Students head to downtown Eugene for vigil supporting the family of Michael Brown

The Community Alliance of Lane County organized a vigil at 5 p.m. this evening in the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza on the corner of Eighth Avenue and Oak Street in Eugene. The event was attended in part by members of local social justice organizations and student groups such as the NAACP and the University of Oregon’s Black Student Union.

Tarik Richardson, a University of Oregon student and co-director of the BSU, said that the vigil is in “support of the people of” Ferguson, Missouri, following a grand jury’s decision yesterday to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in August of this year.

The event is aimed at both supporting further civil action against Wilson and opposing “a system that continues to exhibit the signs of imbalance when it comes to its people of color,” according to the announcement about the vigil, which was posted to the website of the Eugene-Springfield chapter of the NAACP.

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Dahlia is the 2015-2016 Editor in Chief of the Emerald. Before becoming EIC, she worked as a crime reporter and columnist. She has also interned with Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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