/local/images/mayday/fairywings.jpgUp-to-the-minute coverage of the rally and march
8:41 p.m. -- Be-Careful-Walking-Home-Alone-Department, Part 2: Behind Memorial Colliseum, near the off-ramp for the steel bridge, intrepid IMC journalists report 50-60 riot cops, 2 buses, a van, an armored personnel carrier, and 15-20 squad cars. Both Portland Police and State Troopers are in attendance, but they seem to be standing down at this time.
7:51 p.m. -- In the Be-Careful-Walking-Home-Alone-Department, take note of this police presence in the area currently: Two city buses full of armored cops, a van and an armored personnel carrier at Fifth & Columbia. At Fifth & Salmon: two city buses full of armored cops, two vans, and one armored personnel carrier. (Remember -- cops often arrest activists after demonstrations, when they are alone or in small numbers.)
6:51 p.m. -- Peaceful but party-like atmosphere pervading the South Park Blocks at PSU.
6:32 p.m. -- March has reached PSU campus. Rally scheduled for inside will be outside, due to size of crowd. (Room only holds 150.)
6:20 p.m. -- Crowd is going up the hill on Broadway at Clay.
6:13 p.m. -- Members of the crowd who broke away have rejoined main march at the Oregonian on Broadway and Columbia, where Dave Mazza presented the newspaper with a P. U. Litzer. The Oregonian is Portland's main corporate media mouthpiece.
6:09 p.m. -- Infernal Noise Brigade and others decide to split from the rest of the march and detour down a side street. IMC journalists report that business owners started to lock their doors, and Portland Police are herding the group back to Broadway.
6:02 p.m. -- Infernal Noise Brigade is no longer in lead but has not broken from crowd.
5:59 p.m. -- uncomfirmed rumor that part of the crowd has broken away from the main march.
5:58 p.m. -- March has reached Madison at Broadway.
5:42 p.m. -- An eyewitness from the march brings this report to the Portland IMC dispatch center: "The crowd just passed through Pioneer Square. The Max train was stopped for a few minutes, but the cops were subdued. A businessman type was heard to say, 'I guess we're stuck here while these fuckers jerk off.'"
5:41 p.m. -- A speech about workers' rights follows at the Hilton.
5:39 p.m. -- Crowd listens in front of Hilton to speech highlighting the shooting of Jose Santos Victor Mejia Poot, and a call for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death.
5:30 p.m. -- Infernal Noise Brigade attempted to enter Starbuck's at Pioneer Square, which locks its doors. Bicycle cops clear the area in front of the coffee shop.
5:23 p.m. -- "Everything is mellow right now." The crowd moves down Broadway. Some police follow.
5:08 p.m. -- Crowd has reached Washington & Broadway. Portland IMC journalists report a crowd size of at least 1500.
5:03 p.m. -- Crowd is completely out of the North Park blocks and proceeding down Broadway.
4:54 p.m. -- Crowd has just started down Burnside toward Broadway.
/local/images/mayday/bloc1.jpg4:50 p.m. -- March is about to start. Infernal Noise Brigade, a Black Bloc drum corps, is leading the way!
4:45 p.m. -- The crowd has swelled to over a thousand and more are still coming.
4:36 p.m. -- More people are streaming into the area. The first square block of the Park Blocks is now full, with people around the edges, too.
4:20 p.m. -- About 500 people are gathered in the North Park Blocks. Music, drumming, puppets, a maypole. 20 or 30 bicycle cops are circling the perimeter. Corporate media helicopter is overhead.
2:45 p.m. -- Vultures in wait: Corporate media van at PSU, hoping to cover the worst.
2:30 p.m. -- ASPSU (Associated Students of Portland State University) display a banner in support of unionizing food service workers at the school. [ Read more ]