I wanted to write a quick comment about the event Wednesday evening that my partner and I attended put on by the 911 Truth group. I am disappointed but not surprised that the people at Laughing Horse Book Store made the final call to cancel the event which was thankfully relocated to The Lucky Lab. Since it is all about the "group" that you belong to here in Portland I guess I would have to say that I am a part of the "group" (leftwingers) that frequents places like Laughing Horse. Mary Starrett on the other hand is not from this such "group". She may be conservative.. christian.. wear nice suits.. whatever, but she is on the same team as us all in regards to her discontent for our corrupt government. The topics that she spoke of are all things that we as "activists" agree on. She is helping the cause by getting the word out there.. the truth out there and in my opinion she may be more beneficial in reaching out to the people in the "group" (right wing??) from which she belongs. Why is it that we must separate ourselves.. ban ourselves from practicing our activism in places that might not be of our specific "group"? I keep putting the word group in quotes because I feel that it is absolutely ridiculous, ignorant, egotistical and counter-productive for ALL OF US who are activists in our own different ways.. from our own different backgrounds to work against each other in this way. I am Vegan and at one point I carried on in this manner. If you were not Vegan as well, I felt you were selfish and wanted nothing to do with you. I have thankfully since grown and realized that everyone is in their own place at their own time. I was not always Vegan. Was I selfish back before I learned the reasons why I needed to stop supporting the industry?
In my opinion and in the opinions of others who I have spoken to regarding the activist community here in Portland, we are not getting anything done. Sure we have little "social gatherings" where we meet in the form of support groups but where is this getting us? Why can't we all.. ALL OF US who want for the same thing.. to end this government's control over us, work together. Why can't we work in support of each other to educate others who might not have the understanding yet, but if presented with the facts just might step over the line and join our side.. the activist side where we can all eventually unite in the streets with our common goal and actually accomplish something. Not everyone takes to education in the same way. For some a protest might ignite the curiosity which in turn may lead someone to research the truth, for others banner drops, for others seeing someone like Mary who they may have heard on the radio might get them out of the house to hear what she has to say. Whatever your method to educate the public may be, they are all effective but if we start censoring or hindering each others efforts we are only working against ourselves.
I ask that you really think about this and not take offense. I have respect for all that I have seen the activists in this community do. We are all fighting on the same team.. working in the same direction. If we could somehow unite and become one large combined force despite the details and battle together, not each other we just might be able to take over and get our communities back. We can then work on all of the little things that are the result of the one problem.. our government.
My intention is not to specifically call out this one instance. It happens all over the city. We can not have this speaker here.. we can not show this movie there.. we are only in support of this specific group.. we can not support that group because their politics do not completely mirror ours.. blah blah blah. It is frustrating. I love Portland's energies but would love to see a combined energy.. a stronger energy. Things are progressing so rapidly. The Real ID act is just around the corner guys. What is it going to take??