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The Biggest Occupation Ever

December 16, 2011

photo by Gina

by Gina Ronning

On December 16th, a flash mob organized by the Occupy Everywhere Campaign marched to the ‘Black Box’ building, the home of the Portland Business Alliance, and occupied its lobby with a miniature Occupy Portland diorama. The Portland Business Alliance was occupied because of its commitment to the agenda’s of the one percent as well as its involvement and support of Portland’s discriminatory city ordinances that continuously target Portland’s most vulnerable.

From the Portland Business Alliance the group marched to occupy Mill Ends Park, which happens to be the Guinness Book of World Records world’s smallest park. There, miniature tents, tiny protest signs, and little police officers were placed in the park as a symbolic representation of the Occupy movement and the struggle for freedom of speech.

This kick-off event is the beginning of what will be a mass PR campaign entitled “The Occupy Everywhere Campaign” intended to help generate awareness about Occupy Portland and the issues of economic injustice and corporate greed.

For more information or to get involved in future mini occupations please contact:
occupyeverywherepdx@gmail.com

photo by Gina

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8 Responses to The Biggest Occupation Ever

  1. Brigid on December 16, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    And folks wonder why Portland is labeled weird

  2. Occupier Davis on December 16, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    This.is.Awesome.

  3. Justin on December 16, 2011 at 7:41 PM

    This article neglects to mention that cops showed up. They impeded traffic, then told the protesters, who were not in the street at all, that they were impeding traffic and were subject to arrest. Cameron Whitten refused to be bullied off public land when he was not breaking any laws. He was arrested for what amounts to being on the sidewalk in broad daylight. It seems that we no longer have the right to exist in public space. If a cop approaches you as you are walking down the sidewalk and tells you to jump, you will go to jail unless you jump like a good little robot. We should all be angry. And Im disappointed in the author for leaving this huge part of the story, this massive injustice, out of the article.

  4. old kate on December 16, 2011 at 9:22 PM

    this.
    WAS.
    awesome.

    glad to be a part of it. #occupyeverywhere

  5. StJason on December 16, 2011 at 10:28 PM

    …they didnt manage to evict Patrick OToole in 1948, they wont manage to evict from Mills End this time either. OToole, the origional Occupier.

  6. John Andersen on December 17, 2011 at 3:37 AM

    It’s creativity like this that could capture the imagination of many, perhaps the masses.

  7. Beti on December 17, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Of course theres a police car in the background.

  8. Gina on December 18, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    I was told to describe this event in 100 words or less….I didn’t mean to leave out the story about the police…but I am not great with concise. Besides Cameron’s mug shot is everywhere…we all know he got arrested for occupying the world’s smallest park! LOL



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