Obviously I have Opinions™ on what needs to be said about the protests in Portland. I think they’re important and I couldn’t have come to that conclusion without thinking that certain specific things about the protests were important.
But honestly, these protests aren’t important at all unless they’re communicating something to people. Now, just photos of tear gas can inform us about the state of authoritarianism in US government, but there’s so much more to say, especially since general authoritarianism doesn’t tell us anything about the original goals of the movement: ending racism and racist violence in policing.
So of course I’ll continue to report, but I want y’all to get the information that is most meaningful to you. I genuinely care about what you want to know.
So, if you were going to the Portland protests, what would you investigate? What would you be trying to learn? What would you be looking to see?
in short, what can I tell you that you aren’t getting anyplace else?
Most requested/upvoted will get the highest priority, but I’m really going to try to get people everything on the list, if it’s in my power to do so.
Some previous suggestions from Wonkette’s comments where I’ve also been posting about the protests:
- Demographics, esp race.
- How much of the crowd is college students? How active are they? What about the olds?
- Any more co-opting by III% or Boogaloo Bungholes?
- I want to know if you’re OK, if you move been hurt by the feds and/or police
- if there’s anything we can do to help
- Part of me just wants to know all the little anecdotes.
- Another part of me wants to know what kinds of plans people are making to actually change things as we go forward – that includes holding the line on Trump et al invading cities like Portland, but more specifically, the issues around injustice and police brutality and ongoing systems on racism (sure, just a small basket of things, no trouble right?)
- I would like to know how it feels to participate in the protests, to be there?
You can suggest something totally new, or use these ideas as a take-off point, or just comment to give your +1 to one or more of them without adding your own creations.