Social Justice

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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

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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

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Program Date: November 6, 2020

Air Date: November 9, 2020

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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.

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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. 

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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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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.

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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.

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.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

A protest in Springfield turned violent between Black Lives Matter supporters and police Wednesday night. Tensions escalated despite no prior violence or vandalism. 

Brian Bull / KLCC

Last night, more than 100 people gathered outside Eugene’s federal courthouse to protest federal intervention in Portland and other cities.  The event was called, “No Fed, No Fascists.”

Eugene Protest Turns Into Riot Downtown

Jul 26, 2020
Nathan Bouquet

A Eugene protest Saturday saw upwards of 300 participants and attracted the attention of counter protestors and the Eugene police.

Photo provided by Trenda Lynette / Wall of Moms (Portland)

A new group is forming in Eugene that’ll show support for Portland protesters and provide protection for local activists during more confrontational events.  Wall of Moms: Eugene is already drawing up lots of interest.

City of Eugene

Eugene’s City Council held a work session on Monday night to discuss 21st Century Policing principles and the Community Safety Initiative funding with Eugene Police Chief Chris Skinner.