Kucinich Visit to Portland
Presidential hopeful, and US Congressman, Dennis Kucinich visited Portland, Oregon today. Here is my impression. Dennis Kucinich was clearly pumped up and pleasantly surprised, when he appeared before an overflowing crowd today. Just after 11 AM, around 100 people lined the walls in a stuffy, narrow hallway of the Oregon Pioneer Building, as an animated Dennis Kucinich squeezed thru the crowd, shaking hands, and receiving a warm Portland welcome. [ Read More ] [ Audio: KUCINICH IN PORTLAND ] |
Barb's report: Dennis Kucinich arrived to a packed conference room and a packed hallway at 11 am this morning. He spoke to the crowd from the perch of a chair about his platform for about half an hour and then answered questions. After about 45 minutes, he suggested that the crowd relocate outside, and he stood on a newspaper box and answered questions for another 25 minutes or so. The crowd was estimated at about 350 people, and Kucinich energized the crowd and challenged each person to be active in his campaign and to make the grass roots difference to put him into the Presidency. There was a lot of optimism and enthusiasm and energy in his address and he gave that same energy to the crowd. The good news is that a Kucinich campaign office will be opening here soon. The web site is www.kucinich.us.
Man's report: I went to meet Mr Kucinich this morning and was NOT dissapointed in the least. It was wonderful to hear a politician talking about the things that are important to me.
Call to Protest Kucinich's visit Why should we support Kucinich? Because he is anti-war? Bullshit. He may not have supported the war on Iraq, but he would still support the wars in Palestine, Colombia, and the economic warfare of global capitalism decimating the world's population. He still supports the systematic racism in this country which keeps people of color oppressed every second of every day. He is a capitalist. He will not solve any of our problems.
Dennis Kucinich was clearly pumped up and pleasantly surprised, when he appeared before an overflowing crowd today. Just after 11 AM, around 100 people lined the walls in a stuffy, narrow hallway of the Oregon Pioneer Building, as an animated Dennis Kucinich squeezed thru the crowd, shaking hands, and receiving a warm Portland welcome. |
Kucinich stood elevated above the crowd, and passionately projected his vision and his platform to the packed meeting room, as well as into the crowded hall. He was frequently boosted by spirited applause as he outlined his plan. He spoke about withdrawal from NAFTA and WTO, environmental renewal and clean energy, health care, slashing the military budget, and the establishment of a Department of Peace. For a more complete list of his top issues, see the Pink Panther comment at-
After his speech, the crowd followed Kucinich out to the parking lot across the street. Kucinich perched himself on top of a newspaper box, under the building afternoon sun, and took questions from the crowd. I do not remember all of the questions that were asked outside. I was occasionally distracted as I scanned the rooftops for snipers. I think that it was outside, however, that Kucinich expressed his intent to REPEAL the Patriot Act, and that he stated his support for women's choice, with respect to abortion. Well, I hate to end on abortion, but that's all for now. I left feeling hopeful, and that is a very welcome feeling these days.
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