Some of the Eugene Peace Team:
Deborah Aikens, Rhythm of Peace
John Attig, Nobel Peace Park
David Hazen, Eugene City of Peace
Lisa Iacovetta, Peace Village
Anne Millhollen, Beyond War
Lura Pierce, Nobel Peace Park
Betsy Steffensen, Peace Caucus, Democratic Party
We as ordinary citizens have it within our power to replace our existing culture of violence with a culture of nonviolence, to make our city a model for others to look at with amazement and recognize instantaneously that we have created an answer, a solution to multiple problems.
We believe that human security is based on principles of inclusion and the honoring of the needs of all concerned. We are here to champion nonviolent solutions that aim at meeting the needs of all parties.
We acknowledge our immersion in a culture of violence, and grieving the effect this has upon ourselves and the entire planet, we seek release from the prison of our cultural conditioning.
We will create the safety for open and vulnerable communication as the key to our freedom, knowing that empathic and respectful listening will create the space for effective solutions.
We seek healthy, sustainable relationships and common ground, not just among ourselves, but also among our family, friends, neighbors, community, elected officials, nation, and all of humanity.
Because of the interdependence of our personal lifestyle choices with the social milieu that supports us, we seek to influence that dynamic with local conflict-resolution projects that have measurable results and can be replicated in other communities.
Eugene shall be a cradle of peace and participate in a global movement of peace cities. We call upon our fellow citizens to build attractive, simple, meaningful and constructive collaborations that answer the question for anyone “what can I do in Eugene for world peace?”
Eugene, Oregon is noted for many trends in community development that originated here: the University of Oregon's participatory planning process, known as The Oregon Experiment, the earliest incarnation of a psycho-educational model now known as Health Realization, and many other cooperative and community projects, small natural food stores, the oldest student cooperatives in the country, and alternative schools. There are approximately 85 peace, justice, and sustainability groups in Eugene. The mayor, recently re-elected for a second term, is a member of Mayors for Peace, a graduate of the Peace Corps and an experienced early childhood educator.
Population 150,000 - Violent crimes up 14% in 2008, up 15% in 2007. Racial makeup, 2000 census: 88% White, 5% Hispanic or Latino, 4% Asian, 1% Black or African American. 17% of the population below the poverty line, as of December 2008.