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"Don't Shoot Portland" Aims To Tackle Root Causes Of Violence

A protester with Don't Shoot Portland.

A protester with Don’t Shoot Portland.

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Don’t Shoot Portland began with protests against police brutality and racial profiling in the wake of the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases. More recently, the activist group has staged protests at a Portland Public Schools (PPS) board meeting and town hall hosted by Senator Ron Wyden. Don’t Shoot Portland protesters blocked the vote of a proposal that would change Portland Public Schools (PPS)’s transfer and enrollment policies.

We’ll speak to Teressa Raiford, lead organizer for Don’t Shoot Portland, about her goals for the group and her experience with community activism.

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