You have been warned, many many times, that this is unacceptable. We have told you through this site, through our actions and through countless letters to various local publications.
You are cooperating with the enemy here, you are allowing him to use OUR police, OUR streets and OUR city to raise cash to feed their hunger for power. You are helping the enemy take away our right, you are helping the enemy ruin our cities, you are helping the enemy kill innocents.
Things will get bad. People who oppose the enemy will begin to target the enemy's supporters. In other words, the city of Portland, the businesses that own the city councilmembers and the rich and the powerful who run rampant within our city yet decline to live here. They will target the suburbanite cowards who try to fight against our MAX lines, clog our streets with Hummers, send our cops to attack us, lobby to inflict their Sprawl-Marts on us and then when the damage is done, slink off to Lake Oswego, Beaverton and Vancouver.
More to the point, they will target the businesses run by these people. PBA members may expect a sharp rise in shoplifting and vandalism, Greshamite-owned businesses may find their stores boycotted and Hummers might as well get used to keymarks down their side.
There will be more cost to you than just the police overtime on Jan 13th. The best part is, it will not even be an organized thing, with a leader who can stop it and a structure our police can track. It will be true grassroots activism, where people will find one or two PBA members, one or two Hummers or a handfull of people who gave material support to Bush (such as the convention center Cheney will speak in) and target them completely on their own. Petty crimes will be conducted against these targets, and it is all your fault.