Covid and Portland Protest Arrests

UPDATED 9/30/2 1 p.m. ET with audio and video, additional materials.

Protesters and journalists alike are facing violent arrest in Portland OR, with forceful removal of masks, mace, and other brutal handling adding Covid-19 specific threats to the ordeal. The September 30 edition of “Community thru Covid” focuses on police violence witnessed over the weekend, in just a few nights of the months-long movement in support of Black Lives Matter uprising.

Video below. Audio here —

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[information added 9/29/20 11:30 p.m. ET] Guests include Corina Rampola, among those violently arrested in a police rush on peaceful protesters September 26. We’ll also hear a recap and some key thoughts from Police Violence Comprehensive Forum, organized by Portland United Against Hate (PUAH), First Unitarian Portland, and Unite Oregon.

Rampola has been calling on Oregon State University — employer and academy for many protesters — to stand up for the community’s First Amendment rights and for an end to police violence, particularly toward Black, Indigenous, and people of color. We’ll learn OSU response.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, meanwhile, Tweeted that she has asked for review of “any alleged incidents involving officers” involving their officers during a protest in Portland late Saturday into early Sunday.

from cover illustration, Police Violence is Hate Violence: Testimonies of Police Brutality from the Streets of Portland

Download Police Violence Is Hate Violence report from PUAH

TDIH: Elaine Massacre 1919

Also on the September 30 show, we will mark the anniversary of the Elaine (Arkansas) Massacre in 1919 and discuss that history’s relevance to Portland today. See also:

Trevon Logan’s “Calculating Reparations

Ida B. Wells-Barnett booklet on Elaine Massacre

Zinn Education Project on Elaine and on Red Summer

Note: hoping to soon discuss the legacy of Elaine, the March for Racial Justice, September 20, 2017, and Yom Kippur 2020.


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