PDX Protest Bail Fund
The General Defense Committe Local 1 in Portland, Oregon, has established a fundraiser (https://bit.ly/pdxlegsupport) to cover bail and other legal expenses for protesters arrested in Portland, Oregon in connection to protests against George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police, along with general police brutality. At last count, more than 14 protestors were arrested. We expect that number to rise — processing appears to be unusually slow at the Multnomah County Justice Center.
If you get arrested or the police visit or call you because of the protests, please contact the GDC at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-442-0866. We will support you through the legal process. Don’t talk to the police, especially without legal representation or support. Don’t share pictures of protestors with identifying information (including visible faces).
The Portland General Defense Committee (https://pdxgdc.com/) has provided ongoing legal support to workers and protesters in Oregon since 2017, relying on over a century of national experience. The GDC works in connection with the National Lawyers Guild and other Portland-based organizations.
The legal process can take a tremendous amount of time. Most cases take 6 months to a year to be resolved and some cases can take up to two years. For this reason, disbursements and reporting will be ongoing possibly up to two years from now depending on people’s charges and cases. We will be continually updating information regarding these expenditures as money is used to bail people out and support peoples’ legal cases. These reports will be available through GoFundMe updates and our website.
Because we have access to limited funds, our first focus is freeing vulnerable protestors (including those at high risk of contracting COVID-19 while incarcerated, members of marginalized communities (especially BIPOC protestors), and those without stable housing.
Initially, the GDC set a fundraising goal of $5,000. As the number of reported arrests rise and the severity of the charges have increased, we have raised that goal to meet increased demand. Funds raised through the GDC will be distributed directly to protestors facing legal action as any financial needs come up. The funds will be used to pay for bail, legal fees and fines, lawyers, discovery, investigations, personal material support and any other financial needs that arise during the legal process. Funds raised in excess of local needs will be directed to Black-led organizations working in Portland and bail funds supporting protestors in other US cities.
The legal process for these protestors is only starting: we’re seeing arraignment dates set in July and August. Arraignment typically occurs in a matter of days and this extended schedule will increase the expense, stress, and other harm protestors face. In addition to financial support, we’ll be asking for community members to attend hearings and participate in the defense of our comrades. Subscribe on Twitter (https://twitter.com/pdxgdc) or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pdxiwwgdc/) to receive updates as the legal process proceeds.
Amelia Cates and Thursday Bram are members of the Local Secretary Treasurer working group of the GDC. This group maintains the accounting documents and bank account along with other members of the LST working group.
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