Elders Have Spoken With Their Bodies

By an Old Woman Who Votes

The average age of the 25 people arrested this morning for demonstrating Civil Disobedience on the Steel Bridge is fifty.  Eight (corrected, not nine) were over sixty years old. It’s time for the spin masters at Portland’s City Hall to stop characterizing Occupy Portland as young and unrealistic. Some of us have weathered many struggles. From Civil Rights to Women’s rights, from Peace to Gay Rights, we have been on the front lines of every progressive political change in the past half-century.

photo by K. Kendall


Listen to us: the young idealists among us are more attuned to the realities on the ground than the politicians who continue to cast their lot with the banksters. The young, hard-working organizers who got this movement onto the ground and into the tents know what they’re doing.


By evicting Occupy Portland from the two tiny, seldom-used parks downtown, Portland’s mayor has betrayed the progressives who elected him, and if our Chief of Police thinks he’s going to ride into the mayor’s office on our backs, he’s more unrealistic than the greenest twenty-year-old.


Bernie Sanders is one of us. Listen up. The man tells it simply and clearly. He says the U.S. has the most unequally-distributed wealth in the developed world. Why is that? Maybe the Portland Business Alliance has an answer to that. Let’s ask them. I understand they’re bankrolling Reese for Mayor.



photo by K. Kendall




photo by K. Kendall

  11 comments for “Elders Have Spoken With Their Bodies

  1. Carrie
    November 17, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    Way to go Elders!!! Thank you for your wisdom and sacrifice. Together, the generations are strong and informed. 🙂

  2. Sachi
    November 17, 2011 at 9:10 PM

    I thanked a retired union man for joining us today, and he said, “Thank YOU for joining US!” So true! Thank you for paving the way, teaching us, inspiring us, and still marching with us!

  3. leif anderson
    November 18, 2011 at 8:29 AM

    Beautiful and REALISTIC! Thank you for giving voice to those who know.

  4. Tuscany
    November 18, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    The occupy movement is our last hope. Take to the streets America.

  5. Kyle Stallings
    November 18, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Would someone link to the actual data on this or do we just accept what we read now?

    • Matthew Estes
      November 18, 2011 at 6:28 PM

      I agree, please include the names and ages of those arrested. It will give significant weight to your statements. I support this movement completely, but I do not trust un-verified information I read on the internet. Please post the names and ages of those arrested. Thank you.

  6. BudG
    November 18, 2011 at 4:08 PM
  7. Kathleen
    November 19, 2011 at 1:17 AM

    Well said! I occupied Santa Rosa, CA, and there were more than a few gray heads! Keep it moving!

  8. KendallOP
    November 19, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    List of those arrested in this action, as released by Portland Police Bureau, http://www.portlandonline.com/police/pbnotify.cfm?action=List
    Flash News 49427
    As BudG says, do your own calculation:

    Update: Portland Police Make 34 Arrests Today – 11/17/11
    Today, Thursday November 17, 2011, the Portland Police Bureau made 25 arrests on the east side of the Steel Bridge for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree. The following people were arrested and given criminal citations to appear in court:

    39-year-old Heather Anne Conroy
    59-year-old William Kelsey
    62- year-old William Magorian
    35-year-old Tessa Brooks
    68-year-old Johanna Brenner
    68-year-old Joye Camacho
    57-year-old Madelyn Elder
    33-year-old Maro Sevastopoulos
    58-year-old Lorene Scheer
    26-year-old Katie Coomber-Bernard
    37-year-old Elizabeth Elwood
    54-year-old Elizabeth Campos
    60-year-old Timothy Flanagan
    67-year-old Michael Colvin
    62-year-old James Partridge
    68-year-old Peter Parks
    50-year-old Craig Mahaffy
    66-year-old Kent Sprang
    56-year-old Robert Rossi
    20-year-old Eduardo Rocha
    42-year-old Troy Geary
    33-year-old Aaron Giesa
    47-year-old Nathan Bennet
    30-year-old Steven Gilliam Jr.
    42-year-old Samuel Davila

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