More than five months into a social justice uprising, activists in the city are divided as to whether they are still fighting in a racial justice movement centered on Black lives, or if an unfocused, anti-establishment fight against capitalism and state power has usurped the initial cause that brought thousands of Portlanders into the streets.
With more than 80% of Portland voters favoring the new board, Portland’s City Hall is pushing for legislation in Salem that could allow the city to sidestep the brewing fight with the union altogether.
Two days after Portland voters overwhelmingly approved a new police oversight board, the union representing rank-and-file Portland police officers filed a grievance with the Portland Police Bureau to stop it from taking effect. The grievance is the first step in the Portland Police Association’s promised challenge to the new board.
The two middle-aged white men shared a common backstory: Both were raised in the rural Pacific Northwest and found a sense of greater purpose and belonging on opposite sides of radical politics. Then both ended up dead.