Portland cops tried unsuccessfully to get people to move from the intersection. Protesters handed out food and clothes to the houseless
Portland cops tried unsuccessfully to get people to move from the intersection. Protesters handed out food and clothes to the houseless Doug Brown

Dozens of Portlanders shut down a block in the Pearl District this afternoon to feed and give clothes to the houseless while protesting the police in the area where James Chasse was brutalized by Portland cops in 2006.

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The Black Friday protest—dubbed "Not One Dime" and organized by Don't Shoot Portland at the NW 13th and Everett intersection—had a block party vibe to it, with music and dancing. It started at 1 p.m. and lasted for four hours. Activists and folks from Sisters of the Road nonprofit cafe brought turkey, bagged sandwhiches and other food to hand out to houseless folks. Clothes available for houseless people were stacked on folding tables in the intersection.

Police were mostly hands-off except for an early confrontation by officers on bicycles, who retreated after a few minutes, and a few times where they announced via loudspeakers a block away that the protest was illegal because of the blocked traffic. Cops blocked traffic on all four sides from the intersection and didn't arrest anybody. Portland police officers confirmed to me that they were preventing people from bringing in more food or clothes to the event and people said they were threatened with arrest if they tried, which is almost certainly illegal for the police to do.

Here are my pictures and video:


Piles of clothes for houseless people to take
Piles of clothes for houseless people to take Doug Brown


Soon after protesters set up in the intersection, bike cops tried to get people to move.
Soon after protesters set up in the intersection, bike cops tried to get people to move. Doug Brown

Bike cops in front of a table of donated clothes
Bike cops in front of a table of donated clothes Doug Brown

The police then retreated, blocking traffic from a block away
The police then retreated, blocking traffic from a block away Doug Brown

Dont Shoot Portlands Teressa Raiford talking about James Chasse and the Portland Police Bureau
Don't Shoot Portland's Teressa Raiford talking about James Chasse and the Portland Police Bureau Doug Brown

Food for the houseless
Food for the houseless Doug Brown

Cops blocking traffic (and preventing people from bringing in more food)
Cops blocking traffic (and preventing people from bringing in more food) Doug Brown

The protest
The protest Doug Brown

Police preventing people from bringing more food in and threatened arrests (but didn't end up arresting anybody):


Somebody whos not pleased with Portland Mayor Charlie Hales
Somebody who's not pleased with Portland Mayor Charlie Hales Doug Brown

Sandwiches for the houseless
Sandwiches for the houseless Doug Brown

Food.
Food. Doug Brown

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Ibrahim Mubarak, the co-founder of Right 2 Dream Too
Ibrahim Mubarak, the co-founder of Right 2 Dream Too Doug Brown

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Looking at the cops
Looking at the cops Doug Brown

Responding to the cops
Responding to the cops Doug Brown

Dont Shoot Portlands Teressa Raiford
Don't Shoot Portland's Teressa Raiford Doug Brown