PSU Community Repeat Calls to #DisarmPSU
The Portland State University community is organizing a demonstration outside the Campus Public Safety Office on Friday, June 12, 2020 from 11:00am-12:30pm to call for the immediate and permanent disarmament of campus safety officers. The community will gather at the PSU Urban Plaza (1800 SW 6th Ave) then march to CPSO (633 S. Montgomery St). Representatives from the PSU Community including Mr. Jason Washington’s family will share in the call to Disarm PSU.
We also call on PSU to re-envision the meaning of community safety, including: removing CPSO from the University’s CARE Team and redirecting CPSO resources to support alternatives to policing; extending furloughs to CPSO; and discontinuing the policing of houseless people on campus.
Calls to divest from policing are mounting across the country as a result of the nationwide demonstrations following the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. Last week the University of Minnesota ended its contract with the Minneapolis Police Department. Portland School District, Minneapolis Public Schools, and Minneapolis Parks and Recreation have done the same. The City of Minneapolis City Council has a veto-proof majority to disband the Minneapolis police department. The ongoing violence against Black communities and the militarized response of the Portland Police Bureau to protests against police brutality prompts us to repeat our previous demands to #DisarmPSU. We repeat this demand echoing the Joint Statement from AAUP, PSUFA, and GEU. We stand in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter Portland’s demand that we #DisarmPSU and in local calls to divest from policing in schools, including Commissioner JoAnn Hardesty’s demand to remove Security Resource Officers from Portland Public Schools.
Since the Board of Trustees’ decision in December 2014 to arm CPSO, groups across campus have come together in the #DisarmPSU movement. We repeated the call to #DisarmPSU following the killing of Jason Washington by CPSO in 2018. We are repeating the call again.
DisarmPSU and partners are planning additional actions in the coming weeks.