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The Portland Protests. Where are they going?

Via The North Belfast Journal A View from Napoleons Nose by Fra Hughes…

The Portland protest has reached the grand old age of Seventy. If the Portland protest were a person at the age of 70, they would be looking at retirement, they would be looking at unwinding, they would be looking at saving their energy and taking it easy, but the Portland protest is not a person, the Portland protest is a progressive movement determined to underline, sustained, systemic change in the American judicial, policing, governmental and societal regimes, to facilitate a more equal world and a more just society.

The protest has emerged following the murder of George Floyd, a Back African  American in Minneapolis by the police, in conjunction with the black lives matter movement, to create a political Street protest which is determined, through peaceful, non-violent protest, to facilitate change in the American system of the administration of democracy.

In an interview with David Rovics, a renowned singer-songwriter and poet, we learn of the history of The Portland protests it’s aims and its ongoing mission to effect change.

David has lived in Portland with his wife and young family for over a decade and has witnessed his rent increase by over 250% during that time.

While the black lives matter protest is focused on police and judicial racism which is systemic within the system, many of the protesters are aligned and are supportive, not only of the black lives matter movement but with previous incarnations of Street public protests such as the Occupy movement.

There are people from a wide selection of societal backgrounds, many now unemployed, some homeless, many working two or three jobs to save the finances needed to pay the rent.

The current difficulties faced by the poor and working poor in America and even sections of the lower middle class are compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is so badly mishandled by the American regime.

It is devastating working-class and lower-middle-class American jobs, with the result of more than 23 million people being unemployed. In America, the eviction rates by landlords who haven’t received their rent will soon reach record levels.

Portland is one of the main cities in America where a majority of the available accommodation is not owned by the people who live in Portland but by landlords.

It has a huge rental sector.

It is one of many cities in America which may continue to see sustained protests as America emerges from the COVID 19 Pandemic.

The black lives matter movement seems to lack a clear and coherent political message outside of calling for an end to modern-day brutality against the Black African-American community from the state and state employees, mainly in the guise of the police.

‘Four years ago, what is now known as the Black Lives Matter Global Network began to organize. It started as a chapter-based, member-led organization whose mission was to build local power and to intervene when violence was inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.’

An opportunity exists through the black lives matter movement to not only call for an end to police brutality and violence directed at the black African Americans but also to tackle that very same racism prevalent in housing discrimination, jobs discrimination, education discrimination and job advancement opportunities discrimination.

Racism is rampant in the United States of America which is becoming increasingly disunited by the day.

The racism on display every day in America and every facet of society is not only against black Americans but Asian and brown Americans.

An opportunity to unite all people of all colour has arrived. It is an opportunity to unite everyone against the structures and forces which oppress them. That structure is Capitalism as operated by the Corporate machines and the military-industrial complex which uses poor people to make their products, make their profits, pay for and die in their wars.

It is the working class of America who has made America great but not for themselves, their families, their children or grandchildren but for the rich, the powerful, the elite and the political class which enables the destruction of the American base by sustaining the class structure at the top.

When the people unite against oppression, discrimination, racism, classism and the squandering of wealth by the few, redistributed to the many, to promote a more equitable society we may well witness the end days of poverty, illiteracy, homelessness, job insecurity wage poverty, absolute poverty and the working poor but also an increase in life expectancy, well being. and preventable deaths

Black, Asian and brown people are being jailed at a higher proportion than their white contemporary.

From the outside, the black lives matter movement appears to lack a political agenda whereby they would stand in elections and tried to change the system or alternatively offer the black Asian and brown community in America the opportunity to vote for someone other than the Republican party and the Democratic party who in practice do not embrace the politics of equality or the politics of justice or the politics of anti-racism.

The protests are mainly centred around the inappropriately named Court of Justice.

In conversation with David, it appears the ongoing nightly protest ‘ebb and flow sometimes in reaction to what has happened at other protests or indeed if there is unwarranted brutality by the police and federal officers in Portland.

The Federal police have been drafted into Portland and according to David ‘are systematically arresting people on the streets, putting them into private cars almost like a snatch squad’  they pull up in an ‘unmarked cars, it is not obvious that they are the police or members of the State militias and  grab people off the street, put them in their cars and take them away’

It is similar to the actions of the death squads in Latin America, reminiscent of how the Israeli regime attacks Palestinians and reflective of how the Mafia dealt with people who would oppose them.

As the people of Portland gather nightly at the Courts of Justice they hold peaceful rallies and protests, the police hold these rallies to be illegal and throw sound bombs, flash grenades and fire tear gas canisters at the protestors. Many of whom are then arrested, not for violence or violent conduct but for simply protesting against police brutality which is then revisited upon them each night and so It goes on night after night.


How long these protests can continue is difficult to guess. Without a coherent list of demands that the state can meet, the main difficulty facing these protests will be the possibility that they are co-opted by the Democratic party in order to gain votes in the Presidential elections in November, or the state may give minor concessions to manage the dissent and encourage the protest to end but without any real significant sustained change to its racist practices and policies?

Every political movement, every social movement needs a victory from time to time to sustain morale, commitment and energy.

I fully support the black lives matter movement. I fully support any movement that is engaged in a radical change of the American system, which discriminates against the working class and the poor regardless of their colour, against Blacks, Asians, Mexicans, Latin American and Caribbeans. I believe unless a radical political movement is born out of the black lives matter engagement in Street politics at this time, amid the reawakening of the American people, and the thirst for justice, we will just have street protest followed by state violence, repression, prosecutions and incarcerations.

An opportunity exists today to fundamentally change America.

In contrast to America being run on behalf of corporations, the banks, the elite and the military-industrial complex, that encourages military interventions, disguised as humanitarian aid to occupy and sanction other sovereign nations countries throughout the world, now is the time to end American Imperialism from a grassroots-led, Street Awakened, mass consciousness movement.

A  revolution is coming to America. Not the Revolution of 1776 but a Revolution of 2020 that may lead to an America of equals, through the destruction of capitalism which, since 1776 has destroyed  America and other parts of the world

here is the podcast interview with Daivd Rovics.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/6s9alslcx03y51p/Fra%20Hughes.mp4?dl=0

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Sean
Sean
August 6, 2020

“Justice” and “peaceful” protests? Is this some kind of joke by the author?

John Ellis
Reply to  Sean
August 6, 2020

Do you have any comprehension of how much violence your terrorizing killer-cops have to inflict in order to allow your upper-half of society to enslave by poverty the 50% working poor?

Your killer-cops each year gunning down in cold blood 1,100 poor
laboring men, that is not violence?

Sean
Sean
Reply to  John Ellis
August 7, 2020

Idiot!

John Ellis
Reply to  Sean
August 7, 2020

Better an idiot than one of intelligence
who cannot tell fact from fiction.

Glocken-spiel
Glocken-spiel
Reply to  John Ellis
August 7, 2020

How many of them- mostly blacks- pulled guns or shot at police? Over 70%.

Last edited 3 months ago by Glocken-spiel
John Ellis
Reply to  Glocken-spiel
August 7, 2020

Actually, last year U.S. police gunned down 1,923 poor laboring men, of which 1,000 were unarmed.

“The number of deadly police shootings of unarmed people… hit nearly 1,000 for the fourth year in a row, according to data gathered by The Washington Post.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/fatal-police-shootings-of-unarmed-people-have-significantly-declined-experts-say/2018/05/03/d5eab374-4349-11e8-8569-26fda6b404c7_story.html

John Ellis
Reply to  John Ellis
August 7, 2020

CORRECTION
U.S. police gunned down 1,092 poor laboring men,
of which 1,000 were unarmed.”

Clarity
Clarity
Reply to  John Ellis
August 7, 2020

7% were unarmed according to the WAPO article you posted: “The ongoing Post project has found that police have shot and killed 3,309 people since 2015, or more than twice as many fatal shootings per year as the average reported by the FBI. Of those killed, 231, or 7 percent, were not armed with guns, knives or other objects that could be used as weapons at the time of the shootings, according to the data.” We also don’t know if all of those unfortunate souls were poor, we also don’t know if they were laboring, and we don’t know if they… Read more »

John Ellis
Reply to  Clarity
August 7, 2020

It is not “we don’t know,” it is you specifically that refuses to except truth, a thing that is absolute and free of all exceptions and contradictions. For all the things you mentioned above, you will never discover in mainstream media or in your locked in darkness well to do middle-class. For when your white upper-half of society hoards all the land, wealth, 98% of guns, and holds all the jobs in law enforcement, yet fantasize that you have no guilt in all the violent crime in Empire USA, such is the power of wealth to pickle a mind in… Read more »

Clarity
Clarity
Reply to  John Ellis
August 8, 2020

Mr. Ellis, you never actually answer a comment. The comment was that your number is wrong and the article YOU quoted says 7% of those shot were unarmed. Not interested in your drifting off into issues that have nothing to do with the subject on hand. If that is the only tactic you have when you cannot defend your own statements then no wonder you have the believes you do, since it requires a bit more than ideology to have success in life. And in doing so you undermine your own arguments. I do not refuse to accept the truth.… Read more »

John Ellis
August 6, 2020

Everyone talks about how the laboring-class, the lower-half of society, how they have been turned into the 50% working-poor, but not a word spoken about who did the turning, who caused half of all the wealth in America to disappear into thin air.
And so, is not such a black hole the white educated upper-half of society, the half that hoards all the land, wealth healthcare and political power?

Clarity
Clarity
Reply to  John Ellis
August 7, 2020

no one talk about it, only you

Sue Rarick
August 6, 2020

I’m of the opinion they should put back the barricades in Portland. Have all the police leave and let them do what they want. They say they can do better – prove it – Start a new paragon of society – By your definitions you don’t need or want help from evil rich folk – Then you are all set – enjoy.

John Ellis
Reply to  Sue Rarick
August 6, 2020

The rich know that if the 50% working-poor were able to do just that, to be allowed to police themselves, that your upper-half of society would not have the deadly force needed to continue hoarding all the land, wealth and healthcare.

Glocken-spiel
Glocken-spiel
Reply to  John Ellis
August 7, 2020

They do police themselves. It’s called a drive-by shooting. You are one clueless wokester.

John Ellis
Reply to  Glocken-spiel
August 7, 2020

Michael Parenti
“Near impossible to get someone to believe truth,
when keeping their wealth depends upon not excepting it.”

Clarity
Clarity
Reply to  John Ellis
August 7, 2020

says the rich dude sitting in front of a capitalist computer with the capitalist internet at his fingertips

John Ellis
Reply to  Clarity
August 7, 2020

For an absolute, neither the rich nor poor waste time on the WEB. For only the 25% middle-class has the time, education and income to realize any pleasure or other gain from the World Wide Web.

Kay Anderson
Kay Anderson
August 6, 2020

It seems as if the whole purpose of these destructive movements is to make everyone “equal”. No more intelligent people, no more mentally challenged, no more average, just a bunch of mediocre idiots floating around all doing the same thing and not doing do that very well either. No more pretty people, no more uglies, just all equal idiots. May as well go back to the cave man days and all live in caves. Who is going to do the work because these idiots of today don’t know how to work or think? It will be like all like the… Read more »

John Ellis
Reply to  Kay Anderson
August 6, 2020

My laboring-class, we the 50% working-poor,
because were upset that your more intelligent upper-half of society hoards all the land, wealth and healthcare, because we want a living wage, we are demanding half of all your land and wealth?

What a smokescreen, as you know full well that if the 50% working-poor was given healthcare and a living wage, it would cost less than 1% of the heritance that your upper-half passes from father to son.

John Ellis
August 6, 2020

TAKE CARE
For there are 46.8 million millionaires worldwide, they
collectively own $158.3 trillion, and their favorite past time
is to post confusion on forums like this.

Clarity
Clarity
Reply to  John Ellis
August 7, 2020

yeah, like providing you with a computer, cell phone and internet

John Ellis
Reply to  Clarity
August 7, 2020

Attack the message, never the messenger, least ye be
labeled a boot licker in submission to the rich and powerful.

Clarity
Clarity
Reply to  John Ellis
August 8, 2020

Lead by example!

Glocken-spiel
Glocken-spiel
August 7, 2020

“The protest has emerged following the murder of George Floyd, a Back African American in Minneapolis by the police, in conjunction with the black lives matter movement…” Wrong. Floyd overdosed, and he is the one who requested that he- George Floyd- be allowed to lie on the ground while being restrained. The full police video with audio has been leaked, and there was no abuse by police. Stop repeating the Big Lie.

John Ellis
Reply to  Glocken-spiel
August 7, 2020

YOU DESTROYER OF THE TRUTH — YOU“New bodycam footage shows George Floyd arrest and death”CBS Evening News

Diana
Diana
August 7, 2020

I see, so the writer ‘fully supports BLM’. Which means that he supports George Soros and the globalists who are stirring up the racial hatred with their own agenda in mind which has nothing to do with empowering people of any colour,black, white or brown. How naive can you get.

John Ellis
Reply to  Diana
August 7, 2020

Without Black Lives Matter and their decade of being teargassed and brutalized by legalized killer, instead of videos showing all those well organized youth and middle aged protesters so militant and gutsy, all we would see is teenagers running around like chickens with their heads chopped off.

Clarity
Clarity
August 7, 2020

They are riots! 70 days of rioting! Violent rioting!

Peaceful protests do not require businesses to be boarded up and police to protect federal buildings from arson, break ins, vandalism. And btw, they have been taking their ‘protests’ to the suburbs.

Check out Andy Ngo’s twitter feed to SEE what is going on in Portland.

John Ellis
Reply to  Clarity
August 7, 2020

Most rioting is done by racist cops and white fascists, just so
that bigots like you can spew your puke and fool the gullible.

Clarity
Clarity
Reply to  John Ellis
August 8, 2020

What about ‘attack the message, never the messenger’, as per your quote above?

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