Earlier today, at four o'clock, i counted as many as 37 people with Anti- Wal mart signs at the intersection of Barnes Rd and Cedar Hills Blvd in the Portland suburb of Cedar Mill. People were there to protest the newly propsed Wal Mart that is to be built at that intersection. People where there for all reasons, from a fundemental dislike of Wal Mart to the threat of greatly increased traffic. People were there to protest the drop in property values and the increase in crime and loitering that has occured in other communities. For whatever reason people showed up, I am glad they did. I know everyone hates the corprate news, but i think it is okay for us to use their own methods to our advantage. I was interviewed by the much-loved Channel 12. (Fox news), and my interview made it into the 10 second we need-something-to-put-inbetween-that-sports-story-and-the-water-skiing-parakeet blurb. I am glad because when fighting a multi billion dollar company with millions of dollars available for advertising, any publicity is good publicity.
At the picket we mostly got support in the form of honks or calls of encouragement. There was, of course, the odd hillbilly who, while driving by in his beat up old truck, would give the finger to our group which contained a number of small children. It just shows there are assholes everywhere.
Anyway, I think today was a good day for the anti- Wal mart movement, and that we got our message out to the people of Cedar Mill that this Wal Mart is comming and will be built unless we mobilize to stop it.