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Don't Shoot Portland
Published: 07 August 2018

On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown was killed by police, with his lifeless Black body left in the street for four and a half hours. His unjust death led to communities across the country taking to the streets to make their voices heard and demand justice for Michael Brown and the de-militarization of police. Michael Brown’s death was not in vain. It gave birth to a movement - a movement that continues to fight for justice.

Don’t Shoot Portland remains committed to this fight and since 2014 has organized an annual community gathering to honor and mourn those killed by police violence and state-sanctioned racism. This year is no different, especially in light of the ever growing list of Black, Brown and Indigenous members of our global community being marginalized, assaulted and killed. Through our work, we continue to demand justice and accountability from those in power and continue to fight the upholding of white supremacy in our country.

We are inviting the community to join us in honoring the 4th anniversary of the Ferguson Uprising during a three-day event, held at Don’t Shoot Portland’s organizing space, the Woodlawn MIC (1425 NE Dekum St, Portland, OR 97211).

Friday, August 9, 6:30 pm: Community vigil to honor those killed by police violence and state-sanctioned racism.

Saturday, August 10, 6:00 pm: Community conversation with partner organizations to discuss ways to make change happen collectively.

Sunday, August 11, 1:30 pm: Community building and BBQ - providing a space for healing

In addition to these events, we are inviting everyone to let City Hall know how we, as a community, feel about policing houseless members of our community. On Saturday, please visit our interactive video booth to make your voices heard. The video will be professionally edited and presented at a City Council meeting along with the petition (date TBD).

Community partners for this event include:  

  • Critical Resistance
  • Food Fight
  • Levine & McHenry LLC
  • #MeTooGirlPDX
  • Miss Delta
  • Nasty Women Get Shit Done
  • PDX Alliance for Self-Care
  • Portland Equity in Action
  • Portland Harbor Community Coalition
  • The Bridge Project:PDX
  • Snack Bloc
  • Training 4 Transformation

Don’t Shoot Portland is a Community Action Plan. The organization was founded in 2016 following the exoneration of Black Lives Matter protestor and activist Teressa Raiford. Organizing and promoting solidarity movements in support of Police Accountability uprisings in Florida, Ferguson, Baltimore, NYC, California and several other countless cities. Don’t Shoot Portland has fought for social change in Oregon and has solidified the establishment of a grassroots movement for racial equality, social justice and political accountability. The key to our sustainability as a group is Education, the Arts and History. We use the three to bridge and build political power. www.dontshootpdx.org

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