At 4:30 this afternoon we started gathering in front of the Clear Channel office on Macadam Avenue. It was a great turnout -- Code Pinks and Radical Cheerleaders and the general public, about 50 strong, with messages for commuters during rush hour to turn off Clear Channel stations, turn on the Dixie Chicks, and call the FCC! This was a national day of protest to stop media monopoly; similar protests took place in Washington DC, New York City, San Francisco, Phoenix, L.A. and many others.
We had good feedback from passersby, this time the ratio of waves and peace signs to single digits was about ten to one. At one point a couple of young men came out of the CC building to "interview" the protesters. Their questions were quite hostile and everyone interviewed was asked why they didn't get a job (there seems to be some general opinion that all protesters are unemployed and have nothing better to do). KBOO and Indymedia were there for coverage; and even though press releases went out to mainstream media, no one from the Oregonian or KGW was there. Hm, what a surprise.
The Radical Cheerleaders led us in some cheers, what great energy they bring to rallies! There were kids and dogs (wearing pink bandanas); the boom boxes blared some of that "dangerous" music, like Get Up, Stand Up and Power to the People; protesters wore gags over their mouths.
We all agreed it was a successful afternoon, a lot of Portlanders saw our messages and we had fun! After all, "if I can't dance I don't want to be part of the revolution!"
Photos coming soon.