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Black Unity Continues Protesting in Eugene for the Black Lives Matter Movement

Elizabeth Gabriel


On Saturday, at least 200 Black Unity supporters gathered in Eugene to protest against racism and police brutality. The march honored people who were killed by police officers. 


Beginning at 6pm, protesters met at Alton Baker Park then marched to Oakmont Park in honor of the 2014 killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. 


Once arriving at Oakmont Park, one of the leaders, Isiah Wagoner, explained why they’re still protesting locally for black lives and to defund the police. 


“And they get off every single time," said Wagoner. "And they continue to get off and they continue to get off. And that's exactly why we're out here every single night—for the people that are putting their hands up that are not trying to die. That want to go home, that want to give it up. ‘Hey, look, I give up.’ They should be able to go home. They should be able to not be seen as threats.”


This was the 16th consecutive protest in Eugene-Springfield spurred by the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. Black Unity says they will be holding multiple protests throughout next week.

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