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Dozens gather for peaceful post-election vigil in Portland

Posted: Updated: Nov 18, 2016 12:19 AM
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More than a week later, many people across the Pacific Northwest are still dealing with heavy emotions after the Presidential election. 

Last week Portland sounded like a war zone as anger and frustration filled the streets. Portland Police in riot gear stood toe-to-toe with protesters upset over the outcome. Buildings were spray painted with graffiti, store windows were broken out as protesters took to the streets several nights in a row.

But the anger and violence in the Rose City seems to have died down.

On Thursday night about 50 people gathered along the Willamette with a different tone.

They group lit candles and talked amongst themselves creating community.

“Breathe in love, breathe out peace,” vigil organizer Robin Wilcox said. “There are a lot of groups and a lot of people that feel afraid and I think we just wanted to show people there are people here to be supportive of them.”

Among the faces lit by candle light was Ashnie Butler. 

“I’m here to stand with all the communities that feel unsafe,” Butler said.

Looking to her daughter’s future she’s filled with a feeling of sadness and disappointment that more wasn’t done to curb racism across the country.

“First an apology that we didn’t do better,” Butler said. "We hope that we can support them right now to make a different stand.”

That is the reason this group is here, that is why they lit candles and marched onto the Hawthorne Bridge, where they stood shinning light onto what they see as an uncertain future. 

“If we could line the entire esplanade and line the bridges with people and just put our light out into the world and show the rest of the country the rest of the world that hey it is not that bad, like we’ve got your back,” Wilcox said.

On Thursday night they stood quietly on the bridge, and perhaps sent the loudest message following a week of chaos on the streets of Portland. The message, that they are stronger as a community when they have each others back.

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