"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"
* 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.
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?"