Portland anti-fascists are making hand sanitizer for essential workers, homeless residents
PopMob members, with the help of the Rosehip Medic Collective, have produced more than 9,500 bottles
, or about 225 gallons, of homemade hand sanitizer to distribute to frontline workers and helpers, and homeless residents. They’ve got a small assembly line of volunteers, working six days a week at donated space in the Q Center in North Portland, mixing and bottling the product.
Effie Baum, a spokesperson for PopMob, said free bottles have been distributed to groups such as Sisters of the Road, Outside In, Meals on Wheels, Portland People’s Outreach Project and VOZ Workers’ Rights Education Project. Bottles have also been given to TriMet drivers, delivery workers, domestic violence shelters and individuals doing outreach work, Baum said.
“It is actually quite a bit of a side-step from our usual mission,” Baum said. “However, as we’ve seen with this pandemic, everybody has had to make really drastic changes in their life ... and for PopMob, what we normally do isn’t feasible. We are very active about being anti-fascist and encouraging people to be everyday anti-fascists, and a big part of anti-fascism is community defense and supporting your community. This was a way to provide supplies to communities who had no other way of getting them.”
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