PLEASE SUPPORT HOUSELESS DISABLED QUEER BLACK ORGANIZER FROM POLICE TERRORISM!
Tequilah is my friend and comrade, who I first met in Occupy Portland. They’re black, queer, and houseless, and their partner Joel was just brutalized and jailed with a phony felony charge (assaulting a police officer) by the Portland Police Bureau. Joel is queer, black, houseless, autistic, and also an organizer.
Tequilah is an amazing leader and organizer in the houseless community, and is well known and loved throughout the QPOC/houseless community in Portland.
This is another case of white supremacy terrorizing houseless queer people of color through the police. In Portland, the houseless community has been engaged in a tense multi-year land struggle with the city. They have self-organized free shelters, and the city has been trying to evict them. This struggle has been engaged through marches, protests, vigils, sleep-ins, and even a 55-day hunger strike by local houseless queer black activist Cameron Whitten.
Tequilah has always been an unstoppable force for justice in the houseless community, and the police are clearly targeting him and his partner to shut them down. He’s been there for me when I needed an emotional lift so many times, we can’t let the pigs attack him and his partner this way! It’s time to escalate the fight in this war for housing and against the police.
QPOC FIGHT BACK, FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS!
SUPPORT THE HOUSELESS COMMUNITY IN PORTLAND @ RIGHT 2 DREAM TOO (R2D2), TELL THE CITY TO BACK OFF!
Please spread the word.
Update: It has now been five days, and Joel is still in custody. They have not been heard from and PPB has not released a visitor list. The last time Joel was arrested, PPB knocked out several of his teeth.
EMERGENCY RALLY on SUNDAY at the MULTNOMAH COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER at NOON