March against racism planned in Estacada
After Estacada Mayor Sean Drinkwine published a social media post critical of local Black Lives Matter demonstrations, organizers of the Sandy STAND UP Movement have planned a peaceful march against racism for later this week.
On Monday, June 22, Drinkwine apologized for a post stating that he was working to shut down Estacada's demonstrations in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
"My intention was to keep violence out of the area and not so much to negate their gathering. But I expressed myself poorly," he said during a virtual City Council meeting later that day.
The incident inspired Tracy George of the Sandy STAND UP Movement to facilitate a march in Estacada. Launched last month, the group strives to create a platform for those who are affected by systemic racism and have facilitated several peaceful events.
"Something was planned (in Estacada), and the mayor seemed like he wanted to silence it," George said. "I want people in Estacada to feel like they have support, even if we don't live here with them."
Estacada's March Against Racism is scheduled for 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, June 26. Participants will meet at Estacada High School and march to City Hall, where there will be open mic speaking.
"People want to be able to be heard. This gives them a chance to get things off of their chest," George said, noting that discussion could pertain to a variety of topics, including the Black Lives Matter movement and freedom of speech being hindered.
Reflecting on the events that the STAND UP Movement has hosted so far, George appreciates the conversations and understanding they've been able to facilitate.
"When some people hear the word protest, they think violence," she said. "Seeing people's minds be changed within a couple of events has been great. It allows people to see that if you stand against racism, that doesn't mean you stand for violence."
Along with Friday's event, additional demonstrations in support of the Black Lives Matter movement are scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon Saturdays in front of Estacada City Hall.
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