Police Back Down; Portland Still Occupied

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At about 6:25 Sunday morning, dozens of Portland police officers clad in riot gear quietly folded their tents and went home. It was supposed to be the campers and protesters of the Occupy Portland movement who have inhabited Chapman and Lownsdale Squares since Oct. 6 who surrendered to the police bureau's show of force but things did not turn out the way many in the gathered throng expected.Last Thursday, ...   More
Sunday, November 13, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

VIDEO: Riot Police Clash With Occupy Portland Protesters


This footage was taken by WW reporters earlier today, when police moved in to clear Occupy Portland protesters from Lownsdale and Chapman parks. TV media has been reporting that police only used batons to push protesters back, but this footage appears to show an officer striking his baton down on the crowds.---UPDATE: @johnrbeer on Twitter says "Actually I think he's smashing the breakfast table, which ...   More
Sunday, November 13, 2011 WW Staff

Most Protesters Gone, Park Cleanup Underway; Fences Up Soon (Updated)


Wearing face masks and latex gloves, Portland police and parks bureau employees after daylight began cleaning up the remnants of the Occupy Portland camps at Chapman and Lownsdale Squares. Most protesters had left by 9:30 am. ---Parks & Recreation Bureau Commissioner Nick Fish says he has no estimates yet as to what it will cost to repair turf damage at the parks, which weeks of camping have left ...   More
Sunday, November 13, 2011 COREY PEIN

UPDATED: Sam Adams Gives Occupiers Until Midnight Saturday to Vacate Downtown Parks

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Mayor Sam Adams delivered a deadline today to Occupy Portland, saying the protesters and campers have 62 hours—until Sunday at 12:01 am—to vacate Chapman and Lownsdale Squares downtown. ---The Occupiers moved an emergency General Assembly at the front door of City Hall, which locked its doors at 10:30 am. The protesters repeatedly declared they would not leave and discussed strategies for defying ...   More
Thursday, November 10, 2011 WW Staff

Aaron Mesh Talks Occupy Portland on OPB


WW reporter Aaron Mesh appeared on OPB's Think Out Loud program this morning. He was ostensibly there to talk about the Northwest Filmmakers Festival (you can read our full coverage on that here), but much of the discussion was about what's been happening at the Occupy camp since the city gave Occupiers their marching orders Thursday morning. ---In the interview, Mesh—who spent 48 living in the camp ...   More
Friday, November 11, 2011 by Ruth Brown

Hillbilly Nationalists, Oregon's Black Panthers and the Occupy Movement

10 minutes with author and social justice organizer James Tracy


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Oh, those Occupiers, just a bunch of white, middle class college kids in thrift store clothing, right? Maybe not, says James Tracy. He's the co-author of Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times, a new book which uncovers the little-known stories of the poor and working class white Americans who organized and fought against racism, inequality ...   More
Friday, November 11, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Occupiers Expect Eviction Notice and Deadline From Mayor Adams Thursday to Leave Downtown Parks

Angry and defiant, many say they will not leave


Occupy Portland leaders say they expect Mayor Sam Adams on Thursday morning will issue a deadline to evacuate their camps in two downtown parks they have controlled for more than a month.---Adams has scheduled a press conference with Police Chief Mike Reese to make an announcement regarding the camp in Lownsdale and Chapman squares.And many Occupiers tell WW they will defy orders to leave."It is expected ...   More
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 AARON MESH

City Says Occupy Camp Needs To Clean Up—Or Else (Updated)


Portland City Hall is taking steps that will likely accelerate a confrontation with the Occupy Portland camp one block away. ---Yesterday, the Bureau of Development Services, which is responsible for building code enforcement and answers to Commissioner Dan Saltzman, sent a notice of code violations to Portland Parks & Recreation, which is responsible for maintaining the land on which Occupy Portland ...   More
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 COREY PEIN


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