Just south of Portland is Lake Oswego, Oregon, where Black Lives Matter demonstrations have happened sporadically in the last few months. Today, a black youth-led march protested in the streets of the city. Besides a few interactions with the police and some confrontations with restaurant patrons in the area surrounding the protest, the march largely went off without a hitch. Protesters listened to speakers, including Portland local Mac Smiff, after marching and by 6 pm the event ended quietly.
In Portland, a candlelight vigil in honor of those in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was held in the evening. Protesters marched down Waterfront Park to Salmon Street Springs, where they placed candles at a display dedicated to ICE detainees. After staying by the display for about half an hour, the group of protesters marched back up Waterfront Park while chanting. By 9:40 pm, the event ended quietly without any interference by police.
- March for Black Education – 1 pm
- Center Black Voices March – 2 pm
- Vigil for ICE Detainees Candlelit March – 7:30 pm
A Black Lives Matter demonstration took place in Lake Oswego, Oregon during the day.
AT LAKE OSWEGO CHECKING OUT THE DEMONSTRATION.— Rico Angelo De Vera (@_FreeFreako) October 3, 2020
LAKE OSWEGO HAS A TROUBLED HISTORY SPECIALLY WHICH IS EVIDENT TO IT'S NICKNAME, "LAKE NO-NEGRO"
MARCH IS JUST STARTING.
"ONE, WE ARE THE PEOPLE. TWO, SAY IT LOUDER. THREE, WE WANT JUSTICE FOR BLACK PEOPLE." pic.twitter.com/xRLNzuCegC
THE CROWD MAY BE SMALL BUT THEY ARE MAKING UP FOR IT THROUGH ENERGY.— Rico Angelo De Vera (@_FreeFreako) October 3, 2020
THIS IS A YOUTH LED EVENT AND IT IS ALWAYS INSPIRING TO SEE THEIR PASSION.
WE HAVE POSTED UP ON THE INTERSECTION OF FIRST AND A AVE. pic.twitter.com/p3Tq3QbKKi
Lake Oswego Police just showed up stating the crowd can't block traffic anymore. Low police presence.— Rico Angelo De Vera (@_FreeFreako) October 3, 2020
I think that statement will get ignored by the demonstrators.
"Fuck the Police, I said Fuck the Police, Fuck the Police." pic.twitter.com/WzpSXOh0jl
Another intersection is being disrupted.— Rico Angelo De Vera (@_FreeFreako) October 3, 2020
This has been one of the longer marches I've attended in a while.
The energy is still going strong.
"Who shut shit down? We shut shit down. You can't stop the revolution." pic.twitter.com/5fhyprzPJb
The crowd is educating and encouraging bystanders sitting in restaurants to join the demonstrators.— Rico Angelo De Vera (@_FreeFreako) October 3, 2020
Some of the restaurant patrons have left the premises. pic.twitter.com/bAUQAX4aKV
This lady just straight up said, "I'm just as black as you."— Rico Angelo De Vera (@_FreeFreako) October 3, 2020
Another resident stated, "I live in this community.". Disregarding that some of the youth here are members of the community. pic.twitter.com/AyQ0AGg0oV
So far the speakers here vary from "Defund" to "Abolish".— Speaker uh da House 🏁🐍 (@MacSmiff) October 4, 2020
Everyone seems to agree on investing in Black communities. @brucepoinsette is talking about how it's not enough to make it, we should all be THRIVING here.
There were a couple people that heckled at demonstrators but quickly got deescalated.— Rico Angelo De Vera (@_FreeFreako) October 4, 2020
Leaving the demonstration.
Didn't take much photos or vids at this demonstration as I was listening to the speakers.
"I Believe We Will Win!" pic.twitter.com/zBSQwN52XO
In the evening in Portland, protesters gather at the waterfront to attend a vigil for people in custody of ICE.
There is a small vigil here on the Portland Waterfront. The vigil is dedicated to all peoples currently in the custody of ICE, or have died as a result. The speaker is addressing the misconduct she has experienced with ICE. #PortlandProtest #BlackLivesMatter #PDXprotests pic.twitter.com/wYRHjAUPU9— Justin Yau (@PDocumentarians) October 4, 2020
Candlelight vigil for ICE detainees, happening tonight by the Burnside Bridge. pic.twitter.com/zPx6XewfiB— Suzette Smith (@suzettesmith) October 4, 2020
The vigil quietly moves down the waterfront. pic.twitter.com/1D4yU3slUe— Suzette Smith (@suzettesmith) October 4, 2020
Vigil marchers have just arrived at the Salmon Street Springs, where a vigil for Michael Reinoehl was held earlier today. Crowds are now seated on the steps facing the river. #PortlandProtest #BlackLivesMatter #PDXprotests pic.twitter.com/61QNU9O1VX— Justin Yau (@PDocumentarians) October 4, 2020
Participants place their candles at the bottom of the Salmon Springs amphitheater steps. Also this veteran has a pretty cool disco ball helmet. pic.twitter.com/YxboqTW7Pn— Suzette Smith (@suzettesmith) October 4, 2020
It’s a pretty chill scene here with pretty chill music. pic.twitter.com/zVlndYSHVZ— Suzette Smith (@suzettesmith) October 4, 2020
“What’s outrageous?”— Suzette Smith (@suzettesmith) October 4, 2020
“Kids in cages!” pic.twitter.com/ji9eV3wwfy
Just found the Vigil! A group of 50 currently marching along the waterfront to hold space for all the detainee currently being held by ICE.— Cascadianphotog Media (@Cascadianphotog) October 4, 2020
The demonstration and march ended around 9:35 pm.
Aaaand it's done. I missed all of it. Sorry, got here as soon as I could after work.— Cascadianphotog Media (@Cascadianphotog) October 4, 2020
Bonus: Dr. Juniper Simonis talks about their work surrounding the environmental impact that law enforcement’s use of crowd control munitions has had in Portland.
.@JuniperLSimonis, has been researching the environmental impact of the crowd control agents being used in residential areas near waterways, in Portland, OR during the 100+ days of protests for Black lives.https://t.co/TqldZj3i7a pic.twitter.com/7fbncDKNpi— Morgan D. Foley-Hull (@MoDaFo) October 4, 2020
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