Protests for July 15

Summary

On Wednesday, PDX Stripper Strike held a lively organizing picnic at Laurelhurst Park. In the evening, folks gathered at Lownsdale Park across from the Federal Courthouse to enjoy another meal from Riot Ribs. No local or federal law enforcement officers were seen for much of the night, until an incident with a person leaving the precinct garage who shoved a protester and reportedly pulled a gun.

At 5 AM, the Portland Police declared the parks closed and begun putting up fencing. Several people were arrested, including most of the Riot Ribs crew, and all of the gear and supplies they’ve gathered were taken. In a time of severe economic struggle, the free meals and safe campsite that’s been offered here are a meaningful show of what Portland can be. There is nothing about these sweeps and arrests that supports community safety.

Scheduled Events

PDX Stripper Strike – 3pm at Laurelhurst Park

Timeline

The Stripper Strike folks are having a picnic to talk about their organizing efforts:

Back at the Justice Center for another night of food, friends, and protesting the police (with possible guest appearances by the feds):

People have set up a barrier to block traffic outside the Federal Courthouse:

Shoutout to the folks giving the parks bathroom a badly needed scrub!

Good crowd:

All dogs are good.

Because the feds are using unmarked cars, people have been trying to take down the license plate so they can be recognized later (when they grab someone off the street, for example).

Folks started a fire at the base of the Elk Statue (minus Elk these days) as often happens at some point in the night:

Things settled down for the night, then at 5 AM the Portland Police announced they were going to sweep the parks:

Police assault a cyclist:

The president of the Portland Police Association was invited to come watch the sweeps 🤨

Folks from Riot Ribs were arrested, and all their gear taken by the police:

Media

Present

Articles

KOIN

‘Intolerable’: Lawmakers blast federal response to Portland protests

Chicago Tribune

President Donald Trump says announcement coming on dealing with crime in Chicago, other Democrat-run cities

The Oregonian

2 Portland parks near Justice Center, federal courthouse closed amid ongoing protests

Willamette Week

Federal Officers Sent by President Trump Run Downtown. Little Restrains Them.

New Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt Must Decide Who Faces Criminal Charges Amid Portland’s Protests

Police

Agencies present

  • Portland Police Bureau

Munitions used

Number of arrests

None reported by PPB or federal agencies

Charges

  • Interfering with a Police Officer
  • Trespass II
  • Disorderly Conduct II