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Thriller Dance Phenomenon
This is Portland’s 5th year participating in "Thrill the World", the world wide Thriller Dance Phenomenon. Not familiar with the event? You can view last year's dance at Pioneer Square Performance
Date and Time Information
- Dates October 27th, 29th, 30th
There are possibly three chances to participate:
There are rumors that Thriller is going to be performed informally at the Alberta Art Walk this Thursday around 7.
There will be two other chances to perform the zombie dance.
The first is the official Thrill the World day, Saturday, October 29th, at 7 pm at Irving Park, in NE Portland.
The second dance is in Hollywood on October 30 at Hollywood Vintage. They begin gathering at noon. The performance will be approx. 12:45pm
Details can be found at http://thrillportland.wordpress.com/
I think that it would be really awesome if we banned together for a performance(s) of a Zombie Thriller Dance. We could all dress in attire that could definitely make our statement, like 1% zombies, zombie bankers, or with anti 1% slogans painted on our clothes or whatever. Anyway, I think that it could help with the bad rep we have been getting because of the few bad apples that have been causing trouble at the camp. So, we would definitely not want to be overpowering the event. Sometimes less is better and we want to be respectful of the hosts. Check it out!
Learn the Dance
You can learn the dance with the following You Tube series. Learn the Thriller Dance
Event organizers are also holding dance practices at Fremont UMC, 2620 NE Fremont in Portland.
- Date Friday, October 28, from 6-8 pm
- Info Saturday, October 29, from 1-3 pm
Free concert "Pink Martini" and This Land is Our Land Super Rally
- Date Friday, October 28
- Time 11:30am - 1:30pm
- Location Pioneer Courthouse Square
- Invite Page: Facebook Event Page
- Sponsor page: Pink Martini
- PINK MARTINI PRESENTS ‘THIS LAND IS OUR LAND'
- A FREE CONCERT/SUPER RALLY & COMMUNITY SING-A-LONG IN SOLIDARITY WITH OCCUPY WALL STREET/OCCUPY PORTLAND MOVEMENTS
- FRIDAY OCTOBER 28—PIONEER COURTHOUSE SQUARE
Super Rally Info
Located in the heart of downtown Portland, Pioneer Courthouse Square is affectionately known as the City's "living room." With more than 26,000 people passing by the Square each day and over 300 events a year, it really is the place to be in PORTLAND, OR. In solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street / Occupy Portland movements, Pink Martini will present ‘This Land Is Our Land’—a free concert / super-rally & community sing-a-long extravaganza in Pioneer Courthouse Square on Friday, October 28, 12noon-1:30pm with the purpose of providing a thinking person's guide to the Occupy Wall Street / Occupy Portland movements.
The rally will open with a set of songs performed by Storm Large and Pink Martini and members of the Oregon Symphony, followed by a community sing-a-long with songs like "This Land is Your Land" and "Home on the Range". Interspersed throughout will be short and inspiring speeches by political, labor and religious leaders, including:
In addition to this event there are some plans to have Blumenauer protest for ORFTC leading. He will be one of the speakers.
- Rabbi Emanuel Rose, Rabbi Emeritus Congregation Temple Beth Israel
- The Very Reverend Bill Lupfer of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral,
- The Reverend Bill Sinkford of the First Unitarian Church
- The Reverend Lynne Smouse López of Ainsworth United Church of Christ
- Imam Mikal Shabazz
- Congressman Earl Blumenauer
- President Tom Chamberlain of Oregon AFL-CIO
- Representatives from Occupy Portland
- Community activist and author Kathleen Saadat
‘This Land is Our Land’ rally will be a fun and festive gathering which articulates support for Occupy Portland / Occupy Portland and inspires people to get involved in a peaceful movement for social and economic justice.
About Pink Martini
“This is the biggest social and economic justice movement of our times” says Pink Martini bandleader Thomas Lauderdale. “When the 400 wealthiest Americans have a greater combined net worth than the bottom 150 million Americans, something’s wrong. When the top 1% of Americans possess more wealth than the entire bottom 90%, something’s wrong. Through this concert and rally, we hope to bring intelligent and thoughtful dialogue to the table and in the process, gather wider and broader support for this movement.”
Words about Occupy
“The Occupy movement is my first experience of witnessing a genuine American uprising,” says Storm Large. “One without guns, threats of violence,or even shouting down people who don't agree. An uprising without discrimination or dull-eyed, hateful separatist decrees. It is an articulate conversation, as opposed to the B.S. bumper sticker soundbites our own government can't seem to stop spewing. Instead of the typical "Us vs. Them" mentality or schoolyard bullying tactics, the rag tag group in Zuccotti Park have inspired the World with their cool headed dedication to getting answers and finding solutions. I am honored to support this movement, and lend my small voice to the huge and growing chorus of real democracy being born, like a new star taking shape.”
Says community activist and author Kathleen Saadat, "We can use this opportunity to explore and express ideas and formulate goals that, if articulated, championed and insisted upon, will make life better for 99% of the population. We support and want to gain attention for Occupy Portland, get people out of their offices to sing and dance and hopefully talk with one another about what this movement might mean for all of us.”
What: ‘This Land Is Our Land’—a free concert / super-rally & community sing-a-long extravaganza
Where: Pioneer Courthouse Square – Downtown Portand
When: Friday, October 28, 11:30am - 1:30pm
Campaign for National Day of Action against the Private Prison Industry
- Date Saturday, October 29th
- Time 9:45am
- Location 3782 SE Hawthorne's Wells Fargo Bank
- Sponsor Enlace
Tell Wells Fargo to dump GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America’s prison stock and invest in humanity.
Enlace, in partnership with community groups and unions across the US, is calling on all public and private institutions to divest their holdings in Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and GEO Group, America’s largest private prison corporations which have profited from billions in taxpayer money. Endorse the Campaign Today and/or Sign up to receive Email Alerts about the Campaign. Watch the Campaign Video End the Criminalization of our Communities! Stop the Raids and Deportations! Abolish Prisons!
National Month of Action
The Prison Divestment Campaign will launch a National Month of Action in October 2011, culminating in a National Day of Action on October 29th. Actions will happen in the following states throughout the month:
- Arizona-Tucson November 2nd
- California-Los Angeles October 5th and 19th
- Colorado-Denver October 28th
- Kansas-Wichita October 29th
- Minnesota-Minneapolis October 15th
- New York-Long Island-Manhattan
- Oregon-Portland October 29th
More information will be posted soon about details of the actions. For more information please contact Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 213-284-3802.
International Occupy March
- Date Saturday, October 29th, 2011
- Time Noon
- Location Meet on Main st Occupy PDX
- Route March Route
WE INVITE YOU TO MAKE A DOUBLE PLAY AGAINST CORPORATE GREED IN SOLIDARITY WITH OCCUPY MOVEMENTS AROUND THE WORLD:
1. MARCH TO THE CONVENTION CENTER TO PROTEST BANK OF AMERICA’S CYNICAL PLOY TO CONVINCE PEOPLE THEY WANT TO HELP THEM “RETAIN” THEIR HOMES.
2. MARCH BACK ACROSS THE BROADWAY BRIDGE TO OCCUPY PORTLAND’S NEW SITE IN THE PEARL DISTRICT. ENJOY A CAMP MEETING, AND THEN DINNER BIKED OVER FROM THE OCCUPY KITCHEN.
Gather with us at the waterfront park, Naito and Salmon (by the fountain), at 12:30 pm.
We march at 1:00 pm to the Oregon Convention Center and hand out flyers to homeowners going in to give all their financial data to B of A “home retention specialists.” In reality, all they’re doing is identifying themselves as probable foreclosure targets, and participating in a cheap publicity stunt.
At 3:30, we will march back across the Broadway Bridge to Occupy Portland’s new site in the Pearl District. If you plan to help sit-in and break curfew hours bring your sleeping bags, tarps, and mats with you on the march. NO TENTS!
Dinner is at 7:00 and the “cuddle party” begins at 10:00.
This is the night before the G20 leaders Summit. This will be one of our regular Saturday marches, but in solidarity with other marches happening that day worldwide. This is a march against the greed of wall street, and in support of values of the 99%
Specific goals as stated by Adbusters: "let’s the people of the world rise up and demand that our G20 leaders immediately impose a 1% #ROBINHOOD tax on all financial transactions and currency trades. Let’s send them a clear message: We want you to slow down some of that $1.3-trillion easy money that’s sloshing around the global casino each day – enough cash to fund every social program and environmental initiative in the world."
- Would you like to help organize this march?
This march will take some organizing and coordinating with other committees (Media, Peace and Safety, Police Liasons, Outreach...we will need to print fliers and such). Please contact OccupyPDX at email@example.com We'd love your help! This should be a big event.
Bank of America will be holding "Mortgage Seminars" Thursday through Saturday at the Convention Center. This will be included in the route and some amount of time will be spent protesting at that location before moving on.
DON’T BELIEVE BANK OF AMERICA!
THEY SAY THEY WANT TO HELP YOU AVOID FORECLOSURE. REALLY? THEN WHY DID THEY TELL 22 LARGE INVESTORS LAST JUNE THEY INTENDED TO “SPEED UP THE FORECLOSURE PROCESS FOR HIGH-RISK LOANS?” (“Bank of America Settlement Could Speed Foreclosures,” MSNBC, 6/29/11.) AND, WHY DID THEY SEND OUT TWICE THE NUMBER OF NOTICES OF DEFAULT IN AUGUST THAN IN JULY? (“Huge Surge in Bank of America Foreclosures,” CNBC, 9/13/11.)
PLEASE, DON’T GIVE ANY OF YOUR PERSONAL FINANCIAL DATA TO A BANK OF AMERICA EMPLOYEE UNTIL THEY GIVE YOU AN EXPLANATION THESE TWO FACTS.
AND, WHILE YOU’RE AT IT, ASK THEM TO EXPLAIN WHY WASHINGTON STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL ROB MCCENNA SAID THAT BANK OF AMERICA HAD CONDUCTED THOUSANDS OF ILLEGAL FORECLOSURES IN WASHINGTON. HE SAID THAT THEY HAD “CONFUSED HOMOWNERS, MADE IT NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO SAVE THEIR HOMES AND FAILED TO ACT AS A NEUTRAL THIRD PARTY.” (“STATE ACCUSES BANK OF AMERICA UNIT OF THOUSANDS OF ILLEGAL FORECLOSURES,” KOIN LOCAL 6 NEWS, 8/5/11.)
THE BOTTOM LINE: Bank of America does not deserve your trust.
Occupy Your Capitol National Event
- Date Oct. 29th
- Time 12pm-3pm
- Location State Capitol Building
"We the people are gathering to recognize the blatant injustices that are being perpetrated by the political and economic structures in our own nation and around the world. In solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, we are creating a way to re-empower the individual and society, so that we may identify and discuss solutions to resolve expressed issues, through recognizing our common humanity. Each day... new people are adding their voice. We invite you to add yours."
Meet in front of your State Capitol building! It is time to take the Occupations to Government- Let our Politicians know!
Occupy Salem Facebook [www.occupysalemoregon.org Occupy Salem website]
Participating Cities: Boston - Tallahassee - Montgomery - Phoenix - Little Rock - Sacramento - Lansing - Saint Paul - Jackson - Denver - Hartford - Atlanta - Honolulu - Boise - Jefferson City - Springfield - Indianapolis - Des Moines - Topeka Baton Rouge - Augusta - Annapolis - Helena - Lincoln - Carson City - Concord - Trenton - Santa Fe - Albany - Raleigh - Bismarck - Columbus - Oklahoma City - Salem - Harrisburg - Providence - Columbia - Pierre - Nashville Dover - Lansing - Austin - Salt Lake City - Montpelier - Richmond - Olympia - Charleston - Madison - Cheyenne
MICHAEL MOORE WILL BE COMING TO OCCUPY PORTLAND!!!
- Date HALLOWEEN
- Location Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside Portland, OR 97209
- Time 6pm-7pm
- Website Michael Moore
Michael Moore, the controversial author and filmmaker, will sign copies of his new book "Here Comes Trouble." The book is Moore's first since "Dude, Where's My Country?" in 2003 and is a series of vignettes from his life. The event begins at 6 p.m. on Oct. 31 and is a book-signing only.
We have received word that Michael Moore will be visiting the Occupy Portland camp as well.
Moore's Halloween Event - For those interested
Controversial filmmaker Michael Moore will host a Halloween fundraiser bash in Portland, Oregon on October 31st to benefit the launch of RevolutionTruth.org, a new, internet-based network of international citizens dedicated to ensuring global transparency through citizen-driven media campaigns, world-wide education and live-stream panel discussions. Doors will open at 8:00pm.
“My work has always been about telling the truth on film every couple of years, but it’s organizations like RevolutionTruth.org that perform the really hard work of truth-telling every day. We’ve got to support them every chance we get,” says Michael Moore who will be live and in person Halloween night at Ciao Vito restaurant located at 32 N.W. 5th Avenue in downtown Portland.
In addition to Moore, local celebrity Adam Klugman, host of the popular progressive radio show Mad as Hell in America which airs weekly on AM 620 KPOJ, will act as Master of Ceremonies for the event. “I want people to think of this as a party,” says Klugman. “After all, it’s Halloween night and there are refreshments and a live D.J. How often do you get a chance to dress up in a scary outfit and hang with a guy like Michael Moore? It’s going to be blast!”
Costumes are encouraged but optional, and there will be prizes in two categories: best overall costume and best Michael Moore costume. “We’re incredibly flattered to have Michael be the host of our launch,” says Tangerine Bolen, Executive Director of RevolutionTruth.org. “He sets a high bar for the kind of bravery it takes to tell the truth in a political world dedicated to secrecy and lies. But the event itself is really about having fun. Michael is a very approachable guy and it will be a great opportunity for people to meet him in person and see that for themselves.”
Tickets will be sold online and at the door and will include refreshments provided by “Ciao Vito” restaurant. Advance tickets are $35 or $45 at the door. Premium event sponsors ($75 per ticket) will also receive a signed copy of Here Comes Trouble by Michael Moore.
For more information and ticket sales log on @: Halloween Fundraiser
- Date Monday October 31st, 2011
- Time 11:30am - 5pm
- Location Chapman Square @ SW Main/4th Downtown Portland
The Anti-Coal Zombie March is organized by Rising Tide to highlight the banks that fund coal mining (Bank of America, Wells Fargo...). This easily meshes with OP intentions.
Rising Tide is an international, all-volunteer, grassroots network of groups and individuals who organize locally, promote community-based solutions to the climate crisis and take direct action to confront the root causes of climate change. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is going to be an awesome event for anyone and everyone. Its a great chance to get your ZOMBIE on!! There will be face painters, tombstone making and lots of other great stuff going on. Bring a friend and have fun!
The Rumor has been spreading… Pained groans have been heard on the wind. The Tide of undead is Rising! Sightings have been made all around. Portland of members of the Rising Tide Zombie Army Against Coal. Most have been seen lurking nearby infamous coal financiers such as Bank of America ATMs and branch locations. Some witnesses have even heard a few mumble “Coooaall” while others have found an oily black sludge smeared in hand prints along walls and windows of banks associated with the dirty money business of coal.
From all the research we could trudge up on this odd topic, we have discovered a few crucial things.
1) The Zombies were twisted into their current form of un-life by the toxic side effects of coal (including proposals for coal export terminals in the Northwest), and a surprising side effect of climate change.
2) The mass of them will be raised during the day of all Hallows eve. ie Halloween Monday, October 31st at 3pm
3) They’ve organized! Join Rising Tide Zombie Army Against Coal at Chapman Square in Downtown Portland (between 3rd & 4th & Madison & Main) at 3pm.
4) The living impaired have called for help from the living to join them in the fight against dirty coal business in Portland. To show solidarity with the un-dead and their fight to stop coal export terminals in the Northwest please dress like a zombie.
Faced with declining profit and image across America, Big Coal is courting the seemingly insatiable overseas energy markets. Nearly every deep water port in the Northwest is being pursued to export coal. The first two such projects are seeking permits for infrastructure that would allow close to 110 million tons of coal export annually-roughly equivalent to the annual carbon emissions of 40 million cars.
As the market for coal in the US falls, Big Coal threatens to open the Northwest as a gateway for coal export. The town of Longview, WA, 60 miles north of Portland, is facing a proposal from Millennium Bulk Logistics (a subsidiary of Big Coal giants Ambre Energy and Arch Coal) to become the second largest coal export terminal in the world, exporting up to 80 million tons of coal annually. The Pacific Gateway terminal, located outside of Bellingham, WA is being pursued by Peabody Coal to export 54 million tons annually. Boardman, St. Helen’s and Coos Bay, Ore are all in some level of talks with coal companies.
Why we must defeat coal export
At this stage of climate chaos it is indefensible to invest any more money in nonrenewable fossil fuel infrastructure. Coal is the most carbon intensive fuel on the market and responsible for 80% of global warming emissions in the US.
Coal companies have destroyed the American landscape through dangerous mining practices and labor violations. In the one year since Big Coal brought export ideas to the Northwest, they have been caught lying on permit applications acting without permits at all.
Millennium unreported export plans for their Longview terminal by up to 75 million tones annually and Peabody illegally paved 9 acres of wetlands and trees to make way for their proposed 54 million ton facility. Before opening their doors, these companies have proven their toxicity to the communities they work in.
Climate justice and coal export
Coal and other fossil fuel development is based on the practice and principle of externalizing costs, shoving them onto the general public and onto the natural world in the form of pollution, impacts to human health, and destruction of land and water resources. The coal exported through Northwest ports would be sourced from strip mines in the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming and travel via open car rail through the Columbia River gorge.
Well water pollution is already an issue that forces many farmers in the Powder River Basin out of their rural lifestyles. An increase in demand for coal resulting from coal export terminals would further the environmental damage in the Powder River Basin where over 37,000 acres have already been strip-mined and abandoned by Big Coal.
Dozens of towns between the Powder River Basin and the coal export terminal are at risk of becoming “dirty coal train communities.” Each of the open air coal cars on the mile long trains proposed to transport coal to the export terminals releases 500 pounds of coal into the air, land and water during transit. Current export proposals would require up to 50 coal trains each day. Additionally, the small towns on the train routes are ill-equipped to deal with such high volume train traffic and have no contingency plans for the hospitals, schools and businesses that would be blocked by the heavy rail traffic.
Past coal actions by Portland Rising Tide
“Official Notice” delivered to coal financiers On February…. Over 50 banks across Portland were visited by Portland Rising Tide and delivered Indy Media
“Bank Closure” Activists from across the state join Rising Tide to shut-down “dirty money” banks funding coal. YouTube Video
Hit 'em where it hurts
- Date November 1st
- Time 8 am
- Location Downtown Portland Bank locations
11/1/11 - Symbolized by holding up a single hand - the same hand signal for the command to STOP!...as in our collective demand to stop current banking / corporate greed. Gathering downtown has been making news but corporate heads & stockholders laugh from their estates as we camp out in the rain because they know they still have our money.
They know it's a hassle to redo Direct Deposit of our paychecks (those of us still with jobs) and AutoPay/e-Pay of our bills. But it's time to hit them where it hurts - in the wallet.
Imagine people at these banks lined-up down the block and around the corner all prepared and waiting to close our accounts and switch to a local Credit Union.
Please join in closing accounts at the following banks downtown.
- BofA @ 1001 SW 5th Ave
- Wells Fargo @ 900 SW 5th Ave
- Chase Bank @ 811 SW 6th Ave
- U.S. Bank @ 900 SW 6th Ave
- BofA 121 SW Morrison St. branch (where there's also a Wells Fargo advisor location)
- Wells Fargo 635 SW 6th Ave branch
- Chase 1239 NW Couch St
- U.S. Bank 321 SW 6th St
This date is memorable and gives us all time to find a local credit union in advance and minimize our inconvenience thereby putting the impact all on the banks. Thank you.
Rally with Sierra Club
- Date Tuesday, November 1st
- Time Noon
- Location Main St @ Occupy Portland
Our rough plan as of right now is to do a burma shave on either side of Main St. And have others standing with signs, while hopefully speaking press conference style to the media about the issues at hand.
National Break up with your Bank day/ Bank Transfer Day, Guy Fawkes Day
- Date Saturday November 5th, 2011
Vote with your dollar. Get your money out of wall street banks and back into your community by moving your money to a local credit union. Save money by avoiding the new debit card fees banks are forcing on consumers even though the banks continue to rake in record profits.
Stop The Tar Sands Pipeline March and Documentary Film
- Date Sunday, November 6th, 2011
"Hands Around the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse" on Sunday, November 6th.
This action is demanding President Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which is proposed to be constructed from the Tar Sands oil fields of northern Alberta through America's Heartland to refineries near the Gulf of Mexico. The pipeline's construction raises extreme concerns about the oil companies' abilty to push through catastrophic environmental damage.
There will also be a march to a nearby theater for a free viewing of the new documentary, Pipe Dreams. This is a film on the Keystone XL by Leslie Iwerks and is short-listed for an Academy Award nomination.
The action will replicate DC's "Hands Around The White House".
The Tar Sands/ Keystone XL pipeline is one of the biggest looming disastesr in North America, but most people have never heard of it. Please watch this 90 sec. video and this 4 minute video by Josh Fox, Academy Award nominated producer of Gasland.
Hands Around the White House is a protest in objection to accepting the keystone pipeline through the heartland of the US. From tar sands to texas. In keep with with nov 5th events, ( change your bank day) we would like to do Hands Around the Federal Building here in Portland, and we'll be talking about the tar sands.
Many of you probably know about the issue of the tar sands and Keystone XL pipeline. Most of us are here because we recognize fundamental issue around the system. These issues make people aware of how far system has failed. Some issues are directly about survival. The tar sands relates to ecological destruction. Tar sands in Canada is the most costly. for 1 gallon extracted, 4 gallons h20 polluted. Pipeline touches aquifers for 30% of agriculture in this country. the likelihood of leaking pipeline is 100%.
The issue is dark and it highlights how corrupt the system is because it's willing to fund this project, banks bailed out by taxpayer money and those banks are enabling destruction of the climate.
Message from Riannah Weaver - Occupier
THIS IS NOT OK. Please stand with Occupy Portland against this INCREDIBLE environmental injustice. Our children deserve better. WE deserve cleaner energy alternatives. For what they are going to spend on this pipeline, they could do so much better with.
PLEASE INVITE EVERYONE YOU KNOW.
PLEASE ATTEND ON SUNDAY. If you need info on times, please check on the OCCUPYPORTLAND.org website, at the Occupy Portland info tent, or call OCCUPY PORTLAND info, which you can also find the number for on the website. The protest will likely be in the mid afternoon around 2 and 5.