May 22, 2017

You cannot, and must not appease bullies

Bullies offer us but two choices. Stand up to them, or cave in to them. The first course will dissuade the bullies, and others who would copy their tactics. The second leads to more bullying, and ultimately total subjugation. The foolish organizers of Oregon’s Avenue of Rose parade have chosen the second path

A threatening email has derailed one of the Portland Rose Festival’s signature events, and spurred new debate about the ongoing political protests in Portland.

Organizers of the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade announced Tuesday that the event will be canceled, for fear that the east Portland parade could be disrupted by “the type of riots which happen in downtown Portland.”

At least two protests were planned for the day of the parade, one by Oregon Students Empowered and another by Direct Action Alliance. Both events were mentioned in an email sent to parade organizers on Saturday, threatening to shut down the event with hundreds of protesters in the street.

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