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 End the War on Black People. If you have additional resources and links please let us know. This will be an ongoing and evolving process.

RESOURCES

PETITIONS

There are currently many petitions available through Change.org including A Call For Portland Police Officers To Wear Body-Worn Cameras.

Guided by love, we [Take the Pledge: We Are the Movement for Black Lives] continue to stand together for justice, human dignity and our shared goal of ending all forms of state violence against Black people. We organize, occupy, demonstrate, march and chant for a new future: A future we can be proud of. We stand on the shoulders of our ancestors, who fought for their freedom and ours. Like them, we want a world where our lives matter.

NAACP Petition for equitable recovery from COVID-19.

BAIL FUNDS

PDX Protest Bail Fund: The General Defense Committee Local 1 in Portland, Oregon, has established 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.

Support the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Community Bail & Bond Funds! Every day, community bail & bond funds raise money to free our friends and neighbors from local and county jails as well as immigration jails. This is always urgent work as jails, prisons, and immigration jails have always been sites of violence and death. The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated this public health crisis.

Bail Funds/Legal Support by City is a resource list of nationwide bail funds and legal support by state.

DONATE

The Black Investment Corporation for Economic Progress Inc. (BICEP) is a group of African-American professionals who came together to envision a plan for more socially responsible commercial development and revitalization in the North / Northeast of Portland, Oregon.

Portland Equity in Action/The PDX Billboard Project: Confronting & disrupting white narrative centering & white complacency in Portland, through advertising. Donate via Venmo @pdxbillboard.

The Black School is an experimental art school teaching art and radical Black history by @josephcuillier and @shanipeters. Organizers of @blacklovefestnyc. Donate at cash.app/$theblackschool.

Donate via Venmo to the Femme Empowerment Project. Be sure to set your donation to “private.” You can even specify how you want your donation to be used– medic training, medic gear, or jail support.

Black Visions Collective (BLVC) believes in a future where all Black people have autonomy, safety is community-led, and we are in right relationship within our ecosystems.

Thank you to The Movement for Black Lives, ally.wiki, Don’t Shoot PDX, Care Not Cops Campaign PDX, blackliveswillalwaysmatter.carrd.co, Allie Hankins, Carnation Contemporary, She Shreds, and others for this list of resources.

*Statements above are quoted from the links.