Since 2014, we have implemented art, education and civic participation within our programming to create social change.
Bottom Line for Portland
This year, Don’t Shoot Portland’s primary focus has been on building mutual aid networks to support our communities. With COVID-19 and the BLM uprising, we are grateful to be able to continue providing assistance to those being hit hardest by disparities. When the Portland Police Bureau began indiscriminately tear-gassing citizens during this respiratory pandemic, we swiftly responded to protect the rights of thousands of Oregonians by filing a restraining order against PPB. When federal troops were deployed to Portland on July 4 to kidnap and beat protesters, we did not hesitate to file a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration, Department of Homeland Security and its acting director, Chad Wolf. Now, as wildfires ravage the West Coast, we have been able to provide support to displaced communities through emergency supply runs.
Our organizing and activism work include educational workshops to support the outreach of our continued advocacy as first respondents and has helped community members contribute through direct engagement and legislative value.