Category: Essays & Letters

Radical/Anti-Capitalist Caucus Rejects Legitimacy of Elections

by the Radical Anti-Capitalist Caucus With state primaries on the horizon, the Radical/Anti-Capitalist Caucus of Occupy Portland rejects the legitimacy of this year’s elections. We believe city problems are inadequately addressed by local elected officials. These problems can only be addressed by a politics of popular liberation and direct community empowerment. Regardless of who wins…

An Interview With Noam Chomsky

This story is from the Occupied News Wire.  It originally appeared at the Boston Occupier. In early March, Boston Occupier staffer D.J. Buschini sat down with Noam Chomsky, M.I.T. linguistics professor and acclaimed intellectual. The full text and video of this exclusive will be published shortly on bostonoccupier.com DJ Buschini: A good deal of committed…

How Rose Found Her Roar

by Angella Davis Today it was my privilege to sit down with Rose and Pam Hogeweide at Anna Bananas in North Portland to discuss Rose’s arrest on the morning of Occupy Portland’s eviction. They are a dynamic and strong mother and daughter that I first met after seeing proud mother Pam’s twitter posts announcing Rose’s…

Open Letter to Mayor Adams

by Kip Silverman Mayor Adams, In response to your recent tweet referencing Occupy Portland being in Chapman Square stating: “I gave it a try. Not safe,” I would just like to say that this comment is ridiculous. The “safety” issues raised by yourself and your chief of staff Jennifer Yocum and others were addressed when…

The Downside of Spontaneity When the Police Plan to Act Up

by Adam Rothstein On the night of Saturday, April 21, a group of Occupy Portland activists briefly “re-occupied” Chapman Square, spurred by a Facebook post sent that very evening. The media, the city, and the Police have, as usual, engaged in their own misguided interpretation of events, attempting to spin it as a trash-talking, beer-drinking…

A Brief History of May Day

This article is from the Occupied News Wire.  It originally appeared in the Occupied Oakland Tribune. By Scott Johnson – @OakScott For nearly 150 years, May 1st has been an international day to celebrate and defend the rights of the working class. While the immigrant rights movement and the Occupy movement have helped bring it…

(Only a Few) Candidates Gone Wild

By Elona Trogub “Candidates Gone Wild”, an event organized by the Bus Project, was not only an exercise in democracy, it was a blatant slap in democracy’s face–a reminder that our democracy only goes as far as the thickness of a candidate’s checkbook. Although poignant questions about racism and equity were raised–for example, why only…

Farewell (But Not Goodbye!) to Occupy Medford

By Benjamin Playfair The following is an open farewell letter to my local Occupy movement. An open letter to Occupy Medford: Before Occupy, I spent countless hours dreaming of being involved in helping to change our country. At times I thought in extremist absolutes about how to make that happen. At other times, my trains…

Why I Occupy – Diane Emerson

Every person has a story to tell about what is important to them. A story about decisions they have made and the motivating factors for those decisions, whether it be family, friends, economics, ethics, or some other reason. Every person has a story to tell about an event that changed their life. A turning point…