Monthly Archives: May 2012

May 30, 6-8PM: Occupy The Banks Planning Meeting

May 30, 2012

What is the Bank Action? Occupy the Banks Planning Session this Wednesday, May 30th at First Unitarian Church (SW 12th & Salmon) from 6pm-8pm. Come help plan for a summer of “Move Your Money” adventures, discuss a National Day of Action for November, learn how to get your organization more involved, and help craft...
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[June 11, 2012] – Solidarité with Quebec Students

May 30, 2012
[June 11, 2012] – Solidarité with Quebec Students

Solidarité with Quebec Students Monday, June 11, 2012 7:00pm Pioneer Square in Portland, Oregon and wherever you are! With increases in tuition showing no signs of stopping, and the student debt bubble recently breaching the trillion dollar mark, it is high time the people rise up to condemn the profiteering of the civil right...
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OCCUPY THE FIELD: Occupy PDX VS Park Rangers

May 29, 2012
OCCUPY THE FIELD: Occupy PDX VS Park Rangers

  A softball game…. … An epic battle of wit, and physical aptitude will ensue at Overlook Park on Sunday June 10th 3:00-9:00pm between Occupy Portland and Portland City Park Rangers! The Rangers have challenged Occupy Portland to a rigorous game of softball, and with delight, Occupy Portland has accepted. Additionally, Occupy Portland has...
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June 1 – 4:30PM: Teachers Speak Out Against Capitalism

May 28, 2012

In Solidarity with Teacher and Student Struggles

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A public forum with authors Bill Bigelow, Jesse Hagopian, Sarah Knopp and Adam Sanchez

A conservative consensus dominates the discussion about what’s wrong with our schools and how to fix them: scapegoat teachers, vilify our unions, and promise more private control and market solutions. In each case, students lose—especially students of color and the children of the working class and the poor.
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May 30: Don’t Let City Hall Sneak In Spy Cams

May 28, 2012

An alert sent out by the Portland Progressive Party

Join us to STOP Spy Camera Installation in Portland!!

City Council sent out the announcement 2:58pm, the Friday before Memorial Day Weekend, stating that the installation of spy cameras in Portland will be on the agenda for the City Council Meeting Wednesday May 30th at 9:30 am. Nice timing, right!

They hope people won’t be there for the vote to put cameras up in Portland. They are wrong.

There still is no policy in place that describes the limits on how these cameras can be used.

Portland Police (PPB) could access camera feeds through their phones with little oversight, if any.

We cannot allow this violation of our public and private spaces!!

Images collected would be deleted after 24 hours, ensuring video the PPB wants to keep will be saved but video that citizens would want to access and any videos showing officers acting unlawfully could be easily deleted.

Wednesday, May 30th
8:30 am – Rally and Protest – Meet Outside City Hall
9:30 am – City Council Meeting Begins at the Portland Building

Portland City Hall: 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, Oregon
The Portland Building: 1120 SW 5th Avenue (next to City Hall) Council Meeting is in 2nd Floor Auditorium

We do not need to invest city funds in spy cameras for Portland!!

We need council members committed to providing social services not advocating for Portland joining the surveillance state.

The spy cameras give more power to the police but do not address any core issues relating to crime or substance abuse.

Profiling tactics have proven dangerous to our community and the use of these cameras will encourage profiling and threatens the civil liberties of all.

Here is contact info for City Council Commissioners…
Let them know you oppose spy cam installation in Portland and support oversight and accountability for Portland Police Officers.

Sam Adams
Mayor, Commissioner of Police, Finance and Administration
(503) 823-4120 E-mail:

Amanda Fritz
Commissioner of Public Utilities, Position Number 1
(503) 823-3008 E-mail:

Nick Fish
Commissioner of Public Works, Position Number 2
(503) 823-3589 E-mail:

Dan Saltzman
Commissioner of Public Affairs, Position Number 3
(503) 823-4151 E-mail:

Randy Leonard
Commissioner of Public Safety, Position Number 4
(503) 823-4682 E-mail:

Celebrate Nan Wigmore’s Birthday- May 28 Mt. Tabor Park @4 pm.

May 27, 2012

Portland Oregon’s very own Occupying Grateful Great Granny Nan Wigmore will be having an informal birthday gathering at Mt. Tabor Park at 4 pm Monday, May 28. Nan recently returned to Portland after protesting at the Chicago NATO/G8 summits where she was detained by Chicago Police and where her belongings, including clothes, cell phone...
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Our School Featured on TedX Concordia

May 26, 2012

Coming Up This Month

May 26, 2012
Coming Up This Month

This is a list of general Activist-run Celebratory Events and training workshops for the month of June. If your event information is not up here, email   Awesome Events The Village Building Convergence – May 25- June 3rd City Repair hosts the annual Village Building Convergence that transforms public spaces into vibrant community...
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Press Release: 10 Arrested in Occupy the Post Office Action

May 25, 2012
For immediate release  05/24/12
Contact: Laurie King (JWJ): 503-490-2309, Lataya Dailey (Occupy): 971-409-3741

Ten arrested in Occupy action at University Station post office
Portland, OR –  Police arrested ten members of labor unions, faith groups, neighborhood organizations, and Occupy Portland who refused to leave the University Station post office at closing time this evening.  Unfurling two ten foot banners, reading “Occupy the Post Office” and “No Closures! No Cuts!” the protesters blocked the closure of the retail window while a rally of over a hundred supporters chanted outside. Earlier a line of demonstrators had marched through the office, delivering postcards addressed to the Postmaster General.
“The Postmaster General’s plan to close processing plants, delay mail delivery, and cut hours in the nation’s post offices will not fix the postal service’s financial crisis,” said Jamie Partridge, an arrestee from Occupy Portland.  “Congress manufactured the crisis and Congress or the President will fix it.  If the PMG can’t wait, he should step down and allow in someone who will protect the postal service.”
“People from across Portland are coming out to show that we value our public services and we will not allow those services to be sabatoged by corporate interests. Today we defend the Post Offices, but we know that these public services – our Post Offices, our libraries, our parks, and even our schools are all the target of corporate interests profit-driven machines, says Laurie King, organizer with Occupy the Post Office. “We are coming out to say that all communities deserve access to the mail service, and we will not have it handed over to the highest bidder.”
The Postmaster General is poised to close half the nation’s mail processing plants, including Portland’s Main Office, while reducing hours from 25% to 75% at 13,900 post offices. Donahoe is also pushing for an end to door-to-door and Saturday delivery. Organizers say that the financial problems that USPS is experiencing is due to a funding mandate passed by Congress in 2006 that requires the USPS pre-fund retiree health benefits 75 years in advance. This law was a product of ALEC and its Congressional members who focus on shrinking and privatizing public services. Community members are pressuring Congress to pass bills HR 3591 and S 1853 which will repeal the pre-funding mandate and protect the Postal Service.
“USPS is financially sound, the Congressional mandate to pre-pay benefits for 75 years is shackling the Post Office. This is clearly a part of Wall Street’s plan to privatize and destroy an honored institution of our community,” says Lataya Dailey, an organizer with Occupy St Johns. “The Postmaster is complicit in this plan to gut and cut our community Post Offices. We demand he resign immediately.”
This action was part of an on-going effort by a community coalition to support the Postal Service by Occupy St Johns, Occupy Portland, the Rural Organizing Project and Jobs with Justice.
Occupy St Johns and Occupy Portland are part of the international Occupy Movement fighting against the inequality of wealth and power in our existing economic and political systems. Jobs with Justice is coalition of labor organizations and community groups dedicated to protecting the rights of working people and supporting community struggles to build a more just society. JWJ has been an active supporter of public infrastructure like the Post Office since its founding in 1992. 

A letter from the Occupy Portland Medical Committee

May 25, 2012

Dear brothers and sisters, We got our asses kicked on 1 MAY. Already some of our fellows have been experiencing symptoms of PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder). Criteria includes: direct personal experience or witnessing an event involving death or threat of death or serious injury. It can even include hearing about an event that...
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