Social Justice

FOOD for Lane County

FOOD for Lane County has received a notable donation to help stretch food stores during the COVID-19 crisis. A 53-foot semi-truck, full of nonperishable food, was delivered courtesy of area members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Oregon Food Bank

As closures continue throughout Oregon due to COVID-19 protocols, I spoke with Food For Lane County about how it’s preparing.



Citing the effects of climate change on underserved communities, the Eugene Springfield NAACP wants a new Environmental Justice Coordinator who’ll advocate for policy change.

Brian Bull

The Lane County Board of Commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution denouncing white nationalism.

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There are more than 5,700 missing and murdered indigenous women across North America.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, a new Oregon law has launched a series of statewide conversations on the issue.

Recorded On: December 20, 2019

Air Date: December 23, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene:

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Here’s some news you’ll definitely want to take sitting down: Tuesday is World Toilet Day. We’re sure you’re already on the edge of your seat. If you can handle it, KLCC’s Brian Bull plunges into issues raised by local toilet advocates on this solid occasion. 

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The U.S. Department of Justice is awarding $273 million to 149 tribes, including several in Oregon.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’s to help improve public safety.

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The City of Corvallis is renaming its community center after local Native Americans said the current name is culturally insensitive. It’s called the “Chintimini Senior and Community Center.” Chintinimi is a Kalapuya word and the center has had that name for decades.

Amid a massive renovation project, the city decided to reach out to Native Americans to see what they thought of the name. Their response: Maybe don’t use that word. 

Greenhill Humane Society

Greenhill Humane society says –“it’s kitten and bunny season.”- and that means hundreds more vulnerable animals will need care.  The agency is hosting a foster recruitment event in Springfield on Saturday from 1:30-3:00 pm.

Fatima Roohi Pervaiz

The 41st annual Take Back the Night rally will be held this Thursday at the University of Oregon.

Recorded on: March 15, 2019

Air Date: March 18, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene:

Recorded On: February 22, 2019

Air Date: February 25, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene:

“The Way Home” is a partnership project of Sponsors, Inc., Lane County Parole and Probation, and Homes for Good.  It is a Lane County reentry collaborative effort formally launched in September 2018. In the next two years, the project will begin providing 100 units of permanent, supportive housing to individuals with conviction histories in Lane County.

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In Eugene, over 300 hundred marchers came out to honor the legacy of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. this morning.  The event centered on youth and the responsibility to carry on Dr. King’s teachings.

Recorded On: January 18, 2019
Air Date: January 21, 2019

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Nationally, women and supporters marched in solidarity in Washington D.C. and other parts of the country.  An estimated 2,500 people attended the 3rd Annual Women’s March Saturday in Eugene. But things got off to a rocky start when one of the speakers at the rally used what some called "divisive" language.

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Friday, dozens of people wound through the rainy streets of Eugene for an Indigenous Peoples March, one of 16 organized across North America

Merry Caston

The Third Annual Women’s March is set for this Saturday in Eugene. The route will be identical to years’ past, but there will be a few changes in the focus of the event.

Tiffany Eckert

The deadline for people to move out of the temporary homeless camp on Highway 99 has been extended to Wednesday at dusk.

Tiffany Eckert

Transient and unhoused people camping at a Lane County owned gravel lot on Highway 99 will have to vacate this week (Monday/Tuesday.) Campers have the option to sign up for a bed at an established site run by Saint Vincent de Paul nearby. In advance of the eviction, KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert visits the site known as Camp 99.

A Eugene community theater actor who allegedly cyber-harassed a black student leader has agreed to an unusual settlement with his victim.

Brian Bull

At a special meeting Monday night, the Eugene City Council voted 7 to 1 to expand temporary homeless camping options at sites along Highway 99.

Springfield School District

The Springfield community has come together to find a new warming site for homeless people to find shelter on freezing nights. 

Rachael McDonald

After 46 years in Oregon, Julie Daniel, former director of Bring Recycling in Eugene, will become a U.S. citizen this week. She says she wants to use her new status to help other immigrants who may not have the same resources.

Tiffany Eckert

About a dozen tents have re-appeared on a concrete slab of county-owned property in downtown Eugene known as the “Butterfly” lot. Campers are back to protest how the city and county are dealing with homelessness. 

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Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Eugene federal courthouse tonight to decry President Trump’s firing of now former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. KLCC’s Brian Bull was there.

Tiffany Eckert

Over the weekend, volunteers helped move a homeless encampment from the highly visible downtown “Butterfly” lot to another county-owned property off Highway 99 in West Eugene.

Screen actor Danny Glover, most recently appearing in the film “Sorry to Bother You,” joins educator and former Black Panther Kathleen Cleaver in Eugene Monday. They’re at the University of Oregon for a conversation on the role of student protest in transforming education. 


Recorded On: July 27, 2018

Air Date: July 30, 2018

What’s DACA All About? Most American citizens are the children or grandchildren or great-grandchildren of immigrants. We know from our own family stories that whatever our roots, we found pathways to inclusion in the community, to productive places in the workforce, and to wide-ranging spots on the social and political spectrum. Is the situation of immigrants different today? Are the immigrants themselves any different? In this panel, we will hear from two experts on DACA—Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Brian Bull

KLCC presents a year-long series on Native Voices of Oregon beginning July, 2018. 

Funded by the University of Oregon's Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, the stories coincide with the Center's 2017-2019 Theme of Inquiry: Borders, Migration and Belonging.