Janelle Monae will protest police brutality in Portland, Don't Shoot PDX … – OregonLive.com
Portland police reform activists say singer Janelle Monae will join them today in a North Portland protest.
Don’t Shoot PDX leaders said Monae and Jidenna, the singer/rapper behind the hit “Classic Man” will march with them against police brutality. The rally begins at 1 p.m. at Dawson Park and is scheduled to last until 4 p.m.
Monae’s camp has not publicly confirmed, but the singers led a similar march in San Francisco‘s Mission district over the weekend. Three hundred people marched there, singing “Hell You Talmbout,” a protest song written by Monae, Jidenna and others in their Wondaland crew. In the song, they chant the names of black Americans killed by police or vigilantes.
Don’t Shoot PDX has been protesting since Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson fatally shot an unarmed African-American 18-year-old, Michael Brown in August 2014. Thousands joined the initial protests, although the number of participants dwindled as months went by.
Their rallies have picked up steam this summer following the year anniversary of Brown’s death. Leader Teressa Raiford was arrested during an Aug. 9 protest on Southeast 82nd Avenue. The next day, Don’t Shoot members blocked downtown traffic for four-and-a-half hours while protesting outside City Hall.
They announced the Dawson Park rally last week and said Monday the singers would join them.
“Jidenna is in town with Janelle Monae and Wondaland to help #Don’tShootPDX turn up our message against police brutality and in-custody death,” Don’t Shoot leaders wrote on Facebook.
They plan to sing “Hell You Talmbout,” adding to the song local names such as Kendra James, Aaron Campbell, James Chasse, Keaton Otis and others. Don’t Shoot leaders will also be collecting donated school supplies for needy students.
Monae and others in the Wondaland crew will perform a concert Monday night at an undisclosed location.
— Casey Parks
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