If you hadn't gotten there by the 7:00 start time, you couldn't find anywhere to sit in the main room. Dozens of people sat on the floor and stood along the sides and in the next room. If you wanted to order pizza, you had to go down to the end of the counter by the bulletin boards and give a shout to the happily overworked staff. About 150 people altogether were there, and others left after they couldn't find any place to squeeze in.
The A22 Bush Protest video premiered to an excellent reception. People also loved "Day X", a piece about the Day of War protests in Portland. Also shown were a Cascadia Summer preview video, and a moving piece about the March 15 anti-war protests. The latter was edited around some original anti-war poetry spoken by a woman of color who was at the radical march that day.
A couple police officers hung out at the end of the block, which is unusual for this stretch of Belmont, and more cruisers than usual were also reported driving past. The city doesn't know what to make of pdx indymedia, but it doesn't seem to like the fact that the indymedia tactic provides a venue for the truth that the well-trained corporate media has been trained not to broadcast. HEY VERA -- FREE SPEECH AND EXPRESSION IS STILL LEGAL IN LITTLE BEIRUT. THE PEOPLE AIN'T SUTTIN' UP ANY TIME SOON!
Not shown was a video about the battle over the Peak Timber Sale in Southern Oregon this last summer, which didn't make it to the venue by accident. That, and the other videos will be shown this Wednesday at 7:00 at The Know at 2026 NE Alberta. That venue is even smaller than It's a Beautiful Pizza, so if you're going to that one, show up early!
All showings of VIDEOS FROM THE RESISTANCE are FREE!