Mother Venus Hayes and family of Quanice Hayes, a 17-year-old killed by Portland Police on February 9, 2017, head to the City Council on March 1, 2017 to address Mayor Wheeler and demand transcripts of the grand jury. Photo by Kathryn Kendall.

Mother Venus Hayes and family of Quanice Hayes, a 17-year-old killed by Portland Police on February 9, 2017, head to the City Council on March 1, 2017 to address Mayor Wheeler and demand transcripts of the grand jury. Photo by Kathryn Kendall.

Stolen Angels

A Black Lives Matter Exhibit by Don't Shoot Portland

August 3–19, 2017

August 3, 5:00pm – Press Conference at Williamson | Knight

August 3, 6:00pm-8:00pm – First Thursday at Williamson | Knight

August 10, 1:00pm – Exhibition Demonstration

Williamson | Knight is pleased to present Stolen Angels, a Black Lives Matter exhibit by Don’t Shoot Portland. The show will open on August 3, 2017 and will run through August 19, 2017. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, August 3, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, as part of the Pearl District’s First Thursday. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday, 12:00 to 5:00 pm. There will also be an Exhibition Demonstration at Williamson | Knight at 1:00 pm on August 10, the anniversary of the murder of Larnell Bruce who was run over by white supremacists. 

Stolen Angels is a space where the families of children murdered by the police and the violence of white supremacy can remember, represent, and depict their family members' memories with love, honor, and positivity. This is a space to facilitate the decriminalization of the bodies and images of their children.
 
In the media, these stolen lives are portrayed as criminal threats that in turn justify the theft of life, where bodies are systematically dehumanized. Their families are rarely given a public-facing opportunity to visually remember their children in a manner that does not cause further trauma.
 
Since the first inauguration of former President Barack Obama, our America has shown its true colors. In the era of a Trump administration we must use ART to communicate our humanity. Let us share our history, pain, and courage.                                                                                                            #BlackLivesMatter

Don’s Shoot Portland is a Community Action Plan. The organization was founded in 2016 following the exoneration of Black Lives Matter protestor and activist Teressa Raiford. Organizing and promoting solidarity movements in support of Police Accountability uprisings in Florida, Ferguson, Baltimore, NYC, California and several other countless cities. Don’t Shoot Portland has fought for social change in Oregon and has solidified the establishment of a grassroots movement for racial equality, social justice and political accountability. The key to our sustainability as a group is Education, the Arts and History we use the three to bridge and build political power. www.dontshootportland.com