Community members and activists gathered near the downtown site where a 15 year old autistic child, Sir Millage, was beaten and tasered 15 times by the Portland police when they failed to communicate with the disoriented adolecent.
Sir Millage's Grandmother, Pastor Mary Overstreet and her daughters opened the vigil with a song, to be followed by a number of impassioned speakers calling for an end to police violence against community members based on race and/or mental disabilty.
Oregon Action, The Northwest Constitutional Rights Center, and Portland CopWatch were represented at the event.
Hundreds of students rallied in from of Oregon's state capitol to demand increases in funding for higher education. Govenor Ted Kulongowski addressed cheering crowds to announce his plans for the upcoming bienium budget.
The Oregon Bureau of Land Management is considering the sale of 270 acres of public land to make up a budget shorfall. The shortfall is due to the federal government's decision to cut funding for the Rural Schools Act.
KBOO's Marc de Giere spoke to Katlin Hill, with the American Lands Alliance, a group opposed to the sale of public lands.