Hundreds march in Black P.O.W.E.R. rally in Portland

The Portland-based group Black P.O.W.E.R., formerly Black Lives Matter Portland, held a peaceful march and protest Saturday evening which was attended by hundreds of people. Anti-racist protests have been held in Portland on and off since George Floyd’s death underneath the knee of a Minneapolis police officer in late May. Saturday’s protest started in Lincoln park. Demonstrators made their way to the Portland Police station and eventually ended their march at Deering Oaks Park. Organizers spoke about recent victims of police violence — George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Jacob Blake — but also voiced their demands, which are as much about ending poverty and health disparities among minority groups as they are about ending racism. “I am here to tell you that your ignorance has transformed into violence that has cost social and economic justice for minorities for decades,” said Mariana Angelo, a Portland resident. Angelo made sure to mention Chance David Baker, a Black man killed in a 2017 confrontation with Portland Police, one of 76 people killed by Maine law enforcement in the past 25 years; none ever charged with a crime. The Officer in Baker’s case is now being sued by his family for wrongful death.”Black Lives Matter is a rallying cry, a prophetic statement calling out the neglect, the abuse, the brutality, the dismissal and the senseless murder against Black people for hundreds of years in this country,” said Mouhamadou Diagne, a Portland resident. The demonstration started and ended without any incidents, arrests or confrontations with “counter protesters.” Portland Police was seen blocking and directing traffic during the event.

The Portland-based group Black P.O.W.E.R., formerly Black Lives Matter Portland, held a peaceful march and protest Saturday evening which was attended by hundreds of people.

Anti-racist protests have been held in Portland on and off since George Floyd’s death underneath the knee of a Minneapolis police officer in late May.

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Saturday’s protest started in Lincoln park. Demonstrators made their way to the Portland Police station and eventually ended their march at Deering Oaks Park.

Organizers spoke about recent victims of police violence — George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Jacob Blake — but also voiced their demands, which are as much about ending poverty and health disparities among minority groups as they are about ending racism.

“I am here to tell you that your ignorance has transformed into violence that has cost social and economic justice for minorities for decades,” said Mariana Angelo, a Portland resident.

Angelo made sure to mention Chance David Baker, a Black man killed in a 2017 confrontation with Portland Police, one of 76 people killed by Maine law enforcement in the past 25 years; none ever charged with a crime. The Officer in Baker’s case is now being sued by his family for wrongful death.

“Black Lives Matter is a rallying cry, a prophetic statement calling out the neglect, the abuse, the brutality, the dismissal and the senseless murder against Black people for hundreds of years in this country,” said Mouhamadou Diagne, a Portland resident.

The demonstration started and ended without any incidents, arrests or confrontations with “counter protesters.” Portland Police was seen blocking and directing traffic during the event.