Ways to Take Action: Invest-Divest

A WEEK OF ACTION IN DEFENSE OF BLACK LIVES

The Movement For Black Lives, and organizers mobilizing across the country, organized a week of action June 1st to 7th in defense of Black lives. This is an opportunity to uplift and fight alongside those turning up in the streets and online. Each day of the week of action represents one of our [The Movement for Black Lives] demands.

Monday: The Rights of Protesters to be respected

Tuesday: Invest-Divest

Wednesday: Community Relief

Thursday: Community Control

Friday: End the War on Black People

Saturday: Make Meaning from Crisis

PICA condemns the violent, racist, and militaristic methodologies of police departments across the United States and specifically in Portland, Oregon, as well as the move to increase funding for inherently violent policing in our city when it is rather a time to defund. We will actively work to dissolve our own connections to these systems. We challenge our city, state, and national government, our partner organizations, our audiences, our donors and funders, and our own organization to do better. We urge you to donate, read, post, petition, protest, and take a form of action. We are asking our white and non-Black audiences, artists, donors, partner organizations, and ourselves to find ways to show up and actively engage in solidarity and support of the Black community.

The information below is time-sensitive and based on the demands put forward by The Movement For Black Lives. Tomorrow, we will be sharing more information as it relates to Community Relief. If you have additional resources and links please let us know. This will be an ongoing and evolving process.

RESOURCES

DONATE

PDX Protest Bail Fund is a fundraiser to cover bail and other legal expenses for protesters arrested in Portland, Oregon in connection to protests against George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police, along with general police brutality.

Don’t Shoot PDX, a community non-profit working to increase civic participation and social change in Portland, Oregon.

Communities United Against Police BrutalityTM is a Twin-Cities based organization that was created to deal with police brutality on an ongoing basis.

Reclaim the Block organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety.

PETITIONS

Care Not Cops Campaign PDX, a grassroots campaign in PDX to challenge policing and shift our reliance and resources to self-determined community care, has put together a list including petitions to defund Minneapolis Police Department, auto-fill email forms for Multnomah County Commissioner, Demands for Multnomah County Budget Process, and more.

Color of Change Petition: Demand the officers who killed George Floyd are charged with murder.

TEXT OR CALL

Call your Senators and Representatives. Visit Indivisible Oregon’s website for phone numbers and sample scripts for direct outreach to Wyden, Merkley, Blumenauer, Bonamici, DeFazio, and Schrader.

Get in contact with the District Attorney and Minneapolis Mayor. Leave a message for them DEMANDING that 4 officers including Derek Chauvin (Badge #1087) and Tou Thao (Badge #7162) be arrested for the Murder of George Floyd.

Call or E-mail the Louisville Mayor’s office and demand that the officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s murder be charged.