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Tools and Tactics in the #Portland Protests – From Leaf Blowers and Umbrellas to Lasers, Balloons, and Power Tools

Across over two months of protests, demonstrators in Portland have experimented with a variety of tactics and strategies. The clashes in Portland drew international attention starting in mid-June, when footage spread of federal agents in unmarked cars snatching demonstrators off the sidewalks and Donald Trump announced that federal agents would be using this model to intervene in other cities around the United States. After Trump’s announcement, the demonstrations in Portland grew exponentially, drawing thousands each night, until the governor of Oregon declared that federal agents would be withdrawn from the streets. In the following overview, participants in the Portland demonstrations describe some of the tools and tactics they have seen employed there.

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The Final Straw – Keep Calm and Get Prepared: A Look Into Month 3 and Beyond of the #Portland Uprising with the Portland GDC

This week we (The Final Straw) got to sit down with two members of the Portland General Defense Committee, AC (they them) and Raoul (they he), about the ongoing Uprising in Portland OR in the months since the murder of George Floyd. We get to touch on a lot of topics in this interview; the neo-liberal whitewashing of the image of the city of Portland which masks a lot of ultra racist and colonial tendencies, personal timelines of engagement in the Uprising, and a lot of tips and tricks for newer and older anarchists and radicals for dealing with and anticipating state repression and violence.

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#Portland: Day 55 (?) – A Reportback

Portland. Oregon. It’s been about two months now of Portland fighting back against a federal invasion. The days seem to blur together; memories of flashbangs at my heels are nestled safely between memories of crawling into bed or eating hot dogs at Riot Ribs. No matter what day it is though- the feds are losing. Not only are they being humiliated by their actions (enough to warrant a Buzzfeed article), but their physical tactics are a complete joke in the face of Moms armed with a steel resolve and the Dads with leafblowers.

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#Portland, #Oregon: Civil Disturbance Fitness 101

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or in a medically induced coma for the past 50 some-odd days you have probably seen Portland, Oregon turning into a warzone occupied by a hostile military force. News media around the world is showing clips of barricades being built and fires being set in their nightly news. A fast-paced, nonstop chaotic action against the state. And it’s not really like that.

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From #Portland to the World – A Call for Solidarity with the Struggle against the Federal Occupation

Since the end of May, demonstrators opposing police violence and white supremacy have thronged the streets of Portland, Oregon, clashing with law enforcement officers. Last week, aspiring autocrat Donald Trump escalated the situation by announcing that he would be sending federal agents around the country to assert his authority through acts of violence against protesters. The past few days have seen thousands sweep into the streets of Portland to defend those who were already protesting and demand the departure of Trump’s federal agents from their city.

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#Portland Awakens

Portland. Oregon. In the beginning, we were many. We were thousands. Exploding into the street after watching a video of horror both strange and all-too-familiar: a video of a nine-minute murder, of a killer indifferent to the pleas of the bound man he choked and crushed to death. Broad daylight, on film, unprosecuted. Another police murder. Another black person dead.

As the video circulated, things began to shatter. Hearts. Trust. Restraint. Patience.

Glass.

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Secret Police on the Streets of #PDX: Interview with a Member of Black Rose #Portland

Portland. OR. Fifty days into the popular uprising sparked by the police murder of George Floyd and demonstrations in Portland, Oregon show little sign of abating. An interview.

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A monday night in #Portland, #Oregon

Portland. OR. July 20. 2020. Insane clashes with the Federal Police force in Portland are ongoing tonight. There was the largest crowd in 2 months of revolt (on a Monday!), who started smashing down the plywood armor on the Federal Courthouse, then smashed down the doors. The mom bloc and the newly formed dad block were in the mix on the front lines, and members of the mom bloc worked with people in the black bloc to try to kick down the main doors.

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July 25th: Call For A Day Of Action In Solidarity With #Portland & Against The Federal Invasion

The Youth Liberation Front (YLF) makes the following call for a day of action in solidarity with the ongoing resistance in Portland.

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