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12.10 PDX Human Rights/WTO rally & pics

About 600-1000 unionist, anti-WTO/FTAA, imagrants-rights, and kids, mothers, anarchists, environmentalists, brothers, daughters, liberals, families, anti-capitalists, farm workers, and cops came to downtown Portland to oppose the WTO, support opposition in Hong Kong, march for union rights, decry the capitalist state and the republican federal government, sing, chant, shuffle, and charge a down-town office building. Some organizers read off of large report cards describing the voting record of state representatives to the US congress on issues of right to organize, immigration, the environment, and fair trade.
About 600-1200 unionist, anti-WTO/FTAA, imagrants-rights, and kids, mothers, anarchists, environmentalists, brothers, daughters, liberals, families, anti-capitalists, farm workers, and cops came to downtown Portland to oppose the WTO, support opposition in Hong Kong, march for union rights, decry the capitalist state and the republican federal government, sing, chant, shuffle, and charge a down-town office building. Some organizers read off of large report cards describing the voting record of state representatives to the US congress on issues of right to organize, immigration, the environment, and fair trade.

The march started at the WTC on first and salmon ~ 12:30 and wound around down town with brief catch-up stops until ~ 2pm when significant numbers of folks started to leave. The folks gathered heard a number of speakers talk, primarily about the right to organize and the benefits of unions and the damage of 'free trade' agreements. Folks in the march chanted slogans with some liveliness and listened to drum bands and a duo amplified on the bed of a large truck leading the march. At one point quite a few marchers made a sudden right turn into the lobby of a down-town building that was later decried for opposing the use of unionized janitors. Bike officers, after taking a minute to realize what was happening and getting a critical mass of officers on hand, swooped in and blocked the entrance threatening other marchers who tried to enter the lobby. A few moments later, the portion of the marchers who did enter the building exited single file with officers standing by while the march (which had stoped) chanted "No Justice? No Peace!". The march proceeded relatively unbothered until it stoped in the park blocks ~2pm. More speakers were heard from and the crowds reduced by ~1/2.
Solidarity 11.Dec.2005 11:06

worker bee

Thanks, to everyone who works to fight injustice and works to fight corporate privitization of every living thing on this planet. Thanks, to all our brothers and sisters around the world who work to feed their families, and work to make our world a better place for us all. Power to the people --UNITED WE STAND...

Illegal trespassers 05.Mar.2006 09:11

Irish immigrant

Illegal immigrants should be called what they are: Illegal trespassers (and tresspassers are sent home). The U.S. has and will be a country of immigrants. But LEGAL immigration is appropriate and necessary. People combine the right of the U.S. to control its borders and immigaration process (legal right) with the plight of people less fortunate looking for a better reality (social issue). Should the whole planet move to the U.S. simply because we have it better? Hell, it is not better by accident. The U.S. fought a revolutionary war to rid itself of a overbearing government. It fought a civil war and yet remained whole. It grew through a civil rights movment in an attempt to heal itself. Perhaps people should expend the same efforts, sacrifice, and bravery in their native countries before they illegally bust into the U.S. and start preaching to me about how I am unfair to them.