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  1. Angela Davis, activists reignited the intergenerational fight for Black lives at NAARPR conference

    One of the speakers at the conference, Ariel Atkins, 28, a lead organizer for Black Lives Matter Chicago, recalled her first encounter with Chapman and CAARPR. It happened about three years ago following the election of President Donald Trump. She was among several young organizers invited to attend CAARPR meetings. 

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  2. Black Lives Matter Statement - Chicago Chapter

    "'The mayor clearly has not learned anything since May, and she would be wise to understand that the people will keep rising up until the [Chicago Police Department] is abolished and our Black communities are fully invested in,' the group said in a statement."



  3. 8 hours ago, Navybone said:

    Interesting - I read the actual Sun-Times article, and it attributes the quote to Ariel Atkins, 29, who is not identified as a BLM organizer   Where it is attributed to a BLM organizer is, The Sun, the Washington Times, the NY Post  which are all "strongly biased toward conservative causes" based on Media Bias/Fact Check. 

    And she obviously does not understand how reality works and is a fantasy land about how reparations work. 

     That is concerning.  Biased sources are a curse. 

    But even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then.  Even CNN - last year.

    The NBC outlet in Chicago calls her a BLM organizer.  Listen:  https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/black-lives-matter-holds-rally-supporting-individuals-arrested-in-chicago-looting-monday/2320365/    Is NBC "strongly biased toward conservative causes."  Not that I have noticed.  


    Black Lives Matters Chicago, on its FaceBook site, calls her "our own." Is BLM Chicago  "strongly biased towards conservative causes" ? 

    Our own Ariel Atkins speaking to the need to FREEZE police budget !
    With Chicago Teachers Union & United Working Families



     Oh there's more = lots more.

    This from Insight Into Diversity - not a notable conservative outlet:

    On Aug. 1, hundreds of students from various Chicago universities and colleges joined together for a protest to demand their schools divest from the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and reform their own campus police forces.

    The protest, Solidarity Street: Abolish CPD Block Party, was organized by Chicago students and activists to draw attention to issues of racism surrounding campus policing. Protestors also made speeches demanding universities stop cooperating with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, redirect police funding into mental health support and healthcare resources for students, and lower tuition and housing costs if classes are held online in the fall.

    According to The Daily Northwestern, a student publication not known for conservatism, students from all the major schools in the Chicago area attended, including the University of Chicago, DePaul University, Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, Roosevelt University, and Northeastern Illinois University.

    The crowd of student protestors met at Millennium Park, where they were addressed by Tynetta Muhammad, a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a member of Black Youth Project 100, a national organization that describes itself as being comprised of “Black youth activists creating justice and freedom for all Black people.”

    Muhammad was joined by other speakers, including Ariel Atkins from Black Lives Matter Chicago, who spoke about her own experience with police brutality when protesting against the CPD. Atkins stated that at previous protests she attended, she was tear gassed and watched police beat fellow protestors.



    Ariel Atkins represented Black Lives Matter Chicago at a rally of Parole Illinois, demanding defunding of the Cook County Sheriff's Department and closing the jail.  And here she is:


    "Black Lives Matter Chicago activist blasted Lightfoot for caring, she said, more about police funding and luxury developers than improving impoverished schools.

    'That’s not my mayor! That’s not my gay, black woman leader!' Atkins said. 'We need to shut this jail down, we need to shut these prisons down. .... And we need to get that witch out of office because she’s not for us.'"

    Not especially conservative.


    People's' World, the organ of the Communist Party:

    "Ariel Atkins, an active member of both the Black Lives Matters-Chicago chapter and the Chicago Alliance, was present at Monday’s protest and said that there were lots of emotions from local residents who felt as though their voices were not being centered. “People were frustrated,” said Atkins. “This is a community of black folks that are not often heard, so when a hundred-something people show up that have never set foot in these places, it creates a lot of tension.”

    But perhaps even Communists have gone "conservative" in the face of the current events.  Stalin would certainly never have tolerated the mass rioting and looting.

    Want more?   Please ask.  


  4. August 10, 2020

    Black Lives Matter holds rally in Chicago to support those arrested after looting, unrest

    “That is reparations,” a BLM organizer said. “Anything they wanted to take, they can take it because these businesses have insurance"

    Black Lives Matter Chicago issued a statement obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times that read, “The mayor clearly has not learned anything since May, and she would be wise to understand that the people will keep rising up until the [Chicago Police Department] is abolished and our Black communities are fully invested in,” the group said in a statement.

  5. Chicago looting triggers over 100 arrests, 13 officers hurt as mayor warns criminals: 'We are coming for you'

    "We are not going to let our city be taken over by criminals and vigilantes,' Mayor Lightfoot said" after City taken over by criminals.


    "CPD became aware of several social media posts encouraging looting downtown," [Police Superintendent]  Brown said, and the department dispatched roughly 400 officers to the region.

    Brown also said a security guard and a civilian are now in critical condition at a local hospital after being hit with gunfire during the looting overnight, and he said that five guns in total have been recovered.

    The unrest began Sunday afternoon after police responded to a report of a man with a gun in the city’s Englewood neighborhood. While being pursued by police, the man, who was on foot, “turned and fired shots” at officers before being struck himself and taken to a local hospital, Deputy Chief Delonda Tally told Fox 32 Chicago.

    A crowd that had gathered at the scene then faced off against police and started hurling objects at officers after getting agitated over a false rumor that the suspect – who is 20-years-old – was a child, investigators add. Brown says the suspect previously has been arrested four times for charges including burglary, child endangerment and domestic battery.





  6. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Thursday evening condemned the actions of rioters who attempted to set fire to a police precinct and blocked the exits while officers were inside.

    “When you commit arson with an accelerant in an attempt to burn down a building that is occupied by people who you have intentionally trapped inside, you are not demonstrating, you are attempting to commit murder," Wheeler said in a news conference with Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell.

    The front doors of the precinct were barricaded before the fire was started with more than 20 officers and civilian employees inside, police said, according to FOX 12.

    Wednesday night’s violence in a residential neighborhood on the east side of the city began after a group of about 100 people gathered in a nearby park for a rally advertised on social media by the group Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front with the slogan “No cops. No prisons. Total abolition." The group then marched to the precinct.

    At the same time, a larger peaceful group of Black Lives Matter protesters gathered downtown to give speeches. No police presence was necessary, Portland Police Bureau Capt. Tony Passadore said.

    “Hurting people and trying to trap people in a building and burn them up, it’s just completely awful,” Portland Fire & Rescue Lt. Damon Simmons reiterated in the news conference, according to FOX 12.

    Wheeler said the city anticipates “additional planned attacks on public buildings” in the coming days and said he was giving the police leeway to do what they needed to do to counter those plans as long as it can be done without threatening peaceful protesters.

    On Wednesday, Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell said rioters aren’t forwarding the cause of racial injustice protesters. "Portlanders need to send a strong message that enough is enough," he said. “This movement is really powerful, but the violence has taken away from it.”


  7. Police brace for more rioting in Portland after another night of clashes Saturday will mark the 71st night of protests since George Floyd's death

    Rioters in Portland used pool noodles filled with nails as weapons and hurled frozen eggs and rocks at officers during a demonstration outside a law enforcement building Friday night.

    Officers attempted to disperse crowds of hundreds of people almost immediately after they arrived outside the Penumbra Kelly Building-- which houses both the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and Portland Police Bureau -- at around 9:45 p.m.

    Police declared an unlawful assembly outside the building, told everyone to leave the area and made "targeted" arrests for trespassing as rioters  refused to leave, according to the Police Bureau.

    Rioters , some wearing helmets and gas masks, and carrying shields, began breaking up large chunks of concrete on the sidewalk and throwing them at police. Others attempted to block traffic on East Burnside Street.

    Some  rioters aimed lasers at officers, which can damage eyesight, and threw commercial-grade fireworks at police gathered in a parking lot.

    One person who was arrested was wearing ballistic body armor, police said. Around midnight, a vehicle was stopped and an occupant was arrested for shining a laser at a police aircraft.

    "As the officers dispersed the rioters, rocks, bottles, and explosives were continually launched at officers. Because of the danger posed by these projectiles, officers used crowd-control munitions as they moved the criminals."

    Earlier in the day, a group of people gathered at a park in east Portland and marched to the local police precinct, where authorities say they spray-painted the building, popped the tires of police cars, splashed paint on the walls, vandalized security cameras and set a fire in a barrel outside the building.

    One officer was severely injured by a rock, police said, but no additional details were provided.

    The violent rioters overshadowed another peaceful demonstration decrying police brutality against Blacks and minorities that occurred earlier in the night. Police said they did not interact with that crowd.

     The chaos that started Thursday night and lasted into Friday morning in a residential neighborhood about 6 miles from downtown were noticeably smaller than the crowds of thousands who turned out nightly for about two weeks in July to protest the presence of federal agents sent by the Trump administration to protect a federal courthouse that had become a target of nightly violence.



  8. And to whom do  parents report psychological abuse or bullying of their child?  The COR?


    "What to Do If Your Child Is Being Bullied"

    "If Scout leaders are not keeping your Scout safe from being bullied, contact your local Scout executive. If your Scout executive is not available, contact the Scouts First Helpline at 1-844- SCOUTS1 (1-844-726-8871)."


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  9. On 8/3/2020 at 1:53 PM, SSScout said:


    The Scout Uniform is preferred, yes.   The kid's nakedness should be covered (I guess).  Time was,  the Scout's uniform needed to be "used". It is called the "FIELD " Uniform for a reason. It was designed (used to be) to be worn "In The Field".,.   If you wanted a clean uniform, you got more than one .  I know many a OA denizen who will tell you there is more respect garnered by a dirty , calloused sash than from a bright shiny one.  The character ingrained is to be respected. 

    Service projects?   Field uniform in my day.  The public visibility was desired and utilized.   The senior Scouts in my Troop had no problem in wearing a pair of Scout pants that obviously had been thru some "history".  

    If you watch "Follow Me Boys", see if you can find a whole complete uniform amongst the Troop. Here are some Scouts, from Malawi . . . .  Their uniform is first and foremost the neckerchief.   The Cape Maclear Scout Facebook page is wonderful.    

    Uniform?   My favorite story is of the young newly minted Cub Scout who was told the family was going to his cousin's wedding, and they would be wearing their best clothes.  That Saturday, after breakfast, he showed up in his Cub Uniform.  They let him wear that to the wedding. 

    Scouting is supposed to be about SCOUTING not clothing. 


    Not a single one is wearing Scout socks!!!!!    :rolleyes:

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  10. I worked with a troop a few years ago whose SM attended every Board of Review - with rope and other gear allowing him to retest each candidate on all requirements for the respective rank.  He would then instruct the members of the Board to pass or reject each candidate.  Having been carefully kept away from all training, the Board invariably followed his orders. He was selected as Council "Scoutmaster of the Year. The troop led the Council in fund-raising for Council.

  11. "Uniforms are not required in Scouting. They are just one of the methods of Scouting. There is no policy or requirement that a Scout wear a uniform to any event or meeting. You cannot refused a Scoutmaster Conference, Board of Review or rank advancement because a Scout is not in uniform." Active Participation 8
    …Units are free to establish additional expectations on uniforming, supplies for outings, payment of dues, parental involvement, etc., but these and any other standards extraneous to a level of activity shall not be considered in evaluating this requirement [active participation]. Wearing the Uniform—or Neat in Appearance 16

    It is preferred a Scout be in full field uniform for any
    board of review. As much of the uniform as the Scout
    owns should be worn, and it should be as correct as
    possible, with the badges worn properly. It may be the
    uniform as typically worn by the Scout’s troop, crew, or
    ship. If wearing all or part of the uniform is impractical
    for whatever reason, the candidate should be clean
    and neat in appearance and dressed appropriately,
    according to the Scout’s means, for the milestone marked
    by the occasion. Regardless of unit, district, or council
    expectations or rules, boards of review shall not reject
    candidates solely for reasons related to uniforming or
    attire, as long as they are dressed to the above
    description. Candidates shall not be required to
    purchase uniforming or clothing to participate in a
    board of review.


    Neither the Rules and Regulations of the Boy Scouts of America, the policy, nor the program applications may be added to or changed in any way unless approved by the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America through its Pilots and Program Development Department.

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  12. The rule is that a "uniform" is encouraged but not required.  Not sure how a "loophole" comes into it. 

    If BSA had an actual uniform (same look for all), as it once did,  a stronger argument could be made.  But we have a brand of clothing, not a "Uniform" - many options over a wide range of prices, so the Scouts know who can afford top-of-the-line and who cannot, or they think so. 

    I strongly prefer a uniform, as a good "look" with benefits,  but I don't make the rules - for Scouts or BSA.



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  13. "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”–George Santayana, The Life of Reason (1905)

    "Only the dead have seen the end of war."  George Santayana,  Soliloquies in England and Later Soliloquies (No. 25)(1922)(Often  incorrectly attributed to Plato -  although not found anywhere in his writings - apparently because Douglas MacArthur once so attributed the statement, and he was never wrong [Ask him.].)

  14. 28 minutes ago, Troop75Eagle said:

    Left?  I was thinking back to WW1 when politicians and generals were moving people about.  Lol, though I am a libertarian.  Not only that, the word liberal is one I would gladly embrace but from the very specific meaning of classical liberalism as a product of the enlightenment.  That is the basis our founders used and believed.  It wasn’t til recently that ‘liberal and conservative became almost slurs.  Those modern definitions are useless.  But insofar as modern ideals go, fighting fanaticism, bigotry, ignorance are fundamentals along with strong separation of powers and separation of church and state.  There are many other specific qualities of course but classical enlightenment and liberalism is a great position to frame a stable approach.  At least I believe so. 

    Good point about "liberal."  The classic liberal held that: "I disagree with what you say but defend to the death your right to say it."  Compare and contrast to today's right wingnuts and leftists: "Fire that professor, he holds an idea I reject."  Of course, only the latter claim the label "liberal." for their illiberality -  while attempting to justify uber violent physical attacks.  

    Not sure about "generals," but in WW I, the U.S.  federal government, under Wilson, imprisoned political opponents and actively encouraged mob violence against political opponents - such as smashing printing presses of opposition newspapers.  Victor Berger, the first socialist elected to Congress, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for  "hindering [i.e. questioning the morality of] the war effort."  (While Berger was free on appeal, his constituency returned him to Congress.) The Socialist Party leader Eugene V. Debs was sentenced to 10 years in prison for making an anti-war [pro-peace] speech.

    WWII brought the concentration camps decreed by the U.S. federal government, under FDR [Executive Order 9066],  with the eager support of California democrat pols, including Earl Warren. Those with as little as 1/16 Japanese-born blood were imprisoned.  (1/16 was the fraction of "tainted blood" established to determine who was "Negro," and thus a non-person, under the Southern chattel slavery system.)  Blood Guilt.   National Socialists in Germany agreed with the approach, but, of course, had a different ethnic target - Jewish capitalism and Jewish communism and their constituencies, including Slavs.  The "logic" of such insanity led to the death camps and deliberate fatal starvation of millions

    And that is where hate leads:  “I’m telling you. Guillotine the rich.” Martin Weissgerber



    Want dozens of additional pictures?  No trouble.  Happy to.


    Continued unapologetic overtures to mob violence and looting  make things finitely worse, as do the pandering to that violence and looting by political "leaders" and "journalists."

    "Old men and fanatics playing chess with younger people. "  Sounds about left, and an apt description of the typical "university" in this declining age.



  16. Matt, I am sorry I was not clear .  The local news site in Portland that I specifically cited  is quoting a Black man, Mr. Baskin.   It's his point.  "A few blocks away, Carl Baskin sat next to his drive-up car wash station and worried that the message of racial justice was being taken away from the Black community by 'young white children.'”  I have no personal knowledge about Portland.  I only know what I read and see, and what I neither read nor see in the media.

    This has happened before, although at a lower level of violence, and it likely will happen again.  

    I observed the following, and it was documented in the subsequent Kent State civil litigation,  Scheuer v. Rhodes, in which I participated  in a minor way:

    In the 1970 rioting at Ohio State University, the initial demonstrations were started by the Black Student Union, with racial issues, and the LGBT Coalition, with sexual identity issues.  "Anti-War" folks quickly joined  - Nixon had just "incursed" into Cambodia, seeming to escalate our long Vietnam experience.   A few thousand people, mostly students but a few young people from off-campus, were involved for a couple of weeks, and it was speeches, posters, chanting and drums beating, as columns of protesters snaked around Campus.    A few buildings were "occupied," but the University President took it in stride - no arrests - to your  point about the "old scout." Classes went on.  It was an unusually warm and sunny Spring.

    Then two State Highway Patrol agents provocateur in long hair and flannel shirts (secretly being filmed by the FBI, as it turned out) got hold of a microphone and  urged the crowd on the University "Oval" to block the one public street that ran thorough campus,  Neil Avenue. The acting head of the University, in the absence of University  President Fawcett,  panicked and called in the police and Auxiliary Deputy Sheriffs, who had no jurisdiction unless invited on Campus.  They rioted, gassing everyone in sight, even as we were ordered by the University to continue to conduct classes.  They even gassed "Fraternity Row."  The gas drifted over are area of miles around Campus.  The behavior of the Columbus police and Auxiliary Deputy Sheriffs provoked tens of  thousands of students to join the demonstrations., but it was still nonviolent, if tense.  A little pushing and shoving might punctuate disagreements, but I saw no blows struck. Peacemakers seemed always at hand.

    The trucks of young National Guardsmen arrived to cheers. They were not cops.  They were young - younger than many students.  They were generally understood to be in the Guard to avoid the Draft.

    In the midst of the relatively peaceful disorder, radicals from SDS and The "Mobilization" movement started setting fires on campus and pelting any law enforcement they saw, plus the National Guard, with rocks and the bricks used to pave the campus walkways.  Fire hoses were cut and firefighters pelted with rocks and bricks.  Many State Highway Patrolmen were injured - especially by hails of bricks.  Shots were fired by Columbus police, who called on their radios for ammunition resupply.  No one was killed.  A five-state supply of teargas was used up just in time for Kent State (Later, The City and County sought reimbursement from the State for the cost of tens of thousands of rounds of teargas used by local law enforcement alone.).  Cars (and furniture pulled into the streets) on and around campus were set on fire.  Many businesses, especially up and down High Street bordering Campus to the east, were vandalized and  looted - regardless of ownership.  Some shop-owners resisted violently and successfully.

    The "vanguard" went on to "occupy" University class buildings buildings and physically prevented students and faculty from leaving by chaining the doors shut - not too cool fire hazard-wise when combined with the arsons.   By then, the National Guard rank-and-file absolutely believed  (incorrectly) that many Guardsmen had been killed at Kent State.  They told me that the students were the "enemy."  When Denny Hall was occupied,  I and the other Faculty "Monitors" were told by radio that a couple thousand very angry Guardsmen were coming double-quick, locked and loaded.  I recall counseling one short, plump, red-haired radical (exhorting his group not to "retreat" with a bullhorn) that they should not all stay to "resist" the approaching Guardsmen, as they vowed to do,  since live witnesses would be required to testify to what would happen.  So they should decide who stayed to "resist" and who would withdraw some distance to be witnesses to the carnage.  They all left before the Guard came thundering up, many with fixed bayonets, frustrated that the "occupiers" had left.  Police arrived with giant bolt-cutters to open the doors for the trapped students, faculty, and staff.  I and the Head of Mathematics were pleased with our work, not realizing that worse was to come.

    The Black Student Union had largely "left the building" by then.  Harder to say about the LGBT folks as they did not stand out in the largely White crowds, but their issues were no longer discussed. "Pigs off Campus!" and "Kill the Pigs!" became the overwhelming theme, sprinkled with anti-war slogans.

    The radicals whom I observed and with whom I dealt were all White middle and upper class from their speech and dress, and told me the forces of the government would not dare shoot them.  "My dad's a dentist," one young  person in a black SDS T-shirt told me.  They were unbelieving when told about Kent State and Jackson State.  "You're just trying to scare us."  These were the sort who would buy new denim trousers and go to the University craft shop to grind holes in them with wire wheels to prove their "proletarian" bona fides.  They were overwhelmingly male.  They did not seem to contemplate that those pelted with bricks and holding loaded firearms might shoot, even given evidence that they had done so. They had no planning for retreat or casualties. 

    When vowing to "liberate" the University President's then on-campus brick house, they threw stones, clods of dirt, and bricks at terrified young Guardsmen with loaded semi-automatic M-1 Rifles and a Browning 1919 .30-06 machine gun, (600 high-power rounds a minute)  who were only the thickness of a hedge plus a couple of yards of lawn away, with orders to "hold their position." Specifically, they had been ordered by radio to fire if any of the rioters breached the hedge.  The mob of near 1000 was jammed into the street and packed against a brick wall behind them to the south.  The intimidating sound of thousands of GI boots hitting the pavement in unison sent the crowd running before the massacre could happen.  The column of over 1000 Guardsmen, two lanes wide and with M-1 Rifles at high port and all with fixed bayonets, rounded the corner 100 yards away to the west as the last rioter left the area.  The young 2nd Lieutenant in charge of the dozen Guardsman at the site had wet himself.  A couple more minutes, and no would remember 1970 as the year of Kent State.  The deaths from trampling alone, had that machine gun, opened fire, would have made Kent State and Jackson State combined look like a picnic.

    The University shutdown and reopened with a closed, secured campus.  

    THIS is what the politicians are playing with.  THIS is what the media, with their political narrative, seem to actually want.  Real harm can occur.

    And meanwhile the greater slaughter in our cities, primarily of and by "people of color," goes on as background noise, swallowed up by the contest for power and wealth.

    No peace, no justice, no retail services, no government revenue, no welfare services, and no safety.


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  17. 3 hours ago, MattR said:

    @TAHAWK, I read enough news elsewhere. Honestly, what's the point of these posts? It looks like you're saying there is vandalism and violence. I agree. I also read some great comments, of all things, about how "back in the day" peaceful protesters had to be extra vigilant to expel violent protesters because it just takes one bad protester to to completely skew the coverage away from the peaceful protest. Kind of like how a few bad cops might skew the work of many good cops. So where are we now? There are a few violent protesters and a few violent cops making their own news cycles in the middle of a pandemic that is killing a thousand people a day and completely trashing the economy to levels very few still living have seen before while congress is frozen in a quicksand of acrimony and constitutional crisis that has resulted in a political climate that makes everyone walk around on egg shells for fear of setting of huge arguments while we're socially distancing and washing our hands a lot while we discuss the fall of scouting. Have I covered the past few months well enough?

    This is the" Issues & and Politics" subforum, Matt, created for the purpose of keeping such things out of the other subforums.  Your presence here is voluntary.  We are all guests here, and if the management wants no discussion of Issues and Politics, I will comply.  Until then:  

    Once, mobs of rioters attempting to destroy a federal court house and lobbing incendiary devices at law enforcement officers would be lead news.  We supposedly have "A government of laws, not men.  Not today, when most of the media promote a given political narrative that wants to depict these rioters as "protesters" and "demonstrators."

    Nor is there, as you suggest, a "moral equivalency" between sworn law enforcement officers and mobs of violent criminals, mostly White, attempting to "Burn down the system."  If there were, flaming gasoline - and bullets -  would be coming back across the fence.


    Beyond the efforts to burn the federal courthouse, the Portland Police Association building was broken into and set on fire. by "mostly peaceful demonstrators."

    Even the BLM Party has complained of these violent enemies of civil society "hijacking" the BLP Party movement, which Portland rioters apparently find too moderate.

    BLM says it aims to "defund" police, eliminate courts, close prisons, eliminate present criminal law, and secure $quadrillions in "reparations."  Or it will "burn the system down."  


    In 2018, the extreme leftist  Atlantic editorialized that violence is acceptable in pursuit of change that you find to be essential, citing Dr, King, of all people, in defense of violence.

    Meanwhile, by orders of magnitude, the greatest shooters and killers of Black civilians, including pre-school children, are Black civilians., rather than "cops" of any ethnicity.


    KGW8 reports:

    Friday, May 29

    It started Friday afternoon with a peaceful gathering organized by the NAACP and then a vigil in the evening at North Portland's Peninsula Park.

    The vigil was organized by activist group PNW Youth Liberation Front. Hundreds of people, spread out across the park, showed up to honor Floyd and listen to speakers.

    "We stand with the grieving family of George," said Rev. Roy Tate of Christ Memorial Community Church while addressing the crowd. "Those who are in Minneapolis, we stand tonight with them."

    At around 9 p.m., the group of protesters started to march down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard while chanting, "black lives matter," "no justice, no peace," and "I can't breathe."

    The event turned quickly, however, as some demonstrators broke away from the group and started vandalizing businesses along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The rioters and looters shattered store windows and tagged buildings with graffiti that police say stretched for 20 blocks.

    At around 10 p.m., a protester fired a shot at an occupied car on Northeast 7th Avenue and Morris Street. A person inside the car was grazed by a bullet and treated at a local hospital.

    The march reached downtown, where demonstrators broke into and started a fire inside the Multnomah County Justice Center, home to hundreds of inmates. No inmates were injured.

    Other protesters set fires throughout downtown, torching dumpsters, trash cans, cars and pallets. Police deemed the demonstration a riot and used tear gas, flash-bang grenades and other uses of force to disperse protesters. 

    Demonstrators used electric scooters to smash police cars at Southwest 4th Avenue and Yamhill Street. Two officers were hurt. One was hit by an incendiary device and another was struck in the head with a rock. Both will be OK.

    Police arrested 13 protesters and early Saturday morning, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler declared a state of emergency and enacted a citywide curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

    "I cannot condone last night's violence," Wheeler said during a press conference Saturday morning. "I can't stand by and watch our city be destroyed, buildings set aflame. I won't. But nor will I stand silent as men like George Floyd are murdered by the very institutions that are supposed to protect and serve them."

    JULY 3 (KVAL)

    Late last week, some protesters barricaded the doors to a police precinct a half-block from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and set fire to the building, which also houses Black-owned businesses, including an Ethiopian restaurant and a barber's school. Two nights later, a potluck at a park in the heart of the Black community morphed into another violent clash with police, who unleashed tear gas to quell the crowd of several hundred people.

    The change has angered and frustrated some in the Black community, who say a "white fringe element" is distracting from their message with senseless destruction in a city where nearly three-quarters of residents are white and less than 6% are Black.

    "This is NOT the Black Lives Matter movement. This is chaos," Kali Ladd, executive director of KairosPDX, wrote in a Facebook post. "These white actors are enacting dominance in a different form under the guise of equity ... White supremacy has many forms."
    "The Portland NAACP complained that “mostly white anarchists” have incited violence and diverted attention from the purpose of the protests."


    "One prominent Black leader wrote to Mayor Ted Wheeler and said some clashes had unfolded three blocks from his house. He said the problem was with “elements” that were “99% white” and did not represent the Black Lives Matter movement."

    “It has nothing to do with helping Black people. These hoodlums are needlessly scaring neighbors and their children,” said Ron Herndon, who has fought for racial justice in Portland for four decades and led a school boycott in 1979 after the city closed predominantly Black schools. “At some point, enough is enough.”

    Newly appointed Police Chief Chuck Lovell, who is Black, said the violence in North Portland was “offensive and hurtful” and has cost the city at least $6.2 million in overtime for its officers.

    “People in that neighborhood were upset. That’s not something they’re going to tolerate ... and they came out and were very vocal,” Lovell said. “I think people sometimes look at the protest movement as one homogeneous group — and there’s definitely a segment here that is very violent.


    A few blocks away, Carl Baskin sat next to his drive-up car wash station and worried that the message of racial justice was being taken away from the Black community by “young white children.”









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