We had a very busy day with nice weather and lots of wonderful volunteers. Our medical staff helped 28 patients, while Hospitality served 235 sandwiches, 288 servings of pasta and kept the hot coffee coming all day. The wonderful folks at Burrito Brigade dropped off about 200 amazing vegan burritos that always get snapped up quickly.
Today was a great day in the park. Our medical team helped 15 patients. Our Hospitality folks served 200 sandwiches, 7 gallons of amazing soup, and about 200 Burrito Brigade burritos
Today we helped 17 patients, Herbal and Wound Care were busy, served 300 sandwiches (turkey and PB&J), 150 burritos from Burrito Brigade, 8 gallons of amazing soup, many hundreds of cups of coffee, canned food, a lot of socks, and a mountain of other items.
We had a crowd of maybe 40 folks lined up by the time we opened. Our Hospitality folks served about 300 servings of food and beverages during the day, including about 200 Burrito Brigade burritos. The final patient count came in at 27. Big demand for clothing today. Very successful Clinic! Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who made it possible!
Lane county nurses, mental health specialists, and other clinicians who serve some of our most vulnerable populations are demanding a fair, living wage. AFSCME, the union representing more than 600 county employees, and the county have not reached an agreement and the strike will continue over the weekend.
Oregon AFSCME spokesman Ross Grami: “We believe the gap between the parties to be roughly $1 million over three years for each contract. Their shameful actions are causing harm to vulnerable communities and to dedicated public servants. Our members will stay strong and united.”
Lane County Board of Comissioners:
- Jay Bozievich (District 1 – West Lane) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pat Farr (District 4 – North Eugene) email@example.com
- Sid Leiken (District 2 – Springfield) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sorenson (District 3 – South Eugene) email@example.com
- Gary Williams (District 5 – East Lane) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Steve Mokrohisky – Countyadministrator@co.lane.or.us
Two weeks ago we received notice to cease operations at 509 as White Bird intends to sell the nearly 2,900sqft building on the corner of 13th and Ferry. At this time we do not have a new place to call home and our bus is in the shop for repairs which leaves us with nothing to operate. We are heartbroken by this outcome but have been through difficult times before and will return soon.
“Dear Occupy Medical,
I wanted to reach out to you all to talk about our current plans for the building at 509 E. 13th and update you on the collective’s current needs for that building. We have appreciated the current collaboration with you all, and we value the complimentary services that you have provided to the underserved folks in our community. Thank you for all the good work you have done and continue to do in our community.
Currently the agency is attempting to sell 509, which would give us seed money for a larger capital campaign that will result in our agency being able to increase capacity to serve more of the un/underserved people in our community. We have had 3 offers on the building in the last couple weeks and have decided that White Bird needs to ask Occupy Medical end operations at this building in two weeks from today’s date. (10/6/2017)
I really do love the work that you and your dedicated volunteers do for our area’s most vulnerable individuals and hope that our agencies’ long standing mutual aid relationship can continue into the future. I hope that our efforts to support the work you do has helped you in your mission and look forward to finding more ways that we can collaborate and support each other.
Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns,
White Bird Clinic”
Register Guard – “In response to a request by The Register-Guard for data on the number of citations police issued under the dog ban, the police department’s spokeswoman said the department was still compiling that information. She said the information will be available next week.
Councilors Emily Semple and Betty Taylor had voted against the ban, saying its true intent was to drive out homeless people and others who loiter in the area. Many of them keep dogs for companionship and protection and have nowhere to leave the animals.”
Just in time for the cold and rainy seasons, White Bird has kindly donated their old CAHOOTS building at 509 E. 13th ave, on the corner of Ferry St. Our stay is temporary at this time, but for the next three months we will have dry, warm spaces to provide free care. We have lights and plumbing! How exciting!
We are extremely grateful to White Bird for the ability to keep our patients out of the rain. We are also excited for our newfound free time from tent drying, which we intend to use for other projects in the community so keep your eyes peeled for more Occupy Medical actions!
Our humble little building is located across from the Bijou Art Cinema and next door to High Priestess Tattoo and Piercing and we’re open every Sunday! Intake sign-up is from 11:45am-3:00pm.
Occupy Medical’s latest stats on patients seen at our clinic in 2015.
New patient vs Return patients.
Once a year, when the park blocks are occupied with another event, OM takes the opportunity to travel through Lane Co. in hopes to inspire others to start their own clinic and spread the notion that bottom line profits should never rule over patient care. On August 28th, we took our trusty Thunderbird bus outside of the area and set up camp at the Nancy Devereux Center in Coos Bay!
A huge thank you to our new allies in Coos Bay! It was a great day to spread healing to the coast.