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.
We'll hear from Pirate's Choice Kombucha creator Gunnar Johnson, who will enlighten us all about this recently resurrected ancient health tonic. And culinary rebel Michael Hebberoy will be on to talk about the underground food movement in America. Hebbory splashed onto Portland's restaurant scene (with his then-wife Naomi) in 2003, opening Family Supper followed by the upscale clarklewis and Gotham Bldg Tavern. Before his gourmet success, Michael was the proprietor of an un-licensed, underground restaurant. He'll talk with us about his punk-inspired ideals and the dark side of commercial success.
Eric Gilliland has been a writer and producer for That 70's Show and Roseanne. Now he's collaborated with Portland animator Bill Plympton, who hosted a local holiday screening of his most outrageous films. Bill and Eric spar with Eric's former high school classmate S.W. Conser in this half-hour live interview.