We created one group for working on organizing a permitted protest rally and quite possibly a mass civil disobedience action as well as a second group that's would work on coordinating people interested in doing autonomous direct actions as well as projects of various sorts around the city. The two groups plan to work together to make the day as best as possible through the use of a variety of tactics!|
Most of the work will be done by the two committees, with coordinating meetings for all involved parties happening on a regular basis as well.
"Satellite" spokes were named too, including coordinating with people doing workshops and parties on J20 (let us know if you're organizing one!) and a joint college and high school student walk-out planning spoke (which even had it's first meeting after the main group met!)
Many people thought that there should be many feeder marches. That we should saturate the city with feeder marches that all head toward the core of the city.
We talked a bit about setting up groups (more "spokes") for things like outreach and media and will be flushing out these structures soon.
Lastly, there is already some things in the works for J20 besides the stuff that this new spokescouncil is planning, which we will be coordinating with:
1. A rally of sorts in the works being planned by United For Peace and Justice, Peace and Justice Works, Casualties and Victims of War and Military Families Speak out. This rally will take place in the Federal park across from the Terry Shrunk Plaza in the downtown Portland on January 20th. The event will be held from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
2. There is a group planning an anti-inagural ball.
3. Students for Unity at PSU will be organizing a rally and feeder march from the South Park Blocks and head toward the main contingent of the march. The theme is "Building Unity, organizing a new community of resistance"
4. There are protest activities planned in other cities on the left coast.
That's all for now.
We invite you all to our next public meeting, Wednesday the 15th of December at 6pm. Talking to a friend that was there, or emailing contact(at) j20pdx.net before hand is strongly recommend so you can be up to speed and more fully participate!! Check out www.j20pdx.net and tell everybody you know to do the same. Please help spread the word!
Memorable quotes from the meeting
"I am coming out of my house looking for the front lines, it's time. I have been quiet too long"
"I'm a pissed off human being"
"I'm your ordinary human being, and I've snapped. I'm looking for a way to get involved because this fascism has got to be stopped"
"We are approaching Fascism. Everyone who has ever studied the Third Reich can see we are headed toward fascism. All the signs are here"
"It's time this country gets really radical. We do have more power than we think"
"These activities will be about raising a huge, resounding "NO""
"We are building a new culture within this fight"
"There is no safe zone now, we are not safe anymore. All we can do is unite and building a strong resistance community".