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you have spent enough taxpayers money
You should have fundraisers to pay for the cost of the mess that you created.
come up with better ways to protest
and do not put the burden on people who have a few more working brain cells
The USA was founded because of tax issues, now you want to create unfair tax on more fortunate people.
you are correct that enough taxpayer money has been spent, except that it was spent by the city, not the Occupy movement.
Tell your elected representatives to stop wasting money with overwhelming police actions meant to supress free speech and the foundational right of the people to peacefully assemble.
That would be responsible civic action on your part.
I wonder how angry the British people were when their tax money had to go towards controlling those pesky liberals at the Boston Tea Party who were so upset about the unfair taxation…. hmmm?
Face it, history has placed the moral authority on the side of the Occupy Protest.
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“Who’s parks? Our parks!” was the chant Saturday night from the occupied parks of downtown Portland. I had stopped by about 7pm to see what was going on. An old Eagle Scout, I remembered that you always left a campground cleaner than when you arrived. I found myself for the next three hours, along with a small minority of occupiers, picking up trash – lots and lots of trash. One woman stopped to thank me a put forth her hand to shake mine. I told her my hands were covered in disgusting filth. She said, “No matter, I really want to thank you.”
I know that many at the parks were not part of the movement; they were homeless, those fresh out of jail, or anarchist who had other concerns. But for those who had rallied their chant in all earnest, most marched away with little, if any, concern for the trash and damage left behind.
While I support the messages of the movement, for those messages to be effectively delivered over time they must not be trashed by hypocrisy, real or otherwise through disrespect for something that belongs to all of us, the 100%.
I want to recommend that you invite a member of the City Parks Service to a fund raiser. Announce it to the media once coordinated. If 6,000 people donated in person, through a local credit union, or online site, for just the price of one of those free cups of coffee, the movement could offset a great deal of the financial costs of damage done. I will help with the logistics if you are willing. If not, then stop the chant – they are not your parks anymore.
Portland Parks Foundation Sets Up Donation Fund for Chapman and Lownsdale Repairs and Restoration
Members of Occupy Portland that helped with initial park clean-up over the weekend and expressed interest in supporting the renovation and restoration of Lownsdale and Chapman Squares in Downtown Portland. To this end, Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) and a valued nonprofit partner, the Portland Parks Foundation, have
collaborated to create the Fund for Portland’s Historic Park Squares. The Fund will give residents and businesses a chance to contribute to the cost of restoring and invigorating Chapman and Lownsdale Squares, the city’s first parks acquired in the 1850s.
Information on donating to the Fund for Portland’s Historic Park Squares can be found at:
Is your organization planning on paying for all of the expenses as a result of this protest? As many Oregonians, my family is struggling – we work hard to survive. We also have a disabled child and we are not on public assistance. I am concerned because your group’s activity is only going to cost taxpayers MORE money – MY money that I need for my children and family. My disabled child also needs therapy and medical attention that is not covered by insurance. My family is in debt – a lot of debt just to give our child a chance.
I find it offensive that my child’s educational programs are being cut because the state has so little funding – while a group like yours created a situation to cost taxpayers MORE money. I have participated in protests before, I want fair treatment for people. However, you should find a way to send your message without destroying our parks and costing taxpayers more money.
Your actions are counterproductive and you are undermining your cause by punishing the general public – people who you would want to join your efforts. You may feel you have a peaceful protest – but what about the damage to the parks?
We are ALL struggling to get by – please don’t cost my family more money. I beg you to think about others who may be in a worse position than you. My child needs his educational program intact. There is a good chance that he will never speak or function independently – and that is directly related to the amount of programs available to him. I understand your plight but please don’t cost the taxpayers more money. We can’t afford the damage that you have caused.
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