Black Unity holds civil disobedience training at Alton Baker Park

Around 50 people gathered at Alton Baker Park for a six hour long training led by the Civil Liberties Defense Center.

Posted: Aug 23, 2020 6:41 PM
Updated: Aug 25, 2020 10:44 AM

EUGENE, Ore. — Black Lives Matter activist group Black Unity held a civil disobedience training Sunday afternoon.

About 50 people gathered at Alton Baker Park for a six hour long training led by the Civil Liberties Defense Center.

Attendees learned about practical strategies and tactics of non-violent direct action. One example of this was already seen last Friday when protesters blocked traffic on Coburg Road and East 8th Avenue.

They also learned about how to interact with police and counter-protesters as well as how to navigate the legal system if someone is arrested.

Clea Ibrahim, a Black Unity leader, said this training is important for their members so if conflict rises, they know how to act legally and productively.

“We want to know what direct action steps we need to take if an altercation does happen because there have been altercations in the past and we want to know how to move forward from that and also move forward legally and know what to do in those situations,” Ibrahim said.

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