EcoTV was there with a camera front and center, covering N2. A couple hundred were gathered on Pioneer Square at the time of the interview EcoTV did with KBOO about ten minutes before noon. Listen to KBOO's audio coverage of the event here.|
For the 1000 or so of you who were at Pioneer Square for the World Can't Wait protest, EcoTV would like to say: Thank you for participating. By coming together, we have struck a blow for Democracy.
As emcee for the World Can't Wait event today at noon on Pioneer Square, EcoTV's own Democracy Catalyst moderated the expressed voices of several local citizens, and was able to turn the mic over for several of you to speak your mind. EcoTV was there to capture and deliver coverage in a grass roots format uncut, uncensored and free. Watch Democracy Catalyst's performance "The Halliburton Curtain" before the World Can't Wait crowd here.
As videographer for EcoTV, A. Citizen captured the spirit of the event through images and sounds. Watch the KBOO interview with A. Citizen and Democracy Catalyst directly preceding the event here. Listen to KBOO's audio coverage here.
After the gathering in the square, several minutes before 1 p.m., upwards of 700-1000 people marched legally and peacefully (without a permit). The marching stopped at the federal building with several hundred people sitting on the steps of the Justice Center in solidarity. From there, some marched on to David Wu's office, and the rest of the protestors marched through the sidewalks of Portland back to Pioneer Square. Footage of the march can be found here.
At 3 p.m. EcoTV hosted a Round Table (around the square tables) discussion at Laughing Horse Books. Many people showed, and all discussed the next steps. The meeting ended by talking about what we had accomplished today:
We have shown that the will of The People can be effective and expressed. Harry Reid's recent actions on the floor showed that the official story CAN be challenged in a meaningful way.
It is increasingly obvious that most people do NOT support the war in Iraq.
We have given courage to the existing majority who do not believe that they are represented by this regime to speak out. We have empowered ourselves.
We have brought people together who all have something to offer a movement to drive out the Bush regime.
We have NOT stood idly by while good ol' boys cannibalize our country to give contracts to their cronies.
Rather, we came together from varied and diverse interests and backgrounds and exercised our autonomy by demonstrating against the Bush regime. We have begun a movement -- a grass roots movement comprised of the existing majority of Americans who want to drive out the Bush regime.