Liveblog: D3

Welcome to the liveblog for D3, when Occupy Portland marches and occupies a public park for free speech. I’m Adam Rothstein, and I’ll be chairing the liveblog, with help from our correspondents in the field. You can also follow us on Twitter for pertinent updates: @PDXoccupier. The Livestream is up and running.

3:10 AM – Around fifty people are staying in the park, waiting for the police to make their move. The Occupied Media Van has to turn in for the night. We’re going to get some sleep, and be back tomorrow to fill you in with the details of what is next for Occupy Portland. The Livestream is still here. Thanks for reading! Check in with The Occupier tomorrow. Good night.

3:08 AM – The late night folks are still holding tough. A single police car is in the parking lot across from the park, waiting for… who knows what. Here’s what the occupation looks like at 3 AM.

2:23 AM – The police appear to be holding off… for now. Remembering the last time they cleared a park, they waited it out until most people went to sleep, and then they moved in. In the meantime, another photo from earlier in the evening:

1:44 AM – Here’s a picture from the first time the police cleared the park. It shows a protester in an ambulance. The circumstances under which he was injured are unknown, but he appeared to be in a significant amount of pain.

Photo by Paul

1:33 AM – The current scene in Shemanski Plaza.

photo by @sonsofsoil

And another excellent shot from earlier this evening.

photo by @sonsofsoil

1:13 AM – Stilts! From night march earlier:

Another photo from earlier, the march on Burnside:

1:07 AM – Here’s a photo of Rumorz cafe, on the march, earlier. This is why it is ridiculous to kick Occupiers out of the park: the protesters roll along. Photo by Lauriel or Paul:

1:01 AM – Reports of police loading up at central precinct and coming back towards the park.

12:52 AM – Hearing a report that the riot police are on their way. Unconfirmed at this point. We did just see an officer drive by, and check on the scene at the park. Another excellent photo from earlier, by Paul or Lauriel:

12:43 AM – Things still status quo at the park. Hearing police sirens, but no sign of more cops forming up. Here’s another pic from the earlier raid. In case you wanted to know, the PPB overtime budget is going to support combat units like this, to counter all of the “danger”:

12:24 AM – Confirmed that police are back at the precinct, but who knows for how long. Here’s another pic from earlier in the evening, by Lauriel. In case there was any question who started blocking the streets:

12:08 AM – Here are two current pics, from Megan at the park.

12:06 AM – Police are pulling back to central precinct. Protesters standing strong for now. Here’s another photo, but note this is from the first assault on the park, around 9 PM.

11:46 PM – Riot cops are gearing up for raid number two. Entire block of Main and Sixth is lined with riot cops. It’s coming right now. Another picture from the march earlier (sorry for the delay on the visuals, but Livestream is up).

11:39 PM – A person with a holiday tree was removed from the second floor of City Hall by the Portland Fire and Rescue. Meanwhile, a large number of police cars with lights and siren rushed west on Jefferson towards the re-occupied park. Here is a picture of the march from before.

11:19 PM – Riot police now forming on the south side of the park. Here is a picture from the march on Broadway earlier.

11:08 PM – After marching down Broadway, protesters start yelling, “Take back the park!” Full on running, hundreds of protesters take back Shemanski park. Dancing to Thriller. Pictures soon.

10:50 PM – March is at 6th and Burnside, heading North on sixth. Here’s an earlier dance party. One would expect there to be more.

10:42 PM – The police succeeded in clearing the park, but by doing so they have unleashed a march with no goal, other than to parade through downtown. “All day, all night, we will not give up the fight” is the chant. Every time the police set up, the march turns down another street. People are apparently leaving the bars and clubs and dancing in the streets with the protesters.

10:19 PM – Protesters are northbound on 4th at Washington. Still in the streets, but obeying traffic signals and letting the MAX train pass.

Here’s a video of the gathering in front of City Hall, about twenty minutes old. Another photo from about twenty minute ago as well.


10:08 PM – Protesters are marching towards the waterfront, followed by riot cops. The police are trying to clear the street, but there are too many people. Protesters are letting the MAX trains through. Another picture from the park. We don’t know how many of these protesters were arrested in the park, because media was removed from the park area under threat of arrest.

9:53 PM – Protesters are gathering in front of City Hall, not blocking the streets. Protesters are having an open forum. Police have moved back a bit, but they are still on Jefferson and in front of the park across the street. A seargant’s SUV is behind the media van, shining their light on us. Bike swarm is back. Some more photos, first of the charge through the park, second of the standoff at Park and Salmon:

9:46 PM – Thank goodness, the holiday tree wasn’t seized by the police!

photo by @theriaultpdx

9:43 PM – Protesters are in front of city hall. About 25 riot police are behind the media van at Jefferson and 4th. Another photo from the park, at 9th and Salmon from about 30 minute ago.

9:40 PM – Media van moved again, and riot police are behind us again! This time South of Jefferson on SW 4th. Protesters are marching to City Hall. Here’s a pic from before, in the park.

9:21 PM – Holy crap. Sorry for the break. The police line surpassed our van. The cops shouted, “hold this van!” We stayed quiet, inside. Then they asked us to either get out of the van, and leave the area, or move the van. We moved. After bumping around for fifteen minutes, we’re at a new location. We know protesters were kettled at SW Salmon and Park, and at least one protester was taken away in an ambulance. Also heard reports of protesters being beaten with batons. Sorting photos now.

8:52 PM – Protesters still in park, though the police line has backed them halfway out, towards the south. The entire area north of the line is blocked off. There has been at least one arrest, here is a photo.

Photo by Paul

8:47 PM – Police line is on Park, 20 feet to the South of us. We are legally parked on the street.

8:45 PM – Riot police coming into the park NOW. I can hear the people chanting, “The whole world is watching.”

8:33 PM – Police are saying those who do not vacate are subject to arrest. Riot police are now also at SW Salmon and Park.

8:28 PM – Police are now making an announcement that the park is closed. They are ordering people to vacate the park.

8:23 PM – Reports of cops in riot gear at SW Main St and Park. Also bicycle cops around the Schnitzer. Photos of cops and trucks near Chapman.

Photo by Paul

Photo by Paul

8:16 PM – A dozen cops are coming out of the precinct in riot gear at 3rd and Madison. 4 Parks and Recreation dump trucks are also ready, stationed near Chapman Square.

8:13 PM – Denis Theriault reports that riot police in SUVs with a paddy wagon are heading towards the occupation, coming across the Hawthrone Bridge.

8:07 PM – A photo of the cops by the Performing Arts Center, that is at the NE corner opposite the occupied block.

Photo by @DrunkenMonkey42

8:02 PM – The Bat Signal has shut down for the evening. Thanks, @MungenCakes!

Photo by Paul

7:52 PM – GA has moved a bit south, but still in the block. This way they are closer to the tents, if the police come back. Here’s what the GA looks like now:

Photo by Paul

7:44 PM – Some more pictures from today’s events so far.

Photo by Lauriel

photo by Lauriel

7:34 PM – Reports of Park Rangers issuing some sort of written warnings or exclusions. They are no longer in the park, and the facilitators are trying to get the GA started again.

7:29 PM – Police came into the park, and were “poking” into tents. They were met by protesters, chanting “Whose park? Our park!” There are about a dozen cops, now back across the street near the Performing Arts Center.

7:17 PM – GA getting started. More new camp photos below.

Photo by Lauriel

Photo by Lauriel

7:03 PM – We sent correspondents to go find the cops assembling, and so far, haven’t found them. If you have seen police assembling and have photo documentation (or anything else newsworthy for that matter) you can either email us at [email protected] or get in touch over Twitter @PDXoccupier.

6:58 PM – The Bat Signal is up on the wall of the Schnitzer. Text @opdxBatSignal and your message to 23559 to get your words up. Free speech at the speed of light.

6:48 PM – Rumors of 40 cops in riot gear at SW 4th and Main.

6:45 PM – The GA is starting in fifteen minutes. Get your proposals in now! Some more photos from the new occupation camp.

Photo by Lauriel

Photo by Lauriel

Photo by Lauriel

6:28 PM – Denis Theriault (who you should totally follow on Twitter, by the way, for excellent on-the-ground coverage) is reporting the Tent Count is now at 21.

6:14 PM – Remember, that while setting up tents in the park is technically illegal, the park is open until 9 PM. We might not expect any police activity until that time, if past experience is any indication. In the meantime, here are some photos of new home.

Photo by Lauriel

Photo by Lauriel

Photo by Lauriel

6:00 PM – Here’s a bit of background on Shemanski Park. To tell the truth, it’s not called Shemanski Park: but the fountain is Shemanski Fountain, so we’re calling it that for now. Here’s what Portland Parks & Recreation has to say about it:

Located between Main and Salmon is the Shemanski Fountain, given to the city by Joseph Shemanski in 1926 to “express in small measure gratitude for what the city has done for me.” Shemanski (1869-1951) was a Polish immigrant who started out as a traveling clock salesman before he founded the Eastern Outfitting Co. and became an extremely successful businessman. The triangular structure of cast Oregon sandstone was designed by Carl L. Linde, a local architect whose work included many fine homes, hotels, and apartments. The fountain includes three small, low drinking basins for dogs.

The original design included a large central planter, but after the fountain was erected, Shemanski felt that a sculpture would better complete the graceful cupola. He commissioned Oliver Laurence Barrett, an art professor at the University of Oregon, to create a bronze statue of Rebecca at the Well. It is not clear why Rebecca was chosen, but as the wife of Isaac in the Old Testament known for her hospitality to strangers and kindness to animals, she was a fitting choice.

5:53 PM – Personal tents up in the park.

Photo by @DuaneMX

5:44 PM – Going through some photos of the march that are just coming in. Here’s a good one.

Photo by Lauriel

5:31 PM – Pop up pavilions, food, and soft music is what is going on right now. Heard a report that police attempted to take down one tent, but were cheered out of the park. The Occupied Media van is now a van again, and we’re set up with the media committee. If you have any good photos or confirmed info, drop by.

5:06 PM – Eight tents. Music performance underway. Jacob has been recording video snapshots of occupiers. Here are a few.




5:02 PM – Seven tents up, reports @occupyoregon. Also PA and stage.

5:00 PM – Bike swarm keeps going past me, bringing the funk. Here’s what the new occupation looks like so far:

Photo by Lauriel

4:49 PM – Kitchen is being set up around the fountain.

Photo by @occupyoregon

4:44 PM – The Occupied Media Volvo has moved again. As I drove past Shemanski Plaza (the park block between SW Main and Salmon) I saw the park filled with occupiers. The camp is already taking shape. Little police presence as yet. I can hear “Whose park? Our park!” from where I am now a block away.

4:33 PM – The new location is the Park Blocks, it seems. Denis Theriault reports that tents are already up at 9th and Salmon.

4:29 PM – March is at SW 6th and Main.

Photo by @occupymoon

4:24 PM – Jacob reports that the protesters are moving themselves out of the way of buses and MAX trains.

Photo by Jacob

4:19 PM – “Peace”.

Photo by Jacob

4:15 PM – “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out” is the chant, reports Jacob. March still on SW 5th, heading South. Protesters are currently in the street, and on MAX tracks.

4:09 PM – March now on Oak St, moving to South on SW 5th. Denis Theriault reports that the march was supposed to stay on the sidewalk but has followed the bike swarm into the street.

Photo by Jacob

3:43 PM – March is getting started, heading North along Waterfront Park. Bike Swarm is in the lead, reports Jacob.

Photo by Jacob

3:35 PM – “The 1st Amendment is our permit.”

Photo by Lauriel

3:30 PM – One of the feeder/solidarity marches today was a March in Solidarity with the People of Egypt.

Photo by Lauriel

3:25 PM – More people coming in. Right now everyone is waiting to find out the “Big Info”.

Photo by Jacob

3:15 PM – Photo of the bike swarm.

Photo by Jacob

3:11 PM – Here’s the march route, in case you have not seen it. The confusion at the end is where we decide to head towards as-yet-unannounced-occupation-site.

3:07 PM – Small but vibrant Bike Swarm has arrived, bringing the funk (literally). You can follow their own Twitter stream for updates: @PDXbikeswarm.

3:04 PM – Photo of the rally getting underway, by Jacob. Also reports that coffee has arrived.

Photo by Jacob

2:45 PM – Fox 12 is currently parking their news van next to us.

2:39 PM – Media van up and running. And I’m sorry about the “N3” mis-title. Now I know what month it is! 🙂

1:45 PM – Im at the fountain at Salmon Street and Waterfront park. People are gathering on this chilly day, getting signs together. Livestream is on scene and broadcasting.

  11 comments for “Liveblog: D3

  1. December 3, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Please read, skip the story part if ya want. First and last three paragraphs are the most important, but please read the rest before you disregard. Thanks all! Your Hero’s

  2. December 3, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Sorry if I already sent this I don’t think I did.

    Sex, Religion, Politics, Corruption, Despair, Hope – ALL HERE


  3. Kendall
    December 3, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    You’re all doing a terrific job. We’re out here cheering for you. Great LiveBlog. Great pictures. Thanks so much for all you’re doing.

  4. john
    December 4, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    I love the reoccupation. Wish I could have been there all night. I’ve been having all these weird ideas after watching “The Take” and reading the definitions of anarchy in the Portland Occupier. I’m probably way behind the people in the GA’s and the Spokes Counsels, but I’ve got to express myself. I ran these feelings and ideas by a friend of mine and he thought the people, the 99% were too stupid to grasp and enact such a vision. But, like someone once said, “I have a dream.” My dream is inspired by the anarchist idea of having a system within the shell of the existing, corrupt system. In “The Take” the Argentine people started occupying the closed factories. They started producing goods co-operatively. The different co-ops helped each other start up and continue. A couple years ago I did a five week camping and surf trip on Isla Natividad in Baja Norte. The fishermen on the island were members of a fishing co-op that included all the fishermen in the area. They had a co-op cannery, grocery store, fishing boats, boats for bringing supplies to the island, boats for shuttling tourist and residents to and from the island. This was all being done within the corrupt country of Mexico. The people in this fishing co-op had their own little world, at least in an economic sense. Couldn’t we start co-op businesses? Occupation brand clothing, coffee shops, restaurants, clinics, hospitals, schools, etc. Couldn’t we create a new currency for doing business. Aren’t there seamstresses, doctors, lawyers, chefs, sheepshearers, farmers, steelworkers, scientist, teachers, masons, and gardeners in the occupy movement. I’d like to shop at a mall that is all socially and economically responsible occupy co-op businesses. A couple of weeks ago I was in Portland for the healthcare march and silent vigil at city hall. It was cold, I felt underdressed. After the march I went looking for some warm clothes to buy to get ready for the vigil. I saw a Pendleton store with posters on the windows featuring pretty Native American women holding woven blankets. Surely I’d find some warm, US made clothes here. Inside I found a nice woven vest. I took it off the hanger to try it on and there was a $139 price tag and a tag that said “Made in Mauritius.” I decided to brave the vigil in the clothes I had. Couldn’t we cooperatively compete with this kind of bullshit and all the other corporate bullshit? I think we are not as stupid as my friend said we were.

  5. Jon
    December 4, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    The link to twitter in the first paragraph was either hacked by someone or these guys are phising folks over to some wacky survey scam.

    Don’t click the link to @PDXOccupier – you’ll end up at a phissing site (

    Come on dudes!

    • OccupyPDXjacob
      December 4, 2011 at 8:11 PM

      i took care of it. thanks for pointing that out. i don’t know who got into it but whoever they are, they’re probably not any kind of ally.

      • rothstei
        December 4, 2011 at 8:48 PM

        Yes, thanks for catching that and bringing it to our attention. It might have simply been a typo, though a dangerous one.

  6. Teresa
    December 4, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    I think most folks doing home-made Occupy stuff are sharing with folks in camp, bartering or accepting donations. Keep hanging out! At the last camp you could get extra clothes at the donation tent. One of the reasons we need the camp to succeed. So we can have a place to go 24/7 to volunteer, donate, observe, report and support; so Occupy can be a paradigm, not just a protest — with a library and public services like food, coffee, outreach, medical aid, a library… And that is why they oppose the camp in riot gear. No matter the spin of “public safety” (while they endanger us), “keeping the streets clear,” (while they block them), “law and order” (while they break it). Our non-compliance is our power. Don’t shop at stores whose corporations are bigger than small nations, who oppress entire populations to supply us with crapola. Don’t support monoculture and GMO-foods while farmers drink their pesticides and hang themselves from trees in protest. Don’t buy fashion for children made by other children.
    Thank you for televising the revolution!
    Thank you everyone who reads, posts and shares.
    We are the 99% and you are our heroes.

  7. December 4, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Nice to see your trying to remain vigilant, and keep a voice. You might consider using fewer well REEEEAAAALLLYYY Bad photos, and hook-up with afew people that know how to do these events. REALLY glad Adrainne and Marcelle are staying in the picyure. Remember STRENGTH IN NUMBERS. Thats how us old Dudes ended a war…yup, that Vietnam thing.

    Use your heads!!!!. for christmas….I suggest that everyone EVERYONE this mess we’re in thats have a very tough time financial. Send Barac and Michelle ALL OF THEIR BILLS student loans, foreclosue notices, utility payments, Medical Bills to: The Obama’s 600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, DC. the week before Christmas.

    I think that having maybe 3-400,000 people going to Washington DC and Camping on the mall is a decent Idea. At least MLK got peoples attention that way. How’d that turn out. If you need someone who knows how to get the message out there, maybe you should contact me. This is attempt #24. Check out my site, God be with you all.

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