November 2021

There is Power in a Union: A Case for the Unionization of University Housing

For centuries, the forces of Capital have lurched forward, indiscriminately consuming all that it can reach to fuel it’s hungering fires. However, these past two years have given pause to this inferno. COVID-19, for all the pain and death that it has caused, interrupted the ever-constant march and made it stumble; if only briefly. While…

Solidarity with International Workers: India

India’s population is at about 1.38 billion people, with over 115 million of them being farmers. India is responsible for about 25% of the world’s produce, with the main crops being wheat, rice, sugarcane, and numerous spices.   The current ruling party in India is the BJP, or the Bharatiya Janata Party, whose ideas revolve around right-wing…

IASTE’s Fight to Improve Wages and Working Conditions for Crews in Tinseltown

For the first time in the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE) union’s 128 year history, 60,000 workers represented by the union came close to striking over grueling working conditions and inadequate pay. The union represents most of the film and television industry’s behind the scenes workers. The union members authorized a strike with 89.66%…

Vivian Day Care Responds to Staff COVID Safety Concerns

Teachers at the Vivian Olum Child Development Center were awarded a pay-raise and shorter work hours after weeks-long negotiations with administrative staff at the Center and UO Campus Services administration. The change comes after the refusal to acknowledge long-held complaints regarding work conditions at the center. Vivian is described on their website as “providing a…

UO Dining “Staffing Shortage” Reflects Poor Wages

Visit any dining hall on campus this fall and you’re liable to find a sign proclaiming decreased hours, slashed services, missing menu items or temporary closures—all “due to a staffing shortage.” This is certainly disappointing for many students who enjoy certain dishes or like to get a late night snack, but it’s also revealing of…

Day of Demands: Ducks Demand Democracy

One overcast Friday afternoon, organizations from across campus gathered in the EMU fishbowl amphitheater to participate in Day of Demands, organized by Climate Justice League. The festivities included tabling and speeches, networking, crafts, piñata smashing, and administration bashing. Organizers and attendees demanded that the University of Oregon administration do right by its students and staff,…

Warehousing Homeless in Eugene

This might be a refugee camp, at best it’s warehousing the homeless In a landscape of warehouses and factories off Garfield Street, The City of Eugene has opened its new Safe Sleep Site for vehicles and RVs. The newly laid gravel landscape has capacity for 44 vehicles and 80 people. On first look the site…

Charlie Kirk Ran Out of Town, Speaks at Golf Club in Creswell: Local ANTIFA wins

Charlie Kirk, the face of the right-wing organization Turning Point USA, spoke on October 27th at the Emerald Valley Golf Club. It is a leg of his Exposing Critical Racism Tour, which is traversing college towns across the country. Originally, the event was going to be on the University of Oregon campus, but the university…

Feature: Rainbow Rodeo Collective

In the summer of 2021, women and queer artists came together to form the Rainbow Rodeo collective — a group for those concerned with the lack of queer and women representation in the Eugene art and house show scene. Rainbow Rodeo began as a collaborative effort between house show organizers and the collective’s founders, who…

Child Protective Services: Money Made Stealing Children from Vulnerable Mothers

Growing up in the US, we are told that if you are not able to have children you can simply adopt a baby, but rarely do we really consider the ethical implications behind infant adoption and how these babies came to be within the privatized adoption system. According to the US adoption network, 140,000 child…