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Thinking of going to D.C. to protest Bush's inauguration?

Sunday, November 14th at 7pm there will be a meeting at the Back2Back Cafe on 6th and E Burnside to begin planning for getting out to D.C. for the inauguration on January 20th.
We filled the streets the day after the election, and we need to keep the momentum going.
On January 20th Bush will begin his second term in the city where he received only 9% of the vote.
On that day we will be there with all the rage and frustration we displayed on November 3rd;
but this time we will be more prepared.

So let's start getting ready.
We will be having a meeting on Sunday Nov. 14 to talk about what is being planned in DC, how to get people from portland out there, and get medic, legal, and affinity group trainings going. Even if you are not sure if you are going to D.C. yet we urge you to come to find our more info. Also, there will be more meetings to come if you can't make this one. Now is the time to plan so we don't get stuck on the sidewalk shouting "this is what democracy looks like" while getting pepper sprayed.

We will not be silent and watch this happen.
We will resist.

for more info or to be contacted about future meetings e-mail:  pdx2dx@gmail.com
January 20th 11.Nov.2004 15:14

Joshua Hughes

I think we should get a bus or ten full of people and go togather.

Many at Regional Protests, or Fewer Going to a Distant One? 11.Nov.2004 15:58


I would propose putting out the energy closer to home. Many regional protests will only enhance the significance of the counter-inaugural events that will occur in the more densely populated and better mass transit served mid-Atlantic/NE region.

Unlike many other countries, particularly in the Euro/Capitalist dominant regions, the U$ land mass is huge. In those countries, the focus of energy is relatively easily brought to bear on the the national capitol, with significant effect.

Similar to the communications nodes of the indymedia, actions in response to the inauguration should be panoramic. I suppose it's a tradeoff between the strains of getting critical mass at the regional nodes, or bypassing that and getting even smaller contributions of participants to the large, central protest. The costs to the establishment regime in responding to protests probably won't be as significant if the only event is in DC--the counter-protest is already bloated with manpower, hardware, tactics and technology in the belly of the beast. Many protests that can't be ignored by local forces, all over the map, disperse the hit to many local State security resources.

The jaded phenomena of large, easily contained masses protesting in DC vs many, many smaller, but still disruptive NV actions all over the country sends a message of growing unrest and ties up more resources of State repression.

My 2

Send peps with experience 11.Nov.2004 19:10


Me thinks it would be best to send people to DC that have experience with both the organizational aspects of large protest actions (setting up welcome centers, medical, food, etc) and also the "when the shit goes down" aspect in the streets.

So I guess Im saying, if you have the money, but lack the experience, then pay for someone else to go that could be more effective.


Photos 11.Nov.2004 19:43


Also check out www.counter-inaugural.org for more info

YOU SAID IT 11.Nov.2004 21:30


In a city who only 9% voted for w.

there should be resistance where there is anger 12.Nov.2004 07:55

decentraliziation is the key to my heart

after going to miami for the F.T.A.A., i'm skeptical of going to 'big demo's', especially while i know that i have a better chance at getting away with something good if im not in an area with heavy police presence. so - while i wish thee well - whoever goes to D.C., i think we should make J20 a day of war.

not a day of protest.

a day of war. have our anger come out in it's sickest form on that day against this government which is affecting the entire world.
so - i propose 2 things that i hope people will spread the idea around about.

1.autonomous actions anywhere in the asshole of the beast (megamachine 2.0)
2.raise the stakes! up the ante! bring the war home! whatever phrase you wanna use. im thinking more in terms of the iraqi and palestinian resistance than any form known to american protest - but whatever your feel is good for you of course.
there's alot of anger out there. let's channel it into something beautiful.

Here's a Thought For Those Demonstrating at Home 12.Nov.2004 08:52


For those planning an at-home demo, I hve noticed that it is quite disruptive to the police to have many smaller demos at different locations. For the large anti-Iraqi war demo, I was ill at home and watching on TV. I got the clear impression that the outbreak of CD in a wide variety of locations gave them a real headache. Let's have a multitude of demos!

to Joshua Hughes 12.Nov.2004 09:26

i'm with you on the bus pool idea remembering_emma@yahoo.com

hey i live in the seattle area but i can easily get down to portland and meet up with a group. i already have a post up on craigslist.org but i don't want to just go from one source. i give all props to those who orginize local demos but i want to get out to the east coast seeing as i have never been there. plus i have a place to stay and possibly 2-3 other people. well get back in touch and we can get this bus\van\flying carpet together :D
peace, love, revolution

Local Inaugeration Protests 12.Nov.2004 09:27


I agree with Sabot, I think it would be a good idea to organize local protests that take place at the same time as the protests going on in DC and other parts of the country. We can draw alot more attention to our disappointment with the situation if we can all be part of a world-wide day of protest. This shouldn't be too difficult for those of us luckey enough to live on the West Coast (The Blue Coast)to be a part of. I have started posting this idea and I encourage others to do the same. Let's make the President fully aware of what he's going to be dealing with for the next four years.


Local Action & Boycotts 12.Nov.2004 10:13


For those unable to make a trip to D.C. local protests and the economic boycott suggested in another article seem to be the way to go.
I think D.C. has a big event planned and many from the east coast are preparing to attend. Also know the security will be very tight so the potential for conflicts exists.

sometimes silence can be powerful 12.Nov.2004 15:35


We have an action that we invite you to join and it is sure to cause consternation amongst Bush supporters looking for us to boo. Let a million flowers bloom, www.TurnYourBackOnBush.org. Jet

Hey. Remember Miami. 12.Nov.2004 21:01

Yumi Chan cat

People shouldn't just descend on Washington, a city with a mere 9% aproval rating for Bush as mentioned, or any other city, just to protest and leave again. Unless you start going now, liasoning with communities, in the neighborhoods organizing, this will just be another liberal game.

dc protest 12.Nov.2004 21:49


not that this should determine the participation of folks going to DC for the inaugeration protest, but according to corporate media sources, army, national guard, and swat forces will also be attending.

something needs to be done 13.Nov.2004 17:19

Manda Stotts

I wish that people could have seen the truth before they voted. I can't believe he is still in office and I am enraged that he stands for what he stands for. I say we should all protest until he backs down

Don't be fooled - he wasn't elected. 15.Nov.2004 17:13

Melissa history415468@juno.com

Hi Manda,

I hate to sound like a conspiracy theorist because I'm not (truly, I'm not), but Bush wasn't elected. There's no way he could have been. There was such a huge movement to defeat him, and the exit polls (which have correctly predicted presidential outcomes for decades) all indicated Kerry.

There was vote tampering, as is usual in this country (and probably other "democratic" countries as well). I keep having to correct myself when I start feeling sad about Bush being "elected" - I have to remind myself that he wasn't; not in 2000 and not in 2004.

He got a second term because of the kind of things this CNN article reported:

Glitch Gave Bush Extra Votes in Ohio

"Franklin County's unofficial results had Bush receiving 4,258 votes to Democrat John Kerry's 260 votes in a precinct in Gahanna. Records show only 638 voters cast ballots in that precinct."

You can read the full article from CNN here:  http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/11/05/voting.problems.ap/

Now, maybe it's just me, but it seems that hundreds of systematic "glitches" all over the country favoring one candidate over another are not glitches. Hmmm, what would be the word for it? Let's think. Ah, yes... FRAUD.

Glitches my a**.

I can't afford a trip to D.C. but I sure will be protesting in Portland, Oregon on January 20th.
The small group of swat police we met in one Seattle protest last year.
The small group of swat police we met in one Seattle protest last year.