Two Eugene Issues --1) Homelessness and 2) Mental Health and Human Rights.

All cities have human rights issues that they are addressing. 

One that all are struggling with is the increasing numbers of unhoused people who have nowhere to call home.

To quote from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,

“Article 25....

Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control….”

On the human right to housing, see National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty


Eugene is slowly working on the needs of its homeless. 

Lane County’s 2013 One Night Homeless Count

Eugene City Council’s Discussions of Homelessness


A Local Eugene Organization has been fighting for decades to secure the human rights of those within the mental health system.

MindFreedom International is located in Eugene, and is devoted to protecting the human rights of those struggling within the mental health system. Below, David Oaks director of MindFreedom International,  first speaks about the need for human rights action to defend mental health consumers, and then speaks about his organization's "Shield" program, where mental health survivors/consumers activate to help empower people who feel their human rights are being violated.