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.