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Good morning, Portland! And, once again, happy Queer Week!
Here are the headlines.
• Here's your morning-after protest summary: One big crowd marched from Revolution Hall to the downtown waterfront last night. Another group gathered in front of Mayor Ted Wheeler's apartment building in the Pearl District, and were in the Pearl until the wee hours. They constructed a pretty impressive barrier—but Portland Police Bureau (PPB) says they "cleared the area" by morning.
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• Hey, here's some excellent news: The Supreme Court has ruled against the Trump administration's bid to end DACA, which provides some protections for undocumented people brought to the United States as minors. The 5-4 majority called the effort to end DACA "arbitrary and capricious." Seems to be a good week at the Supreme Court for basic human decency.
• So, why did protesters gather outside Wheeler's house for the first time yesterday? Well, it may have something to do with the fact that Portland City Council passed the city's annual budget yesterday. While the budget does cut some PPB programs, it didn't come close to the $50 million in cuts advocates were hoping for. Our Alex Zielinski has more details.
• Multnomah County is officially reopening tomorrow—Friday, June 19. And starting this coming Wednesday, residents of the Portland Metro area will be required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces, like grocery stores.
• Newly revealed public records show that PPB officers were allowed to cover the names on their badges with tape during the current protests, in an effort to protect their anonymity. Because clearly, police need to feel even more emboldened right now.
• In addition to being the Mercury's former food critic, Andrea Damewood also used to work at the Independent Police Review (IPR), a city agency responsibly for investigating allegations of police misconduct. In a scathing piece for Willamette Week, Damewood argues that her old job is inherently flawed—and the system needs to change drastically to allow for more transparency and accountability.
• Many Atlanta police officers called in sick last night to
protest police brutality—oh no, wait, they were protesting the fact that their fellow officer faced murder chargers for killing Rayshard Brooks, who had committed the crime of (checks notes) falling asleep at a Wendy's drive-through. Great!
• In this Mercury Queer Week Q&A, city council candidate Dan Ryan talks about celebrating Pride under quarantine, the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement, and more: "I strongly encourage Black Lives Matter and Pride participants to come together this June, and beyond, to unite in building a better future."
• Time to get reading!