Weekly Car Caravan to Protest Police Violence


    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 pnwfamilycircle@gmail.com

    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.

    Questions/Concerns/Supportive Comments

    Email us at pnwfamilycircle@gmail.com!


    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


    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

    Email: Rep.TinaKotek@oregonlegislature.gov

    Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/kotek

    Senate President Peter Courtney

    Democrat – District 11 – Salem

    Capitol Phone: 503-986-1600

    Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-201, Salem, Oregon 97301

    Email: sen.petercourtney@oregonlegislature.gov

    Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/courtney

    Representative Janelle Bynum

    Democrat – District 51 – Clackamas

    Capitol Phone: 503-986-1451

    Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-284, Salem, Oregon 97301

    Email: Rep.JanelleBynum@oregonlegislature.gov


    Senator Lew Frederick

    Democrat – District 22-  Portland

    Capitol Phone: 503-986-1722

    Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-419, Salem, Oregon 97301

    Email: Sen.LewFrederick@oregonlegislature.gov

    Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/frederick

    Representative Christine Drazan

    Republican – District 39 – Canby

    Capitol Phone: 503-986-1439

    Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-395, Salem, Oregon 97301

    Email: Rep.ChristineDrazan@oregonlegislature.gov


    Senator Kim Thatcher

    Republican – District 13 – Keizer

    Capitol Phone: 503-986-1713

    Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-307, Salem, Oregon 97301

    Email: Sen.KimThatcher@oregonlegislature.gov  

    Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/Thatcher

    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

    Email: Sen.FloydProzanski@OregonLegislature.gov

    Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/prozanski

    Senator Tim Knopp

    Republican – District 27 – Bend

    Capitol Phone: 503-986-1727

    Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-309, Salem, Oregon 97301

    Email: Sen.TimKnopp@oregonlegislature.gov

    Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/knopp

    Legislator Ginny Burdick

    Democrat – District 18 – Portland

    Capitol Phone: 503-986-1718

    Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-223, Salem, Oregon 97301

    Email: sen.ginnyburdick@oregonlegislature.gov​​ ​

    Representative Andrea Salinas

    Democrat – District 38 – Lake Oswego

    Capitol Phone: 503-986-1438

    Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-485, Salem, Oregon 97301

    Email: Rep.AndreaSalinas@oregonlegislature.gov

    Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/salinas

    Representative Rick Lewis

    Republican – District 18 – Silverton

    Capitol Phone: 503-986-1418

    Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-484, Salem, Oregon 97301

    Email: Rep.RickLewis@oregonlegislature.gov


    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

    Email: Rep.PaulHolvey@oregonlegislature.gov

    Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/holvey

    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

    Email: rep.duanestark@oregonlegislature.gov

    Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/stark