In review of an Oregonian article about squaters occupying a womans home in north portland since september today (which was all over the news), I have come to the conclusion that something went wrong in Casey Parks head when he wrote the story. Of course he may just be perpetuating corporate medias lie. I seen the footage and I do not recognize these people...some were bandana wearing, but I don't know them. The fact is there was a similar story a few months ago about squaters that claimed they were with Occupy...and were more believable in the sense, yet more Anarchists than anything.
As an independent journalist, I am apalled of the number of times Occupy and Occupy Portland were used in the news and mainly in this artice. As you've read there, the people that were in the house had moved in last September, and Occupy didn't start until October 6th..however they did happen to move in in the second week of September as the OWS movement was just getting ready to start. I did not hear one of the so-called "Occupy Portland" squaters state that the were from Occupy Portland and if they did its likely untrue...it upsets me that this lie is being told.
This is a quote from that editorial: "Wiedeman was arrested at Canson's home last month on charges of vandalizing ATMs and banks, part of Occupy Portland actions. " How untrue is that statement? I remember this story, and though this guy claimed association with OP- his acts were part of the ATM vandalisms and bank destruction that was announced in a press release to the PPB from anarchists about the F29 day of action planned as isolated direct action by Portland anarchists. They even stated that their actions will be separate and independent acts from Occupy Portlands day of action on F29...but that they believe this element is necessary and that Occupy would wake up to the notion that these kinds of actions in their opinion were needed in such a movement.
I call for truth in reporting, and believe that Occupy organisations are repeatedly being targeted by the media as being culprits for every kind of demoralizing act, and when the encampment was present all crime within a ten block radius was conveniently blamed on Occupy. Mainsteam media as well as columnists such as the contributor of this article are working on a broader spectrum with corporations and government influence to shut down the mass demonstrations as they had to in the 60's. Civil uprisings are devastating to the views of the US through the eyes of the world. That being said, this movement is worldwide and believe me, the power of social networking and mass communication is more powerful than manipulated media. No matter how you look at it, the people will prevail.
Here is the link to the story, feel free to comment on it there- I did:
[corporate media article]