AN OPEN INVITATION TO THE OCCU-FEST

November 11, 2011
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*****UPDATE: Musical Guests today are as follows:

DJ support from Chris & Jesiah (occupy) pdx
trance/songs of freedom and liberation

2pm – 3pm Little Sue
Www.myspace.com/littlesuemusic

345-445 Melinda Pitterman

6-7pm David Rovics
Www.davidrovics.com

*****

PORTLAND, ORE.– Occupy Portland is responding to the Mayor’s threat of eviction on Saturday night, November 12 and 13, by throwing a Potluck Dinner: a family-friendly event with music and celebration for the entire city. Affinity groups will lead neighborhoods in marches beginning around 2 PM converging on the Occupation from about 5 PM. At least one group is coming from Seattle. There were announcements of support from local and regional groups. The purpose of the Occupy potluck is to bring a significant mass of people together in solidarity with the nonviolent, humanitarian goals of Occupy.

General Assembly calls for action

Energy at the General Assembly on Thursday night was high, and attendance was sharply up. Observers say between 200 and 300 were in attendance. Volunteer facilitator Adriane said the only larger General Assemblies have been in the first week of the Occupation. Many speakers voiced a belief that the movement is growing stronger, that the threatened eviction will bring more energy into the movement, and that a continuing public presence is necessary to provide a place for people to meet and to make visible the systemic problems that corporatism has long kept invisible.

After the emergency GA held in front of City Hall at noon, working groups prepared lists of actions that people can take before and after the eviction date. Most of the ideas put forward include the importance of gathering the largest crowd Occupy Portland has yet seen, united in peace, united in support for the 99% whose interests have not been served by corporatism, by war, and by the concentration of wealth in the hands of the very few.

Action envisioned include:

Adriane reminded the assembly that as always, in Occupy events, “Whatever the whole group decides, everyone can go with whatever feels right to them, so long as it’s peaceful and nonviolent.”

Occupy Saturday!

  • 4:00pm—Feeder marches from neighborhoods start heading towards Pioneer Square. Rally with your friends and start your own march from your neighborhood. If you’re not comfortable getting a permit or don’t feel safe walking in the streets, you can always march by bike (as biking in the road is perfectly legal).
  • 5:00pm—Rally at Pioneer Square. If you’ve been following the Occupation’s actions, you’ve probably rallied at Pioneer Square. We’re expecting thousands to take the square, as usual.
  • 6:00pm—Occupotluck! This family friendly potluck invites you to bring a dish to share (am a mess kit to eat out of). As always, we encourage a diversity of food types (vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, et cetera) and knowing the ingredients of your dish. Please, do not bring any alcohol or illegal activities to our family-friendly event in a public park.
  • 8:00pm—FREE concert at Terry Schrunk Plaza featuring musicians from across the country in celebration of freedom and community!
  • 12:01am—Sit-in, bike-around and stand up in Chapman and Lownsdale Parks generally demonstrating our right to non-violently assemble. If you’re able to make it down for any part of Saturday, please come after midnight. It might be a cold and long night, so come with prepared and well rested. Special guest: The Portland Police Bureau, and other neighboring law enforcement agencies.

Preparing for Saturday Night

Before Saturday night, those who have valuables in the Occupied parks are urged to secure them and to move them off-site. Coalitions of local labor groups and some local churches are offering transportation and storage. Friday is a day for clean-up for the potluck. Some voices recommend “leave no trace.”

There were also many ideas concerning actions during and after the planned eviction. Some will sit in wait to be arrested. A training for those who are willing to risk being arrested is offered by the National Lawyer’s Guild at 2 PM on Saturday. Others will provide support for those being arrested. Ideas for after the eviction include the following: outreach to unions, homeless organizations and faith organizations, plans to keep the occupation visible, plans for community events occurring on a regular basis, plans to return to the park and clean it, re-seed the grass, care for the trees, and make the two parks that have been so important to us, more beautiful than they were before the Occupation.

Text “PDXOccupy” to 23559 to receive emergency updates about the coming eviction.

56 Responses to AN OPEN INVITATION TO THE OCCU-FEST

  1. zwerge on November 11, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Good plan.
    Creating a spectacle and being prepared to deliver a message to the media are good ideas. I discourage anyone from going down ‘defending the fort’ (or getting arrested). The cost benefit analysis leans towards saving ourselves from excessive personal suffering.

    • Derby on November 12, 2011 at 12:38 am

      Mr. Washington, Mr. Jefferson, Mr. Henry, Mr. Madison and all you other occupiers, please gather petition signatures to give to the English, so they will allow redistribution of their wealth. Whatever happens, be passive and polite. Actual resistance can never lead to independence and freedom from tyranny.

  2. satori on November 11, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Dear Occupiers,

    “In a press release, police said campers have dug a hole in one of the parks which has been reinforced with wood and that they have received reports of others hammering nails into wood as possible weapons. Police believe as many as 300 people from various locations, including Seattle, Oakland and San Francisco, are expected to join those at the parks with as many as 150 anarchists helping resist the eviction.”

    First and foremost get all the minors out of there…NOW!

    This is a terrible idea, I beg you..don’t do this. Vacate now (and get the city to help you) to avoid bloodshed and further tarnishing the effectiveness of this important movement. The police are humans and they will defend themselves and their fellow officers if someone is attacking them with bats impaled with nails.

    Blessings and Enlightenment

    • Mr. Me on November 11, 2011 at 1:43 pm

      No one is stockpiling weapons. That is completely untrue. We were actually laughing about that claim at the GA last night. Someone is trying to make us look bad. We are committed to non-violence. Don’t believe the lies. No on wants violence. And to be fair, the only times violence has happened in other places (like oakland), it has been started by the police. The media is owned by the 1% and has been doing all that it can to cast a negative light on the movement since the beginning (well, since they actually started acknowledging us). Please do not believe that stuff. No one wants any trouble.

      • satori on November 11, 2011 at 9:37 pm

        A. serious change agents do NOT laugh at rumours taken as fact (by the people they claim to represent) that damage the face of the movement.

        B. make up your mind, do you want media coverage or not?

        C. if you want positive media coverage, get rid of the negative face of the movement. move out of the park b4 the police arrive. issue a statement highlighting your intention to eliminate any potential for violence, take the high road, you will look like heroes and gain a lot of support. you can even state that current inflated media and police reports make it impossible to orchestrate a peaceful exit.

        D. get some humility

        • Ben on November 12, 2011 at 4:41 am

          Everything you say is garbage. Why don’t you get a life, troll? You know nothing about how change comes around. Maybe you should vacate your head from your ass, as that’s the only bad occupation going on around here.

        • Trecanoe on November 12, 2011 at 10:14 am

          I wandered by Occupy while switching from Max to bus the other day.
          Intimidated by the obvious CIA, sheriff and police presence ringing the perimeter, but impressed by the level of cooperation and organization within the camp, and re-asssured by the friendliness of city cops within the camp, I came back Friday with home-baked cookies for the coffee tent.
          Bewildered and concerned what would happen to the homeless (less worried about the movement), I followed a newsman around for a bit. He refused to interview anyone who did not serve his purpose. He had a clear agenda. Several people in the park stood behind people he WOULD interview, their mouths covered, holding signs, silent. When the camera stopped rolling they decried him for refusing to interview them, that the only way to send their mssg was as background. I then spoke to him briefly and offered myself to be interviewed as a 58-year-old white woman delivering baked goods to the Occupiers. Also not his cup of tea. But he did take the time to try to convince me I was wrong to support the movement.
          Better to go down as I did and form your own opinion. What I see clashes with the news.

    • occupypdxer on November 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm

      Please don’t drink the PPB’s kool-aid.

  3. Mark Carter on November 11, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    We stand with you and are PROUD of you here in the Occupy Richmond Movement!! Stay Strong!!

  4. Average Joe on November 11, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    When your message was “They got bailed out, we got sold out,” the majority of Americans were with you.

    Now, some among you have pivoted to the freedom of speech trumps all, the freedom to protest wherever whenever however year-round argument and are willing to take a last stand, rumble with the police, and become self-fulfilling martyrs to martyrdom.

    In short, your movement has become about warring with civil society and not about changing anything significant. If you confront the police, you will bring shame and embarrassment on the union movement and on the left. When the anti-war protests turned violent in the late 1960s and 1970s, the backlash brought on decades of right-leaning rule. Ronald Reagan the Second is waiting in the wings.

    Reread the various posts here. You are infighting amongst yourselves. Your endless committee-style discussion-group leaderless GA decision making leaves you all open to being hijacked by the lowest common denominator among you. I was among those 10,000 who marched gladly from the waterfront to the parks. I am now among the probably hundreds of thousands of taxpayers in Portland who do not support a drug-infested encampment that cannot self-police, cannot come to a decision about constructive action, and that possibly courting violence for the heck–or is it the fun?–of proving the point that Mom and Dad (AKA the Man) can be really big meanies when they want to and spoil all fun.

    Smoking weed in the park does not address fiscal inequality in America. Retire gracefully, decamp, regroup, and engage in real change activities, not summer camp for dropouts.

    • Carmello on November 11, 2011 at 3:56 pm

      This is so well stated. Please folks read Average Joe’s comment, I think there are many of us sympathetic to the cause that feel this way. Although I think this is such a bad idea to stand up to the police, because they will accomplish their goal, at least get the most vulnerable of the group out of there. Move the kids, the old and weak. The cops are not F’ing around, they’ll do whatever it takes to clear that park. Pepper spray, tear gas and batons will shock you back into reality. Please leave peacefully. There’s no shame in a tactical retreat, you can come back and carry the fight on another day.

    • Huero on November 11, 2011 at 11:55 pm

      The message is still “They got bailed out, we got sold out,”. Who you been listening to?

    • Derby on November 12, 2011 at 12:49 am

      Hi Joe,
      Gee, I don’t remember seeing you there Oct. 6. Musta been the cloud of pot smoke between us.
      So, it was actually the fault of 1960′s & 1970′s anti-war activists responsible for bringing about Reagan presidency and decades of rightwing backlash? Wow. Mystery solved.

    • Trecanoe on November 12, 2011 at 9:54 am

      You’ve formed an opinion based on what the media tells you. Now come see for yourself.
      We invite you to a pot luck at 5pm tonite to see for yourself.
      We may have covered the grass & we may be a bit muddy, but no long-term harm is being done… unlike the devastation of war, the destruction of frakking, coal mining, oil spills and the greed we are fighting.
      Come down for today for this family-friendly potluck and we will set you free to form your own true opinion.
      We have already won.
      That means you have too.

  5. Lefabre on November 11, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Get jobs and quit playing games! Dancing all night long and dressing up in costumes! Grow up! You are a disgrace to America!

  6. Jim on November 11, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    All illegal occupiers will lose! You have been notified to leave the parks. Let’s get ready to rumble if that is what you want.

    Your message has been heard, but your actions have spoken louder. You represent nothing and have caused yourselves to be viewed as low-life scummies who provoke havoc and produce nothing of substance.

    If you are not gone when the bell tolls, then you will see what our tax money really is going towards, bye bye now. That is to protect and serve this great city and the real citizens who care for it.

    Thanks for destroying the beautiful parks you have illegally been occupying and costing Portland $100′s of thousand of dollars in damages.
    -What a great service you are doing.

    • Octopusa on November 11, 2011 at 2:35 pm

      Learn to read. The OP posts today are about showing our solidarity with NON violence and all that the %99 is workign on-and rebeautifying our parks.

    • Derby on November 11, 2011 at 10:34 pm

      Thanks for your comments, Jim. Time now for you with all your fiscal concern to turn your attention to raising a few more hundred billion dollars for the US war machine in the middle east, or for more billions to help the starving bankers, and to put away a few more billion dollars in your Chase account in preparation of the derivatives bubble implosion. Glad though you’re so concerned about civic expenses. Keep up the good work.

    • Huero on November 11, 2011 at 11:54 pm

      TROLL

    • Trecanoe on November 12, 2011 at 9:49 am

      Jim Troll,
      Criticizing the Occupation for taking in the Homeless is like criticizing the Humane Society for rescuing low-life scummy abused creatures and concentrating them all in one place instead of leaving them to roam the streets.
      You lack logic, but how poetical with bells tolling.
      I get the feeling you are glued to the tv set watching your ‘let’s get ready to rumble” wrestling, and have not visited the park.
      We invite you to a pot luck at 5pm tonite to see for yourself.
      We may have covered the grass & we may be a bit muddy, but no long-term harm is being done… unlike the devastation of war, the destruction of frakking, coal mining, oil spills and greed.
      Come down and we will set you free.
      We have already won.

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  8. jordan on November 11, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Love it you have so much support from the people in Portland..And my union stands with you..lARGEST IN THE STATE…LOVE THE OCCUPATION..

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  10. dcatalyst on November 11, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    There are going to be those who feel that the only real response to Sam Adams’ ploy to reclaim and “repair” the parks is to resist by remaining in the parks. We are not going to change that through discourse, just like the people who will stay are not likely to convince a single mom with no resources to place herself at risk.

    At a certain point, we need to just make sure there is still room for everyone to be a part of the 99%. We are all part of this movement, so let’s not argue about tactics and instead incorporate these diverse methods into our overall strategy moving forward. Let’s plan for a smooth transition from Phase One: “Occupy Lownsdale and Chapman Parks” into Phase Two: Occupy Abandoned Buildings and People’s Living Rooms. (In case it’s not obvious, please add your own actions to Phase Two.)

    This would involve setting up operations to transform abandoned buildings into office space for Occupy Strategy, and into housing for the houseless, in exchange for maintenance, improvements, and utility payment. A benefit of this plan is that it is direct action, that takes a problem and transforms it into a solution.

    We would also set up operations to occupy living rooms of those who weren’t able to occupy the parks. These living room occupations resemble house parties focusing on Occupy issues, and serve the purposes of education, connection, communication, and strategy. A benefit of this plan is that it increases exposure to the issues of Occupy, directly engages people, and helps them to feel a part of it from the comfort of their own (or their own neighbor’s) home.

    So, let’s make these next two days count AND let’s also plan for Sunday and beyond, so that the transition is as smooth as we can make it, allowing this shift to build our momentum as a movement. The problems we are focusing on are systemic, and evicting Occupy from the parks doesn’t change our drive to fix them. It may just increase the locations where we do so.

    In Solidarity,

    Cyd Manro

  11. OregongrowersUNION on November 11, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    PLEASE LEAVEno one is behind you asnd if you pick this as the last stand you will lose every thing and every one that at one time stood woth you…please just leave.

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  13. Infinity Circle on November 11, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    I have watched, and been involved in Portland’s Occupy from the start, though from afar, helping with the livestream. I have at times been frustrated, as have we all, but I can tell you that I am immensely proud of all of you.

    Those of you putting the movement down:

    It’s a shame that you do not understand that this movement is about social and economic justice for ALL, and that includes you. This has and will remain a peaceful movement, with the only violence being perpetrated by the police in various jurisdictions. I have watched these things 1st hand across the nation through the wonder that is the internet. Rather than putting down something that you have not taken the time to understand, do some TRUE research, think for yourselves instead of believing the half truths and outright lies of the MSM, and those that wish to perpetrate the will of the 1%.

    To the City of Portland: While I am truly disappointed in the decision of Mayor Adams, I understand that he was under a lot of pressure from the fringe group we call the 1%. It is my hope that when the deadline comes, that those that decide to exercise civil disobedience are treated with dignity, rather than outright violence as we have seen perpetrated by the powers that be in Oakland, NYC and other cities that are not as fair minded as the City of Portland has been.

    I cannot attend, but I will be there both online, and in my heart. Remember, be good to one another, keep your heads up and your hearts strong! The eyes of the world will be on Portland!

    • Satori on November 11, 2011 at 4:22 pm

      oh for goodness sake, the eyes of the world are so NOT on Portland. a very heroic and dramatic statement, but just not happening. it may make more sense to pay attention to the eyes of Portland…and they will be watching and evaluating.
      there will be no violence from the police. there will be self-defense if necessary. mayor adams is RESPONSIBLE for all the activities within this encampment…he has allowed the camp even though it violates his oath of office. if he were to allow it to remain in it’s current state AND someone is hurt or gets killed, he is RESPONSIBLE.. morally and legally. he can be personally sued and so can the city. this is the reality of the situation for everyone supporting the encampment. responsible people get this and tend to distance themselves from dangerous behavior. ALL the core responsible occupiers should do the same and move on.celebrate your accomplishments, honor the park, have respect for the broader mission, have the saturday party, then go home and start phase 2.

      reminds me of the charge of the light brigade..”ours is not to reason why, ours is just to do or die.”

      • bobsoper (@bobsoper) on November 11, 2011 at 7:48 pm

        Satori wrote:
        “there will be no violence from the police.”
        You may kid yourself, but you’re not fooling anyone else. If there is any violence, of COURSE it will be perpetrated by the Portland Police. If you don’t think they’re capable of Oakland or NYPD-style brutality, you obviously weren’t here for the May 1, 2000 police riot downtown.

    • Trecanoe on November 12, 2011 at 9:42 am

      I am originally from Dallas, lived 3 years in NC, and 9 years in Santa Fe and I agree that we ARE watching Occupy Portland.
      Sometimes I get better news about what’s happening with Occupy Portland via Occupy Wall Street’s FB page than via the Portland FB sites! I’ve also seen articles on Occupy Portland via Nation Of Change.
      Like many others, I share posts about Occupy Portland with my friends in NC, with my connects at Occupy Austin, Occupy Dallas and Occupy Austin because the Portland camp (if not the FB sites) are often a model to the Occupy world.
      I’ve seen my shares shared again, as far afield as France (via a Dallas friend).
      So YES! THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING.
      I am proof. And I am ordinary, not some exception to the rule.

  14. InLovewithPDX on November 11, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    I encourage every physically able adult that is in love with our city to attend the protest at or near 12:01 Sunday morning to ensure that our law enforcement officials enforce the law, but do not themselves break it. The presence of observers may provide an accountability incentive to both sides should tensions arise. Whatever happens tomorrow night, let all of us show that we believe in peaceful resolution of problems. These are our police, our friends, our neighbors, our fellow citizens, and our parks.

    If the police cannot achieve the mandate established by our local government peacefully, demand that our local government attempt to negotiate a peaceful solution before relying on a violent one. Police enforcement of a government objective should be a last resort in a free society, not a first step. I encourage those who are concerned to call or email Mayor Adams’s office with that message. Make sure that Mayor Adams knows that the approach taken at Berkeley’s campus is not welcome in Portland’s parks.

    The police need our support, the protestors need our support, and this amazing city that we call “home” needs our support. Tomorrow night our city calls us to participate as citizens; let us all heed that call.

    • satori on November 11, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      “Police enforcement of a government objective should be a last resort in a free society, not a first step.”

      You must be joking. it’s been an ongoing conversation between the mayors office, the police chief and the occupiers for over a month now. hardly the “first step”

    • Trecanoe on November 12, 2011 at 9:32 am

      A very thoughtful post and thank you.
      Is the Mayor’s office open?
      Maybe we should call the police dept instead?
      Please advise & provide a phone # and we will call.

  15. Kmac on November 11, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Please listen up to Average Joe all you Occupiers hell bent on resisting. What he says really makes sense…to do anything else is courting certain disaster; ‘staying at any cost’ is just an end in itself and goes nowhere but into the bad publicity hopper. I say avoid that and re-group and Occupy elsewhere and everywhere.

    • Derby on November 11, 2011 at 10:25 pm

      All along, the Occupation movement has been a clear demonstration of commitment and staying power. Those willing to endure the hardships have proven this is not a fad or a flash. We will not go away. We will change the course of the country because the alternative is to perish, and the road is very long and hard.

      The comments discounting the purpose of camping either don’t follow-through in their thinking process or willfully try to misrepresent Occupy Portland’s intentions and achievements.

      And give me a break, those who claim to be so seriously denied your right to visit and enjoy Chapman and Lownsdale as regular parks. In this weather, no one goes there. And there is Waterfront Park 3 blocks to the east and the South Park Blocks 4 blocks to the west.

      Occupiers – keep your spirit strong and proud.

    • Trecanoe on November 12, 2011 at 9:28 am

      First they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
      We’re right on target.

      Did you see the 3 gorgeous $20,000 yurts donated to Occupy Ontario?
      http://www.thestar.com/living/article/1079586–occupy-toronto-goes-high-style-with-20-000-yurts

      Keep it up.
      Keep it up.
      Keep it up.

  16. Laura on November 11, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    lmao – I think Americans are getting a bit tired of the fear tactics. OMG run fire fire!!! Ahhhhh … save the children and women!! Bottom line is we must protest the loss of rights while we still have some rights left. To do otherwise is to endanger our children. But I must admit it was funny Satori – hahaha.

  17. Don on November 11, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I support the movement, I will be there tomorrow with video camera.

  18. phrogge simons on November 11, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    My name is Phrogge Simons in Houston, Texas a group of protestors held a twentyfour/seven two (2) year live in protest in front of the Harris County Family Law Center. The goal of the protest was the removal of a well entrenched group of district court judges. We exceeded our wildest expectations by remaining calm, peaceful and resolute in the face of all adversity. My recommendation would be to immediately file a Request For Emergency Relief with the closest Federal Court/Judge you can locate. Anyone can file it (no cost if accompanied with a pauper’s affidavit). The basis is the First Amendment Right to Peaceful Assembly. When confronted by police, play possum. Dress the women in pink and get them on the front lines. Duct tape across the mouth speaks volumes on the effort to silence rhe movement plus the cameras love it. Absolutely no protest signs on sticks and everyone should carry one with a message that is short and sweet and large. Best wishes on your success and my prayers are with you all. Remember, your enemies honor you, after all if you weren’t hurting them they would not be trying to get rid of you. Please contact me if I can be of any further assistance. P.S. If you can clog their jails by refusing to post bonds that works also. Remember the message ANTI CORRUPTION CAUSES DESTRUCTION TO THE MACHINE.

  19. Huero on November 11, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    To the fine people who have actually been out there occupying, please know that your brothers and sisters all over the world love you and are so proud of you. Thank you!
    Please do not be discouraged by the very negative and wrongheaded comments coming from the likes of “OregongrowersUNION” and “satori”. The eyes of the world are indeed on us in spite of what they might say.
    It is sad but expected that some can not take a deep breath, stand back and look at the whole picture.
    There is a 99% and a 1% within our movement. 1% who are out there physically occupying and 99% who are supporting the movement in other ways. The MSM and the haters are so focused on the problems that have occurred at OWS encampments. They live to magnify the negative drama. Ironically they also fear and resent the camps for forcing them to look at some uncomfortable realities about our society. It is impossible for some to admit that society’s problems are everyone’s responsibility. They are not ready. Of course the homelessness, drug, mental illness, and violence problems that plague society as a whole will show up here too. What do they expect? The haters need someone to blame and the occupiers are an easy target. It’s easy to be a hater and tough to look in the mirror.

  20. Huero on November 11, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Can we be honest about anti “camping” laws? Most if not all of the Occupation camps are *technically* in violation of local no “camping” ordinances etc. It’s different from city to city. Most of the mayors and police chiefs across the U.S. (with some glaring exceptions) have chosen not to enforce these no “camping” laws within the limited areas where OWS camps have been set up. These anti camping laws are really only there for one reason in the first place and that is so that local police can have full control of the people who are living on the streets. No camping laws within big cities are basically a criminalization of homelessness. We have allowed our country to become a place where ever increasing numbers of people are sleeping in doorways and under bridges. Naturally some people who are living on the street will gravitate to these OWS camps because, yes most of them probably have some damn good food, AND it’s a place where they can sleep in relative peace for once without having to worry about being harassed by police, forced to move, or arrested. We as a society can’t get it together to solve the homelessness epidemic. It seems the epitome of hypocrisy to point the finger at  a protest camp for having bad policy regarding houseless people. We should point the finger at ourselves for not helping.

    • Trecanoe on November 12, 2011 at 9:07 am

      Well spoken. I had a similar conversation share with an unfriendly police yesterday while dropping off home-baked cookies at Occupy. His stand was that there are more homeless because we as a society provide services to them. Also similar conversation with 2 biz men at Starbucks.
      At the beginning of our convo’s, they felt fine with things returning to how they were before Occupy for the homeless. By the end, they were starting to realize that right now their problem is contained in the park & actually more manageable as such vs. having it spread out all over downtown. (and from the biz men’s point of view, right in the garages where they park their cars or in their back entries).
      None of them realized that Occupy churns out 1000-1500 free meals per day and provides medical assistance.
      All admitted that after 3-5 days of safe sleep and food, most folks become much less psychotic — which is primarily what happens in our psych wards.
      The businessmen conceded that criticizing Occupy for supporting the homeless is much like criticizing Humane Centers for taking in abused creatures.
      And does the hostile policeman really believe that the homeless are the real drain on our society today? “I guess not,” he sheepishly conceded.
      “But isn’t it comfortable to think so?” I replied, and left him to his thoughts.

  21. phrogge simons on November 11, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    extreme times often require extreme actions, when questioned on who gave us permission to protest I responded “our forefathers”

  22. Huero on November 12, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Such drama in some peoples heads. These ridiculous cries. “They are DESTROYING the parks” and the exaggerated $$$Dollar amounts that this has cost the city.
    Please.
    The parks will clean up just fine.

  23. Bradford B. Morrison on November 12, 2011 at 3:52 am

    Dear OCCUPYING friends in Portland;
    We here in OCCUPYSEATTLE are pulling for you all the way. Wish I could be there Saturday-Sunday,but probably cannot afford the trip. What a great spokesperson you have there in the person of Jim Oliver; he sounded so much more effective and believable than the mayor( on the PBS broadcast), I was pleasantly surprised.
    No matter what happens Saturday night, always remember to hold your heads high and proud; and never give up doing whatever you can to make our beautiful and mysterious Planet Earth be a better, more liveable place for everyone.
    In Solidarity
    Peace and Love
    Loudmouth Karaoke Brad

  24. Eric on November 12, 2011 at 9:03 am

    You are pursuing the wrong culprits.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-smallpox-20111113,0,4293298.story

    You should be protesting at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

    • occupypdxer on November 12, 2011 at 9:06 am

      The criminals at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave are paid to be there by the criminals on Wall St. Then they switch chairs every once in a while. Let’s work together to end this Eric.

  25. Steve on November 12, 2011 at 9:30 am

    You people are so disgusting.

    GTFO of our city parks!

    • jdgless on November 12, 2011 at 10:02 am

      We appreciate your voice, if you would like to continue to have a right to speak out you probably ought to consider joining us!

      • anonymous on November 12, 2011 at 12:37 pm

        go fuck yourselves. Tonight you all go down in a hail of pepperspray, full-on baton beatings and ass-whippings. You deserve everything you get for desecrating our city public parks! I will laugh watching it live on TV news tonight. GO OCCUPY PRISON FUCK-FACES!

    • Katie on November 12, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      Where can I find information about the neighborhood marches today? I live in NE.

    • Spider on November 13, 2011 at 1:09 pm

      you must be the 1%…

  26. newSoul on November 12, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Dear Occupiers,
    I just wanted to give a thanks. if i could be out there i would be. Please know you have my support, energy, and courage. There will always be a negative outlook. Do not let that discourage you. I am sorry they don’t see how you are helping them in soo many ways. I feel honored to live through this global change, and enlightenment. Stay strong, eat well, live well, and stay true to yourself.
    -I love you all.
    – ANA

  27. ALANL on November 12, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    WE HAVE THE ATTITUDE AND THE LATITUDE NEVER GIVE UP! ALANL

  28. Paul on November 12, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I’ve marched with Portland’s occupy, and have visited the occupation routinely, but I feel that it is necessary to best protect the health of the movement more logically. My last visit there I had to hold my nose because of poor toilet training, and it was essentially a drug zoo with small time gangs fighting amongst each other over customers/finances (which is surreal to the beauty of some of the legitimate occupiers). The movement won’t die or disappear, or become illegitimate because of this, but to invite everyone the night of the eviction to party/fest/potluck just shows further what course the movement has been on. Unfocused. There’s no real reason to celebrate and there is no reason to be fearful. Move to another park, let them do some cleaning, move back and keep growing (WITHOUT PERMITS). And teach people how to use the restrooms a bit better. Massive amounts of mad love, be safe tonight.

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