In the last 28 years, police have killed over 170 people of every race in Portland, Oregon. In 100% of murders by police, officers were either not punished or didn’t stay punished.
Join Pacific Northwest Family Circle in a loving, compassionate, and LOUD car caravan to protest police violence.
When: Every Monday night at 6:30 pm
Leaving from: Portland Community College CLIMB Center
1626 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214 (map)
Back of the parking lot
How long: About 1.5 hours total (about 0.5 hour of speaking, about 1 hour of driving)
ASL Interpretation and Parking
ASL Interpretation provided by Fingers Crossed Interpreting for the first non-driving portion of event. There’ll will be a sign designating some space reserved for ASL users. This will be at the very end of the parking lot, in the back. Let’s make sure that people who want to access ASL interpretation and social distance can get close enough to see the interpreter without getting out of their car!
What Will Happen
When you arrive, try to park so people can social distance when they decorate the vehicle. Pick up route directions on the table or contact us to get the route emailed before the event.
We’ll start at the event with a Native Land Acknowledgement. Then we’ll say the name of each PNWFC Loved One. After each name, we’ll all say “We remember you” if they were killed and “We support you” if they survived. If a PNWFC Family Member is present, they will speak a few words before we we’ll drive the route REALLY SLOWLY with the flashers on. Then we’ll part ways until next Monday!
Police are notorious for quelling protest against them. Printouts of the route will be put out on a small table for people to retrieve in a socially distanced way or you can email Maria Cahill at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tips for Car Caravan Protesting
Make A LOT of noise! Honk the horn… the whole time
Yell out the window if you want. (Please consider wearing a mask if you plan to yell out the window. Droplets from mouths can travel up to 30 feet and many people are carrying and spreading COVID19 for days before they come down with it. Let’s keep each other safe!) Fun chants are:
- Hold Police Accountable!
- No Justice, No Peace! No Racist Police!
- Black Lives Matter!
- Peace Not Police!
- Save a Life! Defund the Police!
- Abolish the Police!
- Care Not Cops!
Attach signs to the car you’re using. Any of the chants above work great. Other good messages that PNWFC Family Members like are:
- Who Do You Call When Police Murder?
- Crime suspects deserve their day in court
- Mental illness is not a crime
- Physical disability is not a crime
Although we are a multi-racial organization, we respectfully ask that you DO NOT chant or have signs with the words “All Lives Matter”. This is a disrespectful and racist slur. It erases a painful history of the oppression of Black and African-American people in the United States. At PNWFC, we want to educate the public about the multi-racial nature of police violence. We don’t have to say “All Lives Matter” to make this point.
COVID 19 Recommendations
For anyone with access to a car, this is a good way to be physically distanced and still protest. Due to a recent spike in coronavirus cases in the Portland region, we respectfully and lovingly recommend:
- When approaching people, ask how they want to be kept safe(r). Don’t assume that 6 feeet is enough distance for everyone to feel safe.
- Drive with the windows closed if you are alone or with someone else who is sheltering with you.
- Drive with all the windows open if you’re giving a ride to someone that you don’t shelter in place with.
- Wear a mask if you plan to drive with the window next to your head open. People on bikes and on foot approach and pass cars all the time, especially when at a stop. If someone coughs, sneezes, or breathes hard into the window, you could be exposed to COVID19.
Email us at email@example.com!
WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS
Black Lives Matter! End Police Brutality
Organized by: PNWFC Family Member Donna Hayes (Grandmother of Loved One Moose Hayes) and Supporter Jill Nicholson
When: Every Wednesday and Friday night PROMPTLY at 6:30 pm. Come as early as 6 pm to get the car ready.
Leaving from: Portland Community College Cascade
705 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217 (map)
Back of parking lot, behind Student Services Building
How long: About 2 hours
What else: Motorcycles welcome!
More info on facebook at PDX Car Caravan Protest
TAKE ACTION ON POLICE REFORM LAWS!
The Oregon Legislature voted on 6 different police reform bills. With the support of police associations, they passed 5 of the 6 bills. This means there won’t be much progress with laws that were already quite weak without community input. Co-Founder Irene Kalonji of Pacific Northwest Family Circle testified on 6/23 and asked legislators to invite us to provide input to avoid unintended consequences. Despite our own phone calls and emails, we’ve heard nothing. Call and/or email the Committee Members below and tell them:
Hello. My name is ______________ and I live in Oregon. I’m calling on behalf of Pacific Northwest Family Circle, a group of Families whose Loved Ones were killed by police in the Pacific Northwest. On Jun 23, Co-Founder Irene Kalonji testified in the Oregon legislature. Irene’s son, Christopher Kalonji was killed by Clackamas County sheriffs in his bedroom in a mental health crisis in 2016.
Irene pointed out a number of weaknesses in the 6 police reform bills, which were not addressed. These reform bills were rapidly pushed through the legislature by Democrats. Five of them passed with support from police associations but no community input during the legislative process.
We’ve learned that in a few weeks, there will be more police reform bills before the legislature. I’m calling to say that I support PNWFC’s call to be actively engaged in writing the language of these or any other upcoming laws. Families at Pacific Northwest Family Circle are ready to work closely with you to avoid unintended consequences. Poorly written laws will just let police keep getting away with murder.
Joint Interim Committee on the First Special Session of 2020
House Speaker Tina Kotek
Democrat – District 44 – N/NE Portland
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1200 District Phone: 503-286-0558
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, Rm. 269 Salem, Oregon 97301
District Address: Office located in Kenton Firehouse, Portland, OR
Senate President Peter Courtney
Democrat – District 11 – Salem
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1600
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-201, Salem, Oregon 97301
Representative Janelle Bynum
Democrat – District 51 – Clackamas
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1451
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-284, Salem, Oregon 97301
Senator Lew Frederick
Democrat – District 22- Portland
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1722
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-419, Salem, Oregon 97301
Representative Christine Drazan
Republican – District 39 – Canby
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1439
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-395, Salem, Oregon 97301
Senator Kim Thatcher
Republican – District 13 – Keizer
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1713
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-307, Salem, Oregon 97301
Senator Floyd Prozanski
Democrat – District 4 – South Lane and North Douglas Counties
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1704 District Phone: 541-342-2447
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-413, Salem, Oregon 97301
District Address: PO Box 11511, Eugene, OR 97440
Senator Tim Knopp
Republican – District 27 – Bend
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1727
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-309, Salem, Oregon 97301
Legislator Ginny Burdick
Democrat – District 18 – Portland
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1718
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-223, Salem, Oregon 97301
Representative Andrea Salinas
Democrat – District 38 – Lake Oswego
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1438
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-485, Salem, Oregon 97301
Representative Rick Lewis
Republican – District 18 – Silverton
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1418
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-484, Salem, Oregon 97301
Representative Paul Holvey
Democrat – District 08 – Eugene
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1408 District Phone: 541-344-5636
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, Salem H-277, Oregon 97301
District Address: PO Box 51048 Eugene, OR 97405
Representative Duane A. Stark
Republican – District 4 – Grants Pass
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1404
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-372, Salem, Oregon 97301