#MarchOnWashingtonDC

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Portland Observer 7/8/2020
Support is growing for a bereaved father from Portland’s Black community who is leading a group of individuals from families like his to Washington, D.C. for the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington to promote racial justice and demand action to stop unjust police shootings.

Joe “Bean” Keller, who lost his son in a Portland police shooting back in 1996, is leading the delegation of at least a dozen other Portlanders to the Aug. 28 march organized by Al Sharpton’s National Action Network

Keller told the Portland Observer that thanks to $10,000 in donations that had been generated by a Go Fund Me account through Monday, he and two members of his family and members of at least 12 other families in Portland will attend the anniversary event. All of the planned participants have lost a family member at the hands of police.

The aim now is to attract even more donations to make it possible for another 10 Portland family members impacted by police violence to travel to Washington, D.C. to raise their voices for racial justice.

The upcoming march commemorates the 1963 March on Washington in which Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial, but it comes with additional significance this year because of the Memorial Day police custody death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man whose “knee-choke hold” death in Minneapolis sparked continued protests in Portland and across the nation demanding action on racial justice.

Keller said because of the financial support, the march is going to include individuals from several Portland families that “know the pain” of what it is like when a son or daughter is murdered at the hands of police, like when his son “Deontae J. Keller was shot in the back, handcuffed and left to die by then Portland Police Officer Terry Kruger 24 years ago.

Other individuals planning on attending, Keller says, represent mostly other members of the Black community in Portland who had loved ones killed at the hands of police, including Kendra James, James Jahar Perez, Aaron Campbell, Byron Hamick, Rickey Johnson, Quanice Hayes, Keaton Otis, Jason Washington and Carlos Hunter.

Keller said that while the ultimate goal is to change the hearts of Americans when it comes to taking action to stop racial injustice, participating in the march is expected to be part of the healing process for family members still struggling over the loss of their loved ones.

Donations are still being accepted to help make the visit to Washington, D.C. a reality for the Portland families who wish to attend. You can give financial support by visiting the Go Fund Me site http://gf.me/u/x7ywtj.

So far, a generous contribution of $5,000 from Don’t Shoot Portland, the organization led by Teressa Raiford, is the largest and only donation received from organizations representing the black community thus far, Keller said. Raiford, who just finished an unsuccessful campaign for Mayor in the May Primary, also gave an additional individual contribution of $500. Former Portland City Commissioner Randy Leonard donated $100.!!!  So far I have chosen 12 family member (2 from each family) that lost a love one to Portland Police to attend the March On Washington. Thank you so much for supporting this GoFundMe and please continue to share! Grateful!

6/2020
Hello Everyone,

Thank you for supporting myself, my mother, and daughter Ivy Keller to attend the March on Washington on August 28, 2020 in Washington, DC. The Rev. Al Sharpton has organized a March on Washington  to mark the 57th anniversary of the historic demonstration for civil rights. The march is going to be led by families such as ours that "know the pain"  what it's like to be "neglected" when my son Deontae J. Keller was murdered (shot in the back) in Portland, Oregon at the hands of a police officer.

Please check out "Before There Was Trayvon" video that is dedicated to my son Deontae J. Keller and all the others across the country that have lost their lives by the hands of the Police.
https://www.facebook.com/joebean.keller/videos/1440122566013382/  

The funds will be used for three RT airfares to Washington, DC, hotel rooms and meals (Please see updated information above).  Additional funds will be used to upgrade the website The Untold Story: Deontae J. Keller. The website was created over 20 years ago using software that is now obsolete. The upgrade will include audio, video as well as additional documentation that haven't been seen by the public. I have attached the link for my son Deontae J.  Keller Untold Story of the Murder Conspiracy and Coverup  

You can donate on GoFundMe, via Cash App@ $joebeankeller, PayPal@ [email redacted] and Venmo @joebeankeller

Sincerely,

Joe "Bean" Keller

#ImNotDoneYet   48639124_1591574346979996_r.jpeg#FaithAndPatience

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