Make Proud Boys Pay for their National Rally

Make Proud Boys Pay for their National Rally

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John Connor started this petition to Mayor Ted Wheeler and

As you may know by now, a notoriously violent far-right organization, known as the “Proud Boys,” is once again returning for a national rally in Portland, OR, on September 26, 2020. They have never acquired a legal permit for their events in Portland, past or present. Their stated intent, according to the group’s leader, is to drain the city of its resources by costing local taxpayers invaluable resources that will be needed to protect the city’s residents from the group’s large and violent presence, and to keep them separated from local counter-protesters.  Their motive, put simply, is their disdain for Portland’s liberal reputation.

Last year, they came to downtown Portland for a rally and in just one day managed to cost the city millions, including $3M in lost revenue for downtown businesses that were forced to close for safety reasons.  The city also closed the Hawthorne Bridge and diverted traffic while police escorted the Proud Boys back across the river to their parked busses. The Proud Boys had neither a permit for their rally, nor a permit for their march through Portland streets, yet it was the local citizens who paid to secure their safety while they threw their weight around with impunity before departing back to whatever area of the country they all came from.

One of the group’s core tenets is “Fighting solves everything.” Their membership ranking system is based solely on their level of experience in engaging in acts of violence against those who protest against them. They have been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. They often show up in large numbers with members coming from all over the country to intentionally incite and engage in direct violence against Portland citizens, simply because they perceive this city as a bastion of leftist ideals. As in the past, they will be armed and ready to injure anyone they perceive as their political adversaries, eager to climb the ranks. Recently, a notorious Sherwood, OR-area Proud Boy member, Carl Todd, posted on social media that they ideally plan to execute 3/4 of the entire media staff in the country by way of a public hanging, due to a perceived unfavorable coverage of President Trump.

As stated above, the leader of the Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio of Miami, FL, has made it clear that they will keep coming to Portland to drain the local taxpayers of their resources.

We are not only fighting a global pandemic, but we are also in the midst of battling a devastating wildfire season that is currently inflicting horrendous damage to our state and its communities. We cannot allow this hate group to keep coming back here with no permits for a national rally, and with the expressed intention of hurting us financially while we are already suffering from other, non-politically related catastrophes.

We urge the mayor and the City of Portland to charge the hate group, known as the Proud Boys, for the costs incurred to secure their own safety and the safety of our businesses and our citizens during their annual incursion into Portland.

 

FURTHER READING:

Proud Boys Leader Admits Their Rallies Are For Fighting And Wasting Money

Portland Mayor Responds to Right-Wing Organizer’s Threat of Monthly Protests: “We Do Not Want Him Here in My City, Period”

Proud Boy Invasion Cost Portland Businesses $3 Million

VIDEO OF THE LAST PROUD BOY GATHERING IN PORTLAND:

PROUD BOY VIOLENCE, PORTLAND, OR AUGUST 22, 2020

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