Black and Blue, in Albina

According to a 1966 survey of Portland police, 86 percent of officers believed that the civil rights movement was ‘moving too fast,’ and more than half believed racial equality was happening ‘much too fast.’…[12]


Civil rights and anti-poverty organizations’ criticisms of the police
reflected the growing frustration that many young Albina residents felt —
a frustration that erupted in the summer of 1967 in Irving Park.
Young people threw rocks and bottles at the police, and the disturbance quickly
moved to nearby Union Avenue, where fires were set, windows were broken,
and a stereo store was looted. Unlike later riots in Albina, the Irving Park
disturbance was not sparked by a specific incident. Young participants were
frustrated by unresolved problems in their community and especially by the
constant police presence. One rioter commented:
Where else but in Albina do cops hang around the streets and parks all day like plantation overseers? Just their presence antagonizes us. We feel like we are being watched all of the time.
After the Irving Park riot, police increased their surveillance of Albina
neighborhood activists and meticulously recorded any confrontations they
had with young black residents, often referring Albina youth to the Intelligence Division. [13]

Dia de los Muertos: Resistance and Remembrance at the MLK Martin Luther King Jr. Worker Center, tomorrow.

We welcome everyone to the Dia de los Muertos at the MLK Martin Luther King Jr. Worker Center. Together Black Lives Matter Portland, Voz Worker’s Right Education Project and Community Members in Solidarity against State Violence have organized a day of Resistance and Remembrance for those who have been lost to state violence and the folks who have survived. This space will center Black & indigenous folks (POC).

Children are welcome. Food will be provided. And a community altar for those lost will be available for guests to add objects to.

Los invitamos al Dia de los Muertos en el Centro de los jornaleros. En conjunto los organizadores de Black Lives Matter, Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project y miembros de la Comunidad Solidaria Contra la Violencia del Estado organizaron un dia de memoria y resistencia de los fallecidos que murieron en manos de la violencia del estado y en memoria de los sobrevivientes.
Familias con ninos tambien so bienvenidos.
Los animamos que traigan fotos/objetos de su fallecidos para ponerlos en nuestro altar.
Va ver comida!

Monster Mash.

Monster Mash playing today when I stopped in the Chevron Mart, MLK & Fremont; odd to think I’ve lived much of my adult life within a few blocks of that store. It’s still a little… sketchy to approach at night, so I’ve learned how to walk toward the store and away from it so that no one will speak to me.

Anyway, here is a photo from last night’s Scaryoke at Local Lounge. I received a notice from the city that the bar is changing ownership, but Randy was out front last night, introducing himself as the owner and, unfortunately, talking about how people [maybe particular people, I wasn’t clear] who receive food stamps are cheating the system. Later, someone knocked a glass onto the sidewalk, where it shattered; he shrugged and kept on with his conversation, and someone else took care of it.