Out of our Portland chapter, CR is part of the Oregon Prisoner Coalition, a statewide coalition advocating for imprisoned people and organizing against imprisonment in Oregon. Currently CR is collaborating…
Critical Resistance Portland (CRPDX) is CR’s youngest chapter. Formed in 2013, CRPDX has most recently had two primary work areas: building with prisoners across Oregon State Prisons, and resisting policing in Portland through the Care Not Cops campaign.
CRPDX coordinates numerous volunteers to correspond with people imprisoned in Washington and Oregon prisons, and expanded correspondence work in a “Write Them All” campaign in 2020 to grow our prisoner mail program statewide.
After completing the “Write Them All” initiative, CR joined the Oregon Prisoner Coalition, collaborating on a Know Your Rights tool for Oregon prisoners and a general resource hub for imprisoned people.
Mailing Address: PO Box 11055, Portland, OR 97211
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Each month we gather virtually as a mail crew and volunteer team to host an open letter writing night to connect with folks looking to get involved with CRPDX. We…
Working to reduce policing through the Care Not Cops campaign since 2017, CRPDX effectively pushed City Council to pass the 2020-21 Portland City budget in June 2020, with a $15 million cut from the proposed Portland Police Bureau budget, in addition to the 5.6% cut across all bureaus due to the COVID deficit. This included: The elimination of the Gun Violence Reduction Team, School Resource Officers, and PPB Transit Police, 8 positions cut from the Special Emergency Reaction Team, $2.8 million in cannabis tax dollars moved from the PPB budget and towards restorative justice grants, $4.8 million directed towards Street Response, $1 million diverted towards houseless-led participatory budgeting process.
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