Set to meet Thursday at 5 p.m. in Pioneer Courthouse Square, protesters who took to the streets in response to Donald Trump's win on election night Tuesday and Wednesday plan to continue their efforts.
Masses of demonstrators, topping 2,000 at times, blocked bridges and marched through standstill highway traffic Wednesday night in protest of President-elect Donald Trump's victory. The #NotMyPresident chants and marches have been accompanied by minimal damage and vandalism in Portland, but that has not been the case nationwide.
The protests over the last two nights have been led by members of Don’t Shoot PDX. A spokesman for the group, Gregory McKelvey, said they do not condone violence or vandalism and plan to lead with an "example of peace."
"However, it is not our job to censor anyone's activism. If we were to do that, we might as well call the police ourselves. Our job is to lead by example," McKelvey said.
In a message sent out Thursday, McKelvey unveiled Portland's Resistance, a new organization that supports Don't Shoot PDX, Black Lives Matter, Portland tenants United, PDX Trans Pride and a host of other groups.
Portland's Resistance released a list of demands that ranged from an end to no cause evictions to stopping the racial disparity in policing. You can find the group's press release listed below.
Thursday morning, Trump met with President Obama in the Oval Office, and the two spent an hour and half discussing the transition, among other things.
Obama said he was 'encouraged' by his conversation with Trump, calling the Oval Office meeting 'excellent' and wide-ranging, according to the Associated Press. It is yet to be seen whether this signal of unity from the nation's highest office will ease tensions in a nation that has grow more divided than ever by a vicious election cycle.
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