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*OCCUPY EUGENE MOVES TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON*

Late Wednesday night, in an exercise of consensus process and direct
democracy, the community known as Occupy Eugene elected to relocate to the
University of Oregon campus. After hours of negotiations on Thursday
between the University and representatives of Occupy Eugene, it was decided
that the occupation would move to the Millrace Park on East 11th Avenue and
Franklin. The University has generously supplied the occupation with
generators, electricity, and rides from Public Safety to the Park.
*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*

Contact: Lauren Asprooth, (630) 712-6435

 oec_communications@list.riseup.net

occupyeugenemedia.org


*OCCUPY EUGENE MOVES TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON*


Late Wednesday night, in an exercise of consensus process and direct
democracy, the community known as Occupy Eugene elected to relocate to the
University of Oregon campus. After hours of negotiations on Thursday
between the University and representatives of Occupy Eugene, it was decided
that the occupation would move to the Millrace Park on East 11th Avenue and
Franklin. The University has generously supplied the occupation with
generators, electricity, and rides from Public Safety to the Park.


Occupy Eugene acknowledges the University for matching the City of Eugene in
its openness to communicating with OE and facilitating our ongoing
commitment to maintaining a vital, visible, educational community presence.


Many have seen a memo from a Lorraine Davis, Acting Provost of U of O, which
enunciates that camping is not permitted at the U of O campus, but that
"free speech and active exchange of ideas...are at the foundation of higher
education." We agree. The concepts of free speech and the exchange of
ideas are fundamental to higher education. We consider this particular
expression of free speech and exchange of ideas to be completely consistent
with the University's mission of teaching and research.


It bears clarification: Occupy Eugene is not a campground. We occupy public
space because the occupation is the message. We believe that regular
citizens have been disenfranchised in our current political climate, where
corporations and wealthy individuals are able to unduly influence our
political process. Because of this influence, regular citizens have been
deprived of our ability to have an affect on the workings of our government.
As a last resort, we are exercising our First Amendment rights to assemble
peaceably and petition our government for redress of grievances. By placing
our bodies in public space, we are able to make our voices heard. We feel
there is no other option available - the occupation is the message.


Therefore, we feel that our presence on or near a public university campus
is absolutely in keeping with our message and with the university's mission.
If the "core mission" of the university is teaching and research, we can add
to that mission. We would love to learn from the members of the university.
We would be happy to teach others about our movement and teach about our own
personal stories and struggles. We as citizens have a lot to learn from each
other. Exposing students to democracy in action and the exercise of the
right to free assembly and free speech is educational.


The underfunding of public higher education in this country means that a
university education is, more and more, out of reach for the average family.
The UO's tuition and fees more than doubled in the 10 years between 2001 and
2011, from $4,071 in 2001 to $8,883 this year. Students and families are
assuming more debt, just to gain an education which should be available to
all. After graduation, this debt (on average, $24,000 per student) becomes a
severe burden. Overall student loan debt in the US is set to exceed $1
trillion dollars this year. Instead of working to keep tuition low,
governments have drastically cut funding to public universities and other
sources of public education, while giving away billions of dollars to Wall
Street banks. Much of the $1 trillion dollars in student debt is held by
private banks. Therefore, a substantial part of Wall Street's profit derives
from the chronic underfunding of public education. As one of the
principal goals of Occupy Wall Street is to bring attention to these issues,
it is appropriate for Occupy Eugene, in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street,
be present on this public university campus.


Many of our members are UO students, staff, and alumni. We welcome all
members of the University community to join our movement and work for change
in our society. We hope that Lorraine Davis will visit us and help support
the core educational mission of the UO, to teach and to learn from us.

*-OE Communications Committee*

This news advisory has been approved by the general assembly of Occupy
Eugene.

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