The Coalition of Black Men is planning a demonstration and a series of
long term strategies to get the City Council and Portland Police Force
clean up their act. This is in reaction to the latest shooting/killing
young Black Man, and the long string of abuses and violence against
This Saturday, April 3rd at 10 AM in the Unity Room of Irvington
Church, the "Coalition" will present a series of strategies, to
above issues and finalize plans for a demonstration and vigil the next
Sunday, April 4th.
The demonstration will be held in the park directly across from the
Center in downtown Portland, start at 5 PM and end at 7 PM. We are
to the parents, and lining up speakers, especially youth, who wish to
statement and vent about this latest atrocity.
We are inviting the men in the DADS to join us in the planning and the
demonstration. We would like the presence of more adult men there, to
with crowd control and to show insure that no personal agendas are
Youth and adult attending are being told that no gang dress, colors, or
signing will be accepted, no cussing or taunting of the police, and no
weapons and no throwing of rocks or other objects. All the men
the demonstration/vigil are expected to wear suits and ties.
Men who can attend and help at the Sunday demonstration can contact me
There will be an additional planning session, to outline a long term
strategy and specific actions that folks can take, to put pressure on
hall and the police to change. That session will be at 10 AM on
April 10th at a location TBA.