Archive for the ‘Bill Of Rights’ Category

Occupy Portland

November 16, 2011

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.

The Bill Of Rights

June 11, 2007

On Memorial Day we were repeatedly asked if we had permission to write on the sidewalk. Every police officer, downtown saftey officer, Clean And Safe worker and security guard asked. Today Nancy Hiss was chalking names right across from our permission, the Bill Of Rights. Alas, no one asked.