Occupy Portland participants at Pioneer Square Monday night
After being driven from their weeks-long camping settlement in downtown Portland, many Occupy Portland participants rallied at Pioneer Square Monday night to reflect on the weeks of protest, marches and demonstrations and now, where it all should lead. Many other Occupy groups around the country are feeling the same way, wondering how to take the message to and from the people as a next step in their movement to change what they call a bought and sold Congress and a national financial system gone rogue.
Meanwhile Occupy Newport participants have already begun organizing themselves into a more diverse and sophisticated structure that assigns duties to various Occupy Newport subcommittees. Some ensure the message to the public remains clear and that internally the group remains on task and coordinated with other Occupy organizations. Those seeking more information on Occupy Newport can contact them on their Facebook page. Click here.
In what appears to be an in-between situation, Occupy Portland participants are being allowed to stay in the parks, but their camping gear and other materials are being removed. The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.
Hwy 101 @ Hwy 20, Newport
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Occupy Newport demonstrators were out in the wind today in Newport, urging motorists to move their money from large banks to smaller ones, the larger ones blamed for their contribution to the Wall Street crash from the derivatives markets in which many banks and investment houses speculated. Others were calling attention to the IRS and Congressional Budget Office data that show that 400 American families have more wealth than the bottom half of the country.
After their demonstration concludes at 1pm, they will hold what’s called a General Assembly at Don Davis Park to plan further demonstrations as well as further organize their various subcommittees as outlined in the story below.
Occupy Newport continues to plan marches and protests among Newport area residents who say they’re campaigning for social and economic justice in a country that is laboring under a long, drawn out recession, the likes of which has not seen since the Great Depression of the 1930’s. Occupy Newport organizer Rio Davidson says there will another protest tomorrow, Saturday the 12th from 11am-1pm at the corner of Hwys 101 and 20. Davidson says all are welcome to join the gathering which could be part musical.
Davidson said after the protest, those who are interested can congregate at the Don Davis Park building across from the Performing Arts Center for another General Assembly. There will be discussions and continued organizing of sub-groups specializing in media relations, organization communications, a finance work group, actions for change, and community outreach.
Davidson invited any and all interested persons to join a work group and to be with Occupy Newport in any way that is comfortable.
Occupy Newport meeting
Cafe Mundo, Nye Beach, Wednesday
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Provided by Occupy Newport
“…whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…”
The ‘ends’ that Thomas Jefferson wrote of in the Declaration of Independence were the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We recognize that these rights, once honored, have been co-opted and tainted by the elite and the powerful. These rights are held just out of our grasp, and while we strain and strive to reach them, the corporate powers in America exploit our efforts for their own benefit.
Perhaps you’ve seen us recently, at the intersection of Highways 101 and 20, waving all sorts of signs around and making a bunch of noise. Perhaps your opinion about us is already formed. Maybe you honked and waved in support (we appreciate that). Maybe you stared straight ahead as if there was nothing to see. Maybe you looked around at all the signs and the people and remained ambivalent about our demonstration. Maybe you offered a derisive sneer, a thumbs-down, or a rude hand gesture. Regardless of how you reacted, you knew we were there, and you knew we had something to say.
We’re pretty sure that you are one of us.
We stand opposed to the corruption of our Constitution and Government by the taint of money and power. It is painfully obvious that our country is no longer free, and that our individual voices are mute next to the bullhorn of unbridled capitalism. Are we opposed to success? Are we opposed to earning your keep? Are we opposed to business and enterprise? Absolutely not. Many of us are business owners, or are employed by one. What we oppose is the fact that the influence and power of the wealthiest 1% was borne on the backs of all the rest of us. Are you confused why your shopping cart is full of items made in China while we’re suffering 10% unemployment here at home? Do you work for a company that has issued benefit cuts for the rank-and-file workers and bonuses for the CEOs? Is your bank threatening to kick you out of your house? These are just a few reasons to join us. We welcome everyone, because we are all needed.
We demonstrate every Saturday from 11 AM to 1 PM, at the intersection of Highways 101 & 20. General Assembly is 6:00 PM on Wednesdays at the pavilion in Don Davis Park. There we discuss news, workgroup activities, and future actions. We represent people from all walks of life. Liberal, conservative, hippie, hillbilly, employed, unemployed…. we are all part of the 99%.
Visit occupynewport.org for news, information, resources, and links to other Occupy Newport activities on the web. Submitted by Eric Sherman of Newport, Oregon, and other members of Occupy Newport.
A small but impassioned group of Occupy Newport protesters were braving a typical Oregon Coast downpour late this afternoon at the corner of Highway 101 and Highway 20. They came with their plastic wrapped protest signs indicating their continued protest against the country’s prolonged economic downturn which they blame on Wall Street gamblers and a consolidation of the country’s wealth.
Protesters say they will maintain their vigil, rain or shine, hoping for honks of support but are also willing to endure unfriendly gestures of non-support.