Occupy Portland

When we first heard of Occupy Wall Street our response was the same as many critics. What are their demands? What do they propose? Why aren’t they protesting in a more meaningful place? Why aren’t they doing it the way we did in the 60s?

The answers came quickly. Their demand is economic justice. They propose reforming the system to end income inequality. They are protesting everywhere, what could be more meaningful? To paraphrase Dylan Get out of the way “if you can’t lend your hand”, so we have been lending our hands.

We found ourselves at the General Assembly Sunday November 13th. We were not in the park, we were on the sidewalk. We were peacefully assembled, petitioning the government for redress. We were incensed when police in full riot gear marched in and forcefully moved us into 4th ave.

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