PDX CAR CARAVAN PROTEST
FALL/WINTER TIME AND DATE CHANGE!!!
We protest for Black lives and against police brutality. And we do it in cars.
FOUNDER: Donna Hayes, Grandmother of Quanice Hayes
COORDINATOR: Jill firstname.lastname@example.org (Donna’s best friend. She will arrange for you to communicate with Donna directly.)
LOGISTICS and MARKETING: Adrienne email@example.com
FACEBOOK/INSTAGRAM/TWITTER: PDX Car Caravan Protest
Meet Every Saturday
2:00pm for preparation, depart 2:30pm
A mandatory traffic safety orientation begins 15 minutes before departure.
Meet the Second Sunday of every Month for Family Friendly Caravan
2:00pm for preparation, depart 2:30pm
Sunday Caravans obey all traffic laws.
Both Caravans require participants to begin in the parking lot. No late comers for safety reasons. Organized groups of more than 6 cars contact us so we can prepare. Drives are about 2 hours.
PCC Cascade parking lot behind Student Services. Albina near Killingsworth.
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 have lifted their voices together since June 12. More than half are first time participants. Over 2000 Portlanders have participated in 30 plus Caravans 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. Special groups have joined us bearing messages of solidarity including individuals from the Japanese American Citizens League, Native American Lawyers for Black Lives and members of the Disabled Community who highlighted disabled Black Americans who have been killed by police.
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 through many neighborhood streets that have never seen a protest before. From SE 145th 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.
Sunday 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 Sunday.
Saturdays, with the assistance of Motorcycle volunteers (they are amazing!), the car drivers are prepared every Saturday to safely block intersections for each other so that the entire Caravan may remain together. Because some blocked drivers can be impatient, Saturdays do see a few more curmudgeons. Our messages of Love and Justice outweighs 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.
[Image alt text: PDX Car Caravan Protest. Black Lives Matter! End police brutality! No justice, no peace! October: Corking Blocking Moto Saturdays 10/3, 10, 17, 24, and 31. Family friendly Sunday 10/11. November TBA. Motorcycles & Scooters Welcome. We meet at 2:00. Depart at 2:30. Mandatory traffic safety orientation Saturdays. Meet back lot PCC Cascade off Albina Saturdays. Occasionally meet elsewhere. Facebook: PDX Car Caravan Protest. Twitter @pdxcarcaravan firstname.lastname@example.org]