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Black Unity Group in Eugene Supports Fully Funding CAHOOTS

Elizabeth Gabriel


Last night, at least 250 Black Unity supporters gathered in Eugene to protest against racism and police brutality. The march honored teenagers who were killed by police officers. 

Beginning at 6pm, protesters met at Monroe Park, then marched around the surrounding streets for roughly an hour.


Protesters were asked to wear black hoodies in honor of the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, as well as the 2014 killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. 


Toward the end of the march, Black Unity leaders expressed their support in fully funding CAHOOTS. After stopping in the grassy area by the I-105 freeway, CAHOOTS employee Manning Walker spoke to the crowd about what people should do if they want to defund the police. 


“Replace them in your community with mediation," said Walker. "Replace them in your community with volunteer watch. Replace them in your community with harm reduction.”


This was the 14th consecutive protest in Eugene-Springfield, spurred by the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. 


Black Unity said they will be holding another protest on Saturday at 6pm at Alton Baker Park.

Elizabeth Gabriel is a former KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow. She is an education reporter at WFYI in Indianapolis.
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