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Video: Portland Rally in Solidarity With the People of Ferguson

Portland action on a national day of solidarity with the people of Ferguson Missouri, where an unarmed teenager was recently gunned down by the local police.

Solidarity Rally with Ferguson
This excerpt from the speakers at the Portland event is from the remarks by Jo Ann Hardesty, long time activist for human rights and opposing abuse of power by Portland Police.

Jo Ann exhorts the crowd not to be confused by the outcry against the militarization of the police. Though this is a tangential issue, the bottom line is in reality the open season on people of color everywhere in this country. "This isn't about what weapons they have; this is about a mind set. This is about a mind set that devalues black life... .when did it become okay for police in the U.S. to just willy nilly say, 'I was scared and shoot someone 28 times.'"

And further, i don't want you to get confused, because I understand they are asking the Federal government to investigate the latest killing, Michael Brown... ..who do you think gave those military weapons to the police department? Don't get confused. This about whether or not you stand for justice This is about whether or not you value every black, brown, white red, yellow life on this planet."

Hardesty eloquently continues to address the wider issue of injustice in the United States of America and what the citizens are going to have to do to shift the current to justice and respect for human life.

"It's going to take looking beyond color; it's going to take use looking beyond class; it's going to take us looking beyond tattoos. It's going to take us looking at each other eyeball to eyeball, saying you matter and I will stand with you."

Portland Solidarity Rally with the People of Ferguson

Why were 2 rallies held at the same time? 18.Aug.2014 11:00

Just curious

There was a lot of confusion surrounding the Portland actions in conjunction with the Day of Solidarity with Ferguson.

Why were two rallies held at the same time?

The first rally I heard about was the one at Dawson Park. I heard about that through the Mercury and the Portland Tribune and that was on Thursday/Friday. The Tribune mention was very vague and said that the Dawson Park rally was sponsored by the Oregon Black Museum. (I don't think there is an Oregon Black Museum in Portland, although there are the Oregon Black Pioneers.) The only way I found out about the Lownesdale Park rally was through an action alert e-mail relayed by Copwatch, which was not one of the organizers of the Lownesdale rally. The Copwatch e-mail also mentioned the Dawson Park rally. There were four established nonprofits organizing the Lownesdale rally, although it did not seem as if those organizations, other than Urban League, brought many of their membership.

Thanks to everyone is posting video footage and photographs. However, I am somewhat embarrassed that a city like Portland could only attract approximately 250 people (100 at Dawson; 150 at Lownesdale) for a National Day of Solidarity against Police Brutality.

Would more and better outreach have helped? Would it have been better for the rally organizers to have combined their events -- with whoever had planned first being the venue for the event? That would probably have been Dawson Park. 250 people in one place would have made a more impressive showing than 100 here and 150 there.

Not much solidarity there.... There seems to be more outrage in Portland about Gaza than about what happens at home. (The tragedy of Gaza should inspire outrage, but so should the outrages that occur in the United States.)

a few things 18.Aug.2014 12:29

one

There is a group called Oregon Black Museum, check out their video presentation on YouTube.

Also- I see no problem with there being two simultaneous rallies at two different locations.
Dawson Park is easier to reach for many people & it is very symbolic for those living in the historic Black neighborhoods along Williams A. & in N/NE Portland. Lownsdale Park is close to City Hall has a whole different kind of symbolism for a protest.

That said, I wish at least one of the rally's organizers had thought to gather (unless permits were an issue?) in a location with more public visibility on a weekend. How about Holladay Park near Lloyd Center? Or along the waterfront, or a march right past Saturday Market? Or stop in at the many festivals that were going on during this past weekend (the Hawthorne Street Fair, for one). I don't see why bringing the issue of police violence to light while people are out partying wouldn't be perfectly appropriate!! NO business as usual, yes!!

Besides the short notice, the midday timing (1 pm) of the rally probably had a lot to do with a poor turnout. Maybe (next time?) planning an event for the evening would be a better time of day. That would give more hours on the day of the event for word of mouth & ph. calls to reach people, too.

Just a couple of ideas.

Let's keep doing some loud protesting about this shooting!

ferguson compared with portland 18.Aug.2014 17:56

kevin

after one death, ferguson drew a deep line in the sand. after many such deaths, portland simply repeatedly squeaks, "now don't do that anymore, ppb".