Press Release: In Response To City Eviction Notice

November 10, 2011

The following is a message from Occupy Portland’s Press Team:
PORTLAND, ORE. — The following is a response from Occupy Portland’s communications volunteers to a statement from Mayor Sam Adams, enunciated at a press conference at 10 a.m. and released from his office immediately afterward.

At noon, Thursday November 10, members of the Occupy Portland community gathered to discuss recent events and to plan the most effective actions to take next. Occupy Portland has not completed these plans. Our strategy at this moment is what Occupy strategy has always been: to consult each other, to hear each other, and to work together nonviolently to move forward into this world we aim to improve. The Occupy Movement has made visible what has long been hidden from public view. The Movement will continue to do that.

The city’s evidence of increased crime around the Occupy site has only verified what is already clear—interpersonal conflicts, substance abuse, and disorderly conduct arrests have increased. What the City of Portland has failed to prove, however, is that the protesters of Occupy Portland are direct threats to public safety and economic activity. The Occupy Portland General Assembly and an academic survey administered by a local sociology professor have demonstrated the occupiers overwhelmingly disapprove of their peaceful and non-violent First Amendment expressions being used as a cover for unlawful actions.

The city has been acutely aware of the occupiers’ deliberate and sophisticated efforts to address problems surrounding Occupy Portland. Local media institutions have been repeatedly informed of this, as well, but many published reports have omitted such information. The physical occupation of public lands has been a cornerstone of Occupy Portland’s free assembly and has served logistical necessity. The occupation will continue to exist and operate in a variety of formats. Planning for advancements of Occupy Portland have long been underway, but specific announcements will only come when appropriate.

Some of us are glad to share some common ground with the Mayor. Sam Adams said, “It is my sincere hope that the movement, with its focus on widespread economic inequity, will flourish in its next phase—a phase where we can focus all of our energies on economic and social justice, not on port-a-potties and tents.” Ours is a social and political movement involving consensus and respect for disparate voices. We need to consult with each other before we can talk about “phases” or evolving.

Detractors of the Occupy movement have used historical precedence of time, place, and manner restrictions on First Amendment expressions as justification to inhibit the efforts of the 99 percent. Occupy Portland argues that a peaceful assembly on public land is the most appropriate place and manner for First Amendment expressions. We challenge the city to facilitate public dialogues for the purpose of ensuring public space remains available for public forums. For now, we are listening to each other in every feasible way. When a consensus is reached, another statement will be forthcoming.

Occupy Portland calls on all of our friends to assist as possible. Remember that your own personal safety comes first. Tens of thousands have given from their hearts, minds, and pockets, and done so without condition. Please continue to stand in solidarity as a beautiful, talented, and diverse 99 percent that demand equity and justice. We welcome your presence, words, trades, professions, and actions. Do not back down from the power structures that aim to divide and silence us. Many have worked hard in public service, and we shall continue to better the world—for all.

47 Responses to Press Release: In Response To City Eviction Notice

  1. Steve on November 10, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Ha ha. Time to get lost losers.

    But seriously, I hope you stand your ground Saturday night, and resist with all the force you can.

    ….I’d just love to see all get the serious smack down you all have coming to you.

  2. blkfrst on November 10, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    “99%” is about inclusion. There is a large number of the 99% that does not agree with camping in the parks.
    I don’t understand why coming together daily for a few hours to spread the message isn’t the way to go and would most likely get more people involved.
    Otherwise, you are just becoming another 1%…

  3. Bob Koretsky on November 10, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    It is an honor and privilege to work with and support the peaceful and compassionate occupiers and the committees that serve them. Your statement in response to the mayor’s eviction notice is brilliant and humane, probably one of the most illuminating political bulletins I’ve ever read. I’ve always thought the mayor was a corporate flunky, and the eviction notice proves it! I’m anxious and very concerned about what’s to become of the real people that comprise the movement, those down in the park right now. I wish them a safe journey to the final victory,
    Robert M. Koretsky

  4. Mark on November 10, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    I am having a hard time understanding your message. You say “We welcome your presence, words, trades, professions, and actions”….yet any opinions other than your own are shunned and denounced.

    You say “Occupy strategy has always been: to consult each other, to hear each other, and to work together”…..But no one has bother to ask me, the real 99%, what I think we should do.

    The whole issue I have with this movement is that the actions and opinions are those of an “elite” few who know better than everyone else. Any opposing arguments or opinions are dimissed as invalid or called out as trolls.

    I dare you, Occupy Portland, to reach out to the citizens of Portland and ask THEM what we should do next….

    Involve the community, start an honest dialogue, respect others opinions and stop pretending to know whats best for everyone else…..

  5. jordan on November 10, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Steve you are full of hate and rage..Is there some medication you need or something..To hope for people to be hurt is wrong.I hope you have bad karma..What are you afraid of change?

    • Steve on November 10, 2011 at 4:54 pm

      @ Jordan,

      Sure, I’ve got a little hate in me.

      …I hate that a park has been stolen by Occupiers, and trashed.
      …I hate that taxpayers, people already struggling to pay bills now have this $300+ thousand bill to pay.
      …I hate that Occupiers have no regard or courtesy towards anyone else (do you ever consider that during your traffic blocking march the real 99% are just trying to get home to see their family after a long day of work?)

      • Eric on November 10, 2011 at 10:55 pm

        Right on, Steve. In addition to the cost, inconvenience, and destruction of parks, I also HATE the Occupiers greediness, selfishness, and sense of entitlement. While they claim that it is the 1% who are greedy, ever notice how when you can get a comprehensible desired outcome from them, the goals seem to revolve around them not having to do anything to contribute value to society but getting other people to pitch in to support them: i.e. forgiveness of student loans, forgiveness of other debt, mortgage modifications, taxing (taking money) from those who have worked hard to earn money and giving it to them in the form of never-ending unemployment benefits, getting others to pay for their health care, insisting on a minimum wage of $20 per hour despite the fact that their productivity and value-add wouldn’t justify $5 per hour. I find the occupiers to be far greedier than any 1%er I’ve ever encountered. The Occupiers are greedy, lazy losers, who fail to understand or believe that most of the people in the 1% worked hard, took risks, and created products and services that we all use (and thus have already added tremendous value to society even before their first dime to taxes or charity). Good riddance Occupiers. Maybe you should go camp out on Sam Adams’ lawn since he likes you so much and wants the next phase of your movement to succeed.

  6. LANA BUCHANAN on November 10, 2011 at 4:06 pm


    • blkfrst on November 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm

      Right now you are losing in (non) sheer numbers.
      Why is it police brutality when they remove you non-violantly from the park? Better yet, you could peacefully leave, and return during the day.

  7. mark on November 10, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Whats with the censoring. Am I not allowed to ask questions?

  8. Shizuko on November 10, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Well written press statement. Thanks so much for capturing the spirit and purpose of the occupation so well. I am so proud to be part of Occupy Portland.

  9. Carmello on November 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    As a union member I stand by your cause and message. Unfortunately your Occupy camp is turning into a big Cluster “F”. The mentally ill, homeless and warrior street kids have taken advantage of your inclusiveness. Just in the last few days you’ve had two serious drug overdoses and an Occupier arrested for planting a bomb in a downtown business. The camp has gotten out of control and I feel dangerous for it’s occupiers and downtown citizens. I feel both figuratively and literally you will actually lose ground for your cause if you stay and fight. It will get ugly, people will be arrested and hurt, businesses and residents in the area may be damaged. You will send a bad message to the public at large, the people you are trying to influence. I feel your best strategy is to peacefully pack up. Establish an indoor office and coordination center and carry on non stop peaceful marches and demonstrations in and around Portland. Play this smart, a stand off with the police is a bad idea. Evolve and organize peacefully and intelligently.

  10. Satori on November 10, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Dear occupiers,

    People supporting the occupy camp – Sam Adams, PPD, Reece, core non-violent SOBER, literate and informed participants

    People destroying the camp from the inside out – drunks, druggies, pimps, johns, pro-personal and property damage anarchists, mentally ill, mentally incompetent, houseless youth, road warriors, people with knives, guns, explosives, needles, etc…

    I think you may be mad at and focusing on the wrong people.

    Blessings and Enligtenment

  11. OregongrowersUNION on November 10, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    This is the time to show the WORLD who PORTLAND OCCUPY really is…We have learned threw the camp and it is time to move on..THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT IS NOT OVER…the soup kitchen is..PLEASE GO TO CAMP IN THE NEXT DAY AND TALK TO AS MANY AS YOU CAN ABOUT getting help they need and closing down the camp..Tell them the world is watching and lets show them how OREGON does things…LOVE..PEACE..NO HATE..WE WIN..lets pray for understanding

    • Anonymous on November 10, 2011 at 11:11 pm

      Shut the f**k up. The Oregongrowersunion are the same assholes taking credit for defunding Occupy Portland after the attempted coup of the finance committee. You’re no friends of the occupation – we don’t want your advice and you better not ever show your faces again.

  12. Fritz on November 10, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    To all Occupiers,

    Nothing makes me happier than seeing you removed from MY PARK, yes MY PARK. You see I pay Taxes, just like the other 53% of Americans. I work hard, and I don’t mind helping someone in a time of need. But you have ruined all credibility with us common folk you supposedly represent. I for one hope you make a stand Saturday Night, I also hope our Child Molesting Mayor doesn’t waste any more time on your “Movement” and simply hires a bulldozer to remove all remaining Occupiers and Belongings.

    Yes, you could say I’m fed up, or full of rage. I would agree, I think things like this,

    really make the 99% disgusted with your whole “Movement”. Oh and when I walk by and see strung out crack heads like this guy,

    it really make me glad I have my 2nd Amendment Right. Hope everyone has a great party tonight, and tell the local drug dealers to bring more heroin, I’m sure Wall Street will feel the shock of your bad decisions come morning.

    Good Night Slackers

  13. jordan on November 10, 2011 at 6:33 pm


  14. jordan on November 10, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    The parks The parks………..WOW

  15. eric on November 10, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Get out of our parks, loser Occupiers!!!! You’re a bunch of loser punks who haven’t a clue about reality, and have an over-inflated view of self importance coupled with an excessive sense of entitlement. We were tired of you four weeks ago. May you choke on lots of tear gas and get a billy-club ass whuppin this weekend – you have certainly earned it. Also, we expect you to pay for the $400,000 in park restoration costs and police overtime that you’ve cost the 53% who actually pay taxes. In these challenging economic times, don’t you think that $400,000 of tax payer funds could have been spent more productively? No – I guess you are all too self-absorbed to care about all of the city money you are wasting. The only thing you’ve accomplished during the past five weeks is to make yourselves and those who support you (including Sam Adams, Peter Defazio, and Barack Obama) look like jerks. Good riddance assholes.

  16. jordan on November 10, 2011 at 6:41 pm


  17. jordan on November 10, 2011 at 6:43 pm


  18. zwerge on November 10, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    I’m planning to be there Saturday; can’t risk arrest due to background check where I work.

    Here is my top priority: some truly impoverished and homeless people at the camp might have all their earthly possessions there, including survival equipment they could need wherever they end up next week. Despite everything else, the sleeping bags, extra clothes, other items add up to 100s of dollars. Just a cheap new blanket would be $20. I wouldn’t take down all the tents, but helping out anyone who has very few resources get some of their stuff out is important.
    Some camp residents have multiple diagnoses that get them rejected at shelters, i.e. vets with PTSD, substance abuse problems, no friends. This is a big problem with Occupy’s media relations. I think that people should work on soundbites which point out that this is what society ends up with when the social net fails, and most people should realize that these folks could end up scattered across downtown – they won’t disappear.

  19. Linda Kay Lund on November 10, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    The occupation needs a mother.
    The occupation in the park is the first steps. Awareness that things need to change has and continues to happen. Systems do NOT currently work for everyone and people fall through the cracks. Corporations continue to suck the life out average citizens with no concern. Ethics are not inherent in all people. We ask people that barely read to wade through processes professionals struggle with. Have you seen a medicaid application? How do we set America up to succeed and not fail?! That is why I support the occupation. Change is needed. I hope for a little better for all of us…. even Steve. More peace…. less hate.

  20. Bill Michtom on November 10, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    An email I sent to Sam Adams:

    I am very disappointed that you have decided to criminalize the Occupy movement. As I have noted previously, the city has been doing the right thing by working cooperatively with Occupy Portland. Bringing up the crimes that have been committed–ones that are highly unlikely to have been perpetrated by the protesters–as though there is any real connection between the crimes and the Occupation, is creating a case that the facts don’t support.

    Examine crime rates around the city and you will have to admit that what is happening at the Occupation blocks are not a function of the Occupation, but of societal reality. Over the five weeks that the protest has been there, the city has seen fit to maintain a huge police presence that has only recently become at all justified. The Occupiers created a space where long-term homeless could find food and shelter with greater safety that anywhere else in the city.

    I also read that you have been getting pressure from business associations. Over the years, so many in the business community have been more concerned about how things look than how safe people are or whether they are getting food, shelter and medical care. These are things that the Occupation–and its supporters–has provided where the city has–understandably–struggled.

    Just as New York’s Mayor Bloomberg has been more interested in protecting the financial industry that has destroyed the US economy than upholding the rule of law and the social safety net that his supporters have crippled, it looks like Portland is starting to give in to the rich.

    The first indication that the city would retreat from its support of the First Amendment was the arrests of the people that went to Jamison Park. That they were removed because the Pearl is “a residential neighborhood,” showed that the law would be invoked to ensure the comfort of the few over the well-being of the many. Now we have your promise to evict people from downtown for using their rights to petition for redress of grievances rather than working on solving the growing inequities that the all-too comfortable have wrought.

    I urge you to seriously reconsider this ill-advised decision.

    Thank you.

  21. Anonymous on November 11, 2011 at 12:06 am

    The Mayor is announcing that he will evict the occupation using force this Saturday. Let the Mayor know that he doesn’t get to decide what happens here – the 99% do!
    Sam Adams has announced that he will be sending in the police to forcefully evict Occupy Portland. The violence being threatened against the occupation is the same violence used to evict people from their homes, the same violence used to drive out the poor and working class through the process of gentrification, the same violence that is used daily by the city and police to protect the interests of the 1% at the expense of the 99%. Despite his feigned concern for the safety of the occupiers, he is in reality responding to pressure brought by Standard Insurance, the Portland Business Alliance, and other members of the 1% who oppose the occupation in principle. The Mayor has repeatedly worked to undermine the occupation and distract it from growing into a powerful social movement – this is just another in a long line of manufactured crisis created by the mayor to disrupt the occupation and discredit it. The fear mongering that has been occurring over the past week has been intentional, to alienate the occupation from it’s supporters.

    This Saturday, we need everyone who supports the right of the occupiers to exist, who opposes police violence, everyone who thinks that this moment in time is too important to give up on – we need all of you at the occupation on Saturday night. They hope to control us through fear – through fear of violence, fear of arrest. We must say that we will not be afraid anymore. That we will not be bullied into submission. For everyone who supports freedom and self-determination, this is your moment to act in defense of those values. All out to the occupation this Saturday! These moments don’t happen often, this may be our last opportunity to come together as a people and challenge the powers that be – we can’t let it go without a fight.

    Long live the Portland Commune!

  22. Korey hatfield on November 11, 2011 at 12:15 am

    Thank you for standing up for the people who aren’t ready for the movement. One day they will see the beauty.

  23. zero magic on November 11, 2011 at 1:20 am

    Both sides are playing with fire. And really there are more than two sides…I’d like to see a positive outcome

  24. Anna A. Mous on November 11, 2011 at 2:02 am

    to @steve and @eric, I have camped at the Occupy Portland camp and I have a job as well as go to school. I also pay taxes. Your anger towards what you see and believe of the Occupy Portland camp is unfortunate. The people who have actually camped here for the cause of the movement have done a good job of making you aware of the injustice of the United States economy, but the people who camped here to not support the movement and create alarm (not only to voyeurs, but to mindful campers) have made you angry and self-righteous.
    I am sad that the Occupy Portland camp has come across troubles that are misrepresenting, but I do believe that the Occupy Portland movement can still be a all encompassing and powerful message.

    • Eric on November 11, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      @Anna Nope you are wrong when you say OP has “done a good job of making you aware of the injustice of the United States economy.” You have done no such thing. A society with equality of outcome is not Just – it robs from the productive and redistributes resources to the unproductive – that’s not just. All I hear from Occupiers is gimme, gimme, gimme with no value that you are proposing to return to society. You want your student loans forgiven, mortgages modified, other debt forgiven, free health care, etc. These things aren’t free – someone else must pay for them. Why is it just to force others to pay for these things for others? I don’t disagree that many who are struggling could use a hand up, and that would lead to them being able to contribute more, but such a hand-up should be voluntary not compulsory. Also, for each “deserving” person who has a desire to be productive, there are about 10 people who will simply be parasites. What makes the US great and just is the equality of opportunity. There’s no doubt that there are occasional abuses of the system, which you are rightfully seeking to address – such as corporate influence buying. However, you lose all credibility when you don’t equally go after the influence buying of the labor unions. By far the biggest buyer of political influence is the NEA (do a google search and you will find that the NEA dwarfs contributions of companies like Bank of America to politicians. It’s time for the loser Occupiers to quit costing Portland taxpayers money. You’ve already cost us more than $400,000. Enough is enough. If you won’t go voluntarily then I welcome the police using any and all means and force necessary to remove you.

  25. Mark on November 11, 2011 at 6:46 am

    Dear Occupypdx and friends of the Occupy movement, there will be detractors, the dogs of war have been let

    loose against the Occupiers. In the broadcast, print, government, physical and social media. Some of these

    very dogs can be seen foaming expletives and hate with the comments on this website and those of the

    Oregonian, KGWNews. Fox and such websites and air waves.

    This was predictable and expected for some time. The secret as always, adapt, morph and evolve. The

    message is now out there.

    Proud of what you / we have accomplished todate. Open and willing to accept one and all at the camp, the

    poor, the homeless, the drug users, criminals even, while the very folks who were responsible for creating

    them shunned them, went so far as to blame the occupy movement for creating them. Seriously!

    Then there are those who are still hoping that good things will happen if they just stay at home, work hard,

    trust the lies that are being fed in all media to brainwash them. Still trusting of the big bad wolf in

    sheep’s clothing. They need to be made aware. We have much work to do to save this nation and the world from the 1%.

    Stay safe, stay peaceful, stay aware, expect the unexpected, disband, regroup, persevere, prevail.

  26. Steven on November 11, 2011 at 7:07 am

    May I humbly make a few suggestions:

    The message that the “Occupy” movement is important to many of us and we support that message.

    Unfortunately, that message has being drowned out and almost lost by the now current focus on the behaviors of individuals who have chosen to implant themselves within the movement in order to get benefits (food/place to sleep/medical attention/community etc.)

    Those behaviors of drug-alcohol abuse, violence and even crime are not new….but the fact that they have been allowed to flourish and continue by the Occupy organizers has ruined the important political message.

    Mayor Adams, Mike Reese, Nick Fish, and the Portland Police are not the enemy….the enemy to the movement is within and it is substance abuse, commitment to violence, lack of recognition that these elements must not be tolerated….as they kill the movement.

    Focus on the prize…the inequities…and not warring with the City.

    And get the violent troublemakers, crooks and dopers out.

    Good luck.

  27. Erin on November 11, 2011 at 8:55 am

    You have started a conversation that is long overdue and needs to continue. I urge you to do so and will continue to support the non-violent, intelligent and truthful message that you put forth. You have a unique opportunity this weekend to show the community and the nation just what dedicated and passionate folks you are. To stand up for what is right for the 99% and to show what is wrong in the current economic and political structure of our nation.

    You have the right to assemble and to civil disobedience to address grievances, but the current situation at camp is unsustainable due to the infiltration of non-civic minded individuals. For those of you that are in camp for the right reasons – show the community that you are true to your message of non-violence by letting this camp go. There will, most likely, be those at camp that will resist in non-peaceful ways Saturday night. I sincerely hope that no one gets hurts. But if you separate yourselves from this group, you will gain the respect and continued support of the 99%.
    Then continue your message, learning from this experience, to become a stronger, more cohesive and effective movement; with the end result of making the badly needed changes in our society.
    Be safe and strong.
    Erin Heymann

  28. irongamer on November 11, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Of course the homeless, mentally ill, and rebellious types will melt into a movement that is more caring and more accepting than the bulk of society. Current society shuns these individuals, we dump them on the street, we try to keep them out of mind because it is easier that way. The individuals railing against the less fortunate members of society in this thread are part of the cause of the less fortunate seeking acceptance in movements like occupy, they have no where else to go.

    • J on November 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm

      The Occupy locations are not homeless shelters or rehabilitation clinics. They are headquarters for a protest. These individuals should not be asked to leave because they abuse drugs or live on the streets; they, along with any others regardless of address or habit, should be asked to leave if they are not there to protest, participate, and contribute. Occupy Portland is losing traction primarily because of a lack of focus. Why are we here? To protest corporate stranglehold on our politics and society, which has led to economic and social injustices. “Giving these people a place to go” is treating symptoms of what we aim to cure, and it has acted as a huge distraction. Time to get back to basics and start trying to cure the cancer instead of the nausea it has caused.

  29. Anonymous on November 11, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I’m not sure how people can continue to say this movement is non-violent. I have walked through the parks about a half dozen times now taking photos and each time I have been threatened with violence from multiple people.

    These parks are for the PUBLIC. If you don’t want your photo taken, go HOME.

    • Galen on November 11, 2011 at 8:29 pm

      Why are you taking photos; are you a tourist? Is it reasonable for occupiers to conclude that those going through the camp are hostile? I would be. Look at what the Breitbart types do.

      • Anonymous on November 12, 2011 at 2:38 am

        Does it matter why I’m taking photos? I thought the movement was non-violent. If I’m not threatening people, why am I being threatened?

        Great way to alienate!

    • Ben on November 12, 2011 at 4:48 am

      You are going through the park being a jerk and egging people on. You’re getting the reactions you’re looking for so you can turn around and denounce us. Why don’t you stop coming around?

      • Anonymous on November 12, 2011 at 9:11 am

        Taking photos of signs and the art throughout the campsites is egging people on? Really? How so?

  30. Bongo on November 11, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Come Saturday night, the Occupiers will show the police and the world who is boss. Prepare for battle!

    • CBreeze on November 11, 2011 at 12:09 pm

      Just go home. This camp-out is counter productive. You guys don’t represent the 99%.

  31. D.C. on November 11, 2011 at 9:40 am

    I support the occupy movement, but there needs to be more organization here and not have people protesting just because they can. Why not keep the protest mobile and move every few weeks? Or better yet, move it to Salem and camp out in the capitol? The reason why corporations do what they do is because our government allows them to. I agree that the original message and getting lost and I frankly don’t know what the point of any of this is because no action is being taken.

    • occupypdxer on November 11, 2011 at 10:10 am

      Hey. Not sure if you heard, but over the past few decades, corporations have been giving millions of dollars to politicians to fund their campaigns, putting these politicians into the pockets of their benefactors. Due to revolving door policies, in the end they are all one and the same.

      • D.C. on November 11, 2011 at 2:49 pm

        Over the pass few decades? Try since the day our country got started…the game is old. Yet, I still maintain that letting our government off the hook, those who create the laws (yes, after $$ has exchanged hands) that allow for corps to do what they do, is a mistake. And if the government and corporations are one in the same, like I said, camp out in Salem.

      • Satori on November 11, 2011 at 4:27 pm

        Ditto on the unions, 20-50 million over the last several years. Everyone is buying because everyone is selling.

        beware of the unions, they are a regressive, arcane patriarchal institution with no place in the 21st century.

  32. AL on November 11, 2011 at 9:48 am

    It’s challenging. Kicking out the homeless, addicted, or angry would be hypocritical to the cause, but “ignoring the problem” has created very negative press and now the eviction notice. (And it’s clear you haven’t been truly ignoring it.)

    I know a place where substance abuse and rapes or violence are rampant, but since it’s indoors and you have to pay to join I guess the police don’t need to hire overtime workers or shut them down…. Anyone hear of a Fraternity eviction due to the same reasons?

    I wish you luck,especially in staying focused on the message and remaining peaceful this weekend. I hope your creative passion finds a way, and that your message is heard.

    -In solidarity

  33. Portlander on November 12, 2011 at 7:56 am

    No one is “more aware” of corporate corruption since the beginning of this protest. There has not been an awakening, or anything really, as a consequence of this movement. I don’t know what you think is being accomplished by the movement at this point in time, but as a general Portland citizen, if it is not evident to me, then you it is not evident to other citizens, and the movement in ineffective. We all understand corporate greed, recent income gap increases, corporate money buying politicians, etc. We UNDERSTAND that. Everyone is hyper aware of these things that are constantly said at the protests. What is NEXT? Quit spouting the same garbage, and show some initiative. Make a change. Occupying a park does nothing to change things.