I would like to thank everyone who showed up on October 5th in downtown Portland. For those of you who I just met, I am not a Democrat or Republican, Im just a guy with a voice like you, who has dedicated his life to this cause. This protest was almost entirely peaceful, however as you can see from other posts and reports, this changed with the group separated from one to two groups, with the second group headed for I 405 with the intention of shutting it down. This is when most all of the violence occurred on the corner of 12th and Jefferson.
In the madness of trying to keep an eye on the kids and what the police were doing to them, I lost track of my camera person, who put me into a panic, because I was there when the horses moved in and had to leap out of the way. The police were forced people onto the sidewalk and boxing the younger protestors in. The reason given for this was that the protest was not going to be permitted to move onto the freeways. As for my own view on the situation, my reason for attending was to provide information, network, meet new friends, and be a part of something positive in a world filled with darkness. I do not see what happened at 12th and Jefferson as being the only thing to talk about, as horrific as it is.
Look at my website, its full of bad news. I got a wake up call recently that its time to find the good that does exist from public dissent and maximize our strengths because this is an exciting, even though frightening time to be alive. I give a lot of credit to some of the organizers and I seek unity with all in attendance. Someone criticized me for moving on when some young protestors wanted to force a sit down at Broadway and Washington. I was not aware people were getting hurt, if I did, I would have done something. What I saw, was one group of protestors, blocking the way up Broadway, which was our destination. The Oregonian Headquarters, where we bull horned later.
I believe we hang together or hang separately and I respect your right to protest in your own unique way, but if I am already engaged in something positive, why am I going to change that by starting something with the Portland Police?
I stopped posted on this website for a reason. I found that there is so much anger towards different views, especially those that post about 911. Well it was 911 that woke me up and I was proud to see so many 911 and so much unity. Yesterday the passion I saw and was a part of became on the best days of my life. And in a world where I get to watch my fathers country demolished (Afghanistan), I am not longer ashamed to say I give a fuck, this is who I am, and I'm sorry that doesn't resonate with you.
What I am learning, it that's its ok to criticize as long as we are aiming to help each other, instead of war with each other. Thanks to the Oregonian for posting this picture in Fridays Metro Edition. The following is a description of my live TV show that followed the event later that night. PS...I will be protesting the GOP fundraised Monday at 12 30 pm at Portland Art Museum. Rudy Guiliani will be there supporting Ron Saxton and his push to make Oregon the first state to issue the National ID card.
"Last week America changed. On October 5th, 2006 I joined the Portland Branch of World Can't Wait. This is my report of both the local protest, and the recently passed legislation pertaining to Habeus Corpus, Warrantless Wiretapping, and the bill that allows the strip searching of students in public school. The footage of the protest that my camera person shot begins 43 minutes into the program."
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This link will also take you there...