Some Lies and Misinformation Surrounding Occupy Portland

Photo by Kendall

Lataya Dailey

“The Occupiers Cost Thousands of Dollars of Damage to the Parks.”

We’ve heard the estimate that over 85,000 dollars in damage was caused by Occupiers while the protest site was established in Chapman and Lownsdale Park.
According to a press release from workers of LABORERS’ LOCAL 483 who maintain the parks “ The Parks department’s estimate of the cost of refurbishing Chapman and Lownsdale parks unfairly implicates the Occupy Portland encampment.”

“None of the stuff that they are saying happened because of the Occupiers. I don’t care if they say it costs $85,000, the point is that the Portland occupiers did not do it!” – Recently retired Portland Parks and Recreation employee Dan Forner.
Read the full press release here.

When the Parks Department held a volunteer cleanup day for the parks the media said very few protesters took part. This was an outright lie. The positions available for the cleanup were filled quickly because within Occupy Portland the information needed to sign up was widely shared. There was such a large interest in the volunteer opportunity that many Occupiers were turned away. No reporters or city officials asked the volunteers if they were from Occupy Portland so the number the media reported is not based in fact.

“Increase in Crime at the protest site in Chapman and Lownsdale parks was the reason the site was dismantled.”

Here is an article that uses statistics from the Police Bureau’s own site Crime Mapper to show that is not true. Recently a 130 page document was released that shows the true reason for not only Occupy Portland’s eviction but for many Occupy sites across the country. Homeland Security held conference calls with numerous Mayors to evict peaceful protesters. Even though the press releases, meant for the public, found in this document say DHS was not actively coordinating with City Officials to evict  protesters the existence of this document proves they indeed were. There are a lot of blacked out sections that would make an interesting read.

“Occupiers are unemployed and looking for handouts.”

Well sure, some of the people participating in Occupy are jobless since we have a high rate of unemployed in the USA. Our jobs are being sent overseas at an alarming rate. Even so the majority of Occupiers are in fact employed. Here is a survey done on Occupiers in North Carolina. One is under way for Portland.

We are made of community members and will reflect a wide array of people. We are not asking for handouts; we are protesting our grievances and organizing to find solutions.

The media repeatedly seeks individuals they have used to create a stereotype for Occupiers. That is why most people in Portland are unaware of one of our most beloved regular Occupiers. She is an 80-year-old woman who is never shown in pictures of our events just like many other regular participants that do not fit the media’s desired stereotype.

“Occupy is a violent movement.”

Occupy has never endorsed or advocated violence. We do use direct action and peaceful civil disobedience.

“Occupy has no clear message.”

From day one we have targeted the 1%, meaning ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) and the corporations behind ALEC that are destroying our economy and way of life. There are many issues we have addressed along the way but they always come back to Citizens United and Corporate Personhood.
We have created our own media where you can find more information on our events and goals.

Here are some sites where you can discover just how clear the message is:
Occupy Portland’s main page
Occupy Portland’s  newspaper
Occupy St. Johns main page
Occupy Portland/Occupy St. Johns participants and events are often on KBOO as well

Occupy has targeted the Mainstream Media as a tool for the 1%.
Back in 1983, approximately 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the United States.  Today, ownership of the news media has been concentrated in the hands of just six incredibly powerful media corporations.
There is a lot of information out there on this topic. Here are two sources: one, and two.

We know we have to stand against those who have a wealth of resources to improve our country and quality of life.

Our history shows that our working conditions improve when people unite under a common cause. Solidarity!

  7 comments for “Some Lies and Misinformation Surrounding Occupy Portland

  1. May 15, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Occupy Charleston SC planned a park cleanup as part of it’s 99 hour event at Brittlebank Park in October. On Sunday no cigarette butts could be found in the park and it was cleaner than it had been at any time during it’s existence. While the city cleans the park, it has never had the labor necessary to get all the Cigarette Butts. It was slow, nasty work by dozens of Occupiers who knew we would be accused of trashing the park.

  2. Jackie
    May 15, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Thanks for the great summary and references, Lataya. The Homeland Security communications are very interesting to read, even with the blacked-out bits.

    Nan told me that actually she’s turning 75, on May 28! Maybe we should plan a celebration for our elder-activist and let the world know more about who we are.

  3. Jim Harrison
    May 15, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Well written and well stated.

  4. Worthless
    May 15, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Perfect. I’d add that the Livestream crew on location during the cleanup day talked to all the volunteers, and every one of them were Occupiers or associated with them.

  5. D.
    May 15, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    I’m all for the Occupiers! I’d just like to see them be a lot more tidier!!!! Don’t let people destroy the beauty of Portland !!! Whether their occupiers or not,tell everyone to clean up after themselves,cause those are the one giving us legit occupiers a bad name!!! Where here to set the example,and show that we’re as good or better than the 1%!!!! Thank You! Keep up the Occupying!!!! And get your real news from!!!

  6. May 16, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Fed Occupy Movement Crackdown: a recent related FOIA article confirms the Homeland Security (was involved in the crushing and then the covering of their trail)

    Thanks for writing the article about this Portland Occupy misinformation and reporting the obvious, which mainstream media lied about.

  7. May 19, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Great article and excellent resources!

    OCCUPY Portland Radio is now on the air. Tune in the 3rd and 5th Wednesday of each month at 6PM. Your hosts Joe Lino and Jimmy Tardy will bring you in-depth looks at a variety of Occupy Portland efforts at community building, fighting the system through the courts, the historical arc that the Occupy movement is continuing, and more!

    We are also broadcasting streaming interviews, music, and past editions of the on-air show at:

    give us a listen and feel free to contact us at: [email protected]

    we look forward to hearing from you!

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