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Before the 10/6/11 March

  • Saturday, September 17, 2011: Occupy Wall Street begins, New York City
  • September 24, 2011: First Portland General Assembly held (see minutes) at Powell's Books
  • Friday, October 1, 2011 - 7pm: Second General Assembly held, SW Waterfront Park (see minutes). About 250-300 people attended and self-organized into multiple committees.
  • Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 7pm: Third General Assembly planned, SW Waterfront Park (see minutes). Organizers hold last-minute debates on whether or not to seek permits from the city, and decide that permits would only restrict the times and places of protest. Target for post-march camping site was held as a secret. The secret target was Terry Schrunk Plaza, based on legal precedent that First Amendment rights would be better protected on federal property.
  • Thursday, October 6, 2011 - MARCH ROUTE (On day of protest.) http://bit.ly/OccupyPortlandRoute. Organizers, hoping for a showing of perhaps 2000 people, are greeted by approximately four thousand gathered at Riverfront Park, a crowd that swelled through the early afternoon to an estimated 10,000 or more at Pioneer Square. Elaborate preparations for police action (tear gas, arrests) were completely unnecessary.

Week 1 - Friday 10/7 - Thursday 10/13

  • 21:38, 7 October 2011 (PDT): By mid-evening the mood at Chapman Square looked, felt and sounded celebratory and relaxed. Many families with children were present; most apparently having a great time. Lots of people engaged in activity ranging from light-hearted play to serious discussions. The 7:00 p.m. general assembly appeared to cycle through issues and discussions more productively, and appeared to avoid getting too bogged down--a step forward from the previous evening's GA.
  • 08:50, 7 October 2011 (PDT): Reports aired over KBOO Radio's Positively Revolting program have indicated that protesters have come to a decision to consolidate in Chapman Square, located in Portland's Plaza Blocks, the downtown park situated across from Portland City Hall.[1]
  • 16:10, 8 October 2011 (PDT): Chapman Square is crowded with occupiers, their tents and other supplies. Lots of activities happening all over the occupied square: classes (or maybe teach-ins), sign making, play activities for children, singing, organizing, etc. A loud generator is providing much-needed power. Would be great to replace with solar panels that could provide equivalent power supply. The library is has a bigger stock of books that was observed yesterday. So much food available that you'd have to try to go hungry. In fact, an observer was handed fresh fruit by a Food Not Bombs volunteer while also accepting new donations to the Occupy Portland library at the same time. Many impromptu, spontaneous and intelligent discussions happening everywhere, often made up of participants who otherwise have little in common with each other. An observer heard first hand from people quit their jobs to join the occupation, and know of others who did the same. Lots of awareness about the necessity of creating our own media and our own economy. Lots of spontaneous organization happening continuously. This is a movement.
  • Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 7pm to 8pm (prime time) live on Portland Comcast channel 11.
  • 22:02, 10 October 2011 (PDT): A Columbus Day Convergence took place on Monday, noon to 6 p.m. starting at the Oregon State Office Building (800 N.E. Oregon St.) and continued to Holladay Park. At 2 p.m. organizers offered a free chili lunch and open mic (BYOB = Bring-Your-Own-Bowl). At 6 p.m. a procession began from the Holladay Park through the Steel Bridge, finishing at the #OccupyPortland headquarters at Chapman Square. Twitter hashtag #OccupyEastPDX.

Week 2 - Friday 10/14 - Thursday 10/20

  • 23:33, 14 October 2011 (PDT): Walking through the camp to get a sense of the mood earlier this chilly, drizzly evening, an observer found the camp mostly in calm spirits. Encountered a young man and young woman who had each just arrived; the young man from Montana, the young woman from South Carolina. The camp library, momentarily devoid of patrons, soon drew a small gathering of people, swapping stories, anecdotes, updates and so on. Mark, the librarian, read aloud a letter to the editor published in the Oregonian penned by someone who described how impressed she was with the camp library.

Week 3 - Friday 10/21 - Thursday 10/27

Week 4 - Friday 10/28 - Thursday 11/3

Week 5 - Friday 11/4 - Thursday 11/10

  • on 11/5 Bank Transfer Day was observed to great national success - reportedly 650,000 customers closed accounts at large banks and moved $4.5 billion in deposits to credit unions
  • on 11/5, eleven Occupy Portland protesters chained themselves together, and to a 55-gallon barrel filled with concrete. As reported by the Oregonian, Federal Protective Service opted not to take action against them at the time. This group of protesters was still in place a week later.
  • on 11/7 the Finance Committee debacle continued with the news, reported in the Willamette Week, that the $14,000 collected and held in the name of Occupy Portland was being returned to the original donors, without the knowledge or permission of OP. Amanda Palmer appeared in camp.
  • on 11/9 the "spokescouncil" proposal passed the GA; the Oregonian reports that a man associated with Occupy was arrested for throwing a "Molotov cocktail" at Portland's World Trade Center the previous day; Mayor Sam Adams appeared on OPB's Think Out Loud to discuss the occupation
  • on 11/10, reported in the Oregonian, Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis and Police Chief Craig Junginger delivered an invoice for $1,546.52 for damage sustained to Gresham police vehicles near the Occupy site.

Week 6 - Friday 11/11 - Thursday 11/17

  • on Saturday night 11/12 / Sunday morning 11/13, in response to the mayor's evacuation notice, a crowd conservatively estimated at 5,000 people (by KGW and by the Portland Police Bureau twitter feed) filled downtown streets in the early morning hours