Portland

Janelle Bynum

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Your DGB for today is to support Oregon State Representative Janelle Bynum.

While out in her district as part of her reelection campaign, Rep. Bynum was rolled up on by a Sheriff’s Deputy. Come to find out that one of her constituents had called the police to report that Bynum was going door to door and typing on her phone a lot between houses. This is what’s known in most human circles as “canvassing” and isn’t usually suspicious. Unless of course you’re #CampaigningWhileBlack. We can unfortunately now add Walking While State Representative to the very long list of things you can’t do if you’re Black, which also includes activities such as mowing grass and performing voluntary community service, among many, MANY others.

Reject this kind of casual, prevalent racism by donating to Bynum’s campaign here:

http://www.janellebynum.com/

 

Support Portland Heroes

Your DGB for today is to donate to the funds set up by the Muslim community for the heroes in Portland who jumped in between a violent racist and two Muslim teens last week and/or one set up to help the two girls who were targeted.

On May 26th, two Muslim women on the train in Portland, OR, were verbally assaulted by a white supremacist spewing hate speech. In the process of trying to protect the women and diffuse the situation, three good samaritans were stabbed by the supremacist. Two of the men, Ricky John Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, made the ultimate sacrifice and the third, Micah Fletcher, sustained serious injuries. The funds raised for them will go first to short-term needs of the families such as medical bills and funeral expenses; and then to longer term needs. Funds raised for the two girls will go towards basic expenses as well as transportation (as you can imagine, they are not too keen on public transport these days) and mental health services.

Hate crimes - particularly against Muslims - seem to be flourishing in the Trump era, but ordinary Americans are stepping up and speaking out in record numbers. If you can spare even as little as a couple dollars for these brave folks and their families, please give. 

We also urge you to brush up on your training for safe and effective bystander intervention. Stay safe out there, Grabbers!