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August 12, 2020

Kelly Kenoyer

DEMONSTRATORS line the sidewalk on Main Street, west of Highway 228 Friday, Aug. 7, during a BLM protest.

Staff Writer

Around 20 people showed up for a Black Lives Matter rally in Sweet Home on Friday, Aug. 7, carrying signs with phrases like "Racism Stops with You and Me," and "We said BLM, we didn't say Only BLM."

Organizer Chelle Palkki said half the attendees are from Sweet Home, and she lives nearby but often visits family in the area.

Palkki said she decided to come to Sweet Home because "Black Lives are in danger" and "everybody doesn't have a fair shake when they're born." She said critics have told the attendees to "go home," but responds "Go home where? We live here."

The attendees w...

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