Since the Portland Trail Blazers won't be distracting us
by playing in a Game 7 this Saturday, here are a couple of other options of how you can spend your May Day in Portland:
1) Portland May Day coalition plans rally
Civil rights activists will mark International Workers' Day with a rally at the Park Blocks. Among the participating groups are the Portland Immigrant Rights Coalition and Jobs with Justice. And among those groups' topics are immigrant issues, the economy and police accountability.
More specifically, the coalition decries
the “racist” Arizona Senate Bill 1070
, which gives police broad authority to demand documentation from suspected illegal immigrants when a “reasonable suspicion” exists. Also on the plate is Nike's conflict
with Honduran workers who were laid off by subcontracting factories. Activists will gather at SW Park and Salmon at 11 a.m., and a march will begin at 1 p.m.
2) Marijuana march
There's also the 11th annual Global Cannabis March in Portland. Bands, vendors and speakers will gather at Pioneer Courthouse Square from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At noon, participants will march through downtown, accompanied by police. Speakers will include Madeline Martinez, director of Oregon NORML, and co-chief petitioner for the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act.
Petitioners for the two Oregon marijuana initiatives for the November 2010 ballot stepped into an informal alliance on April 14. Initiative 28, the Oregon Regulated Medical Marijuana Supply System Act (PDF)
, would allow nonprofit marijuana dispensaries for medical users. Initiative 73, the Cannabis Tax Act (PDF)
, would legalize personal marijuana use and establish government-run marijuana stores.
Each initiative needs 82,769 valid signatures from Oregon voters by July 2, 2010.
And of course there's this promise from anarchists
for a repeat of their previous protests