PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A demonstration to honor George Floyd, originally slated as peaceful and kid-friendly, drew a larger than expected crowd to Northeast Portland Monday afternoon.
The 4 p.m. event took place at the five corners of NE Sandy and 57th as hundreds of sign-carrying people lined the sidewalks.
Organizers announced they would collect donations for the Equitable Giving Circle, a local group that works to improve opportunities for the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities.
But officials with the Equitable Giving Circle said:
“This is not sanctioned by me or my team at the Equitable Giving Circle. We appreciate the solidarity but protesting with children is not safe in this climate. Organizing on behalf of an org without discussing it is inappropriate. I’m heading to the event to shut it down. We are NOT doing this. This is a teachable moment and we would rather people:
-donate to Black people
-take anti racist trainings
“Do NOT show up to this event. STAY HOME.”
Organizers of the protest suggested people go downtown, but a large swath of downtown is blocked off as National Guard troops are deployed in the area.
This event comes just hours after religious leaders in Portland said they stand with George Floyd’s family and at the same time called for peaceful protests over his death.
Portland, Salem and Eugene — plus dozens of other cities around the US — have been rocked by large, and at times violent, protests the last three nights. The death of Floyd, an unarmed handcuffed black man who died while a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck, has sparked the nationwide outrage.
Earlier Friday, George Floyd’s brother called for an end to the violence.