About Last Night

by Adam Rothstein

I cried this morning upon hearing the OPB radio story of Jamison Park last night. I still well up thinking about it.

I am so proud of the people that stood for the rights of my grandchildren, their generation, and myself last night. How can I ever repay that?

I wonder, too, how can we educate the folks that sit in local government? How can we tell them that they are mistaken as to what what is going on?

Randy Leonard, Sam Adams, and the Portland Police Bureau used some very brusque language when discussing our plans for Jamison—discussing us, not discussing with us—it would seem. But when it came down to it, people in the plaza—who had volunteered to be arrested if necessary—did what they said they would.

They simply allowed themselves to be cuffed and went limp. No violence.

The City and the police on duty were scared that the Occupation was in Jamison. The Occupation faced heavily armed, trained forces that out-numbered them by almost three to one. Violence often happens when people are scared, but do not understand why.

No one EVER said the Occupation is about what the City and the Police keep saying it is about.

We kept our promise. We Occupied. We were not violent.

I have walked through the halls of universities and colleges this last week. They incessantly talk about Occupy in their classrooms, as relevant to their studies.

Late Night mainstream media talk shows have jokes about the Occupation as a staple.

Every time there is a news article about the Economy and the Common Man, the next sentence is about the Occupation.

The Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Chase reversed the plan to implement a fee for using debit cards.

We are Legion. We are here. We come in Peace. I think maybe they might have seen us.

by Teresa Boze

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  6 comments for “About Last Night

  1. Looking for integrity
    November 3, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    The City and the police on duty were scared that the Occupation was in Jamison. The Occupation faced heavily armed, trained forces that out-numbered them by almost three to one. Violence often happens when people are scared, but do not understand why

    Total officers in PPD about 1200

    Occupy Portland press release states 600 marching to Jamison and another 450 supporters, 3:1 ratio equals about 3,000 officers…dont think so

    Eye witness account of about 50 core protesters, another 150 chanting supporters (who did not want to leave the square), 3:1 ratio equals about 600 officers….dont think so

    50 core protesters, 3:1 ratio equals about 150 officers…dont think so.

    Facts are important, otherwise write for Hollywood or Faux News.

    • rothstei
      November 3, 2011 at 5:40 PM

      I believe there were 27 protesters occupying the square, as that was the number of arrests. The 3:1 ratio refers to that, hence around 80 police officers. I believe that is about accurate, from the officers and support personnel I witnessed at Jamison park.

      – AR, as PoC

      • LFI
        November 4, 2011 at 12:47 AM

        Its NOT accurate as the majority of the 80 police officers were focused on the 150 odd people collected around the square, many of whom were supporters, were yelling and screaming and did not want to leave the square. To imply that 80 police officers were focused on the 27 who were arrested is misleading and counter-productive.. I witness all of this as well.

        • rothstei
          November 4, 2011 at 1:52 AM

          It sounds like to you disagree on your opinion of what the people were there to do, and not the explanation of the numbers. Which, of course, is your privilege.

          – AR, PoC

          • LFI
            November 4, 2011 at 10:45 AM

            I disagree with both and it’s possible for the disagreement of the numbers presented and the protest methodology to coexist. The broader issue represented by the self-serving slant of the numbers and the insistence on destabilizing the city’s infrastructure is one of the lack of integrity this represents.

  2. Ulla54
    November 6, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Back on the grid for a moment…Much love to Teresa and everyone who kept us in your prayers. Ulla x-603 in peace, love and solidarity

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