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Expression of Anti-Federal Agents' Presence and solidaity with Black Lives Matter movement. July 28, 2020.

After attending several demonstrations alongside thoughtful, polically active and gentle people, I came away more convinced than ever that non-violent action is uplifting and the only way to go. There is huge power in group non-violent action.

I also now realize that a handful of violent (misguided or perhaps paid agents) provocateurs provide justification for a violent response. At that point it is game over for winning public support. The argument for change becomes muddied and essentially usurped.

Where is the news coverage of dull peaceful demonstrations?

If the video doesn't play below, paste the following link in your browser:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gppBAxBOT0

Black Lives Matter. Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland, June 2020.

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In addition to protesting in the streets, there are other equally important ways of showing support. Silence is complicity. Below is a list of good organizations I have borrowed from RACC's site.

Black United Fund https://www.bufor.org/about For over 30 years, Black United Fund of Oregon has been committed to providing financial support and life-changing programs for low-income communities and communities of color in Oregon. The ultimate goal of the Black United Fund of Oregon (BUF) is to increase opportunities for growth by encouraging philanthropic activity in our state and putting funds in the hands of organizations providing resources for underserved communities.

Coalition of Communities of Color https://www.coalitioncommunitiescolor.org/take-action The Coalition of Communities of Color's mission is to address the socioeconomic disparities, institutional racism, and inequity of services experienced by our families, children and communities; and to organize our communities for collective action resulting in social change to obtain self-determination, wellness, justice and prosperity.

PAALF https://www.paalf.org The Portland African American Leadership Forum helps our Black community imagine the alternatives we deserve and build our civic participation and leadership to achieve those alternatives.

NAACP of Portland https://pdxnaacp.org The NAACP of Portland works to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and eliminating racial hatred and discrimination.

The Urban League of Portland https://ulpdx.org The Urban League of Portland. Their mission is to empower African-Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment, health, economic security and quality of life.

The MRG Foundation https://www.mrgfoundation.org The MRG Foundation believes in the power of collective action to change the world.

There are many more, all available through an easy web search.

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