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As a result of the incredible perseverance and unwavering commitment of the Winnemem Wintu tribe, along with the overwhelming show of solidarity that so many activists from around the country provided to the tribe, the tribe was finally able to hold their peaceful coming of age ceremony June 29 – July 3. The event occurred with minimal disruptions and harassment, with the exception of some encounters with the Forest Service and law enforcement, who gave the Chief a citation.
This is a major step, but the battle isn’t over. They need the Bureau of Indian Affairs to intervene to fully protect the site and the ceremony by recognizing the Winnemem Wintu as a federal tribe. . . . .
This Spring Newsletter is one you will not want to miss. It includes updates on some of the most important courtroom decisions, some of the most frightening laws proposed and passed by the President and Congress, and some of the most inspiring successes of the Civil Liberties Defense Center and our allies. Join us in gearing up for an exciting summer by reading up on our springtime news! . . . .
After nearly four years, Eugene’s Exclusion law banishing people from the downtown infringes on a variety of civil liberties, including those to freedom of movement, legal representation, and equal treatment under the law, but does little for public safety. The DPSZ ordinance is scheduled to sunset this fall. However, as it has several times before, the City Council simply plans to hold a new series of meetings to examine whether to extend the law.
The CLDC and Eugene community have repeatedly expressed outrage at the various hearings in the past. With your support, this pressure has helped deter the City from making the DPSZ permanent.
That is why it is crucial that we keep up the momentum and continue to speak out. This law does not represent the needs or wishes of Eugene! . . . .