After A Weekend of Lectures, Social Justice Activists Hit the Streets
February 17, 2013
By Lucy Ohlsen
About a block-long stream of people gathered to hand-deliver a list of demands to corporations and politicians Sunday afternoon. Marcher Naomi brought her two kids and was dressed in red.
"It's traditional Alaskan native regalia"
Naomi is from Alaska and still feels connected to a subsistence, land based way of life. She came today after attending some of the talks during the Social Justice, Real Justice conference at the U of O.
"We went to see Winona LaDuke and Chief Sisk speak. We're definitely in support of what they're doing for the environment and indigenous rights."
The march started at the U of O EMU Amphitheater and continued in the streets to downtown Eugene. Marchers shouted and chanted for corporate funders and political supporters of "extractive industry" to make big changes.
Marcher Cindy Biles held a sign that read
"Obama walk your talk, clean energy, green jobs now. I feel like he talks real pretty but his actions don't go with his words."
Biles is affiliated with multiple groups here today - No Coal Eugene, Occupy, Cascadia Forest Defenders.
At the end of their list of demands, protest leader boiled it all down, asking leaders to stop endorsing profit over the "living system" of the earth.