PORTLAND, Ore–The Portland Police Bureau would like to inform the public there is a rally and permitted march planned in downtown Portland on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The Oregon Education Association plans a rally at 11 a.m. at Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park. A march is planned to start at noon, traveling from the park, across SW Naito Parkway, west on SW Taylor Street, south on SW Third Avenue, east on SW Columbia Street, across SW Naito Parkway again and returning to the park. The march is scheduled to conclude at approximately 2:00 p.m. at Waterfront Park.
The Portland Police Bureau encourages road users to be aware of the potential for traffic interruptions due to the permitted march. The Portland Police Bureau is working with event organizers and the Portland Bureau of Transportation with the goal of safely facilitating this demonstration and march. Officers will be directing traffic around the event.
The intent of law enforcement during this event, and all demonstration events, is to provide a safe environment for all participants, non-participants, and community members, while ensuring the peaceful exercise of the First Amendment. To this end, there will be a law enforcement presence in the area of the demonstrations, as needed, to facilitate a safe event.
“We appreciate the organizers working with us to enhance safety and the public for their patience tomorrow while this march progresses along the route,” said Assistant Chief Ryan Lee.
The Portland Police Bureau intends to share pertinent information with the community on the day of the events through its main Twitter account: @PortlandPolice
The Portland Police Bureau has produced a video in collaboration with some of our partners related to free speech and assembly events. This video can be found at this link: https://youtu.be/JViQB2zcoIc
At least a dozen events are expected to take place across the state including Salem, Medford, Eugene, Bend, and Klamath Falls.