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actions & protests | imperialism & war m19 2006

Right now! about 15 folks occupying Sen. Wyden's downtown office

Right now! about 15 folks occupying Sen. Wyden's downtown office. Please go support them. It's in the fed building by the Justice center. Also, there are 2 Legal Observers, but the marshalls won't let the observers up. The activists would really like some LO's up there, and the LO's have asked that folks call Wyden's office and ask that they be let up. The number is below (and address if you'd like to go check it out).

1220 SW 3rd Avenue, Suite 585
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 326-7525
Right now! (12:55pm, 3/20/06) about 15 folks occupying Sen. Wyden's downtown office. Please go support them. It's in the fed building by the Justice center. Also, there are 2 Legal Observers, but the marshalls won't let the observers up. The activists would really like some LO's up there, and the LO's have asked that folks call Wyden's office and ask that they be let up. The number is below (and address if you'd like to go check it out).

1220 SW 3rd Avenue, Suite 585
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 326-7525
It's 19 people 20.Mar.2006 13:23

troublemaker

I just came from the press conference across from the fed building. They said that there are 19 people in Wyden's office, and that Wyden and his staff had refused to negotiate with folks about introducing legislation to end the occupation of Iraq. As of 12:30, the protestors were sitting in a conference room, and refusing to leave. Someone said that they will probably stay there until they are arrested when the office closes at 5pm.

People should go down there and support them, but should also know that this group wants to tightly the control the message and keep everything super peaceful.

legal observers... 20.Mar.2006 14:06

a

the woman who answers the phone at the office says that the protesters requested no to have to legal observers...did you actually talk to any of the protesters?

legal observers wanted 20.Mar.2006 14:18

mia

according to organizers, yes, they do want legal observers. they have been trying to negotiate with the authorities to let LOs up. in fact, they even offered to have two protesters leave (because they've been told that the conference room is at maximum occupancy) so that two LOs could enter. please call again!

I Called 20.Mar.2006 15:01

thanks

I just called and the woman I spoke to insisted that the protestors don't want LO's. I didn't buy it.

First she said, "It's not our call," when I asked them to admit LO's. I asked her whose call it is. She said it's up to FPS ? (Federal Protection Services or something) and the portestors, asserting that the protestors don't want LO's. I expressed skepticism, explaining that it's standard to have LO's present at actions because that's the only security protestors have against police becoming excessive. She claimed she was right there when they said it--the said thank you ma'am and abruptly hung up.

I hate to be cynical (NOT) but I have been bald-faced lied to by so many public figures and their workers, that I don't believe anything anyone tells me. Sorry, but that is purely based on experience.

Sorry I can't come down. What's next?

Thanks to the brave people taking action.

My wife is one of the protesters 20.Mar.2006 15:31

simp

Yes, they are going to be arrested at 5pm.

I talked with her a couple of hours ago and things are going fairly well at this point. They are trying to get Wyden to introduce legislation to end the war. They were able to get a conversation with Wyden's chief of staff, but the conversation didn't go well and ended abruptly with the phrase "This conversation is over."

This event has been planed for a couple of months and well thought out. The police and Wyden's office were aware that this was coming, they just weren't sure when. There was some concern with Wyden's office being in the federal building, but it will be Portland Police making the arrests. She also made a point to tell me that the police were being polite at this point.

I'll try to give more details if I hear more.

Want to support them? 20.Mar.2006 16:04

Simp

One way to offer support is to go to the Federal building and cheer them on when they are hauled out around 5pm.

Short notice, but it would certainly do a good bit to hearten them as they being their overnight stay in the pokey.

from the inside 20.Mar.2006 23:26

truffula

I was one of the oflks inside Wyden's office today. They offered us an exchange, two legal observers in, two of us out. We said we would not divide our group. We did not say that we did not want legal observers but that we were not willing to make that "deal."

I was also in there. 21.Mar.2006 11:38

Gabe

It was Homeland Security that we delt with and that did the arrest, not the portland police. The Homeland Security was so nice I felt I was in the twilite zone or somethihng.