Protesters: City OKs tents as a symbol of protest

EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene SLEEPS protesters have been evicted from 8 different protest sites over the past few weeks, but organizers said that they've finally made some progress in their fight.

SLEEPS (or Safe, Legally Entitled Emergency Places to Sleep) members have rallied against laws that ban sleeping in a tent or sleeping bag in a public space, as it violates Eugene's anti-camping laws.

Many of the group's protests have taken place at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza, where Eugene Police has enforced a curfew on protesters staying overnight.

The group has held protests aimed at allowing its members to camp out for their cause.

Recently, however, activist Jean Stacey told KVAL News that the City of Eugene agreed that the organization does have a right to protest publicly.

"What they acknowledged that night is we can use the tents as symbols. So that's step one. Step two is that we can live in the tents as symbols," Stacey said. "Also for those that are un-housed, they can live in them legally in Eugene as soon as we get these anti-sleeping codes changed."

Stacey said that SLEEPS is set to meet with Eugene Police on Tuesday to discuss a possible solution.