Why the elk statue that once stood in Portland is a perfect symbol for this uprising.
Since May 28th, 2020, people have been protesting at the Portland Police Central Precinct (Justice Center) calling for the abolition of police, the protests started as an occupation of the building led by a local black revolutionary and have been going on for 50 days straight.
The fountain and Elk statue is a very nearby landmark and one of the only statues in the area that doesn’t represent colonialism, the fountain has become a regular place for bonfires and gathering of the community, people riding the Elk statue during an insurrection against the state, while our community became too powerful for the police state to control, that elk was standing strong with us, tear gas and all.
The statue was donated to Portland in 1900 was was made to “commemorate the Elk that once lived in the area”, Elk that we’re driven out by colonialism and mass capitalist expansion, Elks have been killed off by colonialists just like our comrades are now.
The Elk that once stood in the ring of fire and through the tear gas symbolizes that we must be strong and resilient and hold our ground no matter how bad things are, stay together, stay tight, we do this every night.
The Youth Liberation Front (YLF) makes the following call for a day of action in solidarity with the ongoing resistance in Portland.
On July 25th, youth abolitionists are calling for a national and global march against the institution of policing. We are demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Stephon Clark, Philando Castille, Eric Garner, Quanice Hayes, Patrick Kimmons, Sean Monterrosa and the thousands more taken by the hands of racist police. Time and time again, the neo-liberal state has offered promises of “reform” with no real action ever taken. The time for discussing reform is over, we need full abolition for our communities to be safe and free from rampant police terror.
We are calling on all abolitionists, youth or non-youth, to coordinate mass protests on July 25th to show the world that the fire of this uprising is still burning strong, and that flames will just keep getting bigger until the police state has been dismantled once and for all.
This call to action comes right after Trump has announced he will be sending the federal troops that have been occupying Portland, Oregon, all across the nation. The Federal Government has already waged war against Portland, which has been protesting everyday for 50 days straight, and now feds are going to war against protesters everywhere in an attempt to take control and snuff out the fire of this uprising. We must become more powerful than them.
Form an affinity group.
Coordinate an action.
Bring a friend.
-PNW Youth Liberation Front.
-Marin Youth Liberation Front.
-Tennessee Youth Liberation Front.
-Direct Action Alliance.
-Maryland Youth Liberation Front.
-Olympia Youth Liberation Front