A children’s camp in Portland, Oregon is offering a free ‘social justice’ session that has promoted Black Lives Matter-themed materials and called for the abolition of the police in previous summers .
Budding Roses is hosting the camp that will explore “social justice issues, youth leadership, and arts activism” for children in grades four through eight from July 25 through August 5. The previous two years were spent virtually – as young people discussed race, gender and youth activism in the wake of the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
The group’s schedule for the upcoming session is unclear, but the 2020 camp schedule included a ‘Black Lives Matter At School’ coloring book and a ‘What is Police Abolition’ section which imagined communities without cops.
“How can we protect each other?” reads the band’s website. “What does a world without police look like?”
The far-left camp’s website also contains information from a “Tear Gas for Portlanders” post and Portland cops’ use of the irritant during the fervent summer 2020 protests.
“Find out what tear gas is, how it’s been used in Portland, and ways to protect yourself if you’re a victim of tear gas,” the site says.
The camp’s 2020 program also contained a section on teaching budding anarchists how to protest using songs and drums.
“They are a way of expressing anger, our joy, and our power,” according to the Budding Roses website. “Write your own songs and also make your own protest drum!” »
Radio host Ari Hoffman said he was shocked he didn’t take a class on Molotov cocktails, but noted how camp attendees are turned into “little activists”, Fox News reported.
“What they learn is how to hate the police,” Hoffman told the network on Wednesday. “Your child, if he goes to this Antifa camp, will learn to be a bit militant. They will be taught how to deal with tear gas, how to protest – that’s where parents send their children.
Campers have already seen videos and handouts detailing “white supremacy thinking,” a “map of native lands,” and a history of “radical organizing” in Portland.
“Our goal was to promote collective problem solving on issues of policing, abolition and community safety by providing supplies and guidance to our campers,” reads the Budding Roses website. .
The camp was founded as a project of the anarchist Black Rose/Rosa Negra Foundation, according to its website.
“We believe in empowerment through education, while understanding that mainstream education often reproduces structural oppression and disempowers young people, especially low-income youth and youth of color,” the website continues.
Several messages seeking comment from Budding Roses were not returned on Wednesday. The camp’s Facebook page, which was active earlier in the day, had not been visible since Wednesday afternoon.
Hoffman, deputy editor of the Post Millennial, says Antifa and other far-left anti-fascist advocates have had a firm grip on Portland since seizing the city during BLM protests two years ago. are.
“Portland is currently controlled by Antifa,” Hoffman told Fox News. “They canceled their police funding, you still have regular riots, you still have regular protests. And these people think they’ve won.