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Report-back from anti-Starbucks action this lovely morn

Today is the third anniversary of my first full day in Portland, and I thought to myself, "What better way to start it than by protesting the awful plans for that Starbucks in my neighborhood!" So I got up at the crack of dawn, biked over, and joined a few other folks on SE Division in front of the Ladd's Meat Building. I had downloaded and made copies of some flyers made expressly for this event and posted here on indymedia. The flyers are geared toward drivers sitting at the long light there, and warned thta if the Starbucks goes in, traffic and waits will be even worse. "Outreach to the Commuting Community", I guess you'd call this. ;-)
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Today is the third anniversary of my first full day in Portland, and I thought to myself, "What better way to start it than by protesting the awful plans for that Starbucks in my neighborhood!" So I got up at the crack of dawn, biked over, and joined a few other folks on SE Division in front of the Ladd's Meat Building. I had downloaded and made copies of some flyers made expressly for this event and posted here on indymedia. The flyers are geared toward drivers sitting at the long light there, and warned thta if the Starbucks goes in, traffic and waits will be even worse. "Outreach to the Commuting Community", I guess you'd call this. ;-) Every time the light turned red, I'd go out and distribute flyers to the drivers waiting in their cars. I greeted everyone with a cheerful "Good morning!" About 3/4 of the drivers/passengers took one, most of them with a smile. In 45 minutes, I had handed out over 100 flyers! Hopefully, some of those folks will do what the flyers suggested, and contact the developer, owner, and the City. This was a great, fun event. I don't usually get up that early, but this was definitely worth it. I don't know if the organizers are planning more of these morning rush hour demos, but if they do, I'll be there!
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