Tag: reflections

Occupy Northeast: The Coffee Shop

by Kendall Reflections is a coffee shop where people meet to change the world. It’s a meeting space, book store, theatre, art gallery, music venue, and park. It’s one of the few places in Portland where people can buy African-American greeting cards and cowrie shells, fridge magnets and baskets. It’s a place to play chess,…

Reflections on “The New Jim Crow”

Photo by Kendall

By Kendall These are sound-bites from a discussion among eighteen people who met at Reflections Coffee House and Bookstore on the morning of March 31, for the first of six discussions of Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow. “I’m appalled that people are appalled about Trayvon Martin and not about Keaton Otis. Everybody’s real concerned…

Getting from A to B

By David Glenn Cox It was just a few hours of one day, February 29th. It was leap day in downtown Portland and we were gathering under the Burnside Bridge and being Portland, it was raining. I’m learning a little about this town now: Portland is unique it is a quiet city, quiet and unhurried.…

The Prisoner’s Dilemma

Tracy Mattner Nowhere is the hierarchical structure of our society more apparent than at the airport gate. Once on board, first class passengers recline comfortably while the coach masses shuffle slowly past and into the economy cabin. Zone four passengers are forced to gate check their carry-ons, even though there are remaining spaces in the…

The Changing Face of Homelessness

by Lana Buchanan It used to be that the homeless were the drunks and drug addicts that lived under the local bridge and people largely ignored them. In today’s world the faces of the homeless have changed, and it’s becoming increasingly hard to ignore. There are still many who choose to live on the streets,…

The Creeping Death of an Elitist Notion

by Lester Macgurdy You don’t need to be wealthy to be elitist. In fact, you don’t even need two nickels to rub together. The 99% are just as prone to elitism as the 1%. Despite the wide economic chasm separating us, we’re all still endowed with the same psychological building blocks. What does every bullied…

Ten Things I Love about Occupy Portland

By Deborah Rodney THE INCLUSIVENESS. In our mix there are a lot of differences– from the driven middle class professional to the self-medicated person numbing the effects of their homelessness through addiction. There are extreme liberals and a few tea partiers. There are differences in political priorities ranging from the desire to fix the system…

Letter from Illona Trogub

I was drawn to the Occupy Movement because I recognized a revolutionary moment. I’m 27 years old. I’ve been involved with activism in one form or another since I was 13. For the first time in my life, I feel like my sentiment resonates with the majority of people around the world. A huge awakening…

Letter from Carroll Wikander

Why I support the 99%. The idea of good government is built around a fairly simple premise, to pursue the common good and protect the innocent. This idea evolved because of the tyranny brought on by dictatorship or when governance was used by a few very privileged people to oppress and control the population. The…

Letter from Lana Buchanan

Occupy Portland Protest on Wall Street When I headed down to the protest I had no idea what to expect. What I found had a profound effect on me in that I learned I wasn’t alone, there were people there from all walks of life thinking and feeling the same things as I have been…