Social Justice

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

 

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. 

Aubrey Bulkeley

Approximately 100 people gathered at the federal courthouse in downtown Eugene Sunday to speak out against racism towards Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

  

Brian Bull / KLCC

Local reactions to anti-Asian violence in the headlines includes the Eugene Police Department and community activists.

Alison Gash / Undueburdens.org

At the beginning of the pandemic when Oregon entered its first shut down, UO senior Emily Fowler found herself living back in Portland with her family and facing all online classes. One of those classes was with political science professor, Dr. Alison Gash. Gash discovered many of her students were experiencing this unprecedented situation alone or away from their peer support systems. 

  

  

Program Date: March 5, 2021

Air Date: March 8, 2021

From the City Club of Eugene:

Just in time for Black History Month, PeaceHealth and the Eugene Marathon are collaborating on a new initiative that highlights the contributions, milestones and achievements of local Black residents, as well as the injustices they have faced.

Melorie Begay / KLCC News

 

 

To show their ongoing commitment for racial justice, the Eugene-Springfield NAACP celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a drive-thru rally on Monday. The event saw more than 200 vehicles pass through.

Program Date: Jan. 8, 2021

Air Date: Jan. 11, 2021

From the City Club of Eugene:

The recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many other unarmed African Americans have heightened awareness of systemic racism and its foundation, implicit bias.

Photo provided by Beck Johnson.

A program for LGBTQ youth on the coast is nearing its first year of operation in rural Lincoln County.

Whiteaker Community Dinner Website

A community Thanksgiving dinner that has taken place for decades in Eugene’s Whiteaker neighborhood isn’t happening this year. But, others have stepped up to carry on the tradition of neighbors helping neighbors.

Program date: November 20, 2020

Air date: November 23, 2020

From the City Club of Eugene:

Program Date: November 6, 2020

Air Date: November 9, 2020

From the City Club of Eugene:

Brian Bull / KLCC

Local activists with Black Unity are celebrating Joe Biden’s defeat of Donald Trump, albeit with measured optimism.  The group held an event tonight to discuss the election’s outcome.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

 

From police reform to climate change policies and healthcare access—there’s a lot on the line for young voters in this presidential election. Young Democratic and Republican activists of color in Eugene are prepared to make their voices heard this Nov.

Rhiannon Lindgren

 

University of Oregon students protested and held a sit-in on campus earlier this week. Now they want the UO to respond to three demands. 

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

 

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.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

 

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.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

 

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.

Brian Bull / KLCC

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.

In an opinion piece this week, the Managing Editor at Eugene’s Register-Guard says the newspaper- and its corporate owner- have made a pledge to diversity in staffing and reporting.

Nathan Bouquet

The Eugene-Springfield NAACP branch unveiled two community support projects at Our Reedemer Lutheran Church Monday morning.

University of Oregon

After years of criticism, the University of Oregon is covering up four murals.  They’re considered dated works that promote white supremacy.

Aubrey Bulkeley

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.


Chris Lehman / KLCC

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

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

 

 

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.

Brian Bull / KLCC

This year has seen the Black Lives Matter movement gain greater national prominence, through protests over police brutality and systemic racism. Native Americans have had their voices elevated as well, owing to a shared history of oppression, cultural stereotypes, and conflicts with the federal government. 

ADOS Rally Held at Eugene Federal Courthouse

Aug 3, 2020
Nathan Bouquet

A group by the name ADOS, or American Descendants of Slavery, held a rally at the Federal Courthouse in Eugene Monday evening.

Nathan Bouquet

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

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC

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.” 

Nathan Bouquet

Civil rights protest groups continue to challenge and lead their communities to reform two months after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. On Thursday, a group protested outside Sundance Natural Foods claiming it had wrongfully terminated an employee based on race. Some protestors in Eugene have resorted to unorthodox tactics to force change.

Henry Houston

A Eugene journalist is suing police for hitting him with tear gas and other non-lethal crowd control devices at a protest in late May. The suit also names the City of Eugene and some of its leaders.

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