Hundreds of energetic protestors marched through the Lloyd Center area on Nov. 3 to say "Enough is Enough!" Their message was loud and clear: no more cuts to social programs and public services, including education, transit, postal service, and health clinics. The march was organized by Occupy Portland, together with many other peace, justice and workers groups. Though this was an unpermitted march, several hundred people, including many high school students, showed up to defy corporate power and a corrupt system that places profits over people.
Shortly after the protestors left Holladay Park, a small group clashed with the police at NE 14th
and Halsey. More than 20 people were pepper-sprayed by the police, including several high school students who were at the frontlines, carrying large banners. There was one arrest. After the clash, the march continued without any incident and ended back at Holladay Park.
Several people burned their ballots to express their disillusionment with electoral politics. They wanted to send the message that voting is futile, since both the Democrats and the Republicans have proven time and time again that they do not represent or serve the people.