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Are we all wimps?

Protest must have longevity
Roberto keeping the watch
Roberto keeping the watch
"Where have all the protesters gone, the answer my friend is blowing in the wind,
Where have all the progressives gone, the answer my friend is blowing in the wind."




Roberto, Barbara and I returned to City Hall because we were pissed that they passed the (effin)JTTF resolution and spent about an hour in front of City Hall with our signs of protest. We wanted the mayor and commissioners to know that there is a cost to voting something in that any neutral person would have told them, "not to do it." The people of Portland did not want this vote to take place and this is the second time they have done this, in a very public way. Where were you?

You came out for the demo just before the vote, watched in horror as the council stabbed you in the back with a 5-0 vote, and then as usual went home. We must change our ways because This Is Not Working. This council, as a group, has put in a sit/lie ordinance that we opposed, a re-joining of the JTTF and told you that they will spend millions to fix a water system that is working fine; and now all you do is protest for one day----not enough.

We will be there every Wednesday from 0900-until we get worn out---make no mistake, we are there to embarrass this council and these candidates for office, Adams, Fritz, and Leonard. It does not make a difference if you like any of these folks, they got to go in 2012. Their votes on these issues should be deal breakers for you, some of us told them that this would happen. We don't have a lot of money to run ads against them, but we do have our feet to stand up and say enough. The Oregon Progressive Party is seeking young people to run against the Old Guard. We have lots of time and I will bet you a cup of mocha that in a few months, Adams and the other two start to worry about their chances of getting re-elected. (did I ever tell ya, I do love Mochas).

So come and join our little ban of troublemakers, we will be in front of City Hall every Wednesday from now until the election in 2012. We may take our protest to other parts of the city on other days to wake people up and remind them that they have a vote and, damn it, they should use it to get new people into City Hall. It is Time. Will you help or just sit and watch our city go to the Business Alliance?















For Justice,Peace and *Laughter,
Joe Walsh-Lone Vet
Individuals for Justice
Veterans Against Torture
Proud member of Oregon Progressive Party,  http://progparty.org/

War is failure, occupation a disgrace!

"Funding these wars is killing our troops"
 http://www.mfso.org/

* Why laughter?? Because without it I would have gone insane years ago.

Sen. ** harry reid must be replaced as Majority Leader, call me when you agree or just go away!

An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.
Mohandas Gandhi

Thoreau may have also brooded over the reaction of Emerson, who criticized the imprisonment as pointless. According to some accounts, Emerson visited Thoreau in jail and asked, "Henry, what are you doing in there?" Thoreau replied, "Waldo, the question is what are you doing out there?"

how about some home demos? 08.May.2011 09:32

protesting at city hall is not enough

Obviously the city council doesn't give a fuck what we say, so I'm not sure how holding signs in front of city hall is gonna do much.

How about taking it up a notch? Let's show up at their doorsteps on a regular basis, and shame them in their own neighborhoods.

I'm sure some creative folks can find and post the names and addresses of the council members here on the IMC, for all to see ... then maybe we can organize something with a little more impact.

Proud Member of the Oregon Progressive Party??? 08.May.2011 16:41

vernon

Progressives voted for Obama - who renewed the Patriot Act - you idiots get the government you voted for.
All of Portland City Council are democrats, Progressives only elects democrats. No Progress there.

wrong! 08.May.2011 23:06

Lone Vet lonevet2008@comcast.net

The Oregon Progressive Party has nothing to do with the democratic party; most of us are refugees from the dems. We have very different positions than any party around, we believe in peace and are against all of the wars in the Middle East. We call for a major rise in the minimum wage, to a livable wage. Take a look at the web-site and tell me that we are dems. I did not vote for Obama and now believe he should be impeached. The OPP is a concept from Ralph Nader and if you think he is a dem then we have nothing to talk about. You are correct when you say many progressives voted for Obama, there was the hope that he would end the wars, using the money we would save to create jobs and help pay for a full education, introduce single payer medical coverage---that did not happen and he is being criticized by many progressives from David Swanson to Cornel West and being blasted by people like Code Pink and Veterans for Peace and many, many other progressives. I do accept criticism but I do expect it to be accurate. Our party is young and not perfect, if you want perfection--pray!

I don't go to politicians homes, I believe that families should not be embarrassed by the actions of a person who has chosen to play the game of let's make a deal. Some of the people I like and respect have used this tactic with mixed results, for me it is beyond the boundary---sorry.

We believe this to be true
We believe this to be true
Have you ever seen a democratic rep. at a police protest?
Have you ever seen a democratic rep. at a police protest?
I just love the buffalo
I just love the buffalo

politics is a game that has no rules or boundaries 09.May.2011 17:06

%*&#!!

Hey Lone Vet, I'm not sure why home demos are against your ethos. It's perfectly legal!

These people have made their lives public by choosing to play the game of politics, and they know this better than anybody else: politics is a game that has no rules or boundaries (except for when it's convenient to ruling class interests). Representative democracy is such an incredible farce at this point, why do we even pretend we have a voice in this system anymore?

Politics is about one thing: power. The ability to project it, and the ability to get away with it.

Right now, we're letting the politicians get away with whatever they want. Holding signs in front of city hall ain't gonna do a whole lot to challenge their monopoly on power and violence.

We need to hold politicians accountable in much more direct ways, or we can just keep on expecting more of the same: wars abroad, attacks on the poor and working class here at home, etc. etc. etc. They've chosen to side with corporate and authoritarian interests time and again, and where they stand is no mystery.

I think a few home demos should be the least of their worries at this point.