Having taken part in Occupy actions, i wanted to attend the Open House last night at St. Francis. I have to say, i was pleased with not only the turnout, but the way in which things were generally well-organized. And it was great seeing tables set up for various facets of this movement, including a radical action table. I got the most from attending the discussion panel on non-violent tactics (held in the Hawthorne room). Everyone who spoke had great points to make, and it was good seeing a couple of 'veteran' activists there who were definitely educated about radical activism and added alot to the discussion. I'm still very open to the concept of "diversity in tactics", but i left the panel satisfied with what i've heard.
Even though OccupyPDX is being head-quartered out of a church (and a catholic one, at that), the over-all vibe was very accepting. And there were only modest reminders that i was still inside a church. So hopefully, as things really start to solidify, Occupy will see a strong resurgence in acouple of months. This miserable country is in desperate need of its own 'Arab Spring'. Especially in this election year, when all of our "options" stink to high heaven.
One last word - i'm hoping that Occupy activists in certain other cities are planning some sort of action to address the criminal voting restrictions that are already under-way in many states. See you in the streets!
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