Your Guide to Protest Events In Portland This Weekend: July 31-Aug 2, 2020

by Mercury EverOut Staff
July 31, 2020
(MATHIEU LEWIS-ROLLAND)

While the feds seem to have finally vacated the premises, that doesn't mean the protest actions need to lessen in response. And this weekend provides plenty of opportunities to exercise your First Amendment rights, through organized discussions about how best to dismantle racist power structures, and via in-person gatherings and marches against police brutality, white supremacy, and our constitution-defying federal government.


To stay updated on new events and actions, check out our Resistance & Solidarity calendar, and if you know of an action that isn't listed there, contact us to get it added. You can also stay up-to-date with the Mercury's latest protest coverage on Blogtown.


Daily

Black Lives Matter Rally
Every night, people looking to stand with Black Lives Matter, stand up against white supremacy, and fight police brutality, meet up at the (in-) Justice Center to make their presence felt and their voices heard.

Daily Solidarity Protest
A family-friendly peaceful protest carried out at the corner of N Rosa Parks and N Denver every day in North Portland until there is justice for George Floyd and public safety is reimagined.

Every Wednesday & Friday

Black Lives Matter Car Caravan
Bring signs, flags, and a willingness to stand with Black Lives Matter to this car caravan meetup, at which point different protest routes will be assigned and the caravan can begin.

Fri July 31

A Vigil for Shai'India Harris
Celebrate Shai'India Harris's life by joining this candlelight vigil at Peninsula Park, beginning at 8 pm. Attendees are asked to wear a mask, bring friends, bring flowers, and be ready to demand justice. ASL interpretation offered.

10% Charity Day for the Black Resilience Fund & Don't Shoot PDX
Ecliptic Brewing promises to send 100% of the proceeds from sales of their new Black is Beautiful stout, and 10% of all restaurant sales, to the Black Resilience Fund and Don't Shoot PDX. So if you're thinking of eating out this weekend, or you just want to, as they put it, "Pour some space in your face for a cause," then stop by Ecliptic and make sure that money goes to a good cause.

Fighting For a Revolution
Changing the Gray Street Outreach and the X Project come together to lead this action in honor of Xeryus "Iggy" Tate and Black Lives Matter. There will be live music, food, fire dancers, and guest speakers and local activists.

AZN Bloc March for BLM
Starting at the Salmon Street Fountain, and marching to the Justice Center in support of Black Lives Matter, and Black Liberation on unceded Chinook Land. Attendees are asked to mask up, and bring protest gear.

Unemployed Workers for Black Lives Matter
The CARES Act expires today, the rent is due, and all unemployed workers in Portland are asked to gather at Salmon Street before marching to the Justice Center in an act of solidarity with racial justice movements. Speakers will talk to the assembly starting at 8 pm. 

Firefighters in Solidarity w/ Black Lives Matter
Firefighters, friends of firefighters, and members of the firefighting community are asked to assemble at the Portland Firefighters Park at NW 18th and W Burnside to stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. Come early to help clean the park, and make signs for yourself and other protesters.

Sat Aug 1

Black Lives Matter Pop-Up Bookstore & Sign Making
Charles Hannah and Michelle Lewis of 100% Black-owned and operated Third Eye Bag bookstore will be selling Black-centered and anti-racist books at this pop-up event, alongside sign-making stations with full supplies, and a letterpress with Daniela del Mar of letra chueca press.

10,000 Peaceful Protesters
A march from King Elementary to Peninsula Park, led by #WeGoneBeAlright, aiming to fill Portland's streets with 10,000 people marching for equity in education and justice reform.

Protest to Change Custer Park's Name
The organizers of this protest action put it best: "Custer doesn't deserve a park and we don't deserve police brutality." Show up and lend your voice to demanding the name change, and an end to police brutality.

Union Member Solidarity Wall
Union members are asked to march from the Salmon Street Springs to the Justice Center and form a wall between Portland Police and the Feds, and those demonstrating and raising their voices in support of Black Lives Matter. Attendees are asked to wear masks and their "Union swag."

SE Portland Community March for Black Lives
Downtown isn't the only place in Portland showing up for Black lives. This protest action will begin in the north section of Laurelhurst Park and will begin marching through Southeast Portland at 8 pm. Attendees are asked to bring signs and dress in black.

Portland Teachers March
Portland educators are asked to wear red, wear masks, assemble at the Salmon Street fountain, and march in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.

Sun Aug 2

PDX Paint to Protest
This protest action includes musical performances from C3 the Guru, Bluphoria, Kingsley, Charlie 3rown, Zane, and K.I.L x Dante Smith, with special guest speakers, food from Voodoo Donuts and Sizzle Pie, petitions to sign, and voter registration.

Meditation for Black Liberation
A Black/BIPOC-lead meditation action, with opening remarks and storytelling preceding the guided meditation, and a live performance from Amenta and CremeBrule. Hot tea will be provided. Bring your own pillow and mug.