All photos and words by Maranie Rae [she/her] New Year’s Eve 2021 in Portland, Oregon was a night that saw Federal officers respond to protesters with teargas and less-lethal weapons and one that led Mayor Ted Wheeler to promise to “push the limits of law … Read more
What is unthinkable, or was at the beginning of the month, is the power of the Black Lives Matter movement in the streets. The emergence of the autonomous zone is a pinnacle of that power, a significant victory. It demonstrates the ability of popular power to win the impossible from structures of white supremacy – the state and the propertied interests they represent. That victory, and the subsequent diminution of state violence, is a major step forward for community self-control and autonomy. It shows that ending anti-Black violence is the first and most basic step to honoring Black life.