The implementation of a curfew in Portland as a response to protests is an attack on our rights. This is a critical moment to confront police violence and brutality, protect black life, and support necessary healing for our communities of color through systematic reforms and resources. Instead, elected and public officials are responding to this moment using the same mechanisms that brought us here: aggressive policing. This curfew and response encourages law enforcement to continue targeting communities of color through a multitude of techniques which include an abuse of force. Throughout the day and across this country, we have already witnessed incredible violence perpetrated against protesters and media by law enforcement. We also know and understand how this “law and order” perspective has played out in Portland’s recent past, and we do not need to return there.
This curfew order impacts the rights of all Oregonians. This should be a time that we are thinking of what we can do to increase protections, instead of devaluing those rights that we hold so valuable. Undoubtedly, the weakening of these protections will empower both the Barr and Trump administration’s ability to undermine marginalized groups and their allies. These actions are already taking flight. We must decide right now: what are the values we are willing to fight for and stand for? Each lawmaker, public official, community leader, and advocate must make the declarations of which side they are on.
Mayor Wheeler and any other elected officials who believe platitudes, buzz words, and more “law and order” are the constellation of items needed to navigate through this moment completely misunderstand or purposely misconstrue the enormity of the racial justice issues we are facing and devalue the trauma experienced by Black and Brown individuals.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
Oregon Justice Resource Center’s goal is to promote civil rights and improve legal representation for communities that have often been underserved in the past: people living in poverty and people of color among them.