A statement from the Portland DSA Safety Working Group

A series of five illustrations. From left to right, the first four represent police officers in increasingly militarized gear. The fifth and final illustration is a Dumpster with a broom leaning up against it. A DSA logo appears in the lower right corner
illustration by Brubaker, courtesy of DSA

With his latest statement, Ted Wheeler actively threatens the safety of Portland residents. By directing unknown people to track, record, and report so-called “black bloc” protesters, he is jeopardizing the safety and security of any number of Portland residents. These residents may or may not be associated with any protests. Furthermore, Wheeler is, wittingly or unwittingly, inviting and encouraging violent, far-right cells to act as vigilantes within our community. …

A line of police across the bottom of the photo. Behind them are a row of trees in Lents Park. A police SUV and more officers are visible in the background. Blue sky appears above the scene.
Police at Lents Park on Friday, April 16, 2021

Portland DSA condemns the police murder of our community member, Robert Douglas Delgado, yesterday in Lents Park.

The brutality of policing is an everyday horror perpetrated against the most marginalized people in our society — and it is a tool of capitalism to maintain inequality.

Last year, Portlanders mobilized alongside millions of others around the country to protest racist police violence. Our demonstrations forced the Portland City Council to take action: they voted to defund the Portland Police Bureau by $15 million and remove police presence from schools and public transit. …

By Emily Castle and Serena Howell, Portland DSA Ecosocialist Working Group

A round red graphic with two hands shaking hands. The hand on the left is drawn with a black line, and the hand on the right with a white line. Above the hands is a lightning bolt, drawn with a black line, pointing down to the middle of the handshake.
Image from NYC-DSA Public Power Campaign. Design by Ethan Fox.
  • After historic winter storms, Oregon and Texas both suffered massive, predictable grid failures. At the same time, millions of people face mounting utility debt and the threat of shut-offs due to nonpayment in the midst of the pandemic.
  • Investor owned utility companies (IOUs) are privately owned, for-profit monopolies that pay dividends to shareholders. IOUs have a long history of neglecting grid safety and accessibility in favor of paying out shareholder dividends, astronomical executive salaries, and political lobbying.
  • The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) oversees 90% of Texas’s grid…

Yemen is the Greatest Humanitarian Crisis in the World.
Yemen is the Greatest Humanitarian Crisis in the World.

The conflict in Yemen is the greatest humanitarian conflict in the world. For the next 5 days, we will be sharing information about this conflict, and attempting to explain how US imperialism has made it far worse. We hope you will join us on the Yemen Day of Action on Jan 25th for a global webinar, hosted by Code Pink, at 11AM. https://www.codepink.org/globalyemen

Photo of Portland, Oregon sign, superimposed over houseless encampment

This decision will result in more evictions, more houselessness, and more suffering. Our commissioners should reverse this immediately.

Portland has the highest concentration of low income tenants in Oregon. Strong protections were and still are necessary. But MultCo commissioners have decided to retract their prior protections, and defer to the state’s protections, which are weaker. Here’s how:

  1. They rescinded the 6 month payback period. Tenants will be on the hook for ALL accrued rent debt when the moratorium ends in July.
  2. Landlords can again evict you for no cause, including if they want to renovate or move into the property…

Congressman Kurt Schrader and County Commissioner Mark Shull

The Clackamas County branch of the Portland Democratic Socialists of America calls for the resignation of OR-District 5 representative, Kurt Schrader. His comments on Friday, January 8th comparing possible impeachment proceedings of President Donald Trump to a “lynching” show his disregard for our country’s history of violence against Black Americans, and are completely unacceptable and indefensible.

This is just one of many incidents in which Schrader has abdicated responsibility for his working class constituents. In December, he voted no on a $2,000 stimulus check that would have provided much-needed relief to residents of Oregon’s 5th District during a pandemic and…

Democratic Socialists of America, Portland, Oregon

Portland DSA calls for the immediate impeachment and removal of Trump from office, the expulsion of all members of Congress who aided this coup attempt, and the beginning of a nationwide commitment to antifascist praxis by socialists of all tendencies.

We are witnessing an attempted coup in real time. It is already too late to reverse the damage done to our country, damage that was inevitable after a century of US coups in foreign nations and the buildup of white supremacist police forces across the nation. Imperialism is coming home to roost.

Now is the critical time to cease collaborating…

Democratic Socialists of America — Portland, Oregon

Starting today, Governor Kate Brown has ordered a two-week “freeze” on a wide range of social and commercial activities in order to slow the alarming spike in COVID-19 cases in Oregon. This rapid and deadly spread has hit working class people, communities of color, and immigrants hardest. While the Portland chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America supports the renewed restrictions imposed by the governor, we believe Oregonians deserve a far stronger response to this relentless disaster that has affected so many aspects of our lives.

A study by Families USA by the Lund Report in August showed that between…


Tonight, residents of Multnomah County voted to pass Preschool for All, a ballot measure that will create free preschool for all 3 and 4 year olds in Multnomah County, and implement an increased wage for all preschool teachers and assistants, funded by an income tax on the wealthy.

Shortly after the Portland chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America was founded, we began engaging with the budget processes at the city, county, and state levels. We grew increasingly frustrated as we watched our elected officials push more austerity. They cut funding…

Attorney General Bill Barr, May 31, 2020
Attorney General Bill Barr, May 31, 2020

On September 8, 2020, 27 organizations (and two individuals) signed a letter urging Portland City Council to end all Portland Police cooperation with the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Most of the groups were involved in the 2017 campaign which led to the removal of two part-time Portland Police officers from the JTTF in 2019. However, the May 2019 Council resolution allows the PPB to work with the JTTF on cases of terrorism “and/or threats to life including hate crimes.”

The new letter acknowledges the current political climate in which JTTFs are blatantly being used to spy on Americans’ First Amendment activities.

The letter is posted at http://www.portlandcopwatch.org/EndCooperationWithJTTF2020.pdf

Portland DSA

The Portland chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. Hailing from all corners of the socialist left, our goal is a better world beyond capitalism.

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