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PLEASE NOTE: Not all the events listed below originate with Occupy Portland. They may be attended by occupiers, or endorsed by the Occupy movement, or they may be simply sponsored by people who share the goals of the Occupy movement. Please refer to each event for specifics, and use the discussion pages to ask questions.

For new events, please read How to create a new Occupy Portland event, or you can send information to: ActionCommitteePDX@googlegroups.com

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Current Events

Occupy City Hall

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  • Date: Monday, November 14
  • Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Location: City Hall 1221 SW 4th Ave # 110 Portland
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Purpose

Homelessness, crime, and threats to safety have been tolerated for too long in the city. Only now that these issues are one block away from the Police Department has it become more visible and impossible to ignore. City Hall wants to disperse the danger back into our neighborhoods, rather than creating realistic solutions.

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Emergency Labor Outreach Committee Meeting

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  • Date: Monday, 14 November 2011
  • Time: 5:30 p.m.
  • Location: First Unitarian Church, 12th & Main Downtown Portland - Map
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Purpose

Quick Reportback
& Next Steps for the Labor Outreach Committee
1) What is the Labor Outreach Committee?

30+ individuals and many more supporters actively meeting and organizing for Occupy Portland and community labor events! We do outreach to unions and other labor-oriented groups for supplies, volunteers, and in search of solidarity struggles for Occupy!

2) What happened over the Weekend, 11/12 & 11/13?

The mainstream media reports that the camp has been cleared. True. But only after 38 days of camping and 48 hours of resistance, dozens of arrested, many more actions planned, and a clear sense of community and solidarity among thousands of Portlanders and millions around the world who hear the call of the 99%!

We'd like to make it clear: Occupy will continue. We are currently regrouping and gearing up for a big week of actions. November 16th is a day of student walkout at Portland State University. November 17th will see a large turnout against the planned city budget cuts and the loss of important union jobs and social services as and decentralized struggles around the banks...NATIONWIDE!

3) Plans are already in the works for an Immigrants Rights March in December, and many other important struggles.

Join a committee and get to assembling...http://OccupyPortland.org

We are on the way towards the biggest May Day yet!

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The 99% Teach In

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  • Date: Monday, November 14, 2011
  • Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Location: Portland Building Auditorium 1120 Southwest 5th Avenue Portland, OR
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Purpose

The Dill Pickle Club proudly presents The 99%: A Teach-in on Occupy Portland. The forum will consist of short presentations to objectively bring together various perspectives on the current occupations movement. The event will focus on the economic, political and social factors that have led to the emergence of occupations throughout the country, and more specifically the movement’s impact on a localized level.

Presentations by:

Dr. Randall Bluffstone
(Professor of Economics, Portland State University)

John Coghlan

(Filmmaker, Occupy Portland Video Collective)

Dr. Veronica Dujon

(Professor of Sociology, Portland State University)

Michael Moore

(Organizer, Right2Survive)

Nina Reierson

(Info Booth Volunteer, Occupy Portland)

Denis Theriault

(Journalist, Portland Mercury)

This program was made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH’s grant program. The Dill Pickle Club also wishes to acknowledge a generous donation by Phil Wikelund in making this program possible.

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http://DillPickleClub.org

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Why Do Corporations Have More Rights Than You Do

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  • Date: Tuesday, 22 November 2011
  • Time: 2 pm - 4 pm
  • Location: 5805 SE 41st Ave. near bus lines: 19, 75 (Cesar Chavez bus)
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Purpose

Why do we fail at:

  • Universal Health Care
  • Renewable Energy Development
  • Bold Climate Change Response
  • End to Foreign Invasions
  • Labor Rights in the Workplace
  • Stopping Home Forclosures
  • many, many more symptoms

The Occupy Movement has generated amazing energy. Yet the history of popular uprisings has shown us that we have to do something completely new.

Join the 140+ communities in six NE states that are building the Community Rights Movement.

They have passed local laws that end corporate "rights" & enshrine COMMUNITY RIGHTS!

Join with others to learn more about this exciting movement!

Local Contact:

There may only be a brief window to convert street level momentum into organized rights-legislating movements in each of our local communities.

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Coal Hard Truth Forum

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  • Date: Mon, November 14, 2011
  • Time: 7pm – 9pm
  • Location: HOLLYWOOD THEATER 4122 NE SANDY BLVD, PORTLAND
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Purpose

LEARN HOW PROPOSED DIRTY COAL EXPORTS WILL AFFECT YOUR COMMUNITY, AND HOW YOU CAN HELP PREVENT IT.

Oregon & Washington states are ending our reliance on coal by committing to close our last coal plants. But now Big Coal is threatening to export tens of millions of tons of coal through our states to foreign markets. If they have their way, dirty and dangerous coal would jeopardize our health, safety, and economy in our communities.

Join us to learn more about: • Big Coals’ plans for the Northwest • Health & safety impacts • Economic impacts Free event!

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Contact laura.stevens@sierraclub.org or 503-238-0442 x305.

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Walk of Awareness

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Purpose

On Tuesday, November 15, 2011, faith communities throughout Portland and Multnomah County will observe the second annual “Interfaith Day of Homelessness Awareness.” This year’s Day of Homelessness Awareness will focus on three concrete actions that people of faith can take to help end homelessness: Donate/Volunteer/Advocate. The Day of Homelessness Awareness will include a “Walk of Awareness” on November 15, starting at 7 am at the Downtown Chapel Roman Catholic Parish, and ending at the 13 Salmon Family Day Center at First Unitarian Church. Stops along the way will include the newly-opened Bud Clark Commons. Reflections by spiritual leaders, stories about homelessness and comments by civic leaders on what is being done to address the three “faces” of homelessness—adults, youth, and families--will take place along the walk. Participants will also hear specific calls to action they can take to get more deeply involved in addressing homelessness.

The Day of Homelessness Awareness is jointly organized by Multnomah County and the City of Portland with the New City Initiative at JOIN. Faith partnerships include Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Albina Ministerial Alliance, the Oregon Board of Rabbis, and the Muslim Educational Trust. For more information, including a map of the “Walk of Awareness” route, visit the Join PDX website

Police Liaison Training

  • Date: Monday, November 14, 2011
  • Time: 6pm - 9pm
  • Location: Laughing Horse 12 NE 10th Ave
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Move City Money Local!

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Purpose

Take the Bank Transfer Day concept to City Hall! Help convince local leaders to move Portland's money out of the Wall Street banks and bring it home. In the long term a Municipal or State Bank might be the best institution, in the meantime: why not a credit union or local community bank?

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Todd Olson of Oregon Move Our Money will address the City Council with the following demands:

  1. That they immediately move as much of the city's money as possible out of Wells Fargo and Bank of America and into local credit unions and banks who serve the interests of the 99%;
  2. That they direct the city's chief financial officer to publish a summary of the city's current and projected cash deposits, debts, and contracts with all banks and financial institutions as soon as possible;
  3. That they schedule a public hearing as soon as possible to address questions and hear proposals regarding the city's banking relationships and policies.

This will be a fun, positive action, and all the rest of us have to do is show up!

  • 9AM - Meetup at City Hall
  • 9:30AM - City Council Meeting
  • 10-10:30AM - Victory!
  • ACTION: Very Important! Council hearing on police oversight, Wed. 11/16, 2 PM Please plan on attending!

The event will surely attract media attention and put the city council on the spot. Pundits and politicians have been asking for demands from the Occupy movement so let's give them one. ( Note: No signs bigger than an 8.5x11 are likely to be allowed in the chambers. Small signs, Occupy and 99% t-shirts, buttons, etc. are encouraged but not necessary. Just being there is enough! )

Nonviolent Direct Action Training

  • Date: Tuesday, November 15,2011
  • Time: 6pm - 9pm
  • Location: Field Work 1101 SW Jefferson St. Portland, Or
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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cascadia-Rising-Tide/136386265801

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PSU Walkout

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  • Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2011
  • Time: 12pm
  • Location: PSU Park Blocks
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Purpose

  • Bail out students, not banks.
  • Equitable pay for faculty and staff.
  • Bring back public funding.
  • Make tuition affordable.
  • Remove barriers for minorities and immigrants.
Also See
The Project On Student Debt



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#N17 - Call To Action

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  • Date: Thursday, November 17, 2011
  • Time: 10:00am - 11:30pm
  • Location: Occupy Everywhere
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Purpose

On November 17th, Join the 99%
[Click here for the MAP!]

Occupy Portland, in solidarity with organized labor and the 99% around the world, will mobilize for a day of peaceful direct action to reject the economy that divides us and rebuild an economy that works for all. We will resist the banks and the government they control, reclaim our democracy, and recreate the society we want to see.

Resist austerity. Reclaim the economy. Recreate our democracy.

Occupy Portland has endorsed a call for decentralized-yet-coordinated nonviolent civil disobedience against big banks on Nov. 17. Let’s shut them down!

  • Resist the 1% economy that drowns us in debt, forecloses on our homes, profits from war, eliminates our jobs and closes our schools and hospitals.
  • Reclaim the economy for the 99%. Everyone deserves the opportunity to find honest work, live with dignity, and pursue a better future.
  • Recreate our democracy. We will start to create a society that is organized to meet human needs, not maximize corporate profit.

On November 17th, the 99% will reclaim our destiny from the 1% and fight back against their plans for austerity.

Please send invites to everyone you know in the Portland-area for this event!

The Black Swan is on the Wing
Worthy Quote

“Maybe freedom’s just another word for no one left to screw.”

Monologue Transcript

The Black Swan is on the Wing.

Related Reading
The Coming Derivatives Crisis That Could Destroy The Entire Global Financial System

Occupy Wall Street, in solidarity with organized labor and the 99% around the world, has called for a day of non-violent civil disobedience on Thursday November 17th to reject the economy that divides us and rebuild an economy that works for all. We will resist the banks and the government they control, reclaim our democracy, and recreate the society we want to see.

This is a call to form “affinity group” action teams, take on support roles, or join in a public march visiting action locations. An action “Spokes Council” for communication between and support of affinity group has been formed by the Occupy Portland Action Committee and seeks your participation.

How to engage:

  • Check out www.n17pdx.org and email join@n17pdx.org
  • Form an affinity group! A team of half-a-dozen friends can, for example, shut down a corporate bank for hours, especially if utilizing u-locks or other basic “lock-down” devices. The spokescouncil has seats for representatives of all active affinity groups and is working to ensure actions don’t accidentally conflict, can get their action’s message out to media, have legal support, and more.
  • Support the direct actions! There are many ways to help support actions without risking arrest – police and media liaisons, legal observation, march planning, outreach, and more. Teams are forming for all of them, and are a great place to get trained – no experience necessary.
  • Get trained! Many workshops for anyone wanting help planning actions and organizing new affinity groups are happening! Schedule at www.n17pdx.org/training (link at bottom of page), or contact training@n17pdx.org.
  • Donate! This coordinated mass action – one of the largest days of action in Portland history – is being run on a shoestring! Put your money where your values are now! We need your support asap, every bit helps: Funds are desperately needed for legal support, outreach material, sign making supplies, and civil disobedience blockade devices. Do you want to see the big banks shut down? Then please put your money where your visions are and visit www.n17pdx.org/donate today!!
Spread the word! RSVP on Facebook, invite others, help put up flyers, and check out our website for more ideas.

This is a once in a generation opportunity to take bold action with a critical mass of activists willing and ready to confront corporate greed. Seize the moment. Take the day off work (because the banks are open 9-5). Spread the word. Gather your friends. Plan your action. Be Creative. Occupy the Banks.

Join us.

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To get involved contact: join@n17pdx.org / (503) 567-6895 Media inquiries: media@n17pdx.org General Questions: info@n17pdx.org

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Get On The Bridge: We Declare a State of Economic Emergency for the 99%

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Purpose

On Nov. 17th, we will declare an economic emergency for the 99%:

  • 25 million Americans are looking for work, but Congress won’t pass a jobs bill
  • Super-Committee budget cuts could kill millions more jobs
  • This economy works for the richest 1%, not the 99%

The Steel Bridge [1], which was built and always owned by Union Pacific Railroad, [2] is structurally deficient (how?) and in need of repair. This is work that needs doing, even while thousands in Portland are unemployed!

Bridges like this one are symbols of politicians’ failure to pass a jobs bill or do anything to help the 99%, while the richest 1% keep getting richer.

On Nov. 17th, we say enough is enough. We can’t wait any longer.

Get on the bridge!

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NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION PARTNER CITIES INCLUDE: PORTLAND, NEW YORK, LOS ANGELES, DETROIT, HOUSTON, BOSTON, SEATTLE, CHICAGO, PITTSBURGH, PHILADELPHIA, WASHINGTON DC, MIAMI, MILWAUKEE, MINNEAPOLIS

What was the Works Progress Administration?

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) employed 2.7 million Americans in 1935, 2.3 million in 1936, 1.7 million in 1937 and 2.9 million in 1938. Over 9.7 million jobless Americans received WPA paychecks over those four years.

Due to the growth in our nation's workforce, if the WPA was re-enacted today, the equivalent numbers would be 7.7 million in 2012, 6.5 million in 2013, 4.9 million in 2014 and 8.3 million in 2015. That totals 27.4 million - 1.7 million or so less than our real unemployment level in October 2011.

What did the WPA do?

According to American-Made, a book by Nick Taylor, the Works Progress Administration:

  • built 650,000 miles of roads, 78,000 bridges, 125,000 civilian and military buildings, 800 airports built, improved or enlarged, 700 miles of airport runways;
  • served almost 900 million hot lunches to schoolchildren and operated 1,500 nursery schools;
  • presented 225,000 concerts to audiences totaling 150 million;
  • performed plays, vaudeville acts, puppet shows, and circuses before 30 million people; and
  • produced 475,000 works of art and at least 276 full-length books and 701 pamphlets.

Taylor wrote that the statistics were "silent on the transformation of the infrastructure that occurred, the modernization of the country, the malnutrition defeated and the educational prospects gained, the new horizons opened."

We did it once. Let’s do it now!

The WPA built a stronger, more interconnected and more modern nation. It followed President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s promise that the work would have a "lasting impact on the nation." And it did.

From the Timberline Lodge on Oregon's Mt. Hood, the Newton County Courthouse in Jasper, Arkansas to the National Guard Armory in San Jose, California, from the Pioneer Bowl in Minot, North Dakota to the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas, the WPA left its mark upon our land.

At a total cost of $10.5 billion - the equivalent of $130.9 billion today - it rescued a nation from the Great Depression and saved 8.6 million Americans from the pangs of poverty and destitution.

We can put an end to this Grave Recession. We can put millions to work each year. We can hire them to modernize, strengthen and connect our service economy. We can use their skills to revitalize and renovate our manufacturing and transportation sectors. And we can push the President of the United States and the Congress to give us a chance to prove what Americans can do when the chips are down.

Sponsors
We Are Oregon
St. Johns Community Action Network
SEIU Local 503
Portland Rising
Portland Jobs With Justice
CWA Local 7901
SEIU Local 49
MoveOn.org Portland Council
Laborers’ Local 483
Our Oregon
Economic Fairness Oregon
Oregon Action
Unified Labor Committee
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25TH ANNUAL FIX-IT FAIR SEASON

  • Date: November 19th 2011
  • Time: 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
  • Location: Ron Russell Middle School 3955 SE 112th Avenue
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Purpose

Sponsor City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability 25TH ANNUAL FIX-IT FAIR SEASON

Fix-It Fair is FREE - GRATIS

The City of Portland’s 25th annual Fix-It Fair season will kick off in November. Fix-It Fairs are free events where you can learn simple and effective ways to save money at home this winter and stay healthy. The events feature exhibits from numerous community partners and an extensive schedule of workshops held throughout the day. Experts will be available to talk with you about water and energy savings, home and personal health, food and nutrition, community resources, recycling and yard care, lead testing, bike tune-ups and more!

Special workshops taught in Spanish are offered at the Ron Russell Fair. Free professional childcare and lunch is provided at all Fairs.

Day long exhibits and hourly workshops provide information and resources for:

• water & energy savings,

• home & personal health,

• food & nutrition,

• community resources,

• recycling & yard care,

• lead blood testing

• much more!

To find out more information about scheduled workshops, visit Portland Online

To receive information and reminders on upcoming fairs, e-mail fixitfair@portlandoregon.gov.

The Fix-It Fairs are presented by the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability with support from the following sponsors: Energy Trust of Oregon, Legacy Health Systems, Pacific Power, Portland Housing Bureau and Portland General Electric.

Questions? 503-823-4309

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March for Universal Health Care

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  • Date: Saturday, November 19, 2011
  • Time: 12:00 rally; 1:00 march
  • Location: Waterfront Park - the fountain @ Naito and Salmon
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Purpose

Rally and March to Take Wall Street Out of Health Care

More than 50 million Americans (1 in 6) do not have health insurance and almost as many are underinsured. Despite spending much more private and public money on health care than any other people in the world, the majority of people in the US are either uninsured or underinsured, without sufficient insurance to meet a medical emergency. We are the only country in the world in which medical bills are the reason for the majority of bankruptcies.

Occupy Portland, along with many other organizations and other Occupy groups, will join in the "Universal Single Payer Healthcare March." The rally will meet at noon at Naito and SW Salmon, march past the Saturday Market and Pioneer Square, and end by placing 558 crosses in Waterfront Park in memory of the estimated 558 people who die in Oregon every year because of lack of health care.

With our signs lifted and messages shouted from the many Occupy groups plus thousands of people of different ages and backgrounds from civic groups, unions, grassroots organizations, and many more. We will be pushing for universal health care. JOIN US IN THIS FIGHT!!

New Facebook group: Single Payer Healthcare PDX

Facebook event RSVP--invite your friends!

Oregon Single Payer Coalition

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Universal access to a single system of health care is not a new struggle but has definitely been a long one! Such a national system would include allowing patients to choose their hospitals and doctors, taking these decisions back from insurance companies.

American health insurance is a mess with deductibles that are so high for a number of people that they make health insurance unaffordable, particularly when it comes to regular checkups and preventative treatment. Both of which would greatly minimize emergency room visits for those without healthcare, as well as reduce the crowding and long waits there.

Critics say a move toward a government-backed national health program is a move closer to socialized medicine, similar to what many European countries have. We say Americans should all care about those who don't have health care, or those who don't have enough. Health care reform is a complicated, massive undertaking that has a lot of people offering different ideas on what will work, and what won't. But everyone can agree that some action is needed. It's something so basic, and we should all have it - but we don't.

The Portland Jobs with Justice Health Care Committee are also working to organize a deeper statewide network & movement, with an expanded coalition to be launched in January, and a tour in December of some folks from the Vermont Workers' Center. The VWC people will be doing events about how grassroots organizing around "health care is a human right" contributed to Vermont creating the first law with a clear path to a state-level universal publicly funded single payer health care system. (It is truly universal, including everyone living in the state regardless of citizenship).

It's always a fight when you're fighting for something that is right - especially for young people, older people, and people still in the work force as well as the many unemployed workers that are unable to find work in today's economy.

On the right there are congressional Republicans, allied with and supported by the pharmaceutical and health insurance companies, as well as numerous other health-related agencies, which are bound and determined to defeat any attempt to bring universal health care to America.

There are more than 50 million Americans without health insurance, and this number may have increased dramatically with recent massive layoffs.

"Know also that among 36 nations that provide health care for all their citizens, there are similar layoffs, but losing your job in those countries does not affect your health coverage. Despite the fact that we spend twice as much as these other countries for our health care, we get significantly less for the money. It’s time for America to move to universal health care. It’s the sensible thing to do." Quote from 2009 article regarding this same issue.

2009 Universal Health Care March Back to DC Medicare For All Activist and Documentary Filmmaker, Sheila Dvorak, tells her story of joining a movement and fighting for the rights of every American. What began as a one woman protest in D.C., September 2009, will culminate in a 3000 mile March on Washington, in July 2010. Uploaded on Martin Luther King Day, let his spirit inspire you to join the Universal Health Care March today!

Members of Jobs with Justice, Mad as Hell Doctors, Nurses for Single Payer Health Care, Students for National Health Care, HealthCare Now, the Oregon Single Payer Coalition and Physicians for a National Health Program will join Occupy protestors Saturday.

All of them are familiar with the needless deaths and human suffering caused by our for-profit health care system, and all point to a Single Payer health care system as the one one route that will guarantee good and affordable health care for everyone.

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Dogcupy Portland 11 19 11

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  • Date: November 19, 2011
  • Time: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Location: Bank of America 6512 SE Milwaukie Portland, OR (Sellwood area)
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Purpose

MAN'S BEST FRIEND IS NOT THE BIG BANKS!

IF YOU DON'T HAVE A DOG, BORROW A DOG.

We are showing that the Occupation is more than just downtown. This event is held in solidarity with the Occupy Portland movement.

We will be meeting at the corner of 13th and Tacoma, and protesting in front of the Bank of America... although you are welcome to protest wherever is convenient and oppressive.

PLEASE BRING YOUR DOGS ON A LEASH

This is a creative way to involve all of our friends who still want to participate in the Occupy movement but don't necessarily want to go downtown.

This is a creative and PEACEFUL protest to draw positive media attention to our cause.

We also hope that this kind of event will inspire creativity within the ranks of the Occupiers. So please join us. I'll bring the dog treats and you guys bring the creative dog signs...

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