After The Smoke Clears: A Quick Report Back From Portland

  • Posted on: 5 December 2016
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

It’s been two weeks since Portland erupted over the news as THE city that opposes trump and his administration. The riot caused approximately one million dollars in damage, as well as costing the city’s police department $600,000. Portland has mellowed recently in preparation for the inevitable flag-burning and hell-raising of inauguration day. Currently several groups have risen to not only prepare for the impending fascist creep, but the harsh repression from the government that is in full force.

Only two people have been arrested on felony charges for the riot that occurred on November 10. One of them, Mateen Abdul Shaheed is currently facing 8 total charges, 2 misdemeanors and another 6 class c felonies. A class C felony is punishable up 5 years in prison and carries a hefty fine. At 20 years old he is facing a maximum of 30 years over broken windows and upset gentrifiers and pacifiers who have refused to come out in open support for him. The other individual arrested on felony charges is facing a single class c felony.

Several community organized self defense classes have sprouted like mushrooms after rain in Oregon. More and more gyms, more and more spaces are providing free self defense training, and for good reason. Oregon has had the largest spike of reported hate incidents since election day in the whole country. A lady was attacked by three white supremacists with a brick in a neighboring town, and recently a black teenager larnell Bruce, was killed by a European Kindred member as his girlfriend cheered him on.

Currently the 3 most active groups in Portland are all organizing around the same idea, however all 3 represent something different. The first is the newly formed Portland’s Resistance, a breakoff of Dont Shoot PDX. This is the liberal group are that raised around $60,000 to “repair our city.” Hundreds of guilt-ridden whites donated thousands of dollars to repair broken windows. A separate fundraiser created by the Portland prisoner support has only garnered a meager $3,000. Portland’s Resistance has not come out in public support for Mateen, nor reached out to his family. Portland’s Resistance is the group for individuals not ready for the reality, but looking for something to plug into, its leadership has been majorily silent unless speaking at an event.

The second group is Don’t Shoot PDX, an organization that has been around since 2014 in response to the Michael Brown shooting and the ensuing protests that happened. A young group still learning what it wants to do, from impromptu block parties, to city hall occupations, to vesting within the political system and lobbying for bills and putting political pressure on different venues of local and regional government. Currently they are organizing safe houses and other such things in response to Trump’s election. Since the Portland’s Resistance individuals broke off there has been high tension and much drama relayed on facebook in back and forth “call-outs.” Don’t Shoot PDX is the best group for those new and wanting to get involved.

Finally the 3rd group is the recently created Portland’s Assembly, which stands most belligerently for direct action to counter Trump, and the city of Portland itself. Started by seasoned individuals with a long history of political work, Portland’s Assembly aims to create a spokes council for all sorts of different groups to communicate, conspire, and act under a simple united banner. The first event is scheduled for December 17th and looks very promising.

Other groups are trying to capture the spirit and resistance of Portland, however they appear to be failing spectacularly. A new group, Direct Action Alliance, is the DNC front group formed immediately after the election. They created the first event page for inauguration day and have, so they assume, a complete monopoly on the many demonstrations that day. The founder is a member of the facebook group “Stronger Together” which is the national tie-in for the DNC, aiming to pacify and neutralize rebellion just as the CNT-FAI did in Spain. BerniePDX are also still trying to stay relevant by hosting a “direct action training.”

The most alarming news out of Portland is the repression being faced. Currently 3 of the main organizers for Portland’s Resistance, as well as a single anarchist who has been heading the security for all of the main events, have had their personal addresses and phone number publicly displayed by the local police department. In a 64 page compilation of officer reports of a student protest, the Portland police did not redact the personal and sensitive information of these four individuals, even going so far as laconically saying “deal with it” after they received many complaints.

The city is trying its best to contain, harass, and scare organizers and those they designated as “leaders.” By posting such information, the police have declared they want people to hurt, and they are willing to blatantly break the law. This is what we as anarchists face in Trump’s America.

Finally, the arrestees, Mateen Abdul Shaheed and the other individual are still in jail, both at the local jail in town. Mateen recently had a release hearing where the DA called him a dangerous criminal and other squalid things, and the judge did not grant release that day. The judge did state if a plan is in place to guarantee his return to court, he would grant release however. The other individual has so far not wanted any sort of court support or public support (hence his name being redacted). Finally, the only good news out of this repression is one individual is confirmed on the run and even though their registered address was searched they have not yet been caught. Good news.

That is currently what is going on in portland. Local organizers faced with the very real threat of death, infighting, and the sprouting of new things with hope for rebellion to come. The state has no idea for what is in store, may the fires of rebellion of urban youth inspire us all, as well as their bravery. May the fires of rebellion kindle and reignite on J20.

Free Mateen! Solidarity with Gregory, Kathryn, Julian and Armeanio! Solidarity to the free one ON THE RUN

PS. Donate to this gofundme to help support arrestees! https://www.gofundme.com/support-fund-antitrump-activists

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There were several notes by the author left in this piece which look to be indicators for them to come back to and edit. One of them is "did he die?" in parenthesis after mentioning Michael Brown.

Well that's awkward.

I was wondering about those hehe

Yeah … seriously? The first hit when you search his name is the wiki-page that confirms his death and that's assuming you've been living under a rock all this time? Get your shit together summer!

I can tell you that anyone who has spent any time around Don't Shoot Portland knows that Mike Brown died. They regularly hold a 4 minute die in or moment of silence in memory of the number of hours his body laid on the pavement. Who wrote this?

>>The founder is a member of the facebook group “Stronger Together” which is the national tie-in for the DNC, aiming to pacify and neutralize rebellion just as the CNT-FAI did in Spain<<

Ah yes, the correct historical analogy for what is going on here.

Is dat a joke?

Because the CNT/FAI in Spain during the civil war played the same function as some Democratic Party NGO organizing a anti-Trump rally on Facebook? I'm all for criticizing the CNT or whatever but that analogy seems like a fucking stretch to say the least.

Both Portland's Resistance and Don't Shoot Portland are focused on liberal reform and have been openly hostile to anarchists. Just because they hold unpermitted marches doesn't mean that their goals and strategies offer anything of interest to anarchists. Too tired to lecture folks on the mistake of being shock troops for the left.

Not mention that several prominent members of Don't Shoot Portland were some of the loudest voices pushing the whole "outside agitator/white anarchist" narrative to the media in order to discredit rioters and other uncontrollables in the aftermath of the Trump protests on Portland. The whole thing is pretty disappointing and embarrassing

Did you skim-read? They're mentioned quite critically in the article.

”Don’t Shoot PDX is the best group for those new and wanting to get involved"

Real critical

Hahah you don't see it? Pawning off all the liberal art students on someone else until they get past the phase of endlessly discussing pronouns and privilege is what true kung fu masters do.

On this day we fill our craft beer bottles with gasoline. On this day we trade our cupcakes for scones- sorry, stones.

Those who followed the election likely noticed how Trump causes his detractors to reveal their true selves in one way or another. And here, in Authentic Village, Oregon, beneath so many black hoods, we find- a Democrat! A communist! A liberal authoritarian! All who would have done nothing in reaction to a Clinton nomination, same as was done for Obama. I wonder when will we transcend prejudicial treatment based upon skin color and gender? I have a dream...

I suppose they got what they wanted. Some new victims-of-color, whose visages will be hoisted high and paraded about town, garnering many likes. A new e-begging page for court support fees. Accumulation of more trivia—radical hording.

'Anarchist' is a facile consumer identity choice. Have we known it as anything else in living memory?

Yeah yeah yeah, the "above-it-all" troll. Consider yourself dubbed as such.

ANARCHISTS ATTACK SINGLE MOTHERS!!

Portland is such a shithole of awful liberalism.
The vanguard of capitalism's control strategies.

I'm curious to know what you think "vanguard " means...

Not the OP, but it was used in the correct sense, i.e. the leading edge. Portland is the test ground for all kinds of soft and hard repression, and it's been effective at making the town mostly ineffectual when it comes to street actions, the Trump protest being a notable exception.

Both Portland's Resistance and Don't Shoot Portland are focused on liberal reform and have been openly hostile to anarchists. Just because they hold unpermitted marches doesn't mean that their goals and strategies offer anything of interest to anarchists. Too tired to lecture folks on the mistake of being shock troops for the left.

cool link thanx

I hear the "respectful warning" which is what you must have fucking meant to say (dickhead) but there's a bit of writing in "War on the Streets" about how anarchists are doing something right if everyone is totally confused as to whether they love the kids flying the black flag or are terrified of them.

I've stood on this line before while the larger leftist milieu was having the tired old nonviolence debate and it's an unavoidable tension that resolves itself in interesting ways. This was years ago and many of those same people have shifted their perspective, some of them have even masked up and joined us so, mischaracterizing this as "being shock troops" or "useful idiots" might be a bit of a narrow view. Maybe we know something you don't?

I agree with the first part, anarchists are doing something right when people don't know whether to love or fear them, but I'm not sure how that translates into entering into uncritical alliances with treacherous liberals and progressives in the hopes of converting some of them into masking up? Seems to me like a more productive strategy for anarchists would be to be unapologetic about being anarchists and organize in ways that exploit tension and move things in an uncontrollable direction. But what do I know, you obviously have some secret knowledge that isn't apparent to the rest of us.

That's just it, you're assuming everything about the motives of theoretically, dozens or hundreds of people based on nothing but your own conjecture? How would you be able to tell that it's an "uncritical alliance" in the fist place? From this article? Talked to everyone in town already? Maybe you're just trying to sound clever and cynical?

Because I've been around the block, and I've seen this shit play out literally dozens of times. But sure, this time is different.

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