Hart Noecker writes at Rebel Metropolis:
In March 1981, Portland police officers grotesquely killed several possums, then threw their dead bodies at a black-owned restaurant in North Portland in a sickening display of violence meant to terrorize a community. That was then. This is now. And nothing’s changed.
In recent days, numerous Portland Police Bureau officers have taken to social media to show their support for killer cop Darren Wilson, who in August executed an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown. For anyone still believing Portland is somehow different, somehow immune from the racist institution that is law enforcement, here’s your wake up call.
Read more at Rebel Metropolis here.
That restaurant garlanded with possums shot to death by aggressive, racist cops was the Burger Barn; Teressa Raiford is working to restore the building, both its physical structure and its place as a gathering/community place for black Portlanders.
Vic Remmers is busy working on his ‘market rate’ apartment building, ground-floor commercial with no particular concern for the businesses displaced by his project, at Mason and MLK.
CURB PDX has launched its campaign to raise funds for preservation and restoration of the building at 3962 NE MLK, once home of the Burger Barn, and many other users over the 114 years this building has been standing. Check out the fundraising campaign’s webpage here; on facebook to follow updates, here.
From the fundraising page:
The long term effects of this type of “gentrification” as it is often called is an incredible loss of community tradition, history, and value. The opportunity to engage and educate affected communities through the outreach of this project will help affected communities capture and sustain some of what has been lost, or taken away.
The CURB Project will also promote the value and process of preservation, documentation and conservation.
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