The monthly "Backyard Night" that kicked off in April will be on June 1 next.
Everyone is welcome! If you'd like to attend, please call Clarence Thompson at (503) 922-9148.
Background info on the event:
In response to the killing of Stephon Clark by the Sacramento Police, who shot him multiple times in the back as he was unarmed in his grandmother’s backyard, some Portland community members who are African and African-American have begun organizing a series called "Backyard Night."
"Backyard Night" is a creative, non-confrontational form of protest: a family-friendly evening of storytelling, stargazing, drumming, bonfires, or anything else that participants might find fun. These are not only opportunities to build social capital among neighbors, but also an initiative to reclaim public space and construct a positive alternative to some of the violence in American society.
The first one was held on April 27th in North Portland.
East Portland community members are invited to host their own, anytime they want! According to the organizers, if you are the head of an African or African-American family or household, all you need is your home and backyard available to host a Backyard Night celebration.
At Night in My Backyard