PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Rose City Justice, the group responsible for orchestrating the largest marches in Portland in previous weeks, gathered again at Revolution Hall in Southeast Portland on Tuesday after a two-week hiatus. But their return to the protest spotlight didn’t come without criticism.
Another group gathered at Revolution Hall on Tuesday. Members said they wanted to hold RCJ accountable.
“Folks came out here to hold Rose City Justice accountable for several different reasons,” said protester Tazha Williams. “One of those reasons being leadership with Rose City Justice has not treated other Black women in leadership with respect and also a lot of the money that has been donated to Rose City Justice has not been transparently accounted for.”
RCJ disclosed to the public it stepped back to restructure and carry out equity training. The group hosted nightly rallies and marches attended by thousands of people for nearly a month before abruptly canceling a march in late June. In a social media post, RCJ said it needed time to process statements made against the group and some of its organizers.
On Tuesday, RCJ announced it’s intentions to lead a march from Revolution Hall to Pioneer Courthouse Square. A few hundred people joined the march, which traveled over the Morrison Bridge and ended at Pioneer Courthouse Square.
“It felt right to get back into the streets,” said RCJ Co-Founder Devin Boss. “We understand it’s very important to do the behind the scenes — the policy stuff, the ground work — and it’s important we are in the streets to make sure people are engaged emotionally.”
The presence of a second group at the RCJ-led event sparked a dialogue and both sides agreed to talk things out to focus on the Black Lives Matter movement.
“This is bigger than me; it’s bigger than Rose City Justice; it’s bigger than Portland,” said Chrissy with RCJ. “It’s for Black Lives and if we bicker amongst each other we are not moving forward and what needs to happen is to move forward.”
Also on Tuesday, the Buddhist Peace Fellowship organized a group meditation event supporting the Black Lives Matter cause. The hour-long event was expected to start at 7 p.m. at Chapman Square. Organizers said participants can expect to “sit with the suffering caused by racist violence and police brutality and with the wish for all beings to be safe.”
Night 46: Riot, arrests
On the 46th consecutive night of protests in Portland, multiple arrests were made and police declared a riot outside the Portland Police Association Headquarters.
The riot was declared in North Portland in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Earlier, demonstrators had gathered in Kenton Park on North Brandon Avenue and then marched to the Portland Police Association Headquarters.
PPB said five people were ultimately arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of interfering with a police officer and 2nd-degree disorderly conduct. One person is also charged with four counts of pointing a laser.