Amidst the flags, tanks and rodeo champs, twenty highly visible, energetic and dedicated pro-democracy activists greeted politicians and crowds at Portland's "Celebrate Independence" parade.
The activists from Cross-Border Labor Organizing Coalition (CBLOC) highlighted the appearances of Senator Ron Wyden, who voted this spring to give Fast Track trade authority to the anti-labor, anti-environment Bush administration, and Representative Darlene Hooley, who voted against it. The festive atmosphere inspired many of the activists to join in the parade, tagging along with Senator Wyden's entourage, reaching thousands of parade-goers with leaflets describing the dangers of Fast Track-- and how to stop it.
For homebound parade viewers, others in the group confronted the cameras of KATU Newschannel 2, co-sponsors of the 4th of July parade, with a large banner reading "Democracy YES! Fast Track NO!" Check local schedules for Channel 2 footage of today's event.