yes, it's true...
according to Sam Adams of the mayor's office, the Portland City Council has secured a permit for the May Day March (including signing the controversial indemnity clause--accepting liability for pretty much anything that happens)
Although May Day organizers never asked for permission, the City felt compelled to go ahead and give permission--in the form of a permit.
In tonight's meeting with May Day orgainzers, city and police officials also promised to have only a minimal presence on May Day (just bike cops, no horses or ATV's)and offered to help out with a sound system.
For more than an hour, city and police officials listened to activists' concerns about police repression of rallies and marches, and political repression of activists in general. They also answered and dodged tough questions from those in attendance.
So--if the cops stick to their promises (A BIG IF!!)--things might actually be pretty calm on May Day.
See ya at 4:00pm at Park and Burnside!