Mayor Announced Eviction of Occupation and Closure of Parks

In a press conference at this morning at 10 AM, Mayor Sam Adams announced that 12:01 AM on Sunday, November 13th, both Chapman and Lownsdale parks will be cleared of protesters and materials, and closed for repairs.

In the mayor’s statement, he said that growing problems of crime and drug use in the parks has become unmanageable. The protesters have been responsive and communicative, but he cannot allow the occupation to continue as is. The parks will be closed and fenced off for as long as necessary to rehabilitate the parks. The mayor said that outreach will be conducted by the city for the homeless and those with social needs.

“Events have conspired to make these camps especially vulnerable to problems,” the mayor said.

He mentioned that the city must balance free speech with the impact of that free speech.

“We will be prepared to make arrests.”

An emergency GA has been scheduled for noon today, in order to discuss a plan for the occupation.

If you wish to tell the city of your support for Occupy Portland, here are city contact numbers:

Sam Adam’s Office:
503-823-4120

Police Chief Michael Reese:
503-823-0000

Police Captain Sarah Westbrook:
503-823-0279

Police Lieutenant Bob Heimbach:
503-823-0253

Police Services, Central Precinct:
503-823-0097

Commission of Public Safety Randy Leonard:
503 823-4682

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  2 comments for “Mayor Announced Eviction of Occupation and Closure of Parks

  1. faciLITator
    November 10, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    The most recent visit I paid to OccupyPortland, last week, included talking with people involved there on a daily basis. When I asked if there was any “exit strategy” (besides the downtown businesses, etc., it IS going to rain more and get colder, cutting down on the number of occupiers willing to camp anyway) they looked at me rather blankly and replied that they were “there for the duration.”
    While I salute their dedication and perseverance, I truly believe there must be more Portland area community involvement to get more people personally active (example: I made a WE ARE THE 99% sign for the back window of my car and–pardon my dipping into the capitalist system–purchased bumper stickers, buttons and a long-sleeve shirt online. So far I have seen no others outside of the Occupation itself, though I admit I may have missed them as I do not willingly drive my car around town much.)
    I find increased confusion and unhappiness about the movement from friends and acquaintances that have no first-hand experience and are increasingly being misinformed by the corporate media. WE ARE THE 99% is a great descriptor of the movement but it is being turned into a derisive label for the encampments’ residents and the problems inherent in “occupying” a large, previously unprepared, space.
    I suggest taking a look at decentralizing the committees and continuing GA’s within, relatively speaking, so-called “legal” gathering places and times, e.g., Schrunk Plaza, Jamison Square, etc., only during the day and evening. Possibly some type of schedule for permanent visibility might be maintained near the original encampments nearly round-the-clock.
    I’m sorry I can’t remember exactly where as there’s been so much to watch, read, etc., but somewhere I remember OccupyPortland being referred to early on as “the Portland model” for the movement (I think Amy Goodman or a guest on “Democracy Now” [POP ch. 029], i.e. non-violence, communication with city officials and police, etc., while maintaining a visible public presence). While I realize there will undoubtedly be confrontation and arrests (the 1% will not give in easily–by the way, does anybody know how many of the 1% actually live in the Portland area?).
    I feel some affinity for the workers that are being asked to carry out the 1%’s agenda (example: an acquaintance of mine is on the Portland police force and has seen what has happened in, as Geo. H. W. Bush called us, “Little Beirut”, and supports the ideology of the 99%. He realizes he is a part but is dreading having to take actions he is ordered to perform; I also feel bad for the refuse collectors–is there any money for paying their overtime along with paying towards park damage? Just an idea –I received back my $100 “media” donation and am looking for a way to best use it). I do heartily recommend and support the participation in ongoing marches and other demonstrations.
    I am often asked, “What’s next?”, “What is the focus?” My feeling, having watched the Karl Roves, FoX News and Koch Bros., etc., ad nauseum, is that the widespread diversity of issues being spoken to is a strength and staying away from being pigeon-holed to one or two makes the Occupy movement a more difficult “target” (sorry but that word seems to fit). The old divide and conquer can’t work if we stay united–trite but true.
    In Solidarity — Peace, Love & Hang Loose.

  2. r. willis
    November 10, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    in the press conference adams was asked, do you think these problems (homeless wandering the streets, drug use, drug dealing) will go away when you break up the camp? his answer was to revert to the “events have conspired” talking point.

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