5 Myths About the Protests in Portland

You’ve probably seen the images on TV or social media or in the newspaper. Portland is in chaos. Portland is being destroyed nightly by rioters and looters. According to right wing media, Portland needs federal intervention because local officials have lost control of the city.

But what’s actually happening on the ground in Portland?

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown: “Trump Needs to Get His Officers Off the Streets”

Since their arrival in Portland, the federal officers deployed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have sparked national attention and outrage. The officers, along with the Trump administration, have entirely disregarded the desires of local officials, and have threatened the safety of numerous Portland protesters.

“We don’t have a secret police in this country. This is not a dictatorship” said Gov. Kate Brown (D-Ore.). “And Trump needs to get his officers off the streets.”

War on Women Report: Trump Wishes Sex Trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell Well

This week: Trump wishes Ghislaine Maxwell—a sex trafficker and close associate of Jeffrey Epstein—well. And says Epstein—a man accused of raping girls as young as 14 and operating a sex trafficking ring—is a “terrific guy” and “a lot of fun to be with.”

Republicans argue unemployment aid deters individuals from returning to work (at their jobs that no longer exist).

And Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) is retiring this year, leaving his misogynist comments as a final goodbye.

Here’s What You Need to Know About Recording the Police

As protesters continue to demand reform and accountability for officers, it is increasingly important and necessary to understand the legal right citizens and the press have to record and publish videos of police activities.

Cue: The NYU First Amendment Watch last month released “A Citizen’s Guide to Recording Police”—which breaks down the legal precedent behind our right to record law enforcement officers.

Feminism Requires Abolition: Police Aren’t an Adequate Response to Sexual Violence

We have the statistics right in front of us, proving police are not an adequate defense or solution for responding to sexual violence. Anti-abolitionists and white supremacists use these statistics to claim that we need our current system to ensure the safety of women—but shouldn’t these statistics prove that our current system is not working? Why would a system that fails at least one person every 73 seconds be used as grounds for upholding said system?