Wasn't planned to be, nor did anyone want it to be.
One woman, going to a mailing party for the march, said Dan Handelman warned her about going because these people were violent. I heard other such stories about activists in Portland undermining the effort to organize this march.
Now I expect the police and the corporate media to tell lies, and to spread disinformation, but for activists to spend time actively undermining the hard work and sincere efforts of others by spreading disinformation is very disturbing. If these stories are verified, then I can say that I would find such behavior disgusting.
I hope more clear information comes out about this.
The speakers today were good. The first woman, speaking about Mumia, went on too long in my opinion about things not so directly related to events here in Portland. She did have good things to say. The next speaker named Alta (sp?) was excellent. It was worth going to hear him speak. He is dynamic and intelligent. Radical and militant and unafraid to speak out about police violence.
It has really struck me over the past week, as this event approached, and discussions happened on this site, how narrow the thinking can be. A group calls for radical action and self defense, and people get all bent out of shape that they are going to be violent. Alta gave an excellent example about how people should stop their car if they see the police have pulled someone over. That they should carry a camera, or if they can afford it, a video camera, and videotape the cops.
This is just one of many such actions that people can take to hold the police accountable rather than just beg the system to change. This is just one example of how people can stand up and defend themselves against cop violence.
The speakers articulated their demands that Sery be tried for murder and real citizen oversight of the police be implemented.
After the speakers, a march started. It tried to go on the street but the police stopped it. There were something like 150 police on hand. They were reasonable and not arresting anyone for the slightest reason. Not that it is reasonable to have all those police there in the first place you understand. As always, there was the ever present irony of the police blocking the streets in order to stop people from marching in the street. This of course shows that it is about control, not keeping the street clear.
The march went to Vera's house, and stayed there for something like 20 minutes. That was an excellent choice, and more people should organize protests there. In fact, it would be great of people went there everyday for an hour or two until there is some real action taken to address such killings.
From hearing eyewitness accounts, the arrest of Mike D was completely unwarranted. One person says they have video of the whole thing.
After that, the march went back to Pioneer Square and dispersed.