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For the third week, participants held signs outside of Estacada City Hall during a peaceful demonstration

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - In spite of the rain on Saturday, June 20, Estacada community members continued to stand in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Rain didn't put a damper on Estacada's demonstrations in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

From 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 20, around 25 community members stood in front of Estacada City Hall. Along with umbrellas, they held signs stating that "Black Lives Matter," "Racism is a problem for white people to fix" and "No more silence."

This was the third Saturday of the peaceful demonstrations in Estacada. The past two events have drawn between 25 and 50 participants.

Similar gatherings have been occurring across the country after the death of George Floyd, a black man from Minneapolis who was killed on May 25 by a white police officer.

Some people passing by the demonstrations countered that "all lives matter," while other vehicles honked to show support.

Several participants said that it's valuable to have these demonstrations in a small town like Estacada.

"It's important to show that this isn't just a big-city issue," Jessie Jo Gutridge said.

"People in Estacada need to see that many of us believe in the rights of people of color," Carrie Bartlett said, adding that she finds a local event easier to access than Portland's protests.

Additional peaceful demonstrations are planned from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 27, and July 4, in front of Estacada City Hall, 475 S.E. Main St. Participants are asked to maintain social distancing, wear a face mask and avoid blocking the sidewalk from pedestrians.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Several signs at Estacada's Black Lives Matter demonstration featured messages about racism and justice.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Participants in Estacada's demonstration in support of the Black Lives Matter movement stand in front of City Hall on Saturday, June 20.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Demonstrators hold signs during Estacada's demonstration in support of the Black Lives Matter movement on Saturday, June 20.

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