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PLEASE NOTE : Not all the events listed are originated with Occupy Portland. They may be widely attended or endorsed by the Occupy movement in general, or they may be local sponsors that share the goals of Occupy. In that case, the sponsors and other related information is provided. Events can be submitted to actioncommitteepdx@googlegroups.com


Campaign for National Day of Action against the Private Prison Industry

  • Date Saturday, October 29th
  • Time 10am
  • Location Wells Fargo Bank 3782 SE Hawthorne
  • Sponsor Enlace International
  • Campaign Video Prison Divestment Campaign
  • Sponsor Website Enlace Intl
  • Contact Peter Cervantes-Gautschi: (503) 705-3343 or email: pcg@enlaceintl.org

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Purpose

In concert with protesters in 16 major cities across the country, concerned Portlanders will converge on the SE 38th and Hawthorne branch of Wells Fargo Bank to demand that Wells Fargo abandon its role in the nation’s rapidly expanding for-profit immigrant detention system.

About

Over the past three years, hundreds of thousands of non-criminal immigrants have been subjected to excessively abusive treatment in for profit prisons run for the federal government by the Geo Group (GEO) and Corrections of America (CCA). Through its mutual funds, Wells Fargo is a major investor in the GEO, the nation’s second largest private prison company, and a minor shareholder in CCA, the largest.

These for-profit prison companies, which rely on billions of tax dollars as their primary source of revenue, have successfully lobbied federal and state governments to adopt and implement policies that have led to the incarceration of over one million immigrants over the past three years. Recent reports by the Houston Chronicle and PBS showed that excessive abuse of detainees is rampant across the increasingly privatized federal immigrant detention system.

Wells Fargo, a recipient of billions of tax bail-out dollars, is a major contributor to politicians who have championed the increased incarceration of immigrants. Wells Fargo has also played a key role supporting GEO business ventures. Immigrants arrested in the Portland area are sent for detention to the GEO-run Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington.

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. The following is a current list of the remaining scheduled actions, by state:

  • New York - Long Island October 29th & Manhattan October 29th
  • Washington- Seattle October 29th
  • Oregon - Portland October 29th
  • Kansas - Wichita October 29th & 31st
  • Florida - Miami November 1st
  • Arizona - Tucson November 2nd
  • California - San Francisco November 5th
  • Texas - Austin November 5th
Background

Enlace has been working on exposing Wall Street for its involvement in the Mexico economic crisis of the 1990’s and the current US and global financial crisis. An published article by Peter Cervantes-Gautschi titled “Wall Street and Immigration: Financial Services Giants Have Profited from the Beginning”, exposes Wall Street as the main culprit in the Mexican financial crisis. You can also read Mr. Cervantes-Gautschi’s article “Wall Street and the Criminalization of Immigrants” published last year on the growing role of Wall Street financial institutions and big banks in anti-immigrant laws and policies.

For more tools connecting Wall Street and Immigration, please contact Daniel Carrillo at Daniel@enlaceintl.org or 213-284-3802



International Occupy March

  • Date Saturday, October 29th, 2011
  • Time 12:30PM
  • Location Meet at Waterfront Park ( SW Naito and SW Salmon )

This event has been endorsed by the G.A.

Route Summary
  • 12:30PM - Gather at the waterfront park, Naito and Salmon (by the fountain)
  • 1:00PM - March to the Oregon Convention Center and hand out flyers.
  • 3:30PM - March back across the Broadway Bridge Jamison Square: NW 11th and Johnson in the Pearl District.
  • 4:00PM - Camp Meeting
  • 7:00PM - Potluck
Occupy the Pearl District
  • 10:00PM - Begin optional Sit-in with "Cuddle Party"
Purpose

Occupy Portland is in Solidarity with Oakland, Atlanta, and all other cities which have experienced a hostile police take-over. We will be demonstrating in Pearl District to bring awareness to the inequality of wealth within our very city. We are not proposing redistribution of wealth. We raise our concerns to the truth that basic needs for safety are only guaranteed to those with the economic privilege.

This is the day before the G20 leaders Summit. This will be one of our regular Saturday marches, but we will march 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%. Celebrate with the 99%. Robin Hood Tax

Adbusters Message

Adbusters has called for a global march on this day. They would like 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."

Bank of America focus during march

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 handing out flyers and protesting at that location before moving on.

Flyers
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Sit-in Info

Jamison Square is a public park. It is emphasized that you REMAIN ON YOUR BEST BEHAVIOR for the entire time you are with the OP assembly. Drugs, alcohol and Drama will not be welcome in any way, shape or form. If choosing to stay the night or support others that are, please bring the following: Food, tarps, sleeping bags, mats, hand warmers, water coolers, and buckets. NO TENTS!

LEGAL WARNING

The Jamison Square is a public park and Mayor Sam Adams has made the following statements regarding this assembly: "We will not allow Occupy Portland to set up an alternative encampment at any other city park. Portland police officers have been reminding Occupy Portland participants of this throughout the week, and will continue to use their discretion in enforcing parks rules throughout the city. We must protect people's right to peacefully protest, while also keeping the city moving and working." Hours later, Adams' office said they will stop Occupiers from spending the night Jamison Square, which closes at midnight.

YOU FACE ARREST IF YOU FAIL TO ABIDE BY THE PARK RULES AND STAY BEYOND PARK HOURS OF 05:00 AM to 12:00 AM People are encouraged to participate in the march and join in the festivities after. However, at midnight you will need to make your own decision about whether or not to face arrest by remaining in the park.

Weather Forecast
  • Saturday October 29

Day Cloudy early, becoming mostly sunny in the afternoon. High 59F. Winds light and variable.
Night Clear skies with a few passing clouds. Low 46F. Winds light and variable.

  • Sunday October 30

Showers. Highs in the mid 50s and lows in the mid 40s.

Occupy Your Capitol National Event

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  • Date Oct. 29th
  • Time 12pm-3pm
  • Location State Capitol Building

This event is endorsed by Occupy cities nationwide.

Purpose

"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
Occupy Salem website

Known 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


Thriller Dance Phenomenon

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Date and Time Information
  • Dates Saturday, October 29th & Sunday, October 30th
  • Sponsor Thrill the World Portland
  • Info Page Thrill the World

--- This is not an Occupy Portland endorsed event, just an opportunity to express yourself and have some fun ---

Location

The first is the official Thrill the World day, Saturday, October 29th, at 7:00pm at Irving Park, in NE Portland.
The second on October 30 at Hollywood Vintage. The performance will be approx. 12:30pm

Details

Details can be found at http://thrillportland.wordpress.com/

Occupy Participation

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 makes a statement, like 1% zombies, zombie bankers, or with anti 1% slogans painted on our clothes or whatever. We definitely do 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



Anti-Coal Zombie March

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  • Date Monday October 31st, 2011
  • Time 11:30am - 5pm
  • Location Chapman Square @ SW Main/4th Downtown Portland
  • Sponsor Rising Tide
Purpose

The Anti-Coal Zombie March is organized by Rising Tide to highlight the banks that fund coal mining (Bank of America, Wells Fargo...) 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 info@portlandrisingtide.org.

Event Info

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!

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.

Michael Moore is coming to Portland

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  • Date HALLOWEEN
  • Location Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside Portland, OR 97209
  • Time 6pm-7pm
  • Website Michael Moore

This is not an OP event.

About

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.

Additional Information

We have received word that Michael Moore will be visiting the Occupy Portland camp as well.

Moore's Halloween Fundraiser (For those interested)

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.

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. 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.” For more information and ticket sales : Halloween Fundraiser

Hawthorne Street Bank Protests

  • Date October 31st through November 4th
  • Time 10am - 6:30pm
  • Location BANK OF AMERICA - CHASE - WELLS FARGO
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ALL IN ONE AREA!!! ALL WEEK!!!! These are the locations that Occupiers are planning to protest at: Bank of America on 3757 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214. Wells Fargo and Chase banks are also in that location.

Purpose

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.

About

OUR FIRST ADMENDMENT RIGHT IS NOT LIMITED TO CHAMPMAN PARK! Some of us are taking our right to peaceable assembly to the steps of Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Chase on SE Hawthorne :) We will be showing Solidarity with Wall Street starting at 10am Monday morning 10/31 and hopefully will continue throughout the week during business hours. This is a peaceful show of solidarity. Bring signs. :) We will try to maintain a continual presence at these buildings during business hours throughout the week so come down when you can. Many will return to the Occupy site at night but what you do is your choice. Please just do it peacefully :)



Hit 'em where it hurts

  • Date November 1st
  • Time 9AM-6PM
  • Location Downtown Portland Bank locations
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Purpose

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 change our Direct Deposits and AutoPay/e-Pay of our bills. But it's time to hit them where it hurts - in the wallet.

We would love to see 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
  • Sponsor Sierra Club
Info

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.


General Strike & Mass Day of Action

  • Date Wednesday November 2, 2011

Below is the proposal passed by the Occupy Oakland General Assembly on Wednesday October 26, 2011 in reclaimed Oscar Grant Plaza. 1607 people voted. 1484 voted in favor of the resolution, 77 abstained and 46 voted against it, passing the proposal at 96.9%. The General Assembly operates on a modified consensus process that passes proposals with 90% in favor and with abstaining votes removed from the final count.

PROPOSAL 

We as fellow occupiers of Oscar Grant Plaza propose that on Wednesday November 2, 2011, we liberate Oakland and shut down the 1%. We propose a city wide general strike and we propose we invite all students to walk out of school. Instead of workers going to work and students going to school, the people will converge on downtown Oakland to shut down the city. All banks and corporations should close down for the day or we will march on them.

While we are calling for a general strike, we are also calling for much more. People who organize out of their neighborhoods, schools, community organizations, affinity groups, workplaces and families are encouraged to self organize in a way that allows them to participate in shutting down the city in whatever manner they are comfortable with and capable of. The whole world is watching Oakland. Let’s show them what is possible.

The Strike Coordinating Council will begin meeting everyday at 5pm in Oscar Grant Plaza before the daily General Assembly at 7pm. All strike participants are invited. Stay tuned for much more information and see you next Wednesday.

National Break up with your Bank day/ Bank Transfer Day, Guy Fawkes Day

  • Date Saturday November 5th, 2011

More details to come

This event is endorsed by Occupy cities nationwide as well as many co-sponsors.

Purpose

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

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  • Date Sunday, November 6th, 2011
  • Time 2pm - 5pm
"Hands Around the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse"

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. 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' ability 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".

Purpose

The Tar Sands/ Keystone XL pipeline is one of the biggest looming disaster 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.

PLEASE INVITE EVERYONE YOU KNOW.