Get the National Guard out of Portland!
Closer to home the threats to peaceful protests are also real. Contact Governor Kate Brown and Mayor Ted Wheeler and tell them not to utilize the National Guard and to pass policies designed to stop the use of excessive force (including teargas and other militarized techniques) on protestors acting on their constitutional rights and hold law enforcement accountable.
It is time to defund criminalization and the police as such a huge part of our city’s budget and invest in communities of color, meeting the immediate needs of people, and proactively addressing the other lethal threats of Covid-19, climate catastrophe and economic devastation.
[I'll never tell you what to do, but if you want Ted Wheeler to resign, I've got a petition for you. — Your faithful editor]