Raffi Wrote a Song About the Wall of Moms in Portland
Beloved children's singer shows support for Black Lives Matter
Over the weekend, the beloved children’s singer shared a new song called “Portland Moms” that shows support for Black Lives Matter and calls out the civil unrest currently happening in Portland, Oregon.
“in solidarity with #BlackLivesMattter, a tribute to the heroic protests vs injustice in Portland and elsewhere,” the “Baby Beluga” singer tweeted, “an idea that woke me up 3 am, now recorded.”
The simple lyrics ask “Portland Moms won’t you come out tonight, come out tonight, come out tonight / Portland Moms won’t you come out tonight, by the light of the silvery moon,” and repeats the request for Black Lives Matter, Wall of Vets, and Strong and Peaceful.
“my first US concert was in Portland, 1981, sold out. fond memories of shared love and music. great town, friendly folk. heartbreaking, the trump cruelty vs #BlackLivesMatter protesters. stay strong!” the 72-year-old singer/activist wrote in a subsequent tweet.
The song’s muse is the Wall of Moms — a group of local mothers who have come together to join daily demonstrations in Portland after president Trump sent federal officers to the city in an attempt to squash protests and the tearing down of racist monuments. They stand arm-in-arm in between feds and protestors, forming a “wall” of protection and have inspired other protection groups to form, like the Wall of Vets and PDX Dad Pod.
At the time of writing, the Wall of Moms’ private Facebook group boasts nearly 17,000 members.