Billy Webb Elks Lodge (6 N Tillamook St)
5:30 – Doors Open
6:00 – Program
Free to the public and a $6 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.
#BlackLivesMatter. Using that hashtag is not criminal or an act of terror.
Last November, it was discovered that the Oregon Department of Justice conducted threat assessments and kept files on Oregonians who have used the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag on social media. Thousands of Oregonians have possibly been made susceptible to unwarranted surveillance and investigation, merely for expressing a popular viewpoint. The recent injustice in Oregon is emblematic of the experience of black people in this country: when they share the truth of their experience of being Black in America, their rights are often violated and they are painted as threats.
Our response: #BlackLivesMatter.
The Urban League of Portland is leading a community panel with Know Your City to reassess how the Oregon Department of Justice has been held accountable months after this discovery, and how black-led organizations are responding to government overpolicing in Oregon.