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‘Stop Killing Us’ Opens

Updated: Aug 15, 2023

Exhibit covers history of Portland protests

Participants march for justice last January on the national holiday honoring Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. A new multimedia presentation on the history of Portland protests supporting Black lives called “Stop Killing Us” is held this month at Holding Contemporary, a gallery in the Pearl District. PORTLAND OBSERVER ARCHIVE PHOTO

As the global uprising for Black lives continues, the Portland civil rights and community action group Don’t Shoot Portland presents Stop Killing Us: A Black Lives Still Matter multimedia installation hosted this month at Holding Contemporary, a gallery located at 916 N.W. Flanders in the Pearl District.

Don’t Shoot Portland has brought past protest art out of storage from city of Portland archives to complete the exhibit, which opens Thursday, Aug. 6 and runs through Aug. 29. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Social distancing rules allow for no more than two visitors in the space at a time. Visitors must maintain 6 feet between one another and masks are required. Online conversations with Don’t Shoot Portland Founder Teressa Raiford will happen every Thursday at 5 p.m. throughout the exhibition via YouTube at

This is Holding Contemporary’s second exhibition with Don’t Shoot Portland. In 2017, Stolen Angels was created as a space where the families of children murdered by the police and the violence of white supremacy could remember, represent, and depict their family members' memories with love, honor, and positivity.

The new presentation will be both a memorial space and an acknowledgement of the history of social protest through photographs, protest posters and video.

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