Spirit Led Justice Alliance *Action Alert* 11/20/19

Posted by on Dec 1, 2019

Spirit Led Justice Alliance *Action Alert* 11/20/19

One of the beautiful things about Portland is that our activism is not just about protesting against things. It is also about showing up for great solutions.

This week we have the opportunity to show up to support two great solutions to help us create the caring, inclusive, dynamic city we seek.

On Thursday all are welcome to support Portland Street Response, a wonderful alternative to using police as first responders for the houseless population when social services are what is needed. Modeled after Eugene’s CAHOOTS, this program is designed for city resources to be used to de-escalate conflict, expand safety and specifically and appropriately respond to the real need of the moment and save money while doing it. Let’s turn out in force to say to Portland Street Response.

On a much longer path towards compassion and wholeness, join Critical Resistance in learning about creating alternatives to a violent and punitive criminal injustice system.

Thank you so much for all you do!

In Solidarity from the Portland Spirit Led Justice Alliance,

Rabbi Debra Kolodny

Support Portland Street Response!

City Hall, 1221 SW 4th, 2nd floor Council Chambers

Thursday, November 21, 2 pm

This Thursday the Mayor and Commissioners will receive a 90-minute report detailing the work and progress that has gone into developing the Portland Street Response, a program to ensure that the police are not first responders when social service workers or other first responders are best equipped to address a situation. Should they vote to accept the report and recommendations, a Portland Street Response pilot can hit the ground in January.

This is an important milestone! Let’s pack City Hall to show council that we need the right response to the right call at the right time. We need a modern 1st responder system that responds with compassion to those in crisis.

The public meeting begins at 2 p.m. Please note that public testimony is not accepted for reports.

If you haven’t yet endorsed the Portland Street Response, endorse now and your name will be included in the list presented to council on Nov. 21st.

This has been an extraordinary journey so far, and we are proud of the role played by Street Roots’ newspapervendors and advocacy – an effort that emerges out of our 20-year history.

Abolition is Liberation: Confronting Harm and Dismantling State Violence!

Saturday, November 23,

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art 15 NE Hancock St.

Critical Resistance (CR) invites you to join them and abolitionist lawyer and Movement for Black Lives policy organizer Marbre Stahly-Butts (Law for Black Lives) and Critical Resistance co-founder Rachel Herzing (Center for Political Education) for a conversation on building strong movements against interpersonal violence, white supremacy, policing, and imprisonment. CR enthusiastically invites you to attend or support this special evening event of food, music, and conversation and to celebrate abolitionist organizing in these trying, yet creative, times.


No one turned away for lack of funds. Email Jess@criticalresistance.org if the $10 ticket is a barrier. Wheelchair accessible space. Please contact us with any other access questions.

Click to support the work of the Spirit Led Justice Alliance with $10 a month donation!

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