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a22 bushprotest photos by bette lee 4:23pm Wed Sep 18 '02

Protest signs of hope by Brian Thomas 10:10pm Sun Aug 25 '02

aug 22 protest pictures by APC 5:54pm Sun Aug 25 '02

Mama Don?t let your Babies Grow up to be Cops: Photos by peace rebel girl 8:31pm Sat Aug 24 '02

August 22 Portland Bush Protest - Photos and Text - Part 1 by PDX Dragon 12:58pm Sat Aug 24 '02

August 22 Portland Bush Protest - Photos and Text - Part 2 by PDX Dragon 12:57pm Sat Aug 24 '02

August 22 Portland Bush Protest - Photos and Text - Part 3 by PDX Dragon 12:53pm Sat Aug 24 '02

Third Part of my A-22 Protest Pics by Todd 11:31am Sat Aug 24 '02

Second part of my Pictures of A-22 by todd 11:08am Sat Aug 24 '02

A22PDX by bagelheadz 6:54pm Fri Aug 23 '02

The Revolution Will not be Televised by Zvik 6:22pm Fri Aug 23 '02

70+ Pictures from Thursday's Protests by gabriel 6:19pm Fri Aug 23 '02

enemy combatants by bonnie 5:07pm Fri Aug 23 '02

the second half of my photos by igor71 4:06pm Fri Aug 23 '02

More PDX protest pix by igor71 3:57pm Fri Aug 23 '02

More Pictures of A22 by PDXteach 8:24am Fri Aug 23 '02

A22: Portland in the Streets by geoff 7:16am Fri Aug 23 '02

More PDX Protest Pics by Todd 11:29pm Thu Aug 22 '02

Bush Protest Pictures by PdxTeach 10:57pm Thu Aug 22 '02


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media criticism

Chicago Tribune SLAMS PDX Protesters 9:24pm Sun Aug 25 '02

AP News Report: Is It So Hard to Just Get It Right? 10:42am Sun Aug 25 '02

Common Dreams reprints bogus AP article on A22 in Portland 10:57pm Sat Aug 24 '02

The Oregonian got it wrong with their story on Anti-Bush demonstration 10:53am Sat Aug 24 '02

Tell PDX Tribune Readers the TRUTH 9:21pm Fri Aug 23 '02

O'Reilly Factor features brief/interview on A22 protest 8:50pm Fri Aug 23 '02

AP bias: a discussion 8:00pm Fri Aug 23 '02

AP: Protests "surprised White House" (in which portland indymedia is quoted without attribution) 3:59pm Fri Aug 23 '02

Protest in Portland - bystanders account 11:58am Fri Aug 23 '02

Bush Protest makes CNN.com 8:09am Fri Aug 23 '02

AP story release at 9pm 10:20pm Thu Aug 22 '02

Channel 12 10pm Newscast 10:18pm Thu Aug 22 '02

news >PORTLAND DEMONSTRATION (includes criticism of AP story) 9:18pm Thu Aug 22 '02

AP Picks Up Portland Protests 9:16pm Thu Aug 22 '02
















portland bush protest A22

On August 22, pResident Bush visited Portland, Oregon, and was greeted by thousands of protesters. Forest activists kicked off the day of dissent with a tree-sit in the North Park Blocks. The Portland chapter of the Pacific Green Party held a rally on the Waterfront. Hundreds of police, including many in full riot gear, staked out a nine square block area around the Hilton Hotel where Bush was speaking, giving protesters free reign throughout the rest of downtown where they took the streets, blocked intersections, and made a joyful noise.

In the late afternoon, police declared a state of emergency, and threatened to arrest anyone who did not disperse. Very few people heard these announcements and police did not give the crowd time to comply. The police then turned violent, shooting people with rubber bullets and pepper-spraying many others. Children were among the victims of chemical attacks, including a 10 month old baby.

Corporate media accounts of the day betrayed an institutional bias against democratic action and in favor of police brutality, but indymedia readers were quick to call out their lies, slanders, and mischaracterizations.

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27 Aug 2002
A revolutionary greeting from El Salvador to Portland

After hearing about the Portland anti-Bush protests, Salvadoran national union leader Ricardo Monge, leader of the El Salvadoran National Health Care Workers Union (STISSS), - who visited Portland this past April - writes to send both his support for the local struggle and a call for solidarity with theirs: "Please receive a revolutionary greeting, most dearest comrades from the city of Portland; I remember you well as a hard-working group of dedicated activists. I have been informed of the repressive measures taken by your own government against a protest in your city. Police viciously attacked a peaceful protest with senior citizens and young children. I think that every Salvadoran knows what you have experienced, and we feel good to know that even in the United States there are people fighting the same fight as we. I sympathize with you and at the same time am impressed by your bravery. In the difficult political climate after September 11, when anyone who takes to the streets is immediately labeled a 'terrorist'? it takes courage to continue the struggle against imperialism.

"Here in El Salvador, we too are living through a moment of increased government repression. Partly because of the encouragement given to them by your government in its pursuit of a free trade agreement, ARENA has intensified its campaign of persecuting popular sectors struggling for a change. Our union, the STISSS, has always been the subject of government attacks because we have always been at the front lines of the struggle against the privatization of health care. Now, the government seeks to do away with us once and for all and privatize health care, which would have fatal consequences for the people of El Salvador. They have closed off all of the spaces of negotiation; they leave us with no other choice but to strike. Now, we are entering what may be the final battle against those who seek to do business with peoples' lives." [ Full statement ]

[ Background: El Salvador riot police crack down on anti-privatization unions | Dispatch from San Salvador, May 1-15, 2002 | Resistance | When Bush was in El Salvador ]

26 Aug 2002
Corporate media is a disease; Independent media is the cure: Act Now!

From the open publishing newswire: "The A22 Bush Protest here in Portland provided a stark reminder that corporate media cannot be trusted to present a story fairly or accurately. The bias against democratic action and in favor of police violence was on full display in the local press, even with the comparatively sympathetic reports provided by media outlets whose employees were attacked. The Tribune characterized the protests as a "riot", though the only riot that day was a police riot, the Associated Press couldn't count, and the Oregonian was typically slipshod with the facts.

"Dissent is becoming increasingly criminalized, legally, by the government and increasingly demonized, culturally, by the corporate media. When the corporate media repeatedly presents protesters as violent and police violence as justified, it is not reporting facts -- it is shaping perceptions. The result is a country full of people increasingly hostile to the veryidea of dissent, who will gladly give up their liberty for security, as we have seen since 9/11..."

"Here on portland indymedia, the corporate media lies about A22 were countered with truth. Not only did protest participants post their own first-hand accounts that showed what really happened, they also jumped on the corporate media stories and called out the errors, mischaracterizations and slurs that they found. They found many. See media criticism links in left-hand column of this page.

"Write, email and call. Just once, or over and over. Be specific about where they went wrong and point out details that you can counter from your own experience. Needle them about obvious bias. Ask them how they feel about making money by lying. Let them know that you're aware they're lazy. Say they should be ashamed. Tell them you go to indymedia, KBOO, and the Alliance for the real story." [ Full story & contact info for corporate media outlets ]

24 Aug 2002
Plea for help from the father of the pepper-sprayed children

From the newswire: "First and foremost I want to thank from the bottom of my heart the kind humanbeings who helped my children, my wife and me after we were pepper sprayed by the Portland Police. We were aided immediately by fellow demonstrators, the black cross and passers-by caught in the crossfire. These people shielded us with their bodies and soothed us with their treatments and words, and argued with police, putting themselves in danger, to secure our safe passage through the cordon. Their actions stand in beautiful contrast to the savage inhumanity of the police.

"We brought our children to a peaceful protest, we stayed in the back and we were walking on the sidewalk. The march stopped at the intersection of 2nd and Alder we could not see why from our position on the SW corner of the intersection. Police quickly moved up behind us and a moment or two later sprayed pepper spray into the crowd from the NE corner of the intersection. the crowd ran toward us to escape the spray. We asked the oficer closest to us how we should exit the intersection. He pointed and said to exit to the NE, into the spraying police opposite him. as the crowd pressed toward us I yelled to him to let us through (south on 2nd) because we had three small children. He looked at me, and drew out his can from his hip and sprayed directly at me." [ Read More... ]

24 Aug 2002
Citizens demand accountability; Mayor defends brutality, hides in office

From the newswire: "Alan Graf, Portland resident and Chair of the Portland Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild called a press conference at 8:45am on August 23rd at City Hall to talk about the police violence during the previous days Bush protest."... "After Alan Graf spoke, a number of people came forward to tell their stories. One was Don Joughin, the father of the children who were pepper sprayed 2nd and Alder. He showed photos of his children crying, faces red and swollen. Don told how he and his family were in the back, away from any direct protest and how police surrounded everyone, and would not let people leave, at the same time that other police were ordering people to disperse."

"After speaking with the press outside City Hall, Alan Graf, many of the press, and the 60 or so people who attended the press conference went up to Mayor Katz's office to speak to her. The Mayor was in her office but declined to speak to the people there. She obviously does not care enough about babies and small children being pepper sprayed by police to come out and talk to the father of those children." [ Read More ]

[ National Lawyers Guild Letter to mayor Vera Katz ]

24 Aug 2002
Friday rally marchers demand: 'Send Kroeker back to LA!'

From the open publishing newswire: "The Portland Peaceful Response Coalition (PPRC) rally on Friday called attention to the previous day's events when a passionate but peaceful protest against visiting George Bush was marred by vicious police violence. In a march on City Hall participants chanted, 'Send Kroeker back to LA!' and '2-4-6-8, End the Police State!' Most people in the crowd had felt the effects of the day's rubber bullet and pepperspray attacks, either up-close-and-personal, or by entering areas where the poison still hung heavy in the air. Being the target of chemical weapons can tick people off, and the crowd on Friday, though small (about thirty people) was loud and energetic. Many people felt that that Mayor Katz [pictured, left] and Chief Kroeker are to blame for the inexcusable behavior of the police. " [ Story and Photos ]

23 Aug 2002
Voices of women in protest

From the open publishing newswire: "I spent several hours talking to women about why they attended the Bush Protest. The interviews were done before the protest action. Here are a few of the voices."

"[I talked to] Elisabeth.- an elder lady. She walks with a cane and talks with the strength of 20 women... 'I have been marching for over 60 years. War is the worst way to solve problems. I am here today to support the effort to end this assault on America. I have been trying to make sure that in my lifetime we don't succumb to these warmongers...

"'I think these times are the worst I have seen. I think it is worse because it's so unctuous and disdainful. Business people treat Americans like children telling us how to think and what to consume and how to vote. I wish we had a leader for this movement. Someone like Martin Luther King, Jr. who cared about all the people. Someone who could speak to us and bring us together. We haven't had a real leader since Truman who had a real job. Most of these people we elect don't know what it is like to go to work everyday and worry about how we will care for our families from day-to-day.

"'Bush is running around acting like a child throwing a big tantrum. He's tearing up treaties that protect human rights, the environment and everything we need to survive together peacefully on the earth. I am here today to stand up no matter what the odds, against this madness.'" [ Read more... ]

23 Aug 2002
Portland 1, Bush 0

At least 3000 people gathered in Portland today to protest pResident George Bush. Bush was visiting the state to spread lies about forest health and shake down the local ruling class to raise bribe money for regional crime lord Senator Gordon Smith, who is the Republican incumbent for U.S. Senate. The day of dissent started with a tree-sit in a downtown park where thousands gathered in the afternoon. Hundreds of people also gathered on the Waterfront for a Pacific Green Party-sponsored rally, which joined the crowd at the North Park Blocks and marched downtown. Police, including many in full riot gear, staked out a nine square block area around the Hilton Hotel where the fundraiser was happening. Protesters had free reign throughout the rest of downtown where they took the streets and blocked intersections. In the late afternoon, police declared a state of emergency to the glee of the protesters, and threatened to arrest anyone who did not disperse. Police then turned violent [ 1 | 2 ], shot people with rubber bullets and peppersprayed many others, including a 10 month old baby [ story: 1 | 2 ].

When the sun set people danced in the street and continued to face off police. The general feeling among participants was that it had been a great day. Corporate media accounts, unsurprisingly, gave different, often highly inaccurate, accounts [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ].

Audio reports: [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ]
Photos: [ 1 | 2 | 3 ]
Video: [ eugene copwatch video | more video ]

23 Aug 2002
Southern Oregon news and photos

From accounts posted to the open publishing newswire: "Roughly 100 demonstrators turned out both at Medford airport and Jackson County Expo where President Bush gave his logging policy speech..." "Police threatened to arrest all persons that would not move to the inside of the chain link 'free speech zone'. Many people were simply standing along side the road with signs, not content to be essentially caged in. Some demonstraters chose to actively resist by staging a sit-in in the middle of the road while the bulk of the remaining chose to stand their ground on the side of road. This particular action resulted in no arrests."

[ PHOTOS: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | about the issues: Usual Suspects Plan Rape of National Forests ]

22 Aug 2002
Breaking news from the streets of Portland...

8:30PM: More pepper spray as police try to force crowds out of downtown.

8PM: Sun sets and Protesters party in the streets.

7:20PM: Huge crowds on streets as sun starts to come down. Children pepper sprayed. Bush mocks the dead to elicit laugh from crowd during speech. And Japan's Foreign Minister calls Bush, "Totally An Asshole." Portlanders rock as they post video to IMC Site! Keep it coming - more pictures, audio, and video!!! And Alan Graf calls for citizen's meeting tomorrow morning.

6:30PM: Police Open Fire on Protesters. Pepper Spray, Batons, Rubber Bullets used on crowd including babies, people in wheelchairs, citizens.

6:20PM: Bush Speaking as Police Order "Big Pepper Spray" from newswire article.

5:15PM: 2 to 4 thousand People Protest shrub! Police say size of crowds too big.

4:55PM: State of Emergency Announced

4:35 PM: News coming in that at least one protestor maced and riot cops ready to go here.

3:40 PM update: Great $#@%ing Day in Portland! - 2 to 3 thousand people on the streets!

3PM update on Shrub's visit here. According to news radio he has landed and is on his way downtown where the protesters have started their march.

Live webcam
of downtown Portland near the Hilton, refreshed every 30 seconds.

[ original annoucement feature | pdx indy "protest bush" organizing page ]


newswire articles
first-hand accounts & analysis

Eugene forum on A22 Protest 7:28am Fri Aug 30 '02

Finding romance at the protest 3:44am Fri Aug 30 '02

A joyous noise: the early hours of the Bush protest on August 22, 2002 1:13am Fri Aug 30 '02

A Child's Wisdom 10:07pm Thu Aug 29 '02

Oh darn, now we've done it - made a difference! 8:21pm Thu Aug 29 '02

More Video Stills From Portland Anti-Bush Protest 6:47pm Thu Aug 29 '02

Reflections on A22 protests from an Oregonian in Japan 3:44pm Thu Aug 29 '02

A slightly altered protest pic 8:09am Thu Aug 29 '02

What Bush Said On A22 1:08am Thu Aug 29 '02

Audio File: Portland Lawyer Comments on Police Brutality During Bush Protest 10:54pm Wed Aug 28 '02

Pigs Pepper Spray Protesters 7:15pm Wed Aug 28 '02

Top 10 Police Excuses for Pepperspraying Infants 3:57pm Wed Aug 28 '02

Protest Organizer on Donahue 3:14pm Wed Aug 28 '02

*** thank you, portland protesters *** 1:46pm Wed Aug 28 '02

A revolutionary greeting, from El Salvador to Portland 6:24pm Tue Aug 27 '02

Rubber Bullets 1:04pm Tue Aug 27 '02

My report from the Portland protest 1:01pm Tue Aug 27 '02

Police Accountability Campaign Press Release Concerning Aug. 22nd 12:41pm Tue Aug 27 '02

Thanks KBOO! 7:30pm Mon Aug 26 '02

A22 alternative action 3:20pm Mon Aug 26 '02

A call to Truth Squad the corporate media 3:01am Mon Aug 26 '02

Police:1 Radical-Rioters:0 2:28am Mon Aug 26 '02

legal process against the protest cops 11:04pm Sun Aug 25 '02

Need pix of Cop taking pix 8:14pm Sun Aug 25 '02

Organizers and Activists 7:14pm Sun Aug 25 '02

"We Are Not The Enemy!" - The Battle of Portland 11:45am Sun Aug 25 '02

Union - Thougths to share on Protest? 11:04am Sun Aug 25 '02

Stop hitting yourself! Stop hitting yourself! 9:13am Sun Aug 25 '02

The momentum continues 8:52am Sun Aug 25 '02

On the Front Line.........Melissa, Cody, Miranda are you out there?? 3:25am Sun Aug 25 '02

Violent repression of political dissent commences in Portland 3:17am Sun Aug 25 '02

how can we keep the energy going from thursday? 1:42am Sun Aug 25 '02

The Oregonian and Mass Media seek out and Interview PDX Indymedia about A-22 12:49am Sun Aug 25 '02

Semi-Insider point of view of 5th/Taylor? 12:37am Sun Aug 25 '02

OREGON PIONEER POLICE STATE Police Breach the Peace; Attack the People 12:05am Sun Aug 25 '02

saturday, a24

We all want freedom 11:24pm Sat Aug 24 '02

Children at protests 10:31pm Sat Aug 24 '02

Freedom is Winning! 10:07pm Sat Aug 24 '02

Poem from the streets 9:36pm Sat Aug 24 '02

The Whole World is Watching 9:14pm Sat Aug 24 '02

Mama Don?t let your Babies Grow up to be Cops: Text 9:06pm Sat Aug 24 '02

The battle of Portland 8:56pm Sat Aug 24 '02

From the father of the pepper-sprayed children 8:51pm Sat Aug 24 '02

Post-Protest flyers 5:37pm Sat Aug 24 '02

NLG Letter to Mayor Vera Katz 3:36pm Sat Aug 24 '02

4-22-02 "Protest" commentary 3:34pm Sat Aug 24 '02

Citizens demand accountability; Mayor defends brutality, hides in office 3:30pm Sat Aug 24 '02

Part 4: Post-Protest reflections, police state, and the present/future 10:41am Sat Aug 24 '02

Part 3: The Protest As I SAW It, the N Park Blocks-7:36pm 10:39am Sat Aug 24 '02

From the Grandmother of Police Brutality Victims A-22 10:35am Sat Aug 24 '02

Friday rally marchers demand: 'Send Kroeker back to LA!' 10:18am Sat Aug 24 '02

Newswire was down for 12 hours 9:32am Sat Aug 24 '02

friday, a23

An account of police brutality 2:32pm Fri Aug 23 '02

An open letter. 2:29pm Fri Aug 23 '02

Part 2 of "The Protest as I Saw It": The North Park Blocks 1:39pm Fri Aug 23 '02

Voices of women in protest 1:38pm Fri Aug 23 '02

Fifth and Taylor -- My Story 1:12pm Fri Aug 23 '02

Protest in Portland - bystanders account 11:58am Fri Aug 23 '02

A Brief Confrontation 11:01am Fri Aug 23 '02

The Protest as I saw it, Part 1 the Greens at Front & Ash 10:29am Fri Aug 23 '02

cable access show interested in interviewing protesters. email: jim@plunk.com 8:40am Fri Aug 23 '02

meeting friday 8:45 am 8:02am Fri Aug 23 '02

Friday Rally to Focus on Dissent and Police Suppression 7:43am Fri Aug 23 '02

It was quite peaceful overall... 2:12am Fri Aug 23 '02

photographer one of the first shot 12:59am Fri Aug 23 '02

thursday, a22

Genocide NOT Cleansing 11:443pm Thu Aug 22 '02

The Fascist Portland Pigz. 11:43pm Thu Aug 22 '02

Reports of gunfire? 9:30pm Thu Aug 22 '02

Baking soda paste for pepper spray 9:19pm Thu Aug 22 '02

"Still making arrests." 9:16pm Thu Aug 22 '02

8:10 Update: More pepper spray 8:25pm Thu Aug 22 '02

8PM Update: Sunset set to People dancing and partying in the Streets 7:59pm Thu Aug 22 '02

policescanner 7:45pm Thu Aug 22 '02

7:15 Update from Park & Salmon 7:18pm Thu Aug 22 '02

Shrub's Speech - More of the Same 7:09pm Thu Aug 22 '02

tear gassed baby?! 7:05pm Thu Aug 22 '02

Continuing monitoring of police scanner 6:59pm Thu Aug 22 '02

PDX IMC Reporter thanks Y'all 6:51pm Thu Aug 22 '02

6:45 update: Riot cops at Park + Salmon. 6:44pm Thu Aug 22 '02

KBOO turned off right before Resident Bush spoke 6:34pm Thu Aug 22 '02

Alan Graf Call for Meeting in Front of City Hall Tomorrow 8:45 AM 6:32pm Thu Aug 22 '02

Police open fire on protestors - rubber bullets 6:31pm Thu Aug 22 '02

6:15 police corralling protesters at 2nd and Alder 6:20pm Thu Aug 22 '02

5:15 Update from Bush Protest 5:23pm Thu Aug 22 '02

4:50 Update: State of Emergency Announced 4:55pm Thu Aug 22 '02

PO: "We're moving to disperse crowd." 4:45pm Thu Aug 22 '02

police scanner starting to report problems with protestors and buses on 5th 4:26pm Thu Aug 22 '02

Great F*ckin' Day in Portland! 3:46pm Thu Aug 22 '02

PDX IMC on Shrub Visit 3PM visit 3:09pm Thu Aug 22 '02


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