Two events took place during the day in Portland. The first, beginning at 11 am, was a BeautyBloc event providing beauty and grooming services to the community. Services included haircuts, nail painting, and MendingBloc, who provides clothe-mending services to the community, was also present. Coinciding with this event was a march led by Letha Winston, mother of Patrick Kimmons, at noon. This march usually takes place downtown, as it is a weekly event, but this time Letha led protesters to the Portland Police north precinct, where they listened to her speak.
In the evening, in lieu of a march, protesters were invited to gather at the Red House on Mississippi Ave. in north Portland. The Kinney family, who has lived in the house for decades, is fighting eviction and are receiving community support to occupy the house. At least one member of the family spoke to the crowd, as well as other black community members.
All-in-all it was a day of protests and self-care that went unimpeded by law enforcement intervention.
- Come Chill at Red House this Week – 9 am
- Refresh Yourself – Haircuts & Self-Care – 11 am
- Justice for Patrick Kimmons – Noon
- Peninsula Park March & Sit-In to Stop Systemic Displacement – 8 pm
Protesters gather near the Portland Police north precinct around noon, where a demonstration led by Letha Winston will be held.
Standing on the side of the N precinct waiting for Letha to arrive for the Patrick Kimmons march. Loving how many medics, security bloc, and mutual aid comrades that are here along with protesters. #PortlandProteat #PdxProtest #SafePdx #JusticeForPatrickKimmons pic.twitter.com/HssqeyLRcT— not too shabby gabby ✨ (@PDXGabs) October 7, 2020
Video description: small march led by Letha heads towards the front of the north Precinct. Protesters are carrying signs and chanting loudly.— not too shabby gabby ✨ (@PDXGabs) October 7, 2020
This group is passionate!! Letha and Kinsey let the Portland police have it and I’ll try to post their speeches later. For now, it feels good to blast the cops during the daytime. #PortlandProtest #PdxProtest #JusticeFor #PatrickKimmons pic.twitter.com/3TustdlXTu— not too shabby gabby ✨ (@PDXGabs) October 7, 2020
Letha getting emotional talking about having to bury her son two years ago this month. “No Black mother should have to bury her son!” #PortlandPolice #PortlandProtest #PdxProtest #JusticeForPatrickKimmons pic.twitter.com/ex3NE722OE— not too shabby gabby ✨ (@PDXGabs) October 7, 2020
“Justice for Patrick Kimmons will not happen on social media. Justice for those killed by the police will not be won on Facebook. Let your feet do the talking. We will march, we will march, we will march. We will fight, we will fight, we will fight.” – Letha Winston #PdxProtest— not too shabby gabby ✨ (@PDXGabs) October 7, 2020
Letha has a message for folks attending the nightly protests. She challenges all of us to show up for her marches in addition to the direct actions. #PortlandProtest #PdxProtest #JusticeForPatrickKimmons pic.twitter.com/tnpx8MCNMg— not too shabby gabby ✨ (@PDXGabs) October 7, 2020
Video description: Letha dances a little on the steps of the N precinct while using the mic to talk to the crowd. She plugs her cashapp which is $LethaLoc— not too shabby gabby ✨ (@PDXGabs) October 7, 2020
In North Portland, a BeautyBloc event offering beauty and grooming services to the community is taking place.
Professionals from the cosmetic field have come to volunteer their services for the community. It is a beautiful day here on Peninsula Park. #PortlandProtests #PDXProtests #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/9sMtkYDGnq— Justin Yau (@PDocumentarians) October 7, 2020
The demonstration in the evening takes place at the Red House, where the Kinney family is fighting an eviction with support from the community.
A protest is underway in support of a resident near N Mississippi & N Albina. The group is demonstrating against eviction. Signs say, “Evictions hurt Everyone” & “Stop the Foreclosure”. #koin6news #PDX #PNW #Oregon #Portland #protest pic.twitter.com/H8Zj9zdYwL— Jennifer Dowling (@JenDowlingKoin6) October 8, 2020
@RageRagina talks about the Vanport event that she helped organized and calls people to come to the Red House to support the Kinney family. #PortlandProtest #PdxProtest #SafePdx #RedHouse pic.twitter.com/TMW4zo3QdQ— not too shabby gabby ✨ (@PDXGabs) October 8, 2020
Gary Floyd (@BLM4EVERG) talks about the fact that murderer of George Floyd was released on bail today. He also speaks about the necessity of fighting for the Kinney family, who was without power and hot water until the community intervened. #PdxProtest #PortlandProtest pic.twitter.com/ZtNjWQqFcP— not too shabby gabby ✨ (@PDXGabs) October 8, 2020
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