Tomorrow, once again, right-wing extremists plan to invade our city, incite riots, and attack marginalized communities. Whether it be Proud Boys, Patriot Prayer, or other organizations affiliated with white nationalism and chauvinism, we must make it clear that they and their hate are not welcome here.
But statements are not enough. We elect leaders to take decisive action when needed. Ted Wheeler should have long ago listened to experts advising him to use legal remedies available to enjoin the rally from ever happening. He must commit resources to local communities already working to provide safe alternatives to the violence that will occur at the hands of extremists. As usual, our current Mayor has failed to heed the community’s demand for action.
I condemn all violence. I do not want bloodshed in Portland streets, by anyone. Yet, a violent group has made their intention to intimidate, terrorize, and attack our community clear. BIPOC, Queer, and other marginalized Portlanders will bear the brunt of these attacks simply because of their identity or the color of their skin. Community self-defense is necessary, and I firmly believe that Portlanders want to and should legally oppose fascism in whatever way they see fit. I am a frequent participant and advocate for non-violent direct action. Yet, I want to be very clear, tomorrow will be a dangerous day in Portland specifically for marginalized groups due to white nationalist violence and I take that danger seriously.
To be clear, there are actions that should have been taken long ago to prevent the moment we find ourselves in. Yet, here we are. I demand Portland’s current mayor do his part to keep our people safe by whatever legal means possible.
These are the top 5 of 10 actions Iannarone says she would take if she were mayor:
Iannarone will be opening up a safe place for Portlanders to escape right-wing violence or to share in community. Portlanders can stop by and access protective gear (such as COVID masks & hand sanitizer), drinking water, snacks, coordinate rides, and other support as needed.
To be clear, we in no way want to discourage Portlanders from showing up to confront white supremacy. But this is not possible for everyone and others might need a break or safe harbor from the violence they did not choose. Please come by to escape the violence, refresh, be in community, or to donate supplies. To keep this location a safe place, we ask that those who wish to utilize this offer or drop off supplies, please contact our campaign at (503) 310-7762.