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uspol, pdxpol 

Do you have a plan for keeping these groups apart? Do you have a strategy?

Wheeler: We were successful on Aug 17 2019 to keep violent parties separated. Communities also participated and took a stand against violence. We're lacking that coalition of determination against violence.

Have you asked the governor for National Guard?

Wheeler: Yes, she denied twice. I believe that we're okay without them.

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uspol, pdxpol 

How do you respond to Trump's criticism?

Wheeler: It's appalling that Trump would pretend to be surprised by violence. He should uplift us and help us and bring us together instead of use divisive politics. Trump should support us or "stay the hell out of the way". "Of course he isn't surprised, he encouraged them." I'm not surprised in the slgithtest, I'm surprised that he's surprised. We all need a reset and it required local and federal leadership to end violence.

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uspol, pdxpol 

How will we deal with this in the future?

- Wheeler: My greatest fear is someone dying. I am mourning and accountable. I and council colleagues are committing to reforms and 19 point plan. Vote in November. I will continue to ask community and colleagues to work with me. Violence is a dead-end street. We need education and housing. Let's not get sidetracked by violence.

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uspol, pdxpol 

Q&A time:

Planning for demonstrations?

- Lovell: We had info about caravan coming to PDX. Didn't have info on number. After start we had a sense. Tried to make precautions to keep out of downtown, on I5.
- Wheeler: Also we we were watching social media.

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uspol, pdxpol 

Next up: DA Mike Schmidt.

- MLK quote.
- Saddened that the message BLM might be undermined by this violence.
- ~"Our community is being terrorized by people coming into our city for the explicit reason of commiting violence"
- "We cannot allow this critical moment in our history to be hijacked"
- MLK quote

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uspol, pdxpol 

Lovell is up next:

- Homicide in downtown PDX.
- Refrain from speculation on social media.
- If you have info, come forward.
- Caravan was gone when shooting occurred.
- No other details at this time.
- Highlights recent homicide of 17-year-old in park that received less media attention.
- Focus on what we have in common, not what divides us.

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uspol, pdxpol 

Wheeler wants help from other Oregon officials to "stop the violence".

"What happened last night does not move us forward, it sets us back."

Talking about Portland shared values and says that we should focus on peaceful reform and non-violent action.

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uspol, pdxpol 

Wheeler is denouncing "the violence". Ambiguous. Calls for out-of-town trouble-makers to "stay away". Asks Portlanders to denounce "all violence".

Calls Trump racist, sexist, anti-democratic, and lists off a handful of offensive things Trump has done.

"Now you're attacking Democratic mayors [...] it's you who have created this violence and division [...] it's you who claaim that white supremacists are good people."

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uspol, pdxpol 

Press briefing should be starting soon. You can watch here (katu.com/watch). I'll try to live toot the big stuff.

evolution is sooo boring. "oh, apples taste good because apple trees reproduce more efficiently when herbivores want to eat them"

fuck efficiency. that apple tree loves that deer. that deer loves that apple tree. they're gay. that's why apples taste good

What you do should derive from what matters to you, not what others are doing.

woah this is thorough as fuck

Anatomy of a counter-insurgency: Efforts to undermine the George Floyd uprising

mronline.org/2020/07/03/anatom

@emma @RobinHood

Hey I just wanted you to know I loved this enough that I engraved it, it’s going on my wall, I love it so much.

it's true that we've organized lots of material improvements via social media, but I'd argue that's in spite of the way social media is organized rather than because of it.

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wish social media made it easier to organize material improvements instead of just hang out in a big digital room with friends

The world still leaves a lot to be desired, but hey there's a cat on my lap and nice cool morning weather.

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