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Vagabond Mail Service Finder and Helps with ID Problems


Picture the Worth of a Soul

The Oregon Vagabond November 2011, Volume 2 – Issue 11

Vagabond Mail Service Finder and Helps with ID Problems

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Free Services and additional services are:

  1. of course, 2 stamps and 2 envelops every week at the local jail house, if housed.
  2. Saint Vinnies’ (Service Station) at 450B Hwy. 99 N, Eugene, OR 97402
  3. Some churches have mail service for temp usage. Check out your local kind.
  4. Use the services at White Bird Clinic at 341 E 12th Ave Eugene, OR 97401. They have a call in to check service too, for messages and mail or packages.
  5. Senior Disabled Services, for special purposes, can also help with getting ID for seniors and disabled at 1015 Willamette St., Eugene, OR.
  6. Oregon DHS have services available, but you have to be in programs or receiving Oregon food coupons. Located on West 11th and at  Garfield St. where West 11th becomes a 2-way again.

There are more. Look and if you find more, please let us know so we can keep the info up to date. Hard work.

By J-Me

Oregon Vagabond @ November 29, 2011


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Reality is:

When water comes out of the faucet, lights come on bright & don’t go out, you don’t have to use your flashlight to c what you are doing.

Wow – how much this all sounds like most of u but us out here well that’s another story. We out here don’t know what it’s like to have running water, electricity & believe me us that have lived here on these streets really do appreciate the luxuries of real home living.

Go from sleeping bag & backpacks to queen size bed, sheets & blankets & all the finer things in life it’s all called -



By Poison

Oregon Vagabond @ November 21, 2011

Picture the Worth of a Soul

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When people, in general of course, think of a typical homeless person, they get a picture in their head of a dirty addict that don’t take showers and don’t care how they appear or act. At the time I became homeless I left with only the clothes on me. I wasn’t sure where to go or what to do. Being scared I didn’t want to think, because I too at one point had the stereotype image in my head. Once I found the things I needed around me to be okay, I became less and less afraid. I also learned that there are several images of a homeless person. There are the people with real addiction problems that don’t remember to shower. There are those too with addiction issues that do shower and go to clothes closets and do their laundry. There are ones that are able to get into a shelter and able to get help, but still don’t take care of themselves. There are families living out of the car, because their father’s job moved across the seas. They’re the people who are unable to get the medical and mental help they need, but have no insurance. Point is they are human, worth no more nor any less than anyone else. No one asks to be homeless and in one day anyone can be.

By Dawn McLaren


Oregon Vagabond @ November 12, 2011

The Oregon Vagabond November 2011, Volume 2 – Issue 11

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Wow! The past three months has flown by with so much going on and a number of changes with staff and newspaper content. We’re playing catch up during the month of November on the website and Facebook. Thanks for your patience waiting for my “Friend Request” acceptance. It’s fantastic how many people are discovering The Oregon Vagabond street newspaper! Your support is very much needed and appreciated! Be sure to LIKE our Oregon Vagabond page on Facebook and check out our Contributors Club too!

James, our U of O intern, has returned to focusing on his studies. Lee, our advertising rep and community outreach coordinator, relocated with her husband out of state. This past October, I attended the North American Street Newspaper Association convention at the First Amendment Center, Nashville, TN. Very exciting. I will be sharing more about that in the weeks ahead.

Welcome and thank you to our newest advertisers, the Oregon Humanities Center and the Eagan Warming Center (administered by St. Vincent de Paul)!

Oregon Vagabond @ November 4, 2011

Finding Camp by D.W.

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Being able to find a place to camp around Eugene without being ticketed is impossible. Me and my husband found a place and haven’t been bothered yet. Its not as bad as it seems. We have been at our spot for about 2 weeks. I believe it is to live or to be hunted give or take it how you want it. Working for the Vagabond has made it easier for me to eat, sleep and work by knowing that when I wake up I have something to me me out of trouble by working for  the Vagabond. I leave my camp at 11:00 in the morning and sell papers till 6:00 and design t-shirts for the basketball jerseys, which will be for sell at our booth throughout the week.

I heard this morning from a fellow homeless person that in the parks and open spaces, people are out hunting for homeless people camping. I’m sorry, illegal campers. I see everyday the bicycle cops handing out tickets to homeless people. Some of the tickets, like drinking in the park, are definitely worth writing. I mean, as far as having a balanced out society, sober vs. drunk. But to see these cops writing out trespassing tickets for people sitting on a concrete curb between dinner and the liquor store? Come on people. Is it really necessary? To watch 5 bicycle cops and the paddy wagon pull into the park that sits right across from the court house and tell the homeless kids that they can either leave now or go to jail. Not only is that blatantly outright bullying, but is is unconstitutional. To harass people with backpacks is unconstitutional.

Oregon Vagabond @ November 4, 2011

The Oregon Vagabond October 2011, Volume 2 – Issue 10

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Check out our new feature “Vendor Spotlight” – familiar faces of some of our vendors selling newspapers, for a $1 or more donation, on the streets of Eugene. Welcome and thank you to our newest advertiser Lord Leebrick Theater!

Oregon Vagabond @ November 4, 2011

The Oregon Vagabond September 2011, Volume 2 – Issue 9

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Check out the September issue of The Oregon Vagabond for our Vendor Code of Conduct on page 7. Thank you to those who have joined our Contributors Club and our new advertisers: Food for Lane County and the Cornbread Cafe!

Oregon Vagabond @ September 29, 2011

Interview with David Gerber and The Oregon Vagabond on BlogTalkRadio by The RAYY

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View Jed Reay’s interview with David Gerber at September 21, 2011 The Success Curve Show with Guest Host Editor in Chief of “The Oregon Vagabond” Newspaper David Gerber from Jed A. Reay on Vimeo.

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“Join The Conversation with Jed Reay Host of The Success Curve, and Guest Host David Gerber Eugene OR. on September 21, 2011.

David Gerber is the Editor in Chief of  “The Oregon Vagabond”  newspaper.  This newpaper is dedicated to stories, news and feature articles about the life of the homeless.  The plight of the homeless is growing and growing daily.

Join the conversation on September 21, 2011  and find out how David’s passion to bring the stories of the street to the main stage.  Join David and I as wee discuss this dificult situations.

So please join us Wednesday September 21, 2011 for some powerful, thought provoking conversation, at 7:00pm PT 10:00pm ET for another episode of  “The Success Curve” on…  Comcast channel 29 in Eugene and Springfield, OR.

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Join the conversation with Jed and David for an amazing conversation of a journey towards success!”

Oregon Vagabond @ September 27, 2011

UN Expert: Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S is Cruel and Inhumane

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For Immediate Release – - GENEVA, CH – Today, in an official report to the United Nations Human Rights Council, a top UN investigator said that the United States’ failure to provide homeless persons access to water and sanitary facilities “could [...] amount to cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment.”  The report was issued by UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Water and Sanitation Catarina de Albuquerque.

“The Rapporteur’s report is the latest in a series of condemnations by international experts of the criminalization and mistreatment of homeless persons in the U.S.,” said Eric Tars, human rights program director at the National Law Center on Homelessness  Poverty (Law Center), which helped facilitate her visit. “Earlier this year, the U.S. committed itself before the Human Rights Council to doing more to protect the rights of homeless persons. Where is the action to follow the words?”

Ms. de Albuquerque visited the U.S. in February and March 2011, and was struck by the “extraordinary lengths” homeless persons had to go to just to remove bodily wastes.  During a visit to the Safe Ground tent community near Sacramento, California, she met a man who called himself the community’s “sanitation technician.”  The man, “Tim,” engineered a sanitation system consisting of a seat overtop a two-layered plastic bag.  Every week, Tim collects bags of human waste, weighing anywhere from 130 to 230 pounds, and hauls them on his bicycle several miles to a public restroom.  When a toilet becomes available, he empties the contents of the bags.  Following the disposal, he secures the dirty bags in a clean one, which he then places in the garbage, before washing his hands with water and lemon.

He said the job is difficult, but that he does it for the community — especially the women.

Ms. de Albuquerque’s report states: “The United States, one of the wealthiest countries in the world, must ensure that everyone [has access] to sanitation which is safe, hygienic, secure [...] and which provides privacy and ensures dignity. An immediate, interim solution is to ensure access to restroom facilities in public places, including during the night. The long-term solution to homelessness must be to ensure adequate housing.”

In June 2010, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness adopted its first-ever comprehensive plan to end homelessness, including a section promoting constructive alternatives to criminalization. However, the criminalization of homelessness by communities persists, and to date, the Justice Department and other agencies have done little to convey the unconstitutionality of these practices to local policymakers.

“This adds to a growing record of both domestic and international law stating that homeless persons cannot be criminalized for basic life-sustaining acts when the community provides no legal alternative,” said Maria Foscarinis, executive director of the Law Center.  ”But ultimately, we must remedy this situation because we, as Americans, believe that no person deserves to be treated this way.”

The Rapporteur’s Report is available at:

http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/docs/18session/A-HRC-18-33-Add4_en.pdf .

It will be officially presented to the Human Rights Council at their session next month.


The National Law Center on Homelessness  Poverty’s mission is to prevent and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the nationwide movement.

Eric Tars
Human Rights Program Director/
Children & Youth Staff Attorney
National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
1411 K St., N.W.
Suite 1400
Washington, D.C. 20005
Home office: (215) 392-0298 (primary)
Main office: (202)638-2535
Fax: (202) 628-2737
Email: etars@…


Oregon Vagabond @ August 26, 2011

Under the Bridge

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Every Tuesday afternoon David Gerber, publisher and editor of the newspaper,  meets with some of Eugene’s homeless community, including vendors, under the Washington-Jefferson Bridge to play basketball, chess and hold writing workshops. Here Jason and “Homeless” are writing down their stories, which they will submit for publication in the newspaper, while others play basketball, chess or simply come by to hang with friends.


Oregon Vagabond @ August 22, 2011

Vagabond Vlog 4, August 2011

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Oregon Vagabond @ August 12, 2011

The Oregon Vagabond August 2011, Volume 2 – Issue 8

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August’s issue is hot off the press! In the August 2011 issue of The Oregon Vagabond, we have published stories by 15 local writers, who attend our writing workshops Tuesday afternoons at Washington-Jefferson Park under the bridge. Photography in this issue is by L.E. Erickson and James Beason (Lane Community College journalism intern).

Welcome to our newest advertisers: Bijou Art Cinemas, Organically Grown Company and The City of Eugene Equity and Human Rights Center. Our Contributors Club membership continues to grow – thank you to those who joined this past month! A special thank you to the Human Rights Commission for awarding us a grant and endorsing our work with the homeless community and McKenzie Mist for the gift of water to hydrate those experiencing homelessness.

The Oregon Vagabond is distributed by our homeless vendors on the streets of Eugene by the Farmers Market and Saturday Market. Other downtown locations include near The Kiva grocery store, across the street from Cafe Zenon and the U of O campus.

Oregon Vagabond @ August 1, 2011

Vagabond Vlog 3 – July 2011

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Thank you to New Frontier Market for your continued support as well as our new advertisers: Arriving by Bike, Bijou Art Cinemas, City of Eugene Equity and Human Rights Center and Organically Grown Company. And thank you to McKenzie Mist for donating water throughout the year to hydrate the homeless who meet with The Oregon Vagabond on Basketball Tuesdays and for our writing workshops under the Washington-Jefferson Bridge, and our addiction recovery meetings at the McNail Riley House each week.

Oregon Vagabond @ July 19, 2011


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“Somewhere near you, somebody right now is trying to help the indigent and poor – providing food, shelter, clothing or simple kindness.” –  Tony Snow (1955-2008)

Basic Human Needs

“Wouldn’t it be neat / If the people you meet / Had shoes upon their feet / And something to eat? / And wouldn’t it be fine, / if all human kind had shelter? – - Basic human needs / Basic human deeds / Doing what comes naturally / Down in the garden / Where no one is apart / Deep down in the garden / The garden of your heart. – - And wouldn’t it be daring / If folks started sharing / Instead of comparing / What each other was wearing?” – Wavy Gravy


Photo by L.E. Erickson

Oregon Vagabond @ July 18, 2011

Thank you to the City of Eugene Human Rights Commission

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Each fiscal year, the City of Eugene allocates a small amount of public money to the Human Rights Commission, which goes toward community event funding requests. The Oregon Vagabond is pleased to announce that on June 21, 2011 the City of Eugene Human Rights Commission (HRC) endorsed our Vagabond Basketball Tuesdays, Writing Workshop and Support Group. The HRC also approved our request for funding; we were granted $100 (maximum) to spend on these activities. Recipients of Human Rights Commission funding have met the approval guidelines and aligns with their mission – “The City of Eugene values the dignity of all human beings. We are committed to:

  • Ensuring that human rights are a central part of every City program;
  • Respecting and reflecting cultural and individual diversity;
  • Fostering mutual understanding; and
  • Promoting inclusiveness, justice and equity.”

For more information, visit the City of Eugene Equity and Human Rights Center‘s website.

The Oregon Vagabond is very thankful for and encouraged by receiving the support of the City of Eugene Human Rights Commission.

Oregon Vagabond @ July 7, 2011