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Stopped by the Portland Peace Encampment Tuesday

It was a gorgeous day in Portland on Tuesday. As good a day as any for some peace, I thought, as I swung by the Portland Peace Encampment on a strong rumor that the police were by and threatening to steal everyone's property again. Campers and supporters, including the Encampment's legal counsel, were enjoying the fine Sun when I arrived... It seems that the Encampment is stronger than ever, with a number of beautiful works of art and many protest signs and the Bill of Rights springing up in place of all the signs and the personal property of the entire camp which police took, along with camper Todd Kurylowicz, on Friday. Todd was soon returned to the camp, but the property and signs still rest in the clutches of the 'justice' system.

A portrait of Christ pointing at the viewer with one hand and holding up a Peace sign with the other, as if to say, "I want YOU for Peace" (or perhaps, "I want Peace for YOU!"), sat in its reassembled pieces on the sidewalk. (The original work had recently been stolen and shredded by a group of young, ignorant men passing by the camp in a pickup truck at 3am. The theft, which I personally witnessed, was somewhat in contrast to the later actions of the thieves, who returned to the camp, had a conversation with the people there, and left the pieces of the sign with the campers when they departed.) [ Read More ]