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This account needs reported down and all folks need to know not to send donations (financial or otherwise) to this new account or the people who violently expelled other organizers.
I just finished having a conversation with our ACTUAL FRIENDS over @riotribs. Here’s the details anonymized:

The person currently “running” the blue tents downtown coordinated a VIOLENT expulsion of those who’ve been helping to coordinate the Riot Ribs tent for month.
24 hours ago, we all saw Riot Ribs telling us about someone trying to take over receiving donations. This context is important and provides further proof and validation of our beloved Riot Ribs folx desperately trying to keep the public informed.

@riotribs has been doing a great job downtown coordinating with others and working in consensus with the community. BY VOTE, the group at large chose to STOP accepting donation requests as a means to responsibly handle funds. Which is understandable.

In this tweet, Riot Ribs shared with us about this GRIFTER trying to continue to profit individually off the backs of so many volunteers working to create a beloved community space BY and FOR the people.
In this tweet, our friends at Riot Ribs clearly announce that the person trying to start grifting yesterday set up his own personal CashApp account under the name of RiotRibsPDX.

The new account up has the same name. “RiotRibsPDX”

This person running the sudden, new grifter account (@riotribspdx - report it down) is the same person that was putting up signs to continue receiving money from the community despite the access of funds that a larger team working *together* has raised for our community.
So, according to our pals at @riotribs (the real account which announced its dissolution today) here’s wassup:

After the “RiotRibsPDX” cashapp sign/grifting debacle yesterday, multiple comrades @ the *actual* RiotRibs tried to talk to him today about 1000+ missing cash donations
Correction: This person was approached today to be accountable for the location of THOUSANDS (with an S) of dollars in cash donations that had been given to Riot Ribs in the last few weeks.
According to our beloved comrades at @RiotRibs, the grifter from the new account (@/riotribspdx) came downtown prepared to fight.

Multiple of our comrades who’ve been at riot ribs for weeks were assaulted by this grifter and a cadre of his friends and cousins.

According to our friends at Riot Ribs, the man currently running the blue tents is armed & reportedly has multiple people with him who are also armed. They assaulted people this morning. One person believes they have a broken nose.
This man downtown has TAKEN OVER RiotRibs. He used force, intimidation, and straight up violence to expel people who were trying to hold him accountable for missing funds. As would be expected, he’s running a bait & switch game on that account rn lying to say our friends stole $$
The people who’ve been feeding us for weeks, actively coordinating with the Witches, giving money back to our community, getting people set up with gear and support have been violently run out of town after being assaulted.

The person doing this is also a reported misogynist.
Our comrades @riotribs have asked me to pass along the message that everyone they trust has left the Riot Ribs tent. Which means that, presumably, everyone downtown right now is working with their abuser. Either in ignorance of his abuses or knowingly. Proceed with caution.
This is a sensitive situation considering the multiple messages I received from @RiotRibs stressing that the reason they abandoned the blue tent (& THE CITY AS OF RN) is because of this violent, armed person who brought reinforcements to avoid financial accountability.
The folks at @riotribs told me that they have:

-Receipts of all finances
-A consensus made decision to work to max out their cash app limit daily reinvesting all funds into other community projects
-Plans to address this when they’re all safe & taken care of medically.

The tweets below are just a few brief words on my personal, individual analysis of the situation and some advice:
The person who did this to our friends at Riot Ribs is a Black man who they’ve asked me not to name or post publicly. I’m going to respect that ask.

This is a nuanced situation. These people are armed. They’ve committed violence against people. Let’s talk abolitionist approach:
Obviously don’t call the cops. Seriously. To every white mom and liberal reading this. Y’all better not call the fucking cops. THE STATE CANNOT AND WILL NOT help us with this problem.

We need to practice living abolitionist practices RIGHT NOW. Here’s my advice:
Make a status on every social media account you know to let folks know that Riot Ribs has been taken over by the violent, misogynist, armed people behind the @RiotRibsPDX account.

Tell your friends not to go to the blue tents. The people working there cannot be trusted rn.
Text all your friends you’ve been going downtown with and direct them to this thread. Copy the link to the first tweet, DM it to them, and ask them to read it in full.

First, we need to protect our community by not giving abusers access to our people. Spread the word.
Okay; now that folks are working on spreading the news online, consider your risk level & your ability to control your temper.

If you/friends feel comfortable, make some signs telling folks not to go to the tents formerly known as riot ribs & not to give money to RiotRibsPDX.
You could post those signs around downtown and also across the city to let folks know to ONLY follow @RiotRibs for updates on their eventual return.

Make sure people know NOT to platform @RiotRibsPDX. Report this second account tagged to help with that.
I want to add that the first step to handling this like an abolitionist is to reach out to the victims, ask what they need, what they want, and how to support them.

The folks at Riot Ribs just want to get to safety, tell the community about this risk and have a chance to regroup
I also want y’all to stay SAFE.

The abuser in this circumstance is a BLACK man. That means white folks, I need you to stay tf in your lane. Y’all better not try to go pull some vigilante justice shit. Nows the time to de-escalate, mitigate harm by sharing the news, & make a plan
Since this is a BLACK FOLKS ISSUE, I’m going to reach out to BLACK ABOLITIONIST LEADERS about how we should move forward as a community to ensure that our community’s hard work isn’t taken over by a grifter willing to use violence.
But here’s the thing, it was profitable for him to commit violence if y’all sweep it under the rug. It’s profitable if a bunch of white ppl start sowing division & supporting the LIES that @riotribs folks fled with money. They fled violence. And kept our communities money SAFE.
The best, safest thing to do with armed folks right now is to make sure:

A)We’ve got plenty of DE-ESCALATORS downtown in the area surrounding the blue tents. If some sort of mob style justice attempt happens the press & the pigs will have a field day

B) It’s not profitable.
Y’all are learning in real time where violence comes from. It comes from a state that has failed us so thoroughly at providing resources (while simultaneously succeeding in brainwashing us to think that without money no one will help us) that we see incidences like this.
A black man, who is simultaneously by birth a victim of the white supremacist state, chose to enact violence against someone else for money. Take away the money & you take away the benefit of being there.

Don’t go. Don’t support them.
This is already too long of a thread. Please boost this everywhere possible. I’m going to try to get ahold of folks at DSP, Snac Bloc, & more to figure out from our BIPOC leaders & elders about how we handle this TOGETHER outside of deplatforming & removing support/resources.
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