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Eugene PeaceWorks

Peace / Nonviolence   Sustainability   

We support a commitment to world peace, social and environmental justice issues through nonviolent grassroots action, education and mutual empowerment to show that peace works. We provide office space and community organizing resources to community members, promote nonviolent strategies for direct action, and campaign against militarism and its use to preserve and promote other institutions of social and environmental oppression.
Founded:
1998
EIN (501c3):
93-1240639
Phone:
(541) 343-8548
Address:
454 Willamette, Ste #205
City, State:
Eugene, Oregon 97401
Email:
eugpeace [at] efn.org
Website:
http://members.efn.org/~eugpeace/
Eugene PeaceWorks (EPW) is a non-profit organization which has had an active presence in the community since its founding in 1981.  For over twenty-five years, we have been promoting local and international cooperation in the Peace and Justice Movement.

Currently in Helios Matching Grant Program!

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Fundraising Period Ends: February 3rd, 2017
Funds Raised: $0
Funds left to Raise: $500

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Objective/Purpose:

  1. To support the safe, successful implementation of the Break Free from Fossil Fuels – Pacific Northwest (PNW) direct action at the Shell-Tesoro refineries May 13-15 at March Point near Anacortes, WA;
  2. To leverage public attention following Break Free, re-doubling our efforts to ensure that the Pacific Connector Pipeline & Jordan Cove LNG projects are not permitted/built.

KEPW 97.3 FM will be a low-powered radio station that provides listeners with alternative local voices. The station will air community generated programming about homelessness, LGBT rights, labor unions, people of color, the environment, and other issues that are ignored or under reported in the local media. We feel there is a dire need for a station like KEPW because the mainstream media does not have the resources or the interest to cover many important topics. The local daily newspaper has lost a large portion of its reporting staff to budget cuts. Radio station KLCC, meanwhile, has revamped it’s programming and now broadcasts more nationally produced shows. It’s getting harder and harder to find out what’s going on in Eugene. And for marginalized populations, in depth coverage is virtually nonexistent. Over the course of the coming months, we plan to raise money for transmitters, computers and other necessary equipment that will make this project a reality. We already have some equipment that has been purchased and donated, but we need additional funding to begin broadcasting. Our tentative launch date is September 1. This authentic community radio station will result in a venue for local music and discourse on the important issues that affect us all. It will be a rallying point for local activists, a salon for progressive thinkers, a club for emerging musicians. KEPW is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to establish a radio station that the listening public deserves.


HELIOS GRANT DATE: 2007

AMOUNT: $1,132

REQUEST:

Eugene PeaceWorks seeks funds for our Alternative Media Project (AMP). The Alternative Media Project produces and promotes alternative forms of media. AMP is the local producer for Amy Goodman’s award winning news program: Democracy Now! Because of AMP’s efforts, Democracy Now! can be watched daily on local Community Television. Also, EPW’s AMP continues to fill a void for local, alternative news with the publication of The Peace Pages.

 

 

The Alternative Media Project will publish local views on pro-peace/anti-war and social justice message of The Peace Pages:

  • 8-page newsprint with a professionalized layout.
  • EPW news as well as articles from other local groups/individuals and international articles that challenge and reflect community views.
  • Mailing of 800+ copies and distributed in local business throughout Eugene area.

 

 

War is a nightmare for social, economic, and environmental justice.  War is disproportionately waged on the backs of the poor and people of color.  In the course of the war, the national economy is drained of resources that could be used to help people in need, both in this country and abroad.  And, of course, war is the perfect mechanism for transferring money we all pay in taxes to those who own and work for the war industry, bleeding the world economy of money that could be put to constructive purposes.  The environment is the dumping ground for all manner of chemical, biological, and radioactive wastes, with negative effects lasting for generations.  All this is in the service of expediency and the sense of urgency created by the carefully orchestrated drive toward war.

 

 

 

 

Eugene Peace Works addresses this cascading series of injustices by informing, involving, and organizing our local community. Some major accomplishments in recent years:

  • We worked with the Shoshone people to resist nuclear testing and waste storage there.
  • Within weeks of 9/11, we organized the Peace, Justice, and Globalization Conference, featuring 80 workshops and 3 national speakers.
  • In November, 2005, we were lead organizer for the Peace, Justice, and Civil Liberties Conference at the University of Oregon, with 30 workshops and 12 national speakers.
  • Eugene PeaceWorks has also sponsored numerous marches and rallies for peace in Eugene and other Oregon communities, as well as concerts and film presentations and trainings in non-violent civil disobedience.
  • Worked actively in supporting local environmental efforts including non-violent, direct-action in forest defense.

 

 

Eugene PeaceWorks has been instrumental in a variety of community organizing efforts – supporting and helping found Justice Not War, Eugene Media Action, CopWatch, Food Not Bombs, the Subversive Pillow Theater, Lane County American Peace Test, etc.  We are often at the heart of local peace and justice organizing efforts, supplying energy and financial support to projects that are coordinated and carried out by community members.

 

We are especially active with our partners Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC) in our joint project, the Committee for Countering Military RecruitmentTogether CALC and Eugene PeaceWorks sponsored the “Not Your Soldier” camp, which trained 21 area youth in counter-recruitment, campaign organizing, and nonviolent direct action.

Partnering with CALC gives us a stronger presence in predominantly rural Lane County, Oregon.


HELIOS GRANT DATE: 2016

AMOUNT: $522

REQUEST:

KEPW 97.3 FM will be a low-powered radio station that provides listeners with
alternative local voices. The station will air community generated programming about
homelessness, LGBT rights, labor unions, people of color, the environment, and other
issues that are ignored or under reported in the local media. We feel there is a dire need
for a station like KEPW because the mainstream media does not have the resources or
the interest to cover many important topics. The local daily newspaper has lost a large
portion of its reporting staff to budget cuts. Radio station KLCC, meanwhile, has
revamped it’s programming and now broadcasts more nationally produced shows. It’s
getting harder and harder to find out what’s going on in Eugene. And for marginalized
populations, in depth coverage is virtually nonexistent. Over the course of the coming
months, we plan to raise money for transmitters, computers and other necessary
equipment that will make this project a reality. We already have some equipment that
has been purchased and donated, but we need additional funding to begin broadcasting. Our tentative launch date is September 1. This authentic community radio station will result in a venue for local music and discourse on the important issues that affect us all. It will be a rallying point for local activists, a salon for progressive thinkers, a club for emerging musicians. KEPW is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to establish a radio station that the listening public deserves.