When George W. Bush came to Portland last August to raise cash for U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith, protesters greeted him with huge anti-war demonstrations (and got several canisters of pepper spray for their trouble).
This year's fundraising tour (which includes stops in Portland and Seattle) has led to crash-courses in civil disobedience, fundraising events to help pay for the legal-defense costs of those arrested, a few planned activities surrounding Bush's Thursday visit.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20
1 pm, Greenpeace Gathering: Greenpeace activists plan to cordon off the Forest Service building (333 SW 1st Ave.) with "forest crime" tape, while broadcasting to motorists at 97.7 FM ("Greenpeace radio").
THURSDAY, AUG. 21
10 am, Protest in NoPo: Protesters from a variety of groups plan to gather in Columbia Park (North Lombard and Dana streets). After speeches that one organizer promised would be "brief," the masses will march to the University of Portland, where Bush has a $2,000-a-plate re-election luncheon scheduled. Portland Peaceful Response has not decided yet if it will hold another event. Call 471-1535 or go to www.pprc-news.org for further information.
8 pm, Rooty-toot-toot in "Little Beirut": The Oregon Loudparty ("not affiliated with any political party," according to a press release), suggests that you protest by honking horns, blowing whistles and screaming to the heavens during the four minutes after 8 pm. That's 20:00 to 20:04 in 24-hour time, the only years Bush II will serve if the group's goals are met. (Technically, it's 2001 to 2005, but never mind that.) Contact Ed Geis at 246-6150 for info.
FRIDAY, AUG. 22
5 pm, March Against the War: The weekly anti-war march sponsored by Portland Peaceful Response, starting at Pioneer Courthouse Square (Southwest 6th Avenue and Yamhill Street), will go on as usual.
SUNDAY, AUG. 24
Noon, Bush Alternative: Vermont Gov. Howard Dean will speak at Portland State University's Urban Studies Plaza (Southwest 5th Avenue and Mill Street) as part of his sleepless summer tour aimed to get him into the White House in 2004.