Sparked by the murder of George Floyd and in honor of her grandson Quanice Hayes, Donna Hayes and her best friend launched a protest for Justice and in support of Black Lives for folks who are health cautious because of Covid 19 and also may have limited mobility. Families, first-time protesters and folks who claim they haven’t protested since the Vietnam War showed up on June 12th to follow Donna and Jill. That first Caravan was just over 30 cars and has grown since- almost 200 cars on Juneteenth! Over half are first time participants. Hundreds of Portlanders have participated since June each with their own call to justice emblazoned on their car.
Donna’s invitation to bring your own message makes for a diverse set of voices connected in one impressive display of unity. BLM, Defund the police, Justice for Breonna and many, many other victims of injustice both national and local are pictured on people’s cars.
Wednesday protests are suggested for cars with kids and more tentative drivers. It is led by a group of section leaders who shepherd their group of cars through the route following Donna. We do not block intersections or disobey traffic signals on Wednesday. We average 40-60 vehicles on Wednesdays but have surpassed 100 cars a few times. If you are bringing a group of 5 or more cars please notify organizers so they can prepare section leaders.
Fridays, with the assistance of Motorcycle volunteers (they are amazing!), the car drivers are trained to safely block intersections for each other so that the entire Caravan may remain together. Fridays average 80-120 vehicles. Because some blocked drivers can be impatient Fridays do see a few more curmudgeons. The messages of love and support outweigh any of them.
Wednesdays and Fridays Meet at 5:30pm depart 6:00pm
PCC Cascade parking lot behind Student Services. Albina near Killingsworth.
Drives are usually 2-2.5 hours and always end at sundown. (Exact time announced at start point.). People are encouraged to do as much of it as they can but it is required for safety that all participants meet at the start point for orientation before participating.
Donna Hayes, the Black founder and heart of this Caravan, is the Grandmother of Quanice Hayes who at age 17 was killed in 2017 while on his knees by Portland Police officer Andrew Hearst. Hearst has not been held accountable.
PDX Car Caravan Protest
Black Lives Matter! End police brutality! No justice, no peace!
August. Wednesdays/Fridays. 5/7, 12/14, 19/21, 26/28. September TBA.
Motorcycles and scooters welcome. Meet at 5:30. Depart promptly at 6:00. Back lot PCC Cascade off Albina. Route online eve of protest. Please print. Routes vary.
Facebook: PDX Car Caravan Protest