#ScholarStrike & #ScholarStrikeCanada Sep 8-9

Over the next several months, we will be rolling out an educational campaign related to our Demands to help inform students, faculty, staff, and the broader Portland State University community and beyond. Topics will include (but are not limited to): abolition, racist origins of policing, gender based violence on campus, policing of queer and trans communities, police response to mental health crises, mass shootings, and more. We will be creating some of our own content and also sharing content from existing resources. We are hoping to create short videos with the possibility of hosting interactive sessions as well. We will post content and updates to our website and social media channels.

For this week, we want to boost the content provided by #ScholarStrike and #ScholarStrikeCanada. The strike was conceived via tweet by Anthea Butler and is designed to call awareness to the racial climate in America, and the rash of police shootings and racialized violence. The strike is taking place on September 8-9. For more information you can visit: www.scholarstrike.com. #ScholarStrikeCanada is hosting a digital teach-in

A WIN FOR DISARMPSU

August 13, 2020

After seven years of organizing, protesting, collaborating, and coalition-building, the members of #DisarmPSU are thrilled by today’s announcement from President Percy that CPSO will patrol campus without firearms. We appreciate the active listening and the commitment to change demonstrated by President Percy, and members of the Board of Trustees, and acknowledge the labor of all involved over the past seven years. 

We welcome the formation of the Reimagine Campus Safety Committee and are eager to be involved. We call on President Percy, and the steering members of this newly formed committee to engage in a transparent, democratic, and accessible process, led by Black and Indigenous students, faculty, and staff, and including unhoused visitors to campus. 

The Reimagine Campus Safety Committee must engage in a process of collective ownership, in collaboration with the entire PSU community (not those hand picked by the administration), by inviting all students, staff, faculty and community members to be fully aware of and engaged in the process of reconceptualizing these structures for campus safety. 

This particular political moment provided the last push the university administration needed to make this choice, but we would have never gotten to this point without the powerful, unwavering labor of the PSU Student Union (PSUSU), the Washington family, Black and brown students, faculty, and staff organizers, support from community groups like Don’t Shoot PDX, 15 Now Oregon, PDX Black Excellence, PAALF, and other committed community members. This campaign was a seven year uphill battle, and it came at a high cost. Even the death of Jason Washington wasn’t enough to convince the university to disarm. Today, we are reminded that we don’t win by appealing to the goodwill of those in power; we win through organizing and unwavering persistence. Today we won. The work is not done, but today we celebrate! 

Update: Revised Safety Plan to be announced

President Percy and the Board of Trustees are preparing to announce a “revised safety plan.” We have not heard of them engaging with anyone from our very active and broad coalition group which includes: students, faculty, staff, community members and most importantly the family of Jason Washington. We have worked to simplify and clarify our demands that requires the President and the Board of Trustees to engage broadly with our communities.
#JusticeForJasonWashington
#DisarmPSU
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Response to President Percy’s June 29 Announcement

 

Members of #DisarmPSU were disappointed by the omission of a commitment to disarmament in President Percy’s announcement yesterday. Focusing right now on the scholarship or the art installation misses the point of the demands to #DisarmPSU. We are committed to continue pushing our campus leaders to respond to the community’s calls to #DisarmPSU
#JusticeForJasonWashington

Tonight: Vigil & March for Jason Washington

Join the Washington Family in a vigil and march on the two-year anniversary of the murder of Jason Washington. Meet at SW 6th and College to begin the vigil/march. The welcome will being around 7:10pm with a march through PSU from 7:15-8:00 then family and friends sharing memories and PSU community sharing demands and action steps. The event will end around 8:55pm. The event will be live streamed via Facebook.

#JusticeForJasonWashington #DisarmPSU

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Arresting Power showing on Wednesday

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WEDNESDAY JUNE 24 at 10PM: Walk-In / Bike In screening of “Arresting Power-Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon” in collaboration with @mobileprojectionunit Please bring a portable FM radio for drive-in style audio.  East bank Esplanade, under the Burnside Bridge

Arriving at the destination:
Option 1: Start on the east side of the Burnside bridge. Walk west on the Burnside Bridge until you reach the stairwell to the Esplanade. Walk down the stairs, and turn right and meet us under the bridge.
Option 2: Start at the east side, under the Morrison Bridge, near the intersection of SE Yamhill and SE Water. Walk up the ramp, and follow the sidewalk down towards the Esplanade. Walk North until you reach the bridge.

#arrestingpower #abolishthepolice

Public Comment to Board of Trustees

Dear Chair Hinckley and members of the Board,

I’m adding my written testimony to what I can only anticipate is a chorus of voices asking you to not only listen, but take action and respond to our demands to disarm CPSO. After the killing of Mr. Jason Washington in the summer of 2018, Margolis-Healy’s assessment of the campus policing, and the critiques of their report raised by the campus community, I was disappointed by the presentation of the Holistic Plan for Campus Public Safety, presented at the October Board meeting. This seemed like another missed opportunity for the Board to respond to the concerns of the faculty, staff, and students of Portland State University.
I realize that Board members come and go, and you are not all the same members who voted for the initial arming of campus security officers in 2014. But you are all Board members now, in this moment when our national discourse is shifting and it’s much harder to overlook or misunderstand the institutionalized racism embedded within policing, including policing on PSU’s campus. I urge you to act in this moment, and respond to the calls that are coming from across campus to disarm PSU.
While I can only speak for myself, I think it is fair to say that much of our campus community is exhausted by this conversation. Many of us shared warnings with the Board in the fall of 2014, and we grieve with the family who is missing a loved one because our warnings were not heeded. Many faculty and staff fear retribution for speaking out; we fear for our jobs. Many students, who have been steadfast in their opposition to policing, too often fear for their lives.
It is long past time to disarm PSU.
Respectfully submitted,
Miranda Mosier