ASUO Burns Down Athletics Contract and helps out students during the pandemic

At 3pm on February 2, 2021, an email abruptly materialized in university students and staff’s inboxes announcing that the administration was giving ASUO until 6:30pm to vote on a $1.7M…

At 3pm on February 2, 2021, an email abruptly materialized in university students and staff’s inboxes announcing that the administration was giving ASUO until 6:30pm to vote on a $1.7M…

Two Activists Arrested At Sunrise Movement Direct Action

Eugene OR – On March 19th two organizers with Sunrise Eugene, a local hub of the national climate justice non profit Sunrise Movement,put their bodies on the line to stop operations at NW Natural by blocking the gate at their office in Eugene. The action occurred at the end of a critical mass bike ride that launched from Skinner’s Butte Park and that was organized by a coalition of participating groups including Breach Collective, Earth Guardians 350, and Cascadia Wildlands. The protest and action was part of a larger effort under the auspice of the Fossil Free Eugene campaign to move the city away from climate-polluting fossil fuels and to renewable energy. Activists have been regularly protesting and testify against the NW Natural Franchise agreement…

Reclaim UO update

Dear Friends and Comrades of Reclaim UO, As we’re sure you are aware, 2020 was a rough year for everyone and Reclaim UO was not left unscathed. When Reclaim UO launched at the beginning of 2020, we had a lot of involvement with our meetings and our organizing efforts. We had started to gain some…

This Season, a Liberated Future

It’s radical to see the pain in each other’s eyes, to see what haunts and keep loving anyway. If we could love each other better, my god would we be cured of every curse of shame? I think so. We are each other’s resilience. Sometimes compassion is the most radical act. Sometimes it is anger….

The Guaranteed Crisis of UO’s Board of Trustees

One year ago, a member of the UO’s Board of Trustees assaulted a student who was protesting an in-person board meeting one week into the pandemic closing campus. Students were dressed in biohazard gear in front of the main entrance to the Ford Alumni center and were hoping the weight of the crisis would change…

PANDEMIC ON TOP OF PANDEMIC

By: J. Ellis Ask any person living in Eugene what the city’s most dire issue is and chances are they will respond with homelessness. It has been well established that Eugene has the highest rates of homelessness per capita than any other city in the United States, and the City of Eugene has done little…

Judas and the Black Messiah

FILM REVIEW: When I heard that there was an Oscar-bait bio-pic coming out about Fred Hampton, the assassinated Chairman of the Illinois Black Panthers, I was of course skeptical. Hollywood very, very rarely does justice to the stories of radicals. Not even a few months ago, we saw how Hollywood can butcher stories about radicals…

St. Paul Principles

St. Paul Principles 1. Our solidarity will be based on respect for a diversity of tactics and the plans of other groups. 2. The actions and tactics used will be organized to maintain a separation of time or space. 3. Any debates or criticisms will stay internal to the movement, avoiding any public or media…

2020.9.24

It must be understood that though we are one country, our experience is anything but unified. We sit in cities and complain about the injustice while we hide behind our screens and seclude to our urban hideouts, seeking out those that feel the same.  You must drive out to the desert and the plains, to…

1-800-RAD-ICAL

Does more income make you more free? Does no income make you not free? Across America, the last six months have been filled with fatigue and frustration in the wake of cataclysmic symptoms of systemic failure. Working Americans’ lives are riddled with injustice as a shoddily managed pandemic rages on and “public servants” brutalize their…

Insurgent Prisoner Mail Project

The Insurgent mails out the newspaper to hundreds of prisoners across the country, and many of those prisoners respond with simple or complex asks, often for their essays to be transcribed, for their art to be uploaded and shared, or for additional newspapers. The Insurgent will need help processing and responding to these requests in…

Hunger Strike at Lane County Jail

Like many incarcerated people in the United States, those in pre-trial detention in Lane County Adult Corrections are suffering for the State’s commitment to incarceration and the lucrative prison industrial complex.  Under the conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic, jails and prisons function as a death sentence. Detainees know that the deadly virus will spread fast…

Ashes to Masses

Waking up on the morning of September 8th felt like a scene from a movie with my neighborhood blanketed in ash, and news that the Holiday Farm Fire had razed communities along the McKenzie river circulated throughout Lane County. The morning air was miasmic, thick with the acrid smell of smoke; ash rained down the…

Say Her Name

A hand– attachedto a body– holdsa heavy pen.The ink is blood and tears.The words written–are a lament.The words written–are a rage.The words written–are an oath, to never forget, to never give up.The words written are a lullabyefor the One who was slayed down in her sleep–eyes shut, lips puckered, dreaming sweet songs of freedom.

Clarifying Commodity Fetishism

What is commodity fetishism? The common response is to conceive it as a kind of marketing. Yet if we consult the opening passage of Capital Vol 1 Chapter 1 Part 4 The Fetishism of Commodities and the Secret Thereof, it becomes clear that this understanding is off the mark; “A commodity appears, at first sight,…

We Pulled Down The Statues: Pioneer Statues Come Down Following an Evening of Education

What promised to be a radical, relaxed teach-in transformed in a moment of revolutionary furor. The event planned for the day, “Community Teach In: Oregon’s Racist History,” began at a comfortable few minutes past 6pm. A series of three speeches were given, all touching upon colonialism in the United States, Oregon’s extensive and frankly shockingly…

Pulling down white supremacy

The affinity group arrived just in time with a sack full of tools. It was filled with sledge hammers, pickaxes, and climbing rope. We were speed walking, trying not to run, down 11th onto campus. As we approached the statue, hundreds of our comrades streamed out from in front of Deady Hall, most dressed in…

Where is the City Leadership?

“We’re billing the City of Eugene for doing their job for them.” Thousands of people have protested in our community this past week in support of black lives and against police brutality. The protests have been overwhelmingly peaceful. And the City’s response? Eugene Police Department (EPD) has brought out all of its military equipment and…

Peaceful George Floyd protest leads to arrests

As the 9:00 curfew set in on Saturday, May 30, a crowd gathered around the fire station at 13th and Willamette – just outside the curfew area. These protesters were angry at the long history of police brutality and white supremacist violence, standing in solidarity with the George Floyd protest movement spreading like wildfire across…

FUCK 12: 5/29 Riot Aftermath

On 5/29, fury swept the streets of Eugene as a large crowd demonstrated against police violence in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. The demonstration, beginning around 8:00pm, began peaceful and quaint, as a local expression of the insurrectionary uprising spreading like wildfire from the streets of Minneapolis. As the crowd swelled, the…