So, it seems some Portland business owners, fed up with the
peaceful protests rioting, trespassing, looting and “autonomous zones,” have formed a cooperative to try to address this, since the city won’t. Excerpt:
For months, businesses in the Portland Business Alliance have pleaded and begged the mayor to stop the violence, which is destroying current business and costing them millions of dollars. But Mayor Ted Wheeler has given them promises and not much else in return. Between the governor’s draconian COVID shutdowns and the city’s reputation for lawlessness and violence, Portland’s reputation as a popular and safe tourist destination is taking a huge hit too.
The latest insurrection by the radical mob, the occupation of a neighborhood in North Portland, is currently taking hold.
The name of the group, The Rose City Collective, has a decidedly Leftist Portland sound. In an open letter, signed by businessmen and women and non-profit members, the groups has attempted to strike a chord with the Portland Professional Protesters™ but also point out what’s true: The destruction is killing the city and their businesses.
While the PBA plays insider politics, giving the mayor cover, the Collective takes aim at him in the letter for allowing the “criminal destruction” and “chaos.”
Protest has long been the historical spark to ignite real change and the Rose City Downtown Collective could not be more proud to support the protests for civil rights happening in the heart of our great city. But the focus of the movement has been blurred by the ongoing chaos and criminal destruction that is happening night after night, often after the protests are done, taking the attention away from the actual movement.
Our elected officials let us down this year, but we are hopeful that the new City Council will step up. The hard reality is that some local businesses won’t make it to January to see new council members take their posts. The urgency of this situation cannot be overstated.
Here’s the problem: “…The Rose City Downtown Collective could not be more proud to support the protests for civil rights happening in the heart of our great city. But the focus of the movement has been blurred by the ongoing chaos and criminal destruction that is happening night after night, often after the protests are done, taking the attention away from the actual movement.” What a pile of crap.
Pandering to these spoiled brats won’t accomplish a damn thing, and that’s precisely what the “Rose City Downtown Collective” (Collective? Seriously? That’s what you went with?) is doing. What has to happen is that the people who are seizing property for “autonomous zones,” along with the people who are breaking windows, defacing private property and starting fires, need to be arrested, prosecuted with vigor, and imprisoned. Nothing else. Want to stand on the sidewalk with a sign and protest? Great. Knock yourself out. The First Amendment guarantees you that right.
But the moment you affect someone else’s rights? The hoosegow for you. And if the city won’t do that, then, gosh, there are other avenues local businesses can pursue, and there are successful examples. Seems to me that Portland needs fewer “collectives” and more Roof Koreans.