How a Dumpster Fire Brought Eugene Together Before Tearing It Apart Again
From Occupy Eugene to Donald Trump in Four Short Years
By using direct action, activists achieved more in less than 24 hours than others have in 100 days of marches.
As the crowd dwindled and Against Me!’s “Baby, I’m an Anarchist” played through a blown-out amplifier, the chained-up activists offered up a promise to those who wanted to participate in the occupation.
As the days of nationwide Black Lives Matter protests grow, Eugene’s activists continue to face hurdles in organization and opposition, But, they’re finding new ways to educate and mobilize people within the city.
Black Unity and their followers were met by counter-protesters, including some members of the local so-called “patriot’s militia” which led to scuffles and at least one incident in which protesters were attacked with mace.
For the first time since “The Uprising” over police violence began, Eugene’s activists and local officials gathered together to create a plan for reforming police policy in the city.
There’s a long history of right-wing militia activity in Oregon, and the areas around Eugene are no different. For as long as Eugene has claimed itself as a progressive paradise, there have been neo-Nazis and white supremacists and militiamen around to counter that claim.
Despite the official Eugene Pride being canceled due to Covid restrictions, those with Pride & Allyship decided otherwise. With Black Trans lives under attack like never before, the Eugene community decided that they could no longer remain silent.