Eugene Social Justice Organization Strives to Make Change for Black Community

Jul 31, 2020

A recently-formed non-profit in Eugene aims to inspire community change, through equal opportunity and awareness of police brutality.

 

Mural of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor in downtown Eugene
Credit Nathan Bouquet

846 Justice Today launched May 25th.  Its president, Betty Snowden, said it formed because of George Floyd's death.  While she said she's got projects underway to positively affect the Black community, her group will do so without protests and disruption because she's concerned for people's safety.

 

"I understand people being angry and anxious," said Snowden. "And as some are saying, what's happening with our message? The message of equality and the message of justice. The message is getting lost. I think it's time to get to the table, start the conversations. You'll always have time for the protests."

 

846 has already paired up with Lane County Public Health for a COVID-19 testing event, specifically for Eugene's Black community. Snowden also commissioned a mural of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor for her real estate business downtown.

 

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