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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Social Justice Center Plans Ferguson Solidarity Vigil

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 1:27 PM

The Central Oregon Social Justice Center will hold a vigil in solidarity with Ferguson, Mo., at 4 pm Friday at the corner of Wall Street and Newport Avenue (the "Peace Corner").

In an email to members and supporters, SJC Coordinator Bruce Morris said that the timing of the protest happening across the country in response to a grand jury decision not to indict the police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Mike Brown is particularly poignant when contrasted with the upcoming holiday season.

As often happens in the human condition, we are in a time of paradox. Tomorrow (Thursday) is a day when most of us gather to feel and express our gratitude for family, friends, and community. We are entering a season, however flawed, in which we take time to celebrate, to adorn ourselves, our homes and public spaces with color and light during the darkest days of the year.

And these are not just literally dark days. Our nation is dealing with a tragedy of humanity and a tragedy of justice in the fatal police shooting of the unarmed, 18 year-old Michael Brown: shot dead in the street, denied justice in an aberrant process, and demeaned, without any opportunity to defend himself, in a gratuitous public statement by a callous prosecutor. All along traumatized local people were met with militarized suppression of their fundamental rights to assemble and protest. These cumulative tragedies have moved people all over the country to take action, to harshly question our legal and justice systems, and to demand change.

What's your take on the events in Ferguson? Share your thoughts in the poll (and comments) below.


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Erin is the Source Weekly's Associate Editor. Before moving to Bend in 2013, Erin worked as a writer and editor for publications in Portland including PQ Monthly and Just Out. He has also written for the Willamette Week, El Hispanic News, Travel Portland, OUT City, Boston magazine and the Taunton Daily Gazette...
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