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100 Days. 100 Nights.

That’s how long Portlanders have taken to the streets.

Because we can't expect peace when there is no justice.

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100 Days. 100 Nights.

That’s how long Portlanders have taken to the streets.


Because George Floyd was murdered and there has been no justice.

Because Breonna Taylor was murdered and there has been no justice
Because 765 people have been killed so far in 2020 by police across the country and that is unacceptable.

Because 40 people, disproportionally Black, have been killed by Portland Police since the tragic killing of Kendra James and there has been no justice.
Because traffic enforcement continues to pull over Black Portlanders at a highly disproportionate rate in a city with a 6% Black population and that is not justice.
Because just about every audit, poll, and listening session reveals racist outcomes and a lack of trust in the Portland Police Bureau, especially in BIPOC communities. Yet there has been little change and no justice.
Because our local police collaborated with 45’s federal occupation that kidnapped protestors in unmarked vehicles while unleashing chemical weapons on Portlanders and there has been no justice.
Because media and non-violent protestors have been indiscriminately beaten, tear gassed, and stripped of their 1st amendment rights by Portland Police and there has been no justice.
Because data shows that a disproportionate number of Black protesters have been arrested in the last 100 days of protests here in Portland and that is not justice.
Because our new reform minded Multnomah County DA Mike Schmidt, who was elected with over 70% of the vote on a mandate for change, is being undermined and targeted by law enforcement throughout the state as he fights for criminal justice reform.
Because when white supremacist & other right wing extremists come to Portland to sow fear & attack our community, Portland Police look the other way.
When Black Lives Matters protesters take to the streets, they are preemptively met with lines of riot police already waiting to break it up. There is no justice.
Because PPB has made a mockery of the word “riot” – falsely using the term almost every night and hurting the reputation of our city while encouraging right wing violence with their demonization of protestors. This prevents justice.
Because the City of Portland has not responded to this historic moment with the bold action it demands of us.

That’s why this is still happening. Because when there is no justice, there is no peace.
The people of Portland are demanding action. It’s past time for City Hall to take the demands for drastic change seriously.
It’s been an exhausting 100 days for our city. But may I remind everyone just how exhausting it is to live while Black in America.
Let me remind folks that the civil rights movement lasted a lot longer than 100 days and make no mistake – today’s struggle against police violence and creeping fascism is the new civil rights movement.
Let me say that my actions and statements throughout these 100 days have not been perfect. But when I make a mistake, I listen, own it, am held accountable, apologize, and adapt.
Social movements are complex and messy. Portland has joined a national reckoning that forces us to confront an institution with origins as slave catchers and ask – who do they protect and who do they serve?
It has been made clear that this is a problem beyond just a “few bad apples.” In fact, it’s really not about individual police officers at all. It’s about a system that is fundamentally flawed and not producing the outcomes of community safety and trust we deserve.
As a Black woman in Portland, I do not feel the Portland Police Bureau is here for my protection.
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