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We protest for Black lives and against police brutality. And we do it in cars.

FOUNDER: Donna Hayes, Grandmother of Quanice Hayes
COORDINATOR: Jill ​pdxcarprotest@gmail.com​ Donna’s best friend. She will arrange for you to communicate with Donna directly.)
LOGISTICS and MARKETING: Adrienne ​actingchick@gmail.com​
FACEBOOK: PDX Car Caravan Protest

Meet Wednesdays at 5:30pm depart 6:00pm; Meet Saturdays at 2:00pm and depart 2:30pm. A mandatory safety orientation begins 15 minutes before departure.
PCC Cascade parking lot behind Student Services. Albina near Killingsworth.

Drives are usually 2-2.5 hours with the option of ending with a lap around a symbolic landmark depending on the route. 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​.

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 th​
Vietnam War showed up on June 12​ to follow Donna and Jill. That first Caravan was just over 30 cars and has grown since- almost 200 cars on Junteenth! More than 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.

There is a new route released for every date that takes drivers past important landmarks in the Black Community, homes of mothers who have lost their children to police violence, and
th​ down many neighborhood streets that have never seen a protest before. From SE 145​ and
Powell to St Johns to the West Hills to NE Hollywood, neighbors pop out from side streets and porches with homemade signs reflecting the Caravans messages. Fists rise out of sunroofs of passing traffic. Horns blast and people cheer. There is always at least one curmudgeon willing to flip a finger, but overall, this Caravan shows that there is a full breadth of people of all ages and abilities who are filling the streets and calling for change.

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.

Saturdays​, with the assistance of Motorcycle volunteers (they are amazing!), the car drivers are trained every Saturday to safely block intersections for each other so that the entire Caravan may remain together. Last Friday, 77 vehicles flooded the entrance to the Columbia River Correctional Institution to send support to those incarcerated. Because some blocked drivers can be impatient, Saturdays do see a few more curmudgeons. Our messages of love and support outweigh any of them. Good job, Portland.

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.

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