29 June 2001--Volunteers promoting Nader's August 4th visit were told not to flyer in Pioneer Square today. |
About two dozen volunteers in matching tee-shirts and bearing buttons and flyers had embarked from the Nader event office in the Governor Building at about 11:45.
From there, they flyered passers-by on the streets and bus malls leading up to the Sqaure.
Only a few minutes after arriving at the square and starting to flyer the lunchtime crowd, two volunteers were informed by uniformed security that a permit was required to flyer there. Disappointed volunteers kept to the sidewalk thereafter. A Greenpeace volunteer in the Square that day confirmed this Constitutionally-questionable rule, and explained that they, too, stick to the sidewalks to avoid such hassling.
Lawyer Greg Kafoury, who had a major role in Nader's rally here in August 2000, and in the super rally tour across the country thereafter, was also in the Square, flyering and speaking to media. Kafoury is pictured below with his son, Jason, (left) who has come to Portland from DC to help set up the rally for Nader.
Ralph Nader will be appearing at the Rose Garden Arena on August 4 as part or a day-long Progressive Action Conference sponsored by Nader, and organized in part by the Pacific Green Party. A rally from 6:30-9:00 that day will feature Nader, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, actor Danny Glover, and other nationally known personalities.
The afternoon will feature a host of teach-ins and workshops where people can find out about political issues and how to get involved.
Barb Payne, Co-chair of the Multnomah County chapter of the Pacific Green Party, described the day thus: "For Nader, this will be the start of tour in which he can push the progressive agenda and build Green parties around the country. Portland is the logical choice to start this tour as it is the most progressive city in the country. Locally, this event is a great organizing opportunity, and the Pacific Green Party hopes to attract all spectrums of activists and citizens. This isn't just about one political party; this is about the progressive agenda as a whole."
Rumor has it that among the afternoon activities will be an "alternative media convergence", where media activists in the area will have the opportunity to meet up, share skills, and recruit new members. More on all this, here at Portland Indymedia, as details emerge.