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Occupy the Pride!

Several alternative-Pride autonomous actions are planned worldwide and in Portland over the weekend to counter the commercialization and usurpation of the annual Stonewall memorial by the corporate interests.
Occupy The Pride worldwide call to action - local events

Saturday, June 16, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: Pride sign-making picnic at the Couch Park (find us near the Couch Park sign at the southeastern corner of the park), NW Glisan Street at NW 19th Avenue. Make signs for Dyke March and/or Occupride. Some cardboards and markers provided; bring anything else you may need.

Sunday, June 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Occupy The Pride Portland - Parade-Watching Picnic and Community Outreach Action at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park between Ash and Pine Streets (on the open parkland between the Pride NW festival and Saturday Market). This is mostly for visibility and presence. We engage in conversation only when people approach us. Bring your favorite Occupy signs or banners, musical instruments, games, picnic stuff to share, etc.

Saturday, June 23, 3 p.m.-6 p.m.: Occupy The Pride Portland - Summer Solstice Community Assembly at Ladd Circle, SE Ladd Avenue at Harrison Street (in the middle of the Ladd's Addition between Hawthorne and Division). Network, connect and organize for future actions in a less confrontational setting as we also celebrate the arrival of summer! We also thought this would be a great idea as many people could not make it to the Sunday, June 17 Occupride due to other involvements. Moving the main Occupride action to another day would ensure a bigger turnout.

Saturday, July 7, Occupy The Pride Vancouver, Washington (maybe) at Esther Short Park, this would be a low-key visibility and dialogue action like the one on June 17 in Portland.

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Other events and actions:

Saturday, June 16, 5:45 p.m.: Occupy Portland's Sisters In Strength (SIS) members will be joining the Dyke March Portland. Meet the group at the Naito Legacy Fountain at the south end of the Saturday Market.

Saturday, June 16, 11:30 p.m.: "Queers F*ing Queers", an all-ages, anti-capitalist, anti-assimilationist dance party in the streets. It kicks off from SE 8th and Main. This sounds really awesome, but please be aware that it doesn't have a permit, and will likely feature a 'diversity of dance styles', so there's a high likelihood of police interference. Stay safe out there, guys! Again, here's the Facebook event:  http://www.facebook.com/events/371415339574877/.

Sunday, June 17, 11:15 a.m.: 'Crash Pride Bike Ride and March'. Meet up on the South side of SW Park and Burnside at 11:15am on Sunday to protest queer assimilation, nationalism, and militarism. Here's the event page for more info:  http://www.facebook.com/events/323123051100582/.

Sunday, June 17, 1-2 p.m.: Ecstatic Rainbow Dance Walk - from Tiffany Center on SW Morrison at 14th Avenue, to North Park Blocks. A "smart" flash mob in seven colors of the rainbow. Info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/363435847037556/

Could OP explain plz? 17.Jun.2012 22:51

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"Several alternative-Pride autonomous actions are planned worldwide and in Portland over the weekend to counter the commercialization and usurpation of the annual Stonewall memorial by the corporate interests."

Why does OP believe Gay Pride has been "usurped" by corporate interests? Just because it's so popular there's a commercial component? Commercial success doesn't automatically equal commercialism or selling out. Are you planning to protest the local farmers markets as being "usurped" just because they're successful and well advertized? What about Saturday Market? First Thursday?

I think you're occupying the wrong place if sabotaging commercialism is your objective.

How about Occupy Lloyd Center? Or Occupy the Rose Garden(arena)? Occupy the Mall(s)? Those would make more sense than your proposal....