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Parry Center Rally/Occupation Pictures, and Short Video

Some photos and a short video of the action today on Peter Northrup's office buidling.
Parry worker cheers at the rally.
Parry worker cheers at the rally.
Parry worker at the rally.
Parry worker at the rally.
Parry worker watches a religious leader speak at the rally.
Parry worker watches a religious leader speak at the rally.
Parry worker speaks at the rally.
Parry worker speaks at the rally.
Parry worker converses with religious leaders.
Parry worker converses with religious leaders.
Occupying the building.
Occupying the building.
The sit-in.
The sit-in.
More of the sit-in.
More of the sit-in.
Lots of media coverage.
Lots of media coverage.
Two Parry workers sing.
Two Parry workers sing.
Parry worker sings exuberantly.
Parry worker sings exuberantly.
Here comes the paddy wagon!
Here comes the paddy wagon!
Waiting for our fellow workers to be hauled away.
Waiting for our fellow workers to be hauled away.
Short video of the occupation of the building.
Short video of the occupation of the building.
As was previously published here on Portland Indymedia, the workers from the Parry Center held a rally and staged the occupation of 1000 SW Broadway, the building in which anti-union boardmember Peter Northrup does business. We were there to ask Mr. Northrup to do the right thing and encourage the Parry Center to settle the strike with its workers, which has been going on for 54 days.

After the short rally we marched to 1000 SW Broadway, where they tried to keep us out but we managed to open the doors and flood in anyway. We had a sit-in for awhile, and we sang and chanted and encouraged Mr. Northrup to come down and speak to us, which he did not. Thirteen people--including Parry Center workers, SEIU staff and even some religious leaders--chose to take the elevator up to the 17th floor and try and speak to Mr. Northrup. He refused to talk to them, and the 13 people were eventually arrested and taken out of the building.

I didn't get any shots of the arrestees being taken away because the cops peeled out of the parking garage so darned fast!

All-in-all it was a very successful rally. We had a great turnout, and all of the striking workers at the Parry Center are incredibly grateful for the community's continued help and support. More actions such as this one will be staged until the Parry Center chooses to settle with its workers in a manner which is fair and consistent for everyone ... especially the children for whom we care so much about.

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Hip Hip Horray !!!! 01.Feb.2005 09:48

Mary summer355@netzero.net

Yeah, Hip Hip Horray, Congratulations all you courageous caregivers.
You guys deserve everything you asked for and much more. Its folks like you that can and DO change the world, and stop absolute monsters from taking over and taking all the important things caregivers give to the world. I am one myself, and understand your situation. When I first heard of some of the things you were expected to put up with and for so little compensation, I couldn't believe it. When I first read that you won, I was doing the happy dance for you all. I only wish I could have spent time in the picket lines to support you. For that I feel some shame on me. You guys and gals are great, and I thank you for being courageous and showing the rest of us that real people can and do change the world. I send you all the most loving and positive vibes/engery I can muster up.

Love you all !
From a caregiver who admires you wonderful folks.