Portland holds 'Eclipse Hate' rally for Charlottesville
At least a thousand people hit the streets Friday for a peaceful rally and march in solidarity with Charlottesville, Va. following last weekend's violence.
Portland's Resistance leaders were the organizers of the event, which was called "Eclipse Hate." The rally started at about 5:30 p.m. at the Salmon Street Fountain on Southwest Naito Parkway. The march began at around 7:30 p.m.
"Just like Charlottesville, Portland has recently and historically faced tragedy at the hands of white supremacy. We’ve seen the destruction that it brings both here and across the country. We will not tolerate hate in our city," organizers wrote on the Facebook event page before the rally and march.
Protesters went onto the Hawthorne Bridge, where they stopped, sat down and shared a moment of silence for four and a half minutes. They continued on into the east side of town. Eventually, they crossed back into the west side using the Morrison Bridge. Just after 9 p.m., they made their way in silence back to Salmon Street Springs and ended the protest.
Traffic was blocked at times in other places and TriMet service was delayed, but there were no major issues.
Only a few police officers were present at the rally. None was observed along the march route. And after the protest ended, police tweeted they were grateful it was peaceful.
At one point toward the end of the march, a brief confrontation erupted among the marchers. It was unclear what started it.
The event featured many speakers and music, including a Native American woman, who identified herself as Maria. She implored people to get involved.
"You have to ask yourself, how much am I doing to make sure that my children, my family, my friends, can walk down the road safe, to be able to eat without worrying about the food they're eating, without poisoning them, to be able to drink water, without that water being contaminated," she said.