How the Community Helps Sustain Portland’s Ongoing Black Lives Matter Protests

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31.01.2021 – US, United States-Independent Media Institute

How the Community Helps Sustain Portland’s Ongoing Black Lives Matter Protests
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Portlanders have been protesting everyday since May. Community mutual aid ‘blocs’ support BIPOC activists with everything from groceries to haircuts to tattoos.

By April M. Short

At any given Black Lives Matter (BLM) event in Portland, you might encounter what looks like a farmers market stand, with woven baskets full of fresh veggies, fruits and flower cuttings. Look a little closer and you might come across an “Abolish the Police Lettuce Mix” or a fruit basket with a hand-painted sign that reads “billionaires are not essential.” This is the PlantBloc booth, where everything is freely donated and given away by Portland’s gardeners and plant lovers to support the movement against racism, and justice for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) people.

PlantBloc operates only through volunteers and donations and does not accept any money. The mutual aid…

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