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Mayor Ted Wheeler called for a listening session following a Tribune editorial urging action.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler will appear before protest crowds at 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 22.Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler will appear before protesters in downtown Portland from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, at the intersection of Southwest Third and Madison.

Other elected officials have been invited to participate but it is not yet known who will attend.

"The Tribune called on leaders to show up and listen to the nightly crowd at the justice center," Wheeler said. "I'll be there tonight."

This will be a listening session, according to the mayor's staff.

The idea was pitched to Portland's policing and political leadership in a Portland Tribune editorial that appeared online on Sunday, July 19. Shortly after it appeared, Wheeler contacted the Tribune publisher and agreed to make it happen.

The editorial said that the presence of federal authorities in Portland has made the last two weeks more dangerous. But before they arrived, the nightly clashes between protesters and police had gone on for nearly 50 days and needed to come to an end. The editorial called on the mayor and other leaders to come up with a plan, which should begin by listening to protesters.

Tribune news staff will be on hand to cover the Wednesday gathering.


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