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• Today hundreds of Portlanders showed up on the east side to march and honor the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Local speakers from the NAACP and Fridays 4 Freedom (a local Black youth-led activist group) kicked off the rally before the crowd marched to Revolution Hall where they are still gathered for speeches and inspiration. For a minute-by-minute rundown, check out this informative thread from Cata Gaitán.
Marchers are crossing E. Burnside and onto SE 12th Ave.
“Ain’t no power like the power of the people, ‘cause the power of the people don’t stop!” pic.twitter.com/rJaErU4XA3
— Cata Gaitán (@catalinagaitan_) August 28, 2020
• On the anniversary of the historic March on Washington, our Blair Stenvick would like to remind you of a Civil Rights hero that you may not be familiar with: Bayard Rustin, who not only organized the March on Washington and the Freedom Rides, but was also an openly gay Black man. Check it out, it's a fascinating read!
• For months, Portland Police have been arresting protesters for property damage—and yet, when the police repeatedly slash the tires of vehicles involved with demonstrations even when the drivers are following orders? They don't even keep a record of it. Here's a quote:
“We were trying to leave the area as they told us to evacuate, but then they slashed our tires as we were trying to comply, and then they threatened to arrest us for failure to comply,” says Justine Hostetler.
The esteemed Tuck Woodstock has more on this story.
• Portland Police are apparently growing frustrated with the nightly calls to stop their brutality of Black people, and have significantly ramped up their arrests of protesters. According to an investigation by the O, "officers have made 217 arrests at protests since Aug. 1, nearly three times the 77 they made in all of July."
• Members of Riot Kitchen—an offshoot of free food activists Riot Ribs which was founded in Portland—were reportedly arrested by officers jumping out of an unmarked vehicle while preparing to feed protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
• In other protest news, federal judges (two of whom were appointed by Trump) have overturned a lower court and given federal officers the go-ahead to arrest journalists and legal observers who refuse to disperse when ordered to do so. The Trump judges posited that if reporters were allowed to stay and witness the officers' actions, it would cause “irreparable harm to law enforcement efforts and personnel.”
• When you suddenly realize election day is just over two months away:
Today, I sent this letter via email to @realDonaldTrump declining his recurring offer to aid Portland by sending federal enforcement to the city. https://t.co/W85EDfriyk pic.twitter.com/CC1IWTp5k8
— Mayor Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) August 28, 2020
• The Oregon Cares Fund for Black Relief and Resiliency—a state-run grant to help individual Black Oregonians as well as those who own businesses—has already received 7,000 applications since launching on Monday.
• Governor Kate Brown has taken Multnomah and Hood River counties off the COVID "watch list," indicating that the counties have been doing a pretty good job of keep new infections down—but still need to be very careful and maintain mask and social distancing protocols. That said, the Oregon Health Authority reported 301 new positive cases across the state and nine additional deaths... one of whom was a 29-year-old Multnomah County man with NO UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS.
"There's clearly a pattern following these holiday weekends when people tend to get together," Dr. Vines said.
She's worried about Labor Day weekend, especially after seeing an uptick in cases after Memorial Day and Fourth of July weekends: https://t.co/aPkbNtd2vy pic.twitter.com/llCJGOv1th
— KOIN News (@KOINNews) August 28, 2020
• You need food, and so don't miss this week's installment of our FOOD NEWS ROUNDUP, featuring the hottest industry gossip and the yummiest places to eat and drink safely.
IN NATIONAL NEWS:
• Thousands gathered today in Washington, DC to commemorate the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. A repeated talking point included the recent police shooting of Jacob Blake as well as George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and so many others who have died at the hands of police brutality.
"There are two systems of justice in the United States. There's a white system, and there's a black system"
Jacob Blake Sr, the father of the man shot by police in Wisconsin, speaks to protesters in Washington DC https://t.co/YtKS5gzkyi pic.twitter.com/NhrLP9U2r5
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) August 28, 2020
• Speaking of police brutality, Jacob Blake—the Black man shot seven times in the back (and in front of his kids) by Kenosha police and who is paralyzed from the waist down—was shackled to his hospital bed until his lawyer convinced authorities to take off the handcuffs.
• According to the father of Jacob Blake, the first question the young man asked when waking up in the hospital was, "Why did they (the police) shoot me so many times?"
• Following their strike to bring attention to the Black people who have been slain or cruelly mistreated by police, players have come to an agreement with the NBA that games will resume this Saturday. In the same agreement, league arenas will become polling places for the November election.
Ole Miss football team walked out of practice today to fight against racial injustice and police brutality.
They protested underneath the Confederate statue at the Oxford Square.
(via @Local24Jalyn) pic.twitter.com/rPfOZ2YjWF
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 28, 2020
• Facebook CEO/dead-eyed automaton Mark Zuckerberg admitted that his company made a “operational mistake” when it didn't take down a domestic terrorist group's page that called on members of the Kenosha Guard to bring weapons to a Jacob Blake protest where two people were shot and killed by a 17-year-old gunman. In a related story, FACEBOOK IS DANGEROUS, UNREGULATED GARBAGE.
• Congrats to Grey's Anatomy star Sara Ramirez who has come out as nonbinary! (If you want to wish them well, they are now using she/her and they/them pronouns.)
• THE WEATHER REPORT: Cooling down a bit this weekend with highs in the mid-70s to 80!
• And finally... me, going into the weekend like....