Portland’s Wall Of Moms Joined By Dads With Leaf Blowers

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Above photo: Portland, OR protesters holding their hands up on July 20, 2020. Photo by Nathan Howard for Getty Images.

In response to the use of tear gas being utilized by federal officers against demonstrators, including a group of moms, in an uprising in Portland, Oregon, this week, a like-minded dads’ group encouraged others to show up to the event with leaf blowers in order to dissipate the chemical agents.

Uprisings in Portland have happened nightly since the end of May, in response to police violence against Black Americans, including renewed attention to Jason Washington, a Black resident of the city who was shot and killed by police in 2018.

Tensions have escalated in recent weeks as federal officers began appearing at the events. Last week, there were reports of agents in unmarked vans stopping next to protesters, whisking them away in the vehicles without stated justification and without identifying who they were. Those actions prompted an outcry from Portland residents and action from a group of mothers who appeared over the weekend to protect demonstrators by standing between them and officers.

Those individuals, known as the Wall of Moms for their way of interlocking arms as a means to protect protesters, were themselves attacked by officers with tear gas during their peaceful demonstrations. On Monday, several social media posts from the group known as “PDX Dad Pod” encouraged its members and others to appear with leaf blowers, even telling users who followed them on social media that it would be a great purchase to support local businesses.

Video from confrontations between demonstrators and officers on Monday night into Tuesday morning highlighted how protesters used hockey sticks to shoot tear gas canisters back toward those who fired them, and the leaf blowers as a means to dissipate clouds of chemicals away from protesters. Smaller leaf blowers were also used to help get chemicals off people’s bodies, video also showed.

A protester by the name of King Turner spoke to local news affiliate KPTV about the demonstrations, and the federal government’s intrusion into the events, suggesting that their presence, not the protesters’, escalated the situation.

“I’ve just had enough. When they started snatching people [off] the street, it becomes apparent that the federal government is just … not in check,” Turner said. “It was even tampering down, and then the feds get involved and lit it up. It’s like throwing gas on a fire.”

After word reached the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about the use of leaf blowers against tear gas, an official within the department told Washington Post reporter Nick Miroff that they were frustrated with efforts by protesters to do so, and astonished that they’d return the chemicals back toward the federal officers who initially fired them off.

That prompted a number of responses, some comical and some in disbelief, from users on social media over that official’s bewilderment.

  • Alice X

    The revolution succeeds when the Cossacks switch sides.

  • dmorista

    The Mother’s of the Disappeared came to the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, Argentina and paraded around the plaza for 19 years, from 1977 – 2006. The military coup government, composed of a bunch of generals and admirals, never dared to touch these women. In the end they achieved some measure of justice and some of the monsters who had abducted, raped, tortured, and murdered their children had to stand trial. In the even more vicious U.S. the women were tear-gassed the first night they came out. Which one of these two societies is the real “Banana Republic”.

  • Mensch59

    The military coup government in Argentina still had a conscience.
    The govt of the USA does not.

  • dmorista

    Certainly comparing the U.S. state apparatus to the Coup Government of late 1970s Argentina is setting the bar very, very low. Even so, the golpistas of Buenos Aires tolerated the Mothers demonstrations at the Plaza de Mayo for nearly 20 years, the U.S. thugs attacked the Moms the first night. We truly have a dangerous and depraved ruling class.

  • Mensch59

    This truly depraved and dangerous ruling class also has a global agenda.
    Those of us who attempt to expose that agenda — even with supposed erstwhile “leftist socialists” are being labeled “right-wing” and/or “reactionary” but most usually “conspiracy theorists” by these “leftist socialists”. I think that I know why. There is no one right-wing vs leftist perspective on the technocracy. Also, the majority of “leftist socialists” imo are more in sympathy with authoritarian statism — because these “leftist socialists” lust for the power of the state to be in their hands to re-engineer society according to “leftist socialist” diktats — while the minority of “leftist socialists” are in sympathy with libertarian anarchos (literally “no ruler”). The majority of leftists lust for the power of rulership. The minority of leftists agitate for the full and utter abolition of a ruling class in any form with the ultimate goal being both a classless and a stateless society having “taken up both the red and black flags” (Anaxarchos, a former commenter on The Bell Forum and on Twitter).

  • tttbnr

    Leaf blowers are terrible machines and should be banned by municipalities. Leaf blowers increase particulate air pollution, especially in my desert city, are very noisy, and the ones energized by internal combustion are very inefficient and their exhaust gases noxious. However, I am glad they can be used to protect protesters from even worse noxious gases deployed by security state goons.

  • Collectivist

    “It’s a good thing I’m not a moderator here. I’d kick you off this forum and tell you to start your own blog.”

    You need to be kicked in the. . .

    “. . .Night upon night, the chant goes up in front of Portland’s federal courthouse: “Whose streets?”

    The answer depends on the hour of the day. After Donald Trump sent federal agents to take control of a city he said had been abandoned by its mayor to anarchists and mob rule, the protesters still turning out in support of Black Lives Matter can make a legitimate claim that these are, as the chant goes, “our streets”.

    US mayors demand stop to federal policing with ‘no oversight’ in Portland
    Read more
    Department of Homeland Security taskforce agents were again out firing waves of teargas and throwing stun grenades against a hard core of a few hundred demonstrators in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The confrontation centered on the courthouse at the heart of several blocks of downtown Portland that have effectively fallen under the control of the protesters after the city police withdrew.

    But after pushing back demonstrators, many of them kitted out in helmets and gas masks, the federal agents retreated into their courthouse citadel to mocking jeers and women who were part of the “Wall of Moms” protest linking arms and chanting: “Our streets.”

    ‘Wall of Moms’ protect Portland’s BLM protesters – video
    This ritual was played out three times on Wednesday morning, but the end result was the same as every other night. The DHS officers dispatched by the president to put down the demonstrations have instead become prisoners of the building they are ostensibly there to defend. . .”

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/22/portland-federal-agents-protesters

  • didactic1

    Not all Moms are equal. Are Wall of Moms allowed to be knocked down?

  • didactic1

    I respect the Argentine Mothers. The playgirls of Portland not so much.

    Fascists in America?

    Stupid American upper middle class
    dont know what real fascists are.

    Tear gassed?

    Aw.

    When your clits are shocked, complain.

  • didactic1

    Stupid comparison.

  • didactic1

    Finally someone who knows history is the future. Thank you. The ignorant bourgeoisie weeping about “Trump” are nauseating.