The prevalence of gangs in Portland is a symptom of a community torn apart, said Nathaniel Williams – and it’s only part of the problem.
“The black community is broken. Its people are broken,” he said.
But those who want to end the violence vastly outnumber the gang members, he said. “It’s about bringing all those people together.”
That’s why in August, Williams and his friends created an organization and gave it a name that’s synonymous with their mission: Unify Portland.