Last Saturday, dozens of Portlanders took to the streets in opposition to police violence, and in opposition to the idea of police all together. Titled ‘A Cop-Free Christmas’ the event included creative acts of traffic blocking, as well as some equally creative remixed Christmas caroling up and down festive Peacock Lane, a wealthy Portland holiday institution.
Full disclosure: I helped organize this action insofar as I published an event page with an agreed upon time and location. Beyond this, my involvement on the ground was that of documentarian. All decisions about minute by minute direction were up to other individuals. I claim no responsibility for anyone’s actions, nor do I necessarily condone or condemn them.
From the action’s press release, co-written by multiple organizers: “As city leadership continues to fight against police reform, and PPA president Daryl Turner blames protesters for the deaths of two officers in NYC, it is time to continue a series of autonomous escalating actions. Near Ferguson on Christmas Eve, police gunned down another black teenager. This nonstop violence begs the question, what would Christmas without cops look like? What would a WORLD without cops look like? Let’s celebrate the season by marching for a 2015 free from killer cops and racist legal systems. Come envision a future where no family suffers the holidays missing family members lost to police violence.”