Ellie Riser

In my new series, I will be talking with local artists and creators about their projects and experience being an artist in Portland and how that impacts their interactions with the community. Last week I had the privilege to speak with Randal Wyatt, a Portland rapper and activist working against the rampant gentrification of Portland’s black communities. Here is our conversation:

Vy Nguyen

“You [will] be put to death in the electric chair by having electrical current passed through your body in such amount and frequency until you are rendered death”. There were the words of Judge Clifford B. Shepard to Clifford Williams Jr. on October 27, 1976, when Williams was accused of a break-in murder despite contrasting forensics evidence and a strong alibi. In many ways, he was sentenced because he was Black.