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Rabblevox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-11 08:40 PM
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Michael Moore in Portland: "You are the biggest Occupation in the nation" (vid)...
Edited on Mon Oct-31-11 08:41 PM by Rabblevox
http://blogtown.portlandmercury.com/BlogtownPDX/archive...



As Occupiers planted tents in Terry Schrunk plaza today, legendary muckracker/flip-flop aficionado Michael Moore paid the encampment a visit. A team set up a mic and PA system for him in the middle of a large circle, but Moore initially refused to stand in the middle of the group, wanting to stay on the sidelines "like one of you." TOO BAD, MOORE! That's the only working mic! Into the middle with you.

Moore's brief speech was basically a pep talk for the protesters. Noting that the federal plaza is in the shadow of the Wells Fargo building, Moore asked, "Who organized this protest? Wells Fargo! And Citibank! And BP!" He also got in a few jabs at Homeland Security and praised Occupy Portland's size. "Having traveled the country, you don't know who freakin' awesome this is. Portland! Portland! Portland! It's like the seat of our new democracy right here."

Moore ended by awarding Occupy Portland with the title of largest occupation in the nation, sparking a happy ruckus. In return, occupiers donned him with an Occupy Portland ball cap they know his style well and a Cascadia flag. His response: "I love Portland!" Then, swept off into a black SUV. End scene.

Okay, roll tape!


Cascadian flag:

Cascadia:
http://cascadianow.org /

Full Video (9 min):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slPqt9BHngU&feature=play...

Probably 1500 people, all played well with others, a few police on the perimeter, but not interfering. The only jerks were the media (KGW, I'm especially looking at you) in their fetish for good vid/ they blocked him from getting to the mic for about 10 min, and basically acted like fucking demi-gods who owned the place. Oh well.

Also potential problems tonight, a few are planning on occupying another park. I'll keep y'all posted.

Great talk, great afternoon, ran into a few old friends, walked through the camps. They are much better organized than they were a few weeks ago, and the city is still giving no deadline (and not much interference) on the two main camps.

Occupy Portland rolls on!

www.occupypdx.org




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dana_b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-11 08:49 PM
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1. Very cool!!!
please do keep us updated and I am really happy that you have enough folks to occupy another park!!

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unkachuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-11 08:58 PM
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2. A big K&R for the,"...legendary muckracker/flip-flop aficionado..." and my hero, Mike Moore!....n/t
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Rabblevox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-11 09:08 PM
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5. Mine too. This was the first time I've seen him in person. He is every bit as down-to-earth and...
genuine as I had hoped. He really was a bit miffed at having to stand in the center surrounded by cameras. He wanted to be in the crowd with a mic, but the logistics just weren't there. I got the sense that he truly does not care about fame and fanfare much. He remains a very grass-roots kinda guy.

I think I'm gonna have to watch "Capitalism: A Love Story" again tonight.
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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-11 09:01 PM
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3. K&R!
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DonCoquixote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-11 09:03 PM
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4. sigh why cascadia
that cause has been embraced by people like the alaska independence party and others as a racist one. Not saying all of them are into that, but I did not hear them tell the palins to shut up.
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Rabblevox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-11 09:12 PM
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6. I honestly don't know enough about the Cascadia movement to answer, but I do like the idea of ...
breaking the nation into bio-regions. If the movement is infected by racists, that is a shame. I'll dig deeper. The basic idea is sound, though.
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DonCoquixote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-11 10:02 PM
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7. Not saying all of them are
But the AIP, aka palin's friends, and some white supremacists in Canada and the US tried to co opt the movement.
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Matariki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-11 01:31 AM
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14. wrong wrong wrong. you really don't get it.
Please have a look at our Bureau of Sasquatch Affairs page.

Or check out the conservation effort to protect our Pacific Northwest Tree Octopi

The Palins? Meh. A pox on you.


Signed,
~ A Proud Citizen of The Republic Of Cascadia
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Remember Me Donating Member (730 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-11 10:38 PM
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8. Portland is a well-kept secret
An awesome world-class city camouflaged as a medium-sized NW Rainforest city. Fabulous, fabulous place.
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Rabblevox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-11 11:00 PM
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9. as long as you can deal with low wages, few jobs, insane rent, and about 20 days of sun...
this year. Please visit, I'll buy you a cup of coffee. Please don't move here. We are already over ideal size.
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-11 11:56 PM
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10. Don't move to Portland unless you've just landed a good job there.
That should do the trick! :)
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Remember Me Donating Member (730 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-11 09:08 PM
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12. No, I'm not coming back. Don't worry. nt
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-11 12:01 AM
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13. I'm not either, sadly.
:hi:
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Remember Me Donating Member (730 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-11 09:07 PM
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11. When I lived there
my favorite bumper sticker was: Welcome to Oregon. Now go home.

Seems the sentiment is still popular. Don't worry, I'm not coming back.

BUT, don't think Portland is much the worse than any other place in the US. In fact, it can only be better, IMO, since it has all that creativity and artistry in its people, all that Light. The very air is more breathable than anywhere else I've ever lived. YMMV, but don't knock your wonderful city.

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