Eugene Community Holds Vigil in Solidarity With Portland Shooting Victims

On Feb. 20, members of the Eugene community came together at the Owen Rose Garden to hold space in solidarity with Portland following a shooting at a protest for Amir Locke the night prior. At the beginning of the march, one person was killed and five were wounded, including the shooter.

A white fabric banner hanging from a gazebo. Written on it, in black, is "EUG LOVES PDX - WE PROTECT US - STAY STRONG" with both the anarchist "A" symbol and the iron front arrows.
One of the two banners hangs from the gazebo at Owen Rose Garden. [James Croxton // Double Sided Media]

The group of 40-50 people slowly arrived to the rose garden’s gazebo where several candles had been placed in a circle. Battling the cold breeze, nearly every person who was in attendance had a chance to re-light one of them, and many did.

Keeping the group of community members warm was both both SolidariTea and the Neighborhood Anarchist Collective who provided hot tea and coffee.

A large white fabric banner hangs from the top of the gazebo. There's a vine-type plant bording the top of it with dark green leaves. The banner reads "EUG TO PDX - WE PROTECT US." Both "EUG" and "PDX" are in green along with an anarchist "A" symbol and iron front arrows. The rest are in black.
A large banner hangs from the gazebo at Owen Rose Garden. [James Croxton // Double Sided Media]

Around 7:30 p.m., the group, which had mostly stood around the gazebo looking in towards the candles, began to form their own smaller groups, with many rekindling friendships made during the protests of the last two years. At the same time, folks began to stream out into the night.

Eugene stands in solidarity with Portland.

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