If an officer beats you in the middle of Portland, and no one is there to see it, did it happen?

“I don’t know why I feel I’ve got to tell you this.”

Like most Portland protesters, she’s young and fully committed to fixing the broken world we’ve handed her. Brave enough to take to the streets despite the brutality of Portland Police and federal agents alike. She’s been protesting from the start. She’s seen too much.

Let’s call her W.

Protesters stand in a line on the street and hold up umbrellas as shields. It obscures their faces
Protesters stand in a line on the street and hold up umbrellas as shields. It obscures their faces
Photo by Laura Jedeed / CC BY

It is early August and I am not doing well. Four hours of sleep is a luxury I barely remember. It’s not nightmares exactly, just a failure to fall asleep and waking up wide-eyed three hours later. …

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Laura Jedeed

Writer, videographer, folklorist of the Portland protest scene. Come, let us walk into the apocalypse together. She/Hers. I’m on Twitter: @LauraJedeed

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