On Saturday afternoon, protesters braved the extreme smoke conditions to march to the Multnomah County Juvenile Justice Complex, where organizers spoke about the impact of policing and incarceration on youth. They remained for 32 minutes, in recognition of the 32 juveniles who are incarcerated there. Multnomah County Sheriffs Deputies were present but did not interfere with the event. The group concluded by marching back through the neighborhood to Normandale Park.
- Normandale Park Direct Action March – 3 PM
The air quality is still hazardous but a group of protesters are gathering at Normandale Park in NE Portland to march to the Multnomah County Juvenile Justice Complex.
On my way to Normandale I took a detour to see the Juvenile Justice Complex. pic.twitter.com/yPMUoEMlmo— Cascadianphotog Media (@Cascadianphotog) September 12, 2020
This afternoon, a planned gathering and march is still taking place in Northeast #PortlandOregon.#BLM and #DefundPolice #protesters are planning to march a route beginning and ending at Normandy Park due to the smoke haze from the myriad wildfires burning in the #PNW. pic.twitter.com/ENVHKw5duC— Lesley McL (@Human42LM) September 12, 2020
Several people grab free earplugs after the announcement that the Portland Police Bureau’s Long Range Acoustic Device (#LRAD) vehicle was spotted nearby.— Lesley McL (@Human42LM) September 12, 2020
There are maybe 100-200 #protesters present.#PortlandProtest #BLMprotest #PDX #PortlandOregon #Portland pic.twitter.com/0iBHSkFG7E
Upon arriving to the juvenile justice facility the crowd chanted: “what’s outrageous?” “Kids in cages” pic.twitter.com/Bm5hgdExnc— Jake “wear a mask” Johnson (@FancyJenkins) September 12, 2020
The yellow line has been taken down by protesters police came back to reset up the barriers pic.twitter.com/1jJ3bw2I4U— Jake “wear a mask” Johnson (@FancyJenkins) September 12, 2020
A #protester is speaking, addressing a very quiet group in front of the Juvenile Justice Complex.— Lesley McL (@Human42LM) September 12, 2020
They are speaking about why they protest and their worries as a mother.
“My community is directly impacted by the systems that exist in this society.”
There have been two speakers so far. To start, Regina told the crowd that a majority of people in the crowd will not ever truly know why juvenile justice facilities are so harmful. The next speaker told the crowd that when they help other people they are helping the movement.— Jake “wear a mask” Johnson (@FancyJenkins) September 12, 2020
The next speaker talks about their experiences in life and #protesting.— Lesley McL (@Human42LM) September 12, 2020
They are leading a chant before giving up the mic:
“I believe that we will win.”
Half a dozen LEOs, some in riot gear, can be seen inside the glass doors of the Juvenile Justice Complex. pic.twitter.com/d2TvB1YKXM
The next speaker is sharing a story from high school, where they experienced racism directed at them due to their Black skin color.— Lesley McL (@Human42LM) September 13, 2020
“Racism is taught.”
The crowd will now have a 32 minute sit-in, “one minute for each child held here,” says the next speaker.
The crowd is chanting “Abolish the police!” “Fuck the PPB!” Followed by classics: “A C A B” “All cops are bastards” and “Black lives matter” “Black lives matter” and another one: “ain’t no power like the power of the people cuz the power of the people don’t stop.” pic.twitter.com/4LSleNnaSy— Jake “wear a mask” Johnson (@FancyJenkins) September 13, 2020
@RageRagina said that “once we get trump out of office” there will still be more people to fight, that will not stop the movement.— Jake “wear a mask” Johnson (@FancyJenkins) September 13, 2020
The crowd is marching back to the park by traveling through the neighborhood. pic.twitter.com/KlTkw2UI2e— Jake “wear a mask” Johnson (@FancyJenkins) September 13, 2020
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