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A lawsuit filed against a Springfield Policeman stems from an incident involving two Black women, one of whom's neighbor displayed a skeleton hanging by a noose.  

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For the first time in its history, the Corvallis School District has three schools named for BIPOC individuals.

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Last year, the Black Lives Matter movement dominated headlines and the streets, as activists rallied against police brutality and white supremacy. Now an exhibit at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene shows how more than 20 regional artists interpret the Black Lives Matter movement today.  

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The Black Lives Matter movement remains a powerful voice for social justice and racial equity across America, including here in Oregon. A new exhibit opens this month in Eugene, with select artists sharing interpretations of what the movement means to them.  

What Has Lane County Changed A Year After Protests For Racial Justice?

Jun 21, 2021
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Government officials and organizations across the country passed resolutions in response to Black Lives Matter protests last year. They said they would better support Black community members. However, not everyone is impressed with local efforts to help Oregonians of color.

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One year ago, on May 29, 2020, what started as a vigil to observe and mourn the killing of George Floyd turned into a violent destructive demonstration in downtown Eugene.

  KLCC’s Rachael McDonald spoke with Register-Guard reporter Adam Duvernay.


Leaders Of Eugene’s Black Lives Matter Movement Reflect on Momentous Year -- For Better Or Worse

May 25, 2021
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Four days after George Floyd’s murder last May, Lane County residents of all backgrounds took their anger and sadness to the street to fight injustice, apathy and, sometimes, their own feelings of hopelessness — and continued to do so nearly every day for weeks through a summer of action.

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Economic officials with the Cities of Eugene and Springfield are reviewing ways they can better accommodate communities of color.  

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People in Eugene and Corvallis were among those reacting to Tuesday's verdicts in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was found guilty of murdering George Floyd. 


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The City of Springfield released a report Thursday detailing the findings of an investigation into the city police department’s use of force. The document includes a number of recommendations for the Springfield Police Department, but it ultimately concludes most of the officer’s actions were not considered excessive uses of force during the Jul. 29 protest in Thurston. 

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The Civil Liberties Defense Center filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Springfield, its police chief, and 28 officers on Monday in regards to a Black Lives Matter protest last year.

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The Eugene Civil Liberties Defense Center filed an amended federal lawsuit against the city of Eugene and its police department this week. The filing names several officers whom they claim violated the rights of individuals during last year’s May 31st protest.

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The University of Oregon has received over $5 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to expand programs across campus.


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.

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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.

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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.

Eugene 4J to Vote on Policy Banning Hate Symbols

Nov 25, 2020
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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.

Members of TransPonder Reflect on Ad Hoc Committee Process

Nov 13, 2020
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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. 

Months of Protests Leads to UOPD Policy Reform

Nov 9, 2020
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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 to Hold Community Input Session on Policing Policies

Oct 15, 2020
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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.

Black Unity Supporters Return to Springfield for Protest

Oct 1, 2020
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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.

New Ad Hoc Committee on Police Policy to Meet Wednesday

Sep 29, 2020
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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.