Bonamici Statement on Portland Protests
“The right to protest is fundamental to American democracy. Protest has been at the heart of movements for social and racial justice throughout this country’s history. Protest is essential and effective. It unites people seeking justice, brings attention to pressing moral issues, and can hold elected officials accountable.
“But senseless property damage is counterproductive and does not advance any message or movement. By damaging a place of worship that supports homeless people, the home of a policymaker, or small businesses that are already struggling, a small group in Portland is undermining decades of hard work toward justice. The nightly property destruction needs to stop so we can focus on the urgent work of ending police violence and racism."