Taken from Its Going Down.
It’s been two weeks since Portland erupted over the news of the election of the Donald Trump. The alleged riot on the Thursday following the election caused approximately one million dollars in damage, as well as costing the city’s police department $600,000. Portland has mellowed recently yet continues to stir in preparation for the inevitable hell-raising of inauguration day. One event in particular is calling for a “flag burning extravaganza” and has been met with violent threats from blatant fascists, members of the American Front as well as threats from organized 3% militias in the area, over its Facebook page. 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 alleged riot that occurred on November 10th. 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 by up to 5 years in prison and carries a hefty fine. At 20 years old he is facing a maximum of 30 years over broken windows. 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 there are many active groups in Portland are all organizing around the same idea, however all represent something different. One is the newly formed Portland’s Resistance, a break-off of Don’t Shoot PDX. This group was successful in mobilizing over ten thousand in the days after Trump’s election that led to several highway shutdowns. It is also the group that shamefully raised around $60,000 to “repair our city,” following massive riots after Trump’s win. While a controversy has arisen over the use of funds and the illegality of giving monies to business who are already receiving them from insurance claims, many in Portland’s Resistance are struggling to take the group in a better direction. A separate fundraiser created by the Portland Prisoner Support has only garnered a meager $3,500, which we instead encourage you to donate to.
The most alarming news out of Portland as of late is the repression being faced by many of the cities visible organizers. 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. All three members of Portland’s resistance were napped after leaving a demonstration and the fourth un affiliated anarchist then had their information released as an intimidation tactic. All of these organizers have received many personal death threats as a result.
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 with such actions that they want people to hurt, and they are willing to blatantly break the law. This is what we as anarchists and people who take a stand face in Trump’s America.
Finally, the arrestees, Mateen Abdul Shaheed and the other individual are still in jail. 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).
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 of 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.
Please write to Mateen with letters of encouragement and solidarity! Address as follows:
Mateen Shaheed #791405
11540 NE Inverness Dr.
Portland OR 97220