The Oregonian marked the first day in President Joe Biden’s office on Wednesday with the ceremony and protests of the nation’s 46th president.
Fears of armed riots in the Oregon capital never materialized amid the presence of law enforcement and the fortifications of buildings including the Capitol.
Protests continued in Portland until late Wednesday as protesters pushed for policy changes more quickly than Biden had promised.
On Wednesday night, a crowd of at least 100 planned to march to nearby Immigrants and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility at Elizabeth Carruthers Park in South Portland. Crowds began to rise around 9 pm, with slogans protesting the captives and cages of migrants from the United States. The protesters also cried to Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and President Joe Biden and said, “Abolished ICE.” Upon reaching the building, many people portray “now remodeled families” on the wall of the ICE building.
The assembly was declared an unlawful assembly around 9:30 and the crowd was told that those who tortured federal property with weapons or “other dangerous objects” would be arrested. Federal officials used tear gas and silence several times; At one point, the air was so thick with gas and smoke that it was difficult to see. By 10 pm, Portland police had arrested at least one person.
Earlier on Wednesday, a crowd of about 200 people, including self-described anarchists, marched in the city’s Central Eastside area and smashed windows at the Democratic Party of Oregon headquarters. Some of the protesters gave a hint that “We don’t want Biden, we want revenge!” In response to “police assassination” and “imperialist wars”. Portland police said they arrested eight people.
The Democratic Party issued a statement expressing the group’s disappointment over the loss of its headquarters.
“None of this should take away from the fact that today is a happy day for America,” the group said in its statement.
Gov. Kate Brown called Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris ‘inauguration “a new chapter for our country” and praised the new administration’s diversified cabinet, as well as Harris’ historic role as First Lady, Black and Asian Vice President.
Some performances in Portland hit a more famous raga. From the 14th to 15th zodiac signs on Northeast Broadway, about a dozen people held signs in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The afternoon crowd was met with almost constant respect for approval – the only break coming when the streetlights turned red.
86-year-old Betty Sholten said she has been performing on the site almost daily since August, with the same Black Lives letter sign each time. She said she feels cheerful and hopeful because she hopes the Black people will have equal rights to pay more attention to Biden and his administration. “I hope so,” he said. “They said it would be.”
Nevertheless, she believes that change will not come overnight – even under a new administration, she said that this is a step in the right direction.
Sholten said that he and others would continue to perform along Broadway, “until we don’t need it anymore.”
Still, she thinks that day is “a long way down the road.”
Many Oregonians expressed happiness at both Biden’s inauguration and Trump’s ouster from power, while he clarified that he would push the new administration to make major reforms.
A “Inauguration of Justice” Car Caravan Started Wednesday afternoon at Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus and departed for Irving Park on Northeast Fremont Street and 10th Avenue. The rally and march were planned by groups including the Defend Democracy Coalition.
Around 150 people including volunteers and media were at the event around 5 pm
As soon as the event began, people delivered a message in support of Black Lives Matter and played a drumline, and appealed for several progressive changes to cheer the day.
One speaker told the crowd, “This is such a monumental day.” “Because today we dump Trump. But we also need to adopt resistance. raw is War. “
One of the organizers of the event, Ray Austin, called for the total elimination of police.
An elder who introduced himself as a “Vietnam don” told the crowd that those who rioted at the National Capitol on 6 January represented a regressive way of thinking.
Suzy Kasauf, a teacher at Grant High School and a founder of the climate justice organization Sunrise PDX, asked the crowd if they thought Biden would like to see a rapid movement for climate justice – to which he replied “no.”
“All movements for justice are one,” she said. “It is no accident that those who are first and foremost hurt by the climate crisis and environmental injustice are black and brown.”
One of the organizers, Destiny Houston, said the rally aimed to focus various issues on the progressive agenda, such as the Black Lives Matter movement, immigration and climate change.
“We are really hoping that on Inauguration Day, we will be able to celebrate the new administration, as well as clarifying that we will hold them accountable.”
As the speakers addressed the crowd, a car overturned about a block away. Several protesters gathered around the car to ask if anyone was hurt, and the protesters drove a little girl and her mother out of the car before the fire department arrived. Neither were seriously injured.
The car crash on Fremont Street, within the earshot and eye-light of the Irving Park event, exposes tensions between protesters and law enforcement. The protesters raced to help the family that flopped their car, unwilling to respond to the authorities, saying that they caused more harm than being there. Protesters called the police to rescue the incident.
Rese Monson, 31, of the local protest group Black Unity PDX, said, “If we believe ‘Black Lives Matter’, we see something we want to do.” We are delighted that Firebrook came instead of the police. We really don’t like the police coming and joining. Last time the police came, they brought a big tear gas canister for a mentally ill person. “
Monson said he felt the driver was trying to avoid driving the car in the opposite lane of traffic, he took a nap in a car parked on the road and left his car.
Property and Policy
Earlier in the day, a crowd gathered for the “J20” on Wednesday at the Revolution Hall in southeast Portland, including an incident blaming the government, including Biden’s president, and focusing on various crises for justice Was done, which included improving policing and improving education and foster care. A poster for the event called for “land back” – a movement to return land for indigenous people.
The incident, which had nearly 200 people at its peak, was described as a “direct action” march, a term that has been described in recent months for demonstrations that have caused property damage, such as broken windows or Has ended in graffiti.
Shortly after the incident began, about a dozen police officers showed up on the bicycle and began questioning the protesters, adding to the tension.
As they marched towards the river, they called for an end to the sweep of homeless camps, removing both homeless and former President Donald Trump. They ended up at the Democratic Party of Oregon headquarters, where some broke windows. The protesters were met by police at Benson High School. The mayor’s office confirmed that by 4 pm, police had arrested three people suspected of using the mob by smashing windows at the Democratic Party of Oregon headquarters.
Before the crowd began marching through the hall, some protesters pondered why they were at the event.
Two protesters of the Black Unity PDX said a lot of work had to be done for the new administration.
“With this Biden administration, I don’t want people to forget that black lives still matter – they never made a difference,” said Princess Warner, 20.
Teal Lindseth, 22, said the new administration needed to focus on improving things like education and foster care.
“My child should see the stuff of black history, he should be able to understand everything that is being told to him.” We don’t even learn enough about that stuff. “There is so much wrong in this world and it needs to change.”
CAPITOL STAYS QUIET
Only a handful of protesters – including both Trump supporters and critics – turned out in front of the Oregon Capitol on Wednesday.
A pro-Biden protestor tagged a pair of signs, one of which read: “Lock Trump Up !!!” All capital letters.
Capitol’s windows were upstairs, and the entrance was protected by a chain-link fence.
A sense of vigil grew in the US Capitol following the right-wing uprising on January 6, when pro-Trump extremists tried to prevent Congress from certifying the presidential election results. Far-south protesters attacked the Oregon Capitol and allegedly police and journalists during a special legislative session on 21 December.
The scene in the Washington state capital, Olympia, was quiet Wednesday afternoon as well.
ELSEWHERE in Portland
Earlier on Wednesday, around 20 protesters gathered outside a South Portland US Immigration and Customs Enforcement building as part of a vigil for detainees.
The group stood against the backdrop of a large white cloth with red and black letters inscribed “ABOLID ICE”. The collection of candles and chalk markings on the pavement promoted the same slogan.
One of the vigilante organizers, who asked not to be named for fear of right-wing vengeance, was committing ICE “genocide” and the ultimate goal of the protesters was to dismantle the agency.
He said, “We have to fight for whoever the president is.”
A second “Abolid ICE” protest was scheduled to begin at 8 pm at Elizabeth Caruthers Park, which is near the Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement Building.
The Democratic Party of Oregon hosted a virtual inauguration party that aired on Facebook and the party’s website at 4:45 pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland at 5:30 pm to celebrate the peaceful transition of power to virtual service, among other works, the poetry of Walt Whitman, Maya Angelou and Emma Lazarus, and Dolly Parton’s “Light of a Clear Blue” Was living morning.”
The “Rhythm Nation inauguration ceremony” had a one-hour public policy panel, scheduled to begin at 7 pm. A livestream dance party event was to follow with DJs at Holocene Bar and Night Club.
– Oregon / OregonLive Staff