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.
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!
Please join us on Wednesday, July 29th at 8:30pm to celebrate the life of Lane Martin. Lane was a PSU Art Practice major who was killed by Portland Police during a mental health crisis.
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
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.
Join the Washington family on June 29th for a march and vigil for Jason Washington. Meet up at SW 6th & College at 7pm