Black Unity Marched To Defund Eugene Police

Jun 25, 2020

Black Unity protesters marched in Eugene Wednesday night in what the group calls an education protest. Approximately 150 people marched through the Whiteaker neighborhood.

Black Unity Leader, Isaiah Wagoner speaks to protesters at Wednesday evenings event. He addressed how even though there has been strong community support for reallocating Eugene police funds to other community organizations, including many people speaking at the Eugene City Council meeting, the council chose to unanimously approve the city budget as it was.
Credit Aubrey Bulkeley

 

Black Unity leadership periodically stopped marchers to address the goals of the protest. Leader Isaiah Wagoner spoke about how Eugene City Council ignored calls to reallocate Eugene police funds by unanimously approving the budget on Monday night.

 

[chanting - No Justice. No Peace. Take it to the streets - Defund the police.]

 

Leader Clea Ibrahim brought attention to Elijah McClain who was killed last year by police in Colorado. She ended the protest with these words.

 

“We are not going to stop marching in these streets till the police are defunded.” 

 

Black Unity plans to hold events all weekend, including a cookout for the unhoused on Saturday and a child friendly event Sunday. The Black Lives Matter protests have been going on for nearly four weeks in Eugene, spurred by the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police a month ago.