Arbor Lodge Park

Somebody rambling on the mic under a cloudy moon. Not many people here. There's almost as many press and motorcade as protesters.
They blowing bubbles.
There's a speaker at PPA talking about how the revolution is being white washed by both so-called leaders who condemn violent action, and those who blame radical action on a white fringe element.
Dude that drives the dope Charger is on the mic talking about how he was arrested the last time he was here (at the PPA).

Says he has 10 to 15 tickets from this.
Ohhh... Activist John is back from Salt Lake City.

I wonder if he be flying back and forth or driving... 🤔
Richard is on the mic talking shit about Joe Biden and the liberals sitting on their ass. Bless his heart.

A guy in the crowd wears a BLM cape. Better photographers than myself take notice.
A Black woman hops on the mic. Talks about being tired of being depressed and tired. Says she's bothered that the crowd shrunk so much.
@MariahMacaronio asked white passing ppl to stay off the mic, thanked people for showing up, disparaged those who only come out when it's trending and...
Say Her Name!
Dmitri of votingequalspower.com is really out here on the regular. Daytime events with kids and nighttime events with gas. Much respect to the consistency.
LRAD making threats. Says not to throw rocks at the building... 'Quit Your Job' chants break out.

Random white man jumps on the mic and says nothing.

Activist John hops on a megaphone and chants 1-2-3-4,5-6-7-8-9-10-11 fuck 12.
Ashanti bangs slaps on the corner.

MedicBloc stays ready.

The crowd lets a semi through on Lombard, he honks his horn supportively as he goes by.
Cops just gave a dispersal warning over this.

Here they come.
🎵 Mr Officerrrrrr...
Just a gang of chuds with badges, taking pictures of graffiti and burn marks with a 30 man detail.
A white man throws marigolds at the police. When an officer says something, he quickly yells back, "They're flowers, dude." 🤣

#PlantBloc! @PlantBloc!

A parade of cars go by honking for BLM.
A long line of protesters tells police to quit their jobs and further curse Brent Taylor as an individual.

The police leave but the graffiti and burn marks remain.
I am out of North Portland.
Note: Accident on I-84 East.

Travel safely.

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24 Nov
Activism has to start at home.

Kill the bigot in your head. Confront your own family about fascist behaviors. Kill the capitalist in your head. Stop celebrating racist holidays. Make good trouble at your job. Be inclusive in your place of worship. Eat sustainably. Share freely.
Some of the most rewarding moments of my summer included talking to Muslim family about the value of trans lives, excoriating my employer for allowing systematic racism & talking to black church elders abt defunding the police.

"We take care of us" applies to our souls as well.
Just as you'll never topple a building by breaking its windows and setting its drapes aflame, you'll never topple white supremacy by demolishing its buildings.

Beware the white man's proxy wars.

Give them hell in their safe spaces. Be direct. Normalize calling out bigotry.
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A THREAD FOR THE WRITERS

We all have our reasons, I presume....
For me, the concept of being understood has always felt somewhat intangible.

As a young child, I suffered from a terrible stutter.

Only the people who loved me bothered to hear me.

The ability to write well – I thought – would free me from a future of larger misunderstanding.
I studied words. I read books. I journaled. I got published. I drew. I found pen pals. I built websites on the world wide web and dug for information.

I learned to write and I learned to communicate, but rarely still was I understood.
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#1!!!
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OK let's talk about white violence a bit.

Why is it celebrated?
Why is it allowed?
How does it advance white supremacy?

The answer to both the first and second is the third, so let's mostly talk about that one.

But first...
If you're not sure what I mean when I talk about "white violence", please plug the phrase into your Google box and that will render you better results than hopping into my mentions with questions.

If you need evidence this exists, there are centuries of examples.
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... but lemme get these lil' tweets off real quick. Just a warm up.
Staying safe and not transmitting COVID - i.e., flattening the curve - does not mean that protest activity needs to end.

It does mean that tactics need to change and networks need to be hardened. Indeed, habits need to be formed and actions need to be focused.

Gotta smarten up.
The instinct to focus on mutual aid during the winter, I think, is both natural and logical. The climate is harsh, and chances to do not just good but better by the people most vulnerable to the environment are plentiful.

The potential to collect blessings is overwhelming.
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