Y’all know that ST is against Mayor Sam Adam’s eviction of Occupy Portland. Here is a note from the Occupation about their plans. Please continue to pray for them, and if at all possible, go to the Occupation and join in the demonstration.
Occupy Portland is responding to the Mayor’s threat of eviction on Saturday
night, November 12/13, by throwing a Potluck Dinner: a family-friendly
event with music and celebration for the entire city. Affinity groups will
lead neighborhoods in marches beginning around 2 p.m. converging on the
Occupation from about 5 PM. At least one group is coming from Seattle.
There were announcements of support from local and regional groups. The
purpose of the Occupy potluck is to bring a significant mass of people
together in solidarity with the nonviolent, humanitarian goals of Occupy.
Action envisioned include:
-a mass of people, singing and chanting, circling the encampment Saturday
night on foot and bicycle;
-food: empanadas, pizza, cake, locally-grown fruits and vegetables;
-music: guitars, drums, shakers, singalongs;
-more signs: creative signs, funny signs, home-made signs with memorable
-playful costumes (warm and fuzzy ones, bunny suits, Portland at its weird
and wonderful best);
-dancing all night long.
Preparing for Saturday Night
Before Saturday night, those who have valuables in the Occupied parks are
urged to secure them and to move them off-site. Coalitions of local labor
groups and some local churches are offering transportation and storage.
Friday is a day for clean-up for the potluck. Some voices recommend “leave
There were also many ideas concerning actions during and after the planned
eviction. Some will sit in wait to be arrested. A training for those who
are willing to risk being arrested is offered by the National Lawyer’s
Guild at 2 PM on Saturday. Others will provide support for those being
arrested. Ideas for after the eviction include the following: outreach to
unions, homeless organizations and faith organizations, plans to keep the
occupation visible, plans for community events occurring on a regular
basis, plans to return to the park and clean it, re-seed the grass, care
for the trees, and make the two parks that have been so important to us,
more beautiful than they were before the Occupation.