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Blackout America protest headed to downtown Portland

Blackout PDX,in solidarity with the nationwide Blackout America protest, will take place at 11 am, Saturday Aug. 15, downtown Portland. The protest will be peaceful, and will be followed by a rally.

Aug.10, 2015 was the 1-year-anniversary of the killing of Mike Brown by former Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson, and the discussion of police brutality and racism in America has been reignited — though really the conversation never stopped. To increase awareness for these issues a national protest movement called Blackout America has recently emerged. Its goal is to help "educate the public on racial issues in the United States as well as pressure authorities to respond to the cry for racial equality," says the Blackout America founder who goes by Indigo(@\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\_indigomoon on Twitter). The movement has branches in at least 27 cities, including Portland and even London. The different Blackout America branches will hold simultaneous protests on Aug. 15 with Portland's Blackout PDX protest joining in.[...]

Attendees will meet at the Battleship Oregon Memorial at 11 am and march to O'Bryant Square for the rally. The event should last about 90 minutes, Shelley says. Local protest group Don't Shoot Portland also supports the event and will be attending. Black Lives Matter Portland did not respond to an inquiry seeking comment. .
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