A Statement about the Portland Police Contract and Ensuing Protests

In the past, we, the Portland Raging Grannies, have expressed our thanks to Mayor Charlie Hales for making the right decision about rejecting fossil fuel infrastructure in Portland. On a separate and equally important issue, we are in opposition to recent events regarding the police contract. Specifically, we are in strong disagreement with Mayor Hales’ and the City Council’s decision to push through the Portland Police contract without due consideration of the concerns voiced by organizations such as Black Lives Matter and Don’t Shoot PDX. We also are deeply dismayed by tactics, such as the use of pepper spray and excessive force, taken by the Portland Police against the City Hall demonstrators.