Video: Protests spread to Happy Valley, Oregon City
Protests in support of slain Minnesotan George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement are spreading across Clackamas County, including with groups at Happy Valley City Hall and on the Arch Bridge between Oregon City and West Linn.
Rush-hour traffic crossing the bridge on June 2 was largely supportive of the demonstration, signaling their gratitude for the message of protesters by honking their horns or waving.
An estimated 40 people took part in the protest, many of whom were in high school or recent graduates.
Gladstone residents Kim Hower and her daughter, Iris, a recent graduate of Gladstone High School, said they have been involved in community organizing of minorities through the school and wanted to do their part to show support for the cause.
About 4,000 people took part in a peaceful 3-mile march on June 4 from Clackamas High School to Happy Valley City Hall. They chanted Floyd's name and "hands up, don't shoot" in their support for justice and equality toward the African American community.
Watch a video of the Happy Valley protest here:
Monnie Spears, a 2017 graduate of Clackamas High School, was one of the organizers of the Happy Valley protest. She said she chose the location because "this is where the silence is."
More peaceful protests are planned in support of Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement from 4-6 p.m. Friday, June 5, at Gladstone's Max Patterson Park and at the Oregon City Public Library.
"We are here in body and spirit too demonstrate our solidarity with those across the country who are pleading for racial justice," said protest organizer Jeana Gannon-Gonzales, sharing a message written collectively by the Unite Oregon City. "We are here to ask our civic and political leaders to earnestly reflect on what they can change to make equity and justice a cornerstone of every policy, program and evaluation. To ask themselves, 'Are we listening? Are we hearing? Are we moving to greater justice for everyone?' We are asking every jurisdiction to officially commit to take steps to eliminate racism."
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