Portland's Resistance leaders arrested during anti-Trump march

PPS students join anti-Trump protesters

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Gregory McKelvey, the leader of the activist group Portland's Resistance, was among three protesters arrested during an anti-Trump march in Portland Monday night.

McKelvey was booked on a disorderly conduct charge. Fellow protester Kathryn Stevens faces charges of disorderly conduct and interfering with an officer.

Later Monday night, protester Micah Rhodes was arrested for disorderly conduct and interfering with a peace officer.

The protest began with students from Portland Public Schools holding an anti-Trump rally in Northeast Portland, with members of Portland's Resistance acting as co-hosts.

After a 4 p.m. rally at Holladay Park, the protesters marched through the streets while chanting and holding signs. The group blocked the Burnside Bridge and held a moment of silence.

Police were following the protesters during their march.

Police bureau spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson said officers watched McKelvey and Rhodes "actively encouraging and directing student protesters to counter lawful police orders which were being broadcast over a loudspeaker by police."

Portland police made arrested McKelvey at Southwest 5th Avenue and Salmon Street. They arrested Stevens when, police said, she interfered with McKelvey's arrest.

Rhodes was arrested at Southwest 2nd Avenue and Madison Street.

The three are scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

McKelvey and Stevens appeared on KGW's Straight Talk last weekend to discuss Portland's Resistance.

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The Portland Student Solidarity Protest was scheduled by students who wanted to band together and make sure their voices were heard after the election.

"As young people, the future is in our hands. It’s up to us to steer this country in the right direction. We cannot and will not allow the normalization of racism, misogyny, xenophobia, islamaphobia, homophobia, transphobia and ableism that the President Elect has come to embody," organizers said.

McKelvey said he supports the students in their protest and his group will offer assistance during the rally.

PPS sent out a letter to parents Sunday, supporting the students' right to free speech, but warned that their safety could be compromised if they joined outside protest organizations.

Dear PPS Middle and High School Families,

We are thankful that this week’s student walk out was safe. While we support our students’ right to exercise their free speech, we want to notify you that our partners with the Portland Police Bureau approached us with concerns that there are some outside organizations encouraging students to participate in additional protests this week.

The police are concerned about the safety of our students if they join any of these outside organizations in their demonstrations. We encourage open debate and dialogue, but in a non-violent manner.

We will work to create these opportunities for our students within our schools and encourage you to discuss with your students how to exercise his or her voice in a way that is consistent with your family values and supports our efforts to create safe learning environments for all of our students.

Thank you in advance for your attention to this important matter,

PPS Communications

 

 

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