This event, attended by about 150 people, was moderated by Peter Little of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism and Fascism, which has called the Rally in opposition to the "Hammerfest," a three day event subsequent to the Rally found to be taking place at a hotel in Sherwood, Oregon.|
Founded this September, the Ad-Hoc Committee is dedicated to monitoring and opposing white supremacist groupings in Portland and beyond. As large neo-Nazi rallies have often been preceded by attacks on Jewish people and people of color, sexual minorities, as well as activists, the Ad-Hoc Committee wishes to work with community groups and people of good conscience who want to respond to fascist mobilization. ?If we come together, the bigots don't stand a chance," says one committee member, "This rally is only a beginning."
Peter makes some introductory remarks and introduced speakers with experience from many different fronts of the ongoing threats from and struggle against racism.
Peter speaks about the racist past of Portland and the people's struggle to protect themselves from racism. He states that racism takes many faces, is not only the obvious skinheads and neo nazi types, but also, among others, anti-immigration organizations.
This is an ongoing theme throughout the Demonstration- that racism is insidious and is proceeding all around us.
First to speak was Walidah Imarisha, a spoken word war-rior woman who fights the power with protest poetry. She speaks eloquently about how these groups have co-opted the language of the left, often sounding like environmentalists and other progressive groups. Walidah finishes by reciting one of her poems.
Next to speak was Claire Oliveros, of the Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines, followed by Pablo, who spoke in Spanish with a translator about the Latin American economic conditions leading to immigration to the U.S.
Pablo was followed by Amy Dudley, of the Rural Organizing Project, who spoke at length about the various racist and anti-immigrant organizations. She gives much information about these groups, how they are organized and how they easily slip beneath the radar.
Mic Crenshaw, from the rap group Hungry Mob
Last to speak, briefly was Chris Francisco, an Indigenous speaker from the Native Youth Movement.
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