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The Occupy Portland website has gone out of its way time and time again to vilify anarchists and anyone else who dares to be so insolent as to promote or practice basic self-defense. How can we combat this fear-mongering and divisiveness?
For example, in a recent article on the website about how the media team really, really insists that the occupation adhere to their particular brand of 'non-violence,' they denounced the very idea that they might be appealing to such known trouble-makers as anarchists as a means of bolstering defense for the occupation. The implications are as obvious as they are offensive, especially considering, as many have pointed out, that much of the occupation is built on firmly anarchistic foundations, and that anarchists have played crucial roles in organizing and maintaining the occupation.
For a well written piece on how Occupy Oakland draws from anarchist inspiration, as does our own occupation, see here:
Press Conference in front of City Hall regarding recent announcement by Mayor Sam Adams to evict Occupy Portland from the parks at 12:00 midnight on Saturday, November 12th.
Organized by Oregon Working Families, the event featured speakers from Veterans for Peace, Faith Communities, and from Unions, among others. Speakers vowed their support for the occupation and promised to stand with the Occupation during the upcoming eviction. People are already arriving in Portland from Seattle and the Bay area in solidarity Video is about 15 minutes in length. The audio was in portions somewhat compromised due to traffic noises, especially the helicopters hovering over the Occupied parks.
The Mayor is announcing that he will evict the occupation using force this Saturday. Let the Mayor know that he doesn't get to decide what happens here - the 99% do!
The violence being threatened against the occupation is the same violence used to evict people from their homes, the same violence used to drive out the poor and working class through the process of gentrification, the same violence that is used daily by the city and police to protect the interests of the 1% at the expense of the 99%. The fear mongering that has been occurring over the past week has been intentional, to alienate the occupation from it's supporters.
This Saturday, we need everyone who supports the right of the occupiers to exist, who opposes police violence, everyone who thinks that this moment in time is too important to give up on - we need all of you at the occupation on Saturday night. They hope to control us through fear - through fear of violence, fear of arrest. We must say that we will not be afraid anymore. That we will not be bullied into submission. For everyone who supports freedom and self-determination, this is your moment to act in defense of those values. All out to the occupation this Saturday! These moments don't happen often, this may be our last opportunity to come together as a people and challenge the powers that be - we can't let it go without a fight.
Long live the Portland Commune!
This is an 8 part video set from Occupy Jamison Park midnight to 3 am on 10/30/11. It shows the protesters sitting / standing peacefully in Jamison park. It show the police come in and using force, controlling the parks like gun toting thugs
Part 1. "Make No Arrests A Moment of Peace"
Part 2. "You're Breaking The Law - Turn Your Camera On"
Part 3. "Don't Poop in Our Park - We Are Here For You"
Part 4. "Shame On You - The Horses"
Part 5. "Public Property - Who Are You Protecting"
Part 6. "We Don't Have Guns - Riot Team in Park"
Part 7. "Why is the Police Filming - Move Back A Foot"
Part 8. "27 Arrested - Livestream on Computer"
I will be filming on Saturday evening ...when this insanity starts again as police bring guns back into the park.
As the title states... "we don't have guns"
As the mayor said when this first started... the police can use desecration, regarding to arrest or not.
So now he wants to see the arrests.... I think that's a bad decision ...and the wrong decision
I don't want to film anybody getting hurt
Solidarity = Love
Veterans for Peace, Chapter 72, will be gathering at Pioneer Courthouse Square for their seventh annual commemoration of this solemn day. The public is invited to help commemorate this day "...with thanksgiving, prayer and exercises designd to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations...."
Armistice Day (Veterans' Day, Remembrance Day) Commemoration
Friday, November 11
Pioneer Courthouse Square, downtown Portland
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, it became "All quiet on the Western Front." An armistice signed at six o'clock that morning took effect and brought a ceasefire to the "War to End All Wars." Since that fateful day, most nations which fought in that conflict observe Armistice Day. Unfortunately, the horrors of World War I were to be outdone by those of World War II and to honor the sacrifices of the veterans who fought in it, Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day in 1954. While it is fitting and proper to honor all veterans for their service, it is a shame that the original intent of November 11 has become lost to the militarization and commercialization of this important date.
URGENT: Occupy Portland Survey Results Complete! And the Results may surprise you... Two strategies were used to distribute the survey. a total of 545 people filled out the survey.
MORE INFO TO COME BUT HERE IS THE GOLDEN QUESTION:
Overall it feels safe to visit the Occupy Camp.
Yes 322 people (76%)
No 103 people (24%)
The percentage of people saying that it feels safe to visit the camp is quite high, and this should not be ignored by city residents, public officials, or members of the media. We also asked survey respondents to list the three most important, positive things that have been created by the Occupy Portland camp and movement. By far, the most common responses to this question were that the camp has brought a wide variety of people together, allowed for sustained interactions between these people, and allowed for a sense of community and solidarity to emerge. Many respondents also report that the camp and the wider movement have brought public attention to issues like economic injustice, poverty, and homelessness. A lot of people responding to the survey said something like "These problems are usually swept under the table, but now they are visible have to be dealt with." Finally, a number of respondents who said they are homeless said that they feel safer in the camp than they would if they were sleeping in other parts of Portland. Many survey respondents encourage non-profits and city officials to reach out to vulnerable people in the camp, and provide on-the-spot services, rather than using the presence of homeless citizens as a reason to criticize the camp.
Unfortunately the People's Cinema is on hold for the time being until we can find a new projector to use.... If you have any projector available for us to use two or three times a week from 10PM to midnight send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can try to work something out.
5:45 this Friday afternoon we'll be rolling from Col. Summers park to the Occupy Portland General Assembly. G.A. is the soul and brains of the movement. It's the best way to learn more and about what's going on.
Bring warm clothes and a cushion (newspapers also work for sitting). You are encouraged to decorate with American flags in honor of Veterans Day and to help remind folks that human power and citizen involvement/protest are patriotic actions.
If there is time before assembly (and the mood strikes) let's sing some songs of freedom and protest. Bring a guitar or other musical instrument.
Hope to see you there.
Yesterday, [Nov 1, 2011] in response to a call out to march on the banks in solidarity with Oakland, 100 people marched into the streets from the Occupy Seattle camp to Chase Bank down the street. Inside the building 5 people locked themselves to each other, shutting down the bank. Once it was clear that the occupiers were being forced out, people began to block the police van, sitting and laying in front it. In this moment, chaos began, perhaps a cop pushed someone, perhaps someone pushed a cop, it's unclear but once the occupiers were pushed inside the van, people began screaming louder, and pushing harder. Small skirmishes broke out between protestors and the police. Leading the pigs to release their first hit of pepperspray of the day. This only further motivated people. Within these moments, people were running around, pushing cops, helping their comrades from the ground and pulling them back from the police. Several people were dearrested in the process.
With this flow of energy, the protestors flooded into the street in front of Chase. People linked arms, pushed the cops back, while others engaged in small fights with the police. Many pigs were punched in the face or hit with bottles. More pepperspray flew. During this melee people pushed the cops and took the streets, eventually kicking the cops out.
Silent Auction/Insurrectionary Comedy/Movie, at the Bagdad, 3712 SE Hawthorne. $10. Auction@ 6, comedy @ 8, "The People Speak" @10
All money goes to Occupy Portland, from the entire night...
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In response to severe violence carried out by the city government of Oakland on October 25th, much of the city of Oakland was shut down on November 2nd and successful mass protests took to the streets. By conservative estimates 50,000 people demonstrated. Protesters included many union people wearing their union shirts as well as students. Marches included a morning march, a noon march on the banks, an anti-capitalist march, and a march of over 10,000 people that shut down the Port of Oakland with a mass picket honored by members of ILWU Local 10.
It was an overwhelming response against the police violence carried out under Democrat Mayor Jean Quan's administration that attempted to shut down the peaceful Occupy Oakland protest on October 25th with severe violence. Many people were injured by the cops and one protester, Scott Olsen, an Iraq War veteran and member of Iraq War Veterans Against the War, was hit in the head by a projectile fired by the cops at close range. The injury knocked him out with a fractured skull and has caused severe damaged to the speech center of his brain making him no longer able to speak.
A second veteran has now been seriously injured by the police on November 2nd. This time it was Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran Kayvan Sabehgi whose spleen was ruptured due to a brutal beating by cops.
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A splinter group takes possession of the Hawthorne Bridge, crossing over to Southeast Portland, taking Grand Avenue on their way to Occupy the Burnside Bridge before circling back to the park. I arrived at the march when a fair sized portion of the group decided to walk across the Hawthorne bridge. The bridge was closed off at the time, due to the march passing down SW 1st street.
Hesitatingly at first, and then with gusto, folks marched across the bridge. Not being up to the exertion of the march at this time, I drove over to the east side of the bridge and rejoined them as the march traveled north under the exit ramp, and immediately walked up the embankment to take the Morrison bridge. The police were going crazy at this time, and I don't think they knew what to do. They were all over the place, sirens screaming and lights flashing.
On reaching Grand Avenue, the march took the entire northbound street and headed up to the Burnside bridge.
The video stops at this point. About 5 minutes in length.
Occupy Eugene relocated Saturday from U of O Millrace Park to large park area south most portion of Washington Jefferson park. This is a highly visible, central park which ODOT estimates 56,000 cars pass daily. Large encampment includes 30 foot tall geodetic dome, large tepee, a dozen or more group garage tents, and 50 to 100 private tents...
Occupy Eugene also sponsored a large and successful "bank transfer day" march Saturday through downtown banking area.
Please join us at Terry Shrunk Plaza at 9:30 a.m. to open an account in a truly local bank or local credit union. These establishments are ready and waiting for those opening new accounts, with refreshments. Did you know that two-thirds of private bank deposits in the state of Oregon are held by just five Wall Street banks? If you are you still banking with the "too big to fail" banks that crashed our economy, it's time to bring your money home and start banking local. When it comes to moving your money, finding a truly local bank can be hard because so many banks and credit unions use slick marketing campaigns to makes themselves "look local".
However, we've done the research and we've built an online resource called Oregon Banks Local to find out how "local" the banks and credit unions in your neighborhood truly are.
The more people that begin to invest locally here in Oregon, the more of an impact we make on rebuilding Main Street Oregon. Let's start by banking with truly local banks and credits unions.
Portland Rising Tide, a direct action environmental group confronting the root causes of climate change resurrected the first ever undead zombie army against coal. On Monday October 31st, the zombie army against coal marched from Occupy Portland at 3:00 PM to two Bank of America branches in downtown Portland. One protester, Tim Swenson, was arrested in the protest for allegedly putting red corn syrup on the exterior of the Bank of America on 2nd and Morrison. A spokes-zombie for Portland Rising Tide, David Osborn, stated, "The connections between Bank of America, coal and climate change are too strong to ignore and too devastating to our future to not act against. We call for the immediate release of Tim Swenson and for Bank of America, the true criminal, to be held to account for its actions."
Currently, the cities of Longview and Cherry Point, Washington, are facing proposals to export up to 140 million tons of coal annually. Six other ports across the Northwest are in talks with coal export companies. If constructed, the export terminals will bring up to 26 mile-long trains through the Columbia River gorge, releasing 500 pounds of coal dust per car. Bank of America is the highest lender to coal companies across the nation.
For more information visit: www.portlandrisingtide.org
Breaking News blips of info
About 22 arrested
PIMC 3:30 police leave - 100 people take back the park chanting "Our Park!"
riot cops leaving loud chants from crowd "Shame! Shame!"
police van is back - a protester on crutches walks to get in van, another protester is lifted by arms into van - van leaves 3:23am
another protester is walked to police car from the park
PIMC: 1 protesters dragged to police car - 3 or 4 still left at 3:10
crowd is yelling loudly, around police van as it was leaving, horse cops present
PIMC police van is leaving full of arrested, Still a few laying in park ...police dragging one by one to police car at 3:05
PIMC: around 2 dozen just got arrested in Jamison Park 2:30 AM - Over 100 riot cops - hundres watch from sidewalk in solidarity [...]
Anarchist General Assembly
Saturday, November 12th 2011 at 3pm, at St Francis Dining Hall (330 Southeast 11th Avenue)
Food, Discussion, & Entertainment with local comrades and fellow-travelers.
Grey Coast Anarchist News has recently been launched out of a growing need for a common source of information-sharing on events and news stories that are relevant to anarchists in the Portland area. We will be posting news from our own communities, as well as stories from other national and international communities with which anarchists from the grey coast have direct or indirect ties.
Grey Coast Anarchist News also has (A) Calendar of Events and users can add their events to this. We hope that this site will provide more exposure for the excellent writing by anarchists in the Portland area, which often ends up on various blogs that few people know about, let alone read, and which eventually disappears into the ether.
The current site is fully functional. Stories and events may be posted anonymously, though all stories will be checked for relevancy before being promoted to the front page. Within the next month the site will switch over to a better platform (Drupal) and run from anarchist-operated servers.
If you have some news from the hundreds of occupations around the country and the world post it here! Lots of little news snippets are of interest but too small for an article, so post them as comments to this article!
The corporate media is owned by the super rich and does their bidding. They will not represent justice movements honestly. People have to be the media. The more people who contribute to independent media the more authentic journalism that will be available for citizens to read. So many still are captives of the commercial media. Break through the corporate veil!
*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*
Late Wednesday night, in an exercise of consensus process and direct
democracy, the community known as Occupy Eugene elected to relocate to the University of Oregon campus. After hours of negotiations on Thursday between the University and representatives of Occupy Eugene, it was decided that the occupation would move to the Millrace Park on East 11th Avenue and Franklin. The University has generously supplied the occupation with generators, electricity, and rides from Public Safety to the Park.
Contact: Lauren Asprooth, (630) 712-6435
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