This Saturday, the 26th, members of the far-right Proud Boys–a hate group according to the Southern Poverty Law Center–plan to host a noon rally at Delta Park “to showcase our love for America and Western Values.”
The event is not permitted and has caused a significant stir across Kenton and the rest of the city of Portland over fears of violence and hate.
In a statement from the Oregon Legislature’s BIPOC Caucus, the lawmakers declared that:
“The Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer are here to bring violence and spread hate. But we know their agenda and our community will not stand for violence or hate. We will not be intimidated or silenced, but we also will not allow these individuals to sow the chaos and destruction they so desperately seek.”
For those that want to take action, there is a counter event planned at Peninsula Park. The KNA has moved the planned fall cleanup for that morning to October 3rd.
With various members of the KNA planning to be out providing a community presence in Kenton, the KNA will be running a GroupMe chat for anyone interested to help monitor the situation. Please contact us with your name and number to join.