Black Lives Matter

 

Oregon State University’s virtual Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations will include a speech and Q&A with a civil rights activist. Angela Davis will be OSU’s virtual keynote speaker.

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A group of local plaintiffs represented by the Civil Liberties Defense Center who are suing the City of Eugene and the Eugene Police Department for during Black Lives Matter protests in late May.

Lane Transit District

 

The Lane Transit District has recently replaced a historical marker stationed along a bus route after it was defaced in July. The display is in honor of one of Eugene’s first Black families.

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This year has been unlike any other year in recent history. Full of challenges, grief and hard truths. As we head into 2021, KLCC’s Melorie Begay checked in with a few people around Eugene and asked them about their year.


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Eugene’s Civilian Review Board (CRB) discussed a community impact case Tuesday involving the investigation into the Police Department’s use of force during protests in May. The board agreed with most of EPD’s adjudication.

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The City of Springfield held a virtual public forum Thursday evening for community members to share their experience at a Black Lives Matter protest in late July. Most participants spoke against the Springfield Police Department's actions.

Springfield Police Department

The City of Springfield is holding a virtual public forum Thursday evening for community members to share their experience at a Black Lives Matter protest in the Thurston neighborhood last July. The information is part of an external investigation into the city police department’s use of force during the protest.

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The Oregon Department of Education approved the temporary All Students Belong rule in September to ban hate symbols in schools. The Eugene 4J school district is scheduled to vote on the policy during their Dec. 2 board meeting.

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Members of the Associated Students of the University of Oregon (ASUO) Senate approved a resolution Tuesday condemning white supremacy. The announcement comes after the UO Young Republicans published social media posts with alleged Proud Boys.

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The City of Eugene’s Police Policy Ad Hoc Committee is in the process of identifying potential policy recommendations for the city’s Police Department. But the committee may have less power than you think.

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Two members of the Eugene group TransPonder held a virtual listening session this week on police reform. But they are cautiously optimistic about the ability to see real change. 

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The University of Oregon announced Monday some policy reforms for the UO Police Department. The effort is to create a campus police force that will serve all community members.

 


Bend Police Officers

 

Community members in the City of Bend are invited to participate in a virtual listening session about policing policies.

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On June 24, the board approved a resolution to modify the district’s student safety model, with the goal of “correcting practices and policies that perpetuate opportunity and achievement gaps and institutional racism.”

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The City of Springfield has identified the investigator who will look into the local police department’s use of force during a protest in Thurston in late July. Use of force expert Rick Braziel will lead an investigation and review into the events of  July 29.

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Black Unity held a protest Wednesday night for the Anniversary of the Elaine Massacre. This was one of the BLM group’s first events in Springfield since some of their members were assaulted by Springfield Police officers and counter-protesters in late July.

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The Ad Hoc Committee on Police Policy was created by the Eugene City Council earlier this year in response to Black Lives Matter protesters who advocated for police reform. The group will review current police policies and make recommendations to the City Council for changes and improvements.

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Springfield City Councilors were provided an update during their Monday night meeting on the investigation into the city Police Department’s use of force. The investigation is taking place after police officers were videotaped hitting Black Unity protesters in July.

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If you’ve been at marches and protests across Oregon lately, you might have spotted – or even hugged – an unmistakable, fluffy figure: Caesar the No Drama Llama.  Tall, white, and furry from head to toe, Caesar and his handler, Larry McCool, have tried to be a calming force in a year of unrest.  KLCC’s Brian Bull produced this self-narrative of the duo.

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Several families of people killed by police officers in Oregon gathered yesterday in Eugene for a vigil. The event was hosted at Alton Baker Park by Pacific Northwest Family Circle and Stephanie Babb.

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At least 300 people joined a march in Eugene in solidarity with the 2020 March on Washington on Friday. The event joined similar marches across the country, all of which were held to commemorate the 1963 March on Washington.

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Hundreds of people marched through Downtown Eugene Saturday in support of Black Trans Lives. The goal of the event, hosted by Black Unity and Eugene Pride, was to highlight the intersection between the Black and LGBTQIA+ communities.


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Hundreds of people rallied in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in Corvallis Saturday.

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An investigation will be conducted on Springfield Police after a protest in the Thurston neighborhood led to an altercation with supporters of Black Unity last Wednesday.

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Eugene Police

Eugene police made several arrests Wednesday in connection with a protest that turned violent on May 29th near downtown.  

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Jordan Schnitzer, in a partnership with the Jordan Schnitzer Museums of Art (JSMA) at the University of Oregon, Washington State University, and Portland State University, announced Monday that they will provide grants for local artists. The funding will support Oregon artists responding to the Black Lives Matter movement.

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One of Oregon’s U.S. Senators says he’s not speculating now on whether the Democrats will take the Senate in November.

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The local branch of the NAACP says it’s demanding Springfield Police work to de-escalate community divisions, not add to them by quote-- “pitting one portion of the community against another.” 

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At least 100 protesters marched in solidarity with Black Unity (B.U.) in Springfield on Thursday. Marchers criticized the Springfield Police Department for hitting and dragging some protesters while making arrests at Wednesday’s B.U. protest. They also claim SPD failed to fairly police counter protesters. 

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