Portland's Riot Ribs, which has been grilling out and feeding protestors, rioters, activists, and whoever else wants to stand in line, for free, suddenly closed their operations last night. This is after raising over $300,000 in crowdfunding.
The closure was announced by the group on Twitter, and read: "URGENT THREAD: Riot Ribs is dissolving completely. We have someone who is trying to profit off of our movement who continues to volunteer in the park, pretending he’s involved with Riot Ribs."
The group did not name the volunteer or provide a description of the person.
"All volunteers should leave the park immediately and do not continue to come to the tents. Tell anyone you know that’s at the park to leave. We are going to regroup and will be back."
"Things are not safe right now. We have been personally targeted and assaulted, making it unsafe."
Riot Ribs said it plans on on “giving all money back to the community” but did not provide details on how it would do so.
“This will be our last tweet,” the group closed off with.
Riot Ribs became a popular attraction in downtown Portland starting this month when it opened on Lownsdale Square, the park directly across from the Mark O. Hatfield courthouse where riotous activity has been taking place by antifa and Black Lives Matter supporters. Every day, the group leaves behind large piles of trash and discarded waste. At night, rioters throw the trash at the federal courthouse and set it on fire.
Before their sudden closure, Riot Ribs was a “mutual aid kitchen” and anarchist-communist co-op, meaning that food is “free” because others had donated on their behalf. They collected money using Venmo and Cash App and was celebrated by the local press and Portland-area congressman, Earl Blumenauer.
On Monday, Riot Ribs accused one of its volunteers of profiteering off the popular brand and allegedly threatening and harassing the other volunteers. Portland-area antifa activist and sex work advocate, Lilith Sinclair, tweeted that there was a “violent expulsion” of other volunteers at the co-op. Sinclair recently gained notoriety for giving a speech outside the vandalized federal courthouse calling for the abolishment of the United States.
Sinclair wrote: "To every white mom and liberal reading this. Y’all better not call the fucking cops. THE STATE CANNOT AND WILL NOT help us with this problem. We need to practice living abolitionist practices RIGHT NOW.
"Here’s my advice: Make a status on every social media account you know to let folks know that Riot Ribs has been taken over by the violent, misogynist, armed people behind the @RiotRibsPDX account. Tell your friends not to go to the blue tents. The people working there cannot be trusted rn."
While rioters advocate for a socialist takeover of Portland, the abolition of the police, the resignation of elected officials, and a turning over of money to marginalized communities, they did not appreciate this independent reallocation of funds from a successful ribs operation to another individual in the community.
Riot Ribs began their donation based food service operation on July 4, and had since announced plans to expand to other cities, while maintaining a foothold in Portland. With so much cash on hand, they donated to other antifa groups in Portland, such as giving $20,000 to a witchcraft-themed antifa group who has tables at the riot. Riot Ribs was featured in Willamette Week, NBC and other media outlets, cited for their work.
The @FreeFoodPdx account, which had been RiotRibsPdx, and now runs the co-op formerly run by Riot Ribs, maintains that they are still “feeding people for free” under black leadership.
The Post Millennial has reached out to both the Riot Ribs and Free Food Pdx for comment. Andy Ngo contributed to this report.
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