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The Portland Alliance Portal for Occupy Portland,
Visit our Global Occupation Update Page at http://www.theportlandalliance.org/occupation
to the bastille
NOTICE- NOTICE- NOTICE- NOTICE
We will protest the intentions of the city council of Portland, Oregon
appealing a case of Police Brutality against a young man whose only
crime was to ask a question to a cop.
From the Oregonian: (I don’t like this paper)
“Both sides agreed that the police wouldn’t explain why. As officers
tried to handcuff Smith, he pulled his arms into his chest. Smith said
he was immediately punched in the face. The scuffle that ensued was his
attempt to protect himself, he said”
The question that this young man asked the cop was what law forbid him from standing on the sidewalk---sound familiar?
“Officer Patrick Johnson fired his Taser at Smith, but the probes
didn’t pierce his skin. Officer Sean McFarland then used his Taser and
hit his mark. Police said Smith was defying orders to stay on the
“Johnson pepper-sprayed Smith twice and police
punched him in the back before half a dozen officers piled on top of
him. Smith was handcuffed with his feet tied to his wrists and charged
with criminal trespass, interfering with a police officer and resisting
“Jurors awarded nearly $16,000 in legal fees for his
criminal defense, medical bills and counseling. They also awarded
$290,000 for his pain and suffering.”
“After the verdict,
Juror Patty Smith said police were wrong to rough up and arrest Smith,
and most of the verdict was an acknowledgement of his lasting
The 5 shi-s want to appeal this case----WTF?
We will speak against this waste of our tax money, they will lose and
pay additional penalties with your money, not theirs. Maybe we should
demand that if they vote for this they must pay the penalties out of
their own pockets, not campaign funds but their money. That would be
This was just told to me recently and I apologize for
the late notice but what the hell, I will be there and yelling ,
INJUSTICE TO ONE IS INJUSTICE TO ME!” Will you join this lone vet who is
very pissed off at this continuation of brutality. Come with us and
yell, loud and tell the council if you continue to go against what is
good and noble we will get you out.
We will be there about
0900 Wednesday 4/17/2013---signs about corruption, police brutality,
stupid city attorneys, no pitchforks yet, but mochas for me is good. Ha
Bullhorns are sooooooo good
Joe Walsh-Lone Vet
(my real name!)
For Justice,Peace and *Laughter,
Joe Walsh-Lone Vet
Individuals for Justice http://
Proud member of Oregon Progressive Party, http://progparty.org/
War is failure, occupation a disgrace!
“Funding these wars is killing our troops”
* Why laughter?? Because without it I would have gone insane years ago.
Sen. ** harry reid must be replaced as Majority Leader, call me when you agree or just go away!
An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.
Thoreau may have also brooded over the reaction of Emerson, who
criticized the imprisonment as pointless. According to some accounts,
Emerson visited Thoreau in jail and asked, “Henry, what are you doing in
there?” Thoreau replied, “Waldo, the question is what are you doing out
Molly Ivins, "It's like, duh. Just when you thought
there wasn't a dime's worth of difference between the two parties, the
Republicans go and prove you're wrong."
"I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth,
and I am a citizen of the world."
Eugene V. Debs
"So keep fighting for freedom and justice, beloveds..." -- Molly Ivins
PORTLAND – An article on Organizing strategy, by Theresa Griffin Kennedy
found at http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/occupyportland
Analyzing Strategies in Nonviolent Protest
In nonviolent protest, success or failure can depend on a
variety of strategies that can determine the final outcome: whether or
not the protesters are able to declare victory at the end of the day.
One way that “victory” can be determined, is by planning when
participant departures take place and how long a protest will last. This
strategic planning can allow protesters to claim the demonstration or
protest as having achieved its positive end. The questions of departure
timing and duration of a protest are narrow and infrequently examined
dynamics of nonviolent protest that deserve further attention and study.
How does this timing enhance or prevent successful nonviolent protest?
Why does it matter? Lets take a look at the Occupy protests in Portland
A large number of people support the ideas behind
the Occupy movement. They understand that the current economic system is
not sustainable for this country. When 2% of the population enjoys 90%
of the wealth, the system is not workable or fair: poverty and despair
are the natural result of social and economic disparity. This is a
system out of balance and sinking under the weight of its foundational
roots: it is mired in patriarchy and economic infelicity.
Hierarchal systems exist in part because the subordinates submit as a result of
seeing themselves as inferiors. Therefore, two steps to challenge and end the
hierarchal system are first, to get the members of the subordinate group to see
themselves as full human beings who are not inferior to anyone; and, second, to
get them to behave in ways consistent with that enhanced view of themselves.”
(Sharp, pg 425).
The protests and creation of the Occupy movement seem inevitable,
given global overpopulation and an unfair distribution of wealth across
countries and nations. Taxation and inequity are at the root of the
problem. In the USA, unfair tax practices are enforced and promoted for
the wealthy to enjoy.
Wealthy corporate America
protects and insulates its members by encouraging politicians to
institutionalize unfair taxes on lower income groups. Many people,
often struggling to survive by working 2 and 3 jobs, must shoulder a
disproportionate burden of the costs for our nation. This contributes to
a growing sense of frustration and anger at the way things are.
And so the Occupy movement came about. Part of the organizational
structure of the Occupy protests are being conducted by young,
idealistic students who want to make a difference and draw attention to
the reality of poverty and despair in America. Using the power of
social media and the blessing and assistance of professional organizers,
this movement (with roots in Europe) attracted thousands of people to
the riverfront in the fall of 2011. After an energetic rally, huge
crowds of people with disparate concerns and agendas, marched through
the city. Then, in celebration and with determined purpose, they
occupied Lawnsdale and Chapman Squares in downtown Portland.
of all ages, cultures, and communities wanted to bring home the point
that everyone has a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of
happiness. To realize these rights, food, shelter, and security are
What began as a political movement and
celebration sprouted numerous multi-faceted wings. Soon, the homeless
were gravitating to the camp sites, as well as multiple local
progressive groups and organizations. A community kitchen was
organized, doctors and nurses volunteered to run
a community health
center at the heart of the occupation and dozens of journalists and
writers created a library and communicated with local media and media
organizations. The occupation became a city in itself, with all of the
ramifications of this reality, including a few overly zealous rabble
rousers. As the smell of marijuana burning and accumulating litter
became onerous, the city and various organizers were faced with a moral
Members of the city council of
Portland and those who organized and sustained the protest wondered, Do
we take care of and support this seemingly helpless, under-represented,
and too-often ignored population or should be focus on larger goals of
the city or political movements? As it turned out, the organizers
decided that the needs of the homeless, the mentally ill, and myriad
dispossessed populations were critical.
The medical tent and
communications teams at the occupation continued their efforts to care
for everyone participating. More campsites were added, the daily food
kitchen was expanded, and meals were planned and prepared to sustain
the movement. This attracted more homeless, more organizers, and more
police. Eventually crime became a problem. Sometimes the crimes were
committed by participants and other times crimes were perpetrated by the
local police. The corporate press in Oregon, with encouragement by the
city administrators, claimed that the damages to trees and shrubs in
the part were a “disaster” and that assaults and problems with underage,
runaway teens were increasing.
Student activists were
sometimes distracted by these complex issues and some minor exhaustion
set in, but social activists rallied and brought in their own media and
researchers from local colleges, libraries, and social movements. It
was determined that the occupy area actually had some of the lowest
crimes relative to many areas of the city and that much of the
remonstrations from city hall were political in nature. But the damage
to the lawns and parks was very real. And it was clear that the
occupation could not continue forever.
The movement and its goals were portrayed in the local media as having “become
and lost focus.” “One's energy may be deflected to minor issues and
applied ineffectively.” (Sharp, pg 442). Issues related to the homeless,
minors, and pollution, were becoming serous social problems.
Sometimes a serious social or political movement can be
compromised because outside forces undermine it. When this occurs, a
restatement and reassessment of the goals of the group are needed. This
conversation occurred in the Occupy movement, with regular rallies and
General meetings where these problems were discussed at length. These
collective meetings were where it was determined that other
demonstrations were needed.
When there were planned
demonstrations in other sections of Portland, these sit-in's and marches
were often very successful in calling attention to needed bridge
repairs, inefficient public services, and an inequitable distribution of
economic resources. Many of these protests targeted local banks.
Sometimes a variety of distractions occurred, but organizers all over
the city and the nation were energized by this very public drama. An
overly aggressive response by the Portland Police Bureau, instigated
by city hall, led to some unfortunate confrontations and avoidable
arrests. Inevitably, tensions developed between the movement, city hall,
and local law enforcement.
Some of the most disturbing
elements in this public political drama were orchestrated by the local
corporate press, with the encouragement of agents in city hall, who had
become impatient with the ongoing protest at their front door. Attention
was called to some factions among the protesters who referred to
themselves as anarchists. This corporate verbiage was intended to
inflame public passions against the movement and often, at the smaller
protest sites at local banks, both protesters and battalions of police
stayed active, after other Occupy protesters had left.
were being hailed as victorious demonstrations by Occupy organizers were
being called a series of crimes in progress by law enforcement. The
corporate press continued to emphasize what city hall perceived as crime
while local progressive organizations and the movement itself
understood that the stories of “undesirables” causing strife and
conflict for law enforcement were overblown and belied the facts on the
During the Occupy movement and
occupation of the two squares, calls to Portland law enforcement peace
officers rose 91% in the central downtown Portland area. Some of the
'trouble makers' were the mentally ill homeless population acting out at
the campsites, begging, drinking and using drugs. Other troublemakers
were overaggressive police battalions, battering demonstrators, spraying
tear-gas directly into the faces of nonviolent participants, and making
unnecessary and arguably illegal arrests for constitutionally-protected
These troubled and stressful events became
lingering problems for the movement, creating strain between organizers,
law enforcement, city hall, and everyday people. This drama often
diluted the ambitions, goals, and perceived success of the movement.
Probably the most damage these machinations did to the movement
was to give the corporate press fuel to create the false illusion that
the movement and the engaged and politically- committed students were
misguided and essentially troublesome in their efforts to create more
economic fairness for our country as a whole. In fact, the 99% of
struggling, working, low-income Americans represented by this movement
and these demonstration were well-served by focus on these events.
Conversations began which had not yet been considered previously. For
some this seemed like a new dawn.
Gene Sharp, in his book
on methods of nonviolent strategies, Waging Nonviolent Struggle,
explains the importance of understanding at what point protesters leave a
demonstration, sit-in or march, and declare the event a success for
their movement, having increased “cause consciousness” for their
movement. This is an extremely important aspect of social protest,
because the nature of perceptions of the protest can be so potentially
precarious, given the presence of law enforcement officers and the risk
of violent physical conflict.
When stragglers or
hangers-on stay long after the event is 'over' they run the risk of
coming to blows with law enforcement officers, and ultimately tarnishing
the over-reaching image of the movement and its participants. But with
an ongoing public protest such as Occupy, there is no clearly-drawn
line in the sand or ending point. Clearly, there should be, as
demonstrated in Sharp's serious, well researched and classic text on
When the integrity, reputation and
image of the organizers is the most important element to protect, the importance of understanding the dynamics of a scene
cannot be undervalued or ignored. The media organizers and professional
groups supporting the Occupy movement (churches, radio stations, Jobs
with Justice, unions, local colleges, etc.) understood the
of creating and maintaining the public image of the integrity of the
protesters and organizers through clear, open, stated goals, presented
to opponents in an atmosphere of mutual respect. “Openness will
facilitate (but not ensure) the opponents understanding of the
nonviolent struggle groups motives, aims, intentions and plans.” (Sharp,
pg. 370). Too often, with over-sized battalions of police called out in
response to ingenuous remonstrations in the corporate press,
the goals and aspirations of the protesters were lost in the
shuffle and avoidable violence ensued.
There are many
diverse elements to a successful protest, but probably the most
strategic and important is knowing when to end the protest. When two
sides want vastly divergent things, there are often attempts to smear
the opposing group. To maintain an image of moral impeccability, the
nonviolent protesters must create and sustain an image of moral
awareness and conviction that cannot be easily demolished. And police
officials, as representatives of city hall, must be equally meticulous
in preserving the peace instead of provoking violence. This creates a
delicate balance, but a necessary balance that must be nurtured and
When protesters know when
they must leave and do so as a group, much like the young protesters in
Serbia during the 2000 overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic, they can leave a
solid image of victory. And media outlets can eagerly and happily
disseminate the idea that their protest, sit-in, or march was indeed
successful. But when protesters stay long after the goal of the protest
or march has been achieved, they run the risk of undermining the entire
And when city hall can restrain police bureaus,
they can communicate directly with protest leaders, instead of sending
in helmeted provocateurs who are simply following orders. More real
conversations can continue when both sides learn more about the power of
nonviolent group dynamics.
It is hopeful that Gene Sharp's
insightful and time-proven methods for enduring nonviolence are shared
with more people. A more public understanding of his methods and these
insights might help create significant social change.
struggle for justice, critical voices in the cutting edge: creative
arts, literature, poetry and other forms of media, can help us protect
and embellish clear messages about achieving these goals. The timing and
duration of protests must be critical factors in planning and
supporting organized political statements. The collective cultural
heritage and political harmony of countless nations across the globe may
hang in the balance. We must remain vigilant as we move forward.
Works cited: Sharp, Gene. Waging Nonviolent Struggle. (2004). Extending Horizon Books. Boston.
Griffin Kennedy is a graduate student, tutor, freelance writer, poet,
and contributing columnist for Salem-news.com. This social activist
works for social change and justice and has been published in multiple
print issues of The Portland Alliance.
Please view and share the below widely. Way to go Paige, Cameron and everyone!
Mainstream press report on Sept 17th march in solidarity with ASOTRECOL in Portland, Oregon. TELL GM, SAVE THESE MEN!
Many selfless people volunteer countless time, energy, and other resources to bring you live video c...
General Assembly is now on Monday at 7pm following Agenda Setting at 6:30
is designed to be an on-going weekly action hosted by Occupy
Portland in collaboration with organizations, groups, or community
members to apply conti
ated pressure on the three
mega-banks, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and JP Morgan Chase.
general plan for Occupy the Banks is that three Fridays per month we
host an action at any branch of one of the three target banks, on the
fourth Friday we focus on outreaching to small businesses about the
value of moving their money, while offering tools to facilitate that
Ultimately, these actions will build towards a
national day of action on November 2nd, to organize a significant number
of people, organizations, and businesses to “Move Your Money” before
the November 6th elections.
On Sunday, June 24th, Occupy Portland General Assembly approved a
proposal to move G.A. from Sundays at Director's Park to Mondays at
Terry Shrunk Plaza at 7pm and holding Agenda Setting at 6:30 before
G.A.. This move will go into effect starting the first week of July and
the next General Assembly will be Monday, July 2nd. This move puts G.A.
back where we started at the parks and shows solidarity and support for
the ongoing vigil at City Hall. Hope to see everyone down there!!
For GA Schedule and Occupy Events... Check here! http://www.portlandgeneralassembly.org/
will facilitate a public discussion about the issues facing Portland,
and those issues will be brought directly to the candidates at the
Oregon Working Families
will bring questions and concerns from community groups on topics
ranging from municipal banking to job cuts and foreclosures. All are
invited to the Portland chapter meeting after the forum
From the Hanford Anti-Nuke Day Working Group:
We will hold a rally in Richland, WA, April 15, 2011, to bring
information to the public about the largest nuclear waste site in the
world. We are asking specifically for Oversight for the Cleanup by
someone other than the DOE and for the US Government/DOE to honor the
Tri-Party Agreement. We have speakers lined up from Hanford Watch,
Physicians For Social Responsibility and from AIM/Warriors Society.
Music will be announced in the next few weeks.We at Occupy Portland need
your help to make this an incredible rally! We are gathering speakers,
music, and each other each day! Please send me a msg w/ a contact
person and way to reach them. Thank you so much! Luv2U!!!
Beth, Occupy Portland
HANFORD: North America’s Fukushima – A15
April 15, 2011 – Richland, WA.
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Hunger Strike at City Hall Experiences Continues! after 40 Days
Ore.– Cameron Whitten is entering his sixth week of Occupying City Hall
on Hunger Strike. The 21 year old activist and former mayoral candidate
began this demonstration at 193.7 pounds, now descending to 166. ...
openly expresses his disappointment with City interactions. He thinks
that City officials should affirm that a lack of affordable housing in
the Metro region constitutes an
emergency and the current
"plan" to end homelessness is not working. He emphasized this urgency for
housing justice by eliminating juice from his diet.
Cameron now adheres to a
less than 100 calorie intake: potassium, calcium,
magnesium, salt, and a half gram of protein. He announced he intends to
keep going for another two weeks, with a rally to celebrate his 50th day
of fasting. This event will take place on July 20th, 4:30 PM
at City Hall. He is inviting elected officials, non-profit directors,
and community activists to speak at this event. At 5:30 citizens will link arms around City Hall and sing a song of ‘Unity’.
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