of these peoples’ feet.”

The medical clinic also works with international medical teams and St. Vincent de Paul to hold dental clinics. Four times a year they do free extractions, juggling severity of need with the amount of volunteers in order to determine who to help.

“The dental clinics take well over 100 hours of volunteer work to put together.”

The clinic takes place every Sunday, from 1-5 pm at the downtown parks on 8th, where the Saturday Market is held. Everyone is welcome, Sierralupe stresses.

“We serve not just the homeless but low-income families, children—anyone who walks through the door. This is free preventative care in the park for our city.”

One of the most significantly common problems that the clinic has encountered is hepatitis, both B and C.

“Hepatitis is a huge killer,” Sierralupe explains.

The clinic has plans in the works for a mobile clinic as well.

“We don’t do tests but we can get prescriptions filled for free. We also have free herbal supplements. Milk thistle is a a wonderfully preventative measure that is holistic.”

Everyone working at the clinic is either a volunteer, a retired professional, or a current professional that is already working full-time but wants to give to the community.

Looking to the future, the clinic has plans in the works for a mobile clinic as well. A volunteer says,

“We are working on a mobile clinic with a wheelchair lift, to go around the county and do what we do here, but everywhere we can. We are waiting on a grant from a community foundation in Oregon.”

For the time being, though, Sierralupe and her associates have their hands full, serving hundreds of people that walk through their doors and into their makeshift tent.

Our endeavor is to prove a positive role model for holistic care, especially with all these debates about single payer health systems and whether they work. It does work and it is working right now. We are doing what everyone says cannot be done and we are doing it on a dime.”

For Sierralupe, this is not just healthcare, it is the right thing to do.

It’s not our job to judge, it’s our job to heal. Isolation drives so many people in our community to live unhealthy lives. And sometimes the most basic, human, and effective healthcare is love. Big hugs do wonders here.”

If you are interested in donating to the clinic, Sierralupe says that the items they most need are socks, vitamins, and children’s items. For more information about the clinic and Occupy Eugene, go to http://occupyeugenemedia.org/. For more information about Sue Sierralupe, visit her blog at http://www.herbalistmanifesto.com/herbs/. You can visit at the clinic every Sunday from 1-5 pm at the parks on 8th between Willamette Street and Pearl Street.

Groups call for buffer zones in pesticide use

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Aerial spraying of pesticides, or “crop dusting,” is a practice dating back to 1906.

Several public advocacy groups held a rally today against pesticides at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza during the Saturday Market. Pitchfork Rebellion, an anti-pesticide group from the Triangle Lake area organized “Occupy This! Rally for Pesticide Justice and Jobs!” The event called for banning aerial spraying of pesticides near homes and schools, creating a buffer zone to protect people’s health.

The rally began with a performance by local reggae/jam band Sol Seed, followed by a spoken word protest performance calling for a “pure organic Oregon.”

Then “Day,” a resident of the Triangle Lake area, took to the stage. Day is one of several residents of Triangle Lake who has been documented to have the pesticides 2,4-D and atrazine in his urine. 2,4-D, or 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, is a major ingredient in Agent Orange, one of the chemicals used by the U.S. military as part of its herbicidal warfare program during the Vietnam War. A professional analysis of four public streams near Day’s and other residents’ homes found these pesticides in all of the streams.

Several environmental groups held a rally today against pesticides at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza during the Saturday Market.

Day said,

“We’re just a bunch of hillbillies from Triangle Lake tired of getting hit by pesticides everyday.”

Studies by numerous organizations, from the EPA to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to public universities, have documented the effects of human consumption of pesticides. Pesticides can cause damage to the human nervous system, reproductive system and other organs, developmental and behavioral abnormalities, disruption of hormone function as well as immune dysfunction.

Day introduced Roy Key, a professional forester of over 40 years. Key said he was there to talk about the dangers of pesticide poisoning in Lane County.

“I’ve been in the forest business for 40 years. I’ve managed forests without herbicides or pesticides. You don’t need those substances to manage the forest.”

Key compared pesticide use to his experience in the Vietnam War.

“It’s just like Agent Orange all over again. But here in Lane County.”

Key called on attendees to tell Oregon governor John Kitzhaber to stop the use of pesticides in the state near homes and schools.

Day, a resident of Triangle Lake, has been documented to have the pesticides 2,4-D and atrazine in his urine. A professional analysis of four public streams near Day’s and other residents’ homes found these and other pesticides in all of the streams.

Oregon already has a buffer zone to protect waterways and salmon species. Streamside protection rules for non-federal forest land in Oregon were adopted in 1994. All private, state and local government forest landowners or operators conducting pesticide operations near streams, lakes or wetlands must comply with these rules. In November 2011, a federal judge upheld buffer zones for pesticide use near streams and rivers. Dow Chemical Company, a leader in specialty chemicals based in Michigan, filed a lawsuit seeking to undo the Oregon rules, saying that they were too restrictive. The restrictions ban the ground spraying of three agricultural insecticides within 500 feet of waterways with salmon. They also ban aerial spraying within 1000 feet of said waterways.

While Oregon has a buffer zone for pesticide use near water, it has not adopted a buffer zone near human activity. The Oregon Department of Forestry says,

“Currently, there are no regulations in Oregon requiring a buffer zone for aerial application of herbicides near specific structures or facilities, including schools.”

There are, nonetheless, safety requirements in how pesticides are used, both in residential and forested situations:

“While pesticide use in a residential setting must abide by pesticide label safety requirements, forestry applications must follow those requirements plus additional regulations spelled out in the Oregon Forest Practices Act.”

Pesticide companies, such as Dow Chemical, argue that their products abide by these safety requirements. Concerning 2,4-D, the substance found in Triangle Lake residents, Dow Chemical has said the following:

“2,4-D is available for use in U.S. crop production today because EPA has determined, after evaluating all human health and safety considerations – including the concerns expressed by activists – that current uses (including currently authorized uses on corn) pose ‘a reasonable certainty of no harm.’ This EPA conclusion was reached only after the Agency had considered all relevant data…This regulatory conclusion is supported by mainstream health and safety experts who have thoroughly evaluated the product.”

The application of pesticides has had a long and controversial history. Dr. Patricia Muir, Professor at Oregon State University’s Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, says that, following World War 2,

Ingrid Edstrom, nurse practitioner at Eugene’s Infrared Breast Thermography LLC, spoke of the link between pesticides and breast cancer. “Oregon has the second highest breast cancer rate per capita in the nation,” she added.

“Chemical pesticides have become the most important consciously-applied form of pest management.”

The Oregon Department of Forestry explains this popularity according to pesticides’ cost-effectiveness:

“Many landowners see herbicides as the most cost-effective means of achieving their reforestation goals following logging or fire, or for converting neglected brush land to forests.”

The first important pesticide was DDT (otherwise known as dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane). Muir says,

“DDT was discovered in 1939 by a Swiss chemist Paul Muller. In its early days, it was hailed as a miracle…It was inexpensive and easy to apply. It was so effective at killing pests and thus boosting crop yields and was so inexpensive to make that its use quickly spread over the globe. In 1948, Muller was awarded the Nobel Prize for its discovery.”

As years went by, however, DDT was labeled both directly and indirectly toxic to many organisms. Most disturbingly, as Muir explains, DDT

“showed up in human breast milk at remarkably high concentrations — so high that the milk couldn’t legally be sold through interstate commerce if it were cow’s milk! [DDT] is the most widespread contaminant in human milk around the world.”

While DDT was banned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1972, other pesticides are commonly used in Oregon. The last year in which Oregon has data compiled for pesticide use is 2008. That year it was reported that 280,001 pounds of pesticides (chlorpyrifos, diazinon and malathion) were used in the state.

A rally attendee protests 2,4-D, one of the pesticides found in streams near Triangle Lake.

The groups that rallied today are hoping to change how those hundreds of thousands of pounds of pesticides are administered. They asked all attendees to fill out postcards to Governor Kitzhaber to ask for expanding pesticide buffer zones to include not just fish, but people.

Christina Hubbard, the Project Director of Forest Web, also spoke at the rally. Forest Web is a grassroots conservation organization based in Cottage Grove. Hubbard said,

“Forest Web stands in solidarity with these groups. I’ve personally been working with Day since 2007. A lot of these pople have had major clinical studies done on their urine and it is documented that they have pesticide poisoning.”

Hubbard says this rally’s message is not particularly radical.

“Really what this is about is creating a reasonable buffer zone for aerial spraying. This is common sense, to protect homes and schools.”

For more information about Oregon’s use of pesticides in agriculture, go to the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s website at http://oregon.gov/ODA/PEST/. For more information about Oregon’s use of them in forestry, go to the Oregon Department of Forestry’s website at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/privateforests/pesticides.shtml. Websites for the groups involved in the rally are: Pitchfork Rebellion, http://pitchforkrebellion.com/; STOP, http://stop-oregon.org/; Forest Web, http://www.forestweb-cg.org/.