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PLEASE COME JOIN OCCUPY PORTLAND FOR AN OCCUPY FESTIVAL!! PORTLAND, ORE.– Occupy Portland is responding to the Mayor’s threat of eviction on Saturday night, November 12 and 13, by throwing a Potluck Dinner: a family-friendly event with music and celebration for the entire city. Affinity groups will lead neighborhoods in marches beginning around 2 PM converging on the Occupation from about 5 PM. At least one group is coming from Seattle. There were announcements of support from local and regional groups. The purpose of the Occupy potluck is to bring a significant mass of people together in solidarity with the nonviolent, humanitarian goals of Occupy.

See schedule of events below

General Assembly calls for action

Energy at the General Assembly on Thursday night was high, and attendance was sharply up. Observers say between 200 and 300 were in attendance. Volunteer facilitator Adriane said the only larger General Assemblies have been in the first week of the Occupation. Many speakers voiced a belief that the movement is growing stronger, that the threatened eviction will bring more energy into the movement, and that a continuing public presence is necessary to provide a place for people to meet and to make visible the systemic problems that corporatism has long kept invisible.

After the emergency GA held in front of City Hall at noon, working groups prepared lists of actions that people can take before and after the eviction date. Most of the ideas put forward include the importance of gathering the largest crowd Occupy Portland has yet seen, united in peace, united in support for the 99% whose interests have not been served by corporatism, by war, and by the concentration of wealth in the hands of the very few.

Action envisioned

We want to encourage and remind all Occupy event attendees that the Occupy movement is a peaceful and nonviolent movement.

Occu-Fest Saturday Schedule Of Events!

Meet at Waterfront park at SW Salmon st and SW Naito Pkwy 
Stop once and for all, the divisions and any discrimination among people. 
  • 1:00pm — Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Workshop
Please join us at Terry Schrunk Plaza for this free workshop.
  • 2:00pm — Special training for arrest preparation.
This is being offered by the National Lawyer’s Guild at Terry Schrunk Plaza 
  • 3:00pm — Live music in Terry Schrunk Plaza!
Little Sue, Melinda Pitterman, David Rovics, DJs and more! 
  • 4:00pm — Feeder marches from neighborhoods start heading towards Pioneer Square.
Rally with your friends and start your own march from your neighborhood. 
If you’re not comfortable getting a permit or don’t feel safe walking in the streets, you can always march by bike (as biking in the road is perfectly legal).
  • 5:00pm — Rally at Pioneer Square.
If you’ve been following the Occupation’s actions, you’ve probably rallied at Pioneer Square. 
We’re expecting thousands to take the square, as usual.
This is a family friendly potluck and we invite you to bring a dish or picnic supplies to share. 
We encourage a diversity of food types (vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, etc) Please have ingredients available. 
Please, do not bring any alcohol or illegal activities to our family-friendly event in a public park.
  • 8:00pm — FREE David Rovics concert at Terry Schrunk Plaza ~ Click on link details
David is back in town after touring Europe and America and will be playing for Occupy Portland. 
This will be his 19th visit to an Occupy site! 
The concert will feature musicians from across the country in celebration of freedom and community!
Swarm this Saturday Night Nov 12, on foot or on bicycle. 
11pm at Salmon St Fountain (SW Naito and Salmon in waterfrontpark)
We meet to circle and rally around Chapman and Lownsdale Squares.
  • 12:01am — Sit-in, bike-around, and stand up in Chapman and Lownsdale Parks!
We will be demonstrating our right to peaceably assemble. 
If you’re able to make it down for any part of Saturday, please come after midnight. 
It might be a cold and long night, so come rested and well prepared for the elements. 
~*Special guest: The Portland Police Bureau*~
~*Featured Guests:other neighboring law enforcement agencies*~

We sincerely hope the city administration realizes that there are ways of dealing with the issues they have at the occupation other than dispersing demonstrators from the parks. By showing your support you will help send a message to the mayor that this movement is important enough that solutions other than eviction are needed.

Preparing for Saturday Night

Before Saturday night, those who have valuables in the Occupied parks are urged to secure them and to move them off-site. Coalitions of local labor groups and some local churches are offering transportation and storage. Friday is a day for clean-up for the potluck. Some voices recommend “leave no trace.”

There were also many ideas concerning actions during and after the planned eviction. Some will sit in wait to be arrested. A Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Workshop will be held at 1 pm at Terry Schrunk Plaza on Saturday. A training for those who are willing to risk being arrested is offered by the National Lawyer’s Guild at 2 PM on Saturday. Others will provide support for those being arrested. Ideas for after the eviction include the following: outreach to unions, homeless organizations and faith organizations, plans to keep the occupation visible, plans for community events occurring on a regular basis, plans to return to the park and clean it, re-seed the grass, care for the trees, and make the two parks that have been so important to us, more beautiful than they were before the Occupation.

To view the open invitation: http://occupyportland.org/2011/11/11/open-invitation-occu-fest/