More than 600 people plan to protest Trump event
EUGENE, Ore. - "Shame on Trump" is just one message protestors plan to use during presidential candidate Donald Trump's rally in Eugene Friday. However, both protesters and law enforcement agencies plan to keep the crowd as calm as possible.
Eugene is not exactly Trump country, at least according to one protest organizer.
"If you remain silent in situations of injustice, you take the side of the oppressor," said Amber, a Donald Trump protest organizer.
For safety, Amber asked us not to use her last name.
She said the protest is deeply personal to her.
"The thought of intolerance, hatred, bigotry," she said.
Amber is not alone. More than 600 people said they plan to attend the non-violent counter-protest event on Facebook. They plan to meet at the Lane County Events Center where the Trump rally is scheduled.
"I believe he's coming here in order to portray liberals as tree-hugging, blood thirsty hypocrites," Amber said.
Her husband immigrated to the United States 15 years ago. She's working to change the way immigrants are perceived in America.
"He came here to have a better life for his own family," she said.
Despite the violence from protesters at Trump rallies across the country, Amber says the goal of her group is to keep the peace and send a message.
"We want to make sure everyone is safe and that it doesn't turn into something violent, or a clash with police - anything like that," she said.
Protest organizers are working to get people trained to work in crowd control and to help with the effort.
Amber says it's a way to hold people accountable and keep it peaceful.
"The whole idea behind the organizing is to keep everyone safe, whether you're a Trump supporter, a Bernie supporter, a Hillary supporter, or just plain anti-Trump," she said.
To make sure everything runs smoothly, Eugene Police are reaching out to protest groups to help prepare peaceful demonstrations.