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Though its hard to believe, it’s been one year since the initial OWS Occupation started a mass movement of the people. At one time, we had the largest of them all here in Portland. Occupiers took to the street in unison with injured and fired Colombian workers who have been exploited by GM and are now in 412 days of Occupying, sewing their mouths shut in a hunger strike.

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On 9/17, Occupy Portland and many other local organizations such as PCASC, Witness For Peace and Portland Jobs With Justice joined forces to rally and march in solidarity with Colombian workers who are in a hunger strike and have been fired from their jobs in a General Motors affiliated manufacturing plant after recieving injuries which occured on the job. This day was also chosen as it is the one year anniversary of the Occupy movement which has helped create an outlet for upset Americans to voice their frustrations. A crowd of about 200 people were present for this action and it made its way to a Chevy dealership where protesters delivered a memo to be given to GM headquarters. The peaceful march and celebration ended in St. Francis Park, part of St. Francis Church, where Occupy Portland now operates.

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Occupy One Year Anniversary / Colombian GM Workers Solidarity March, Rally, & Speeches (Short)

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Patrick Donahoe, the Post Master General, made a visit to the Vancouver, WA Hilton Hotel today (8/21) to attend a Postal Carrier Convention and meet with the public. A Portland “Save Americas Postal Service” organization called Portland Communities and Postal Workers United had planned for his visit, and welcomed him with a protest. Donahoe, being head of the US Postal Service, has implemented deep cuts and closures to postal services and communities across the nation are standing up to it.

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Cascadia Welcomes Post-Master General Patrick Donahoe With Protest

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On 8/16, a well planned action took place at several army/military recruiting offices in Portland. At the end of the days actions, all groups of protesters met up at the Lloyd Center Recruiting Office for a mass protest. They marched from there across town to an Obama Campaign Training Facility where they Occupied the building and 6 persons went into the office and refused to leave.

Upon closing time of the office, the protesters would not budge and were locked in the facility by management. Portland Police were called and around a dozen cops showed up. They were advised by a liason that the protesters intended to stay until PFC Bradley Manning was released and the police stated that “that is an unreal demand”. They asked if the protesters intended to be arrested (which they did) and proceeded to bring in the wagon, enter the building, and arrest 5 protesters in a peaceable manner. Prior to doing so, they made an over the mic announcement that everyone was being recorded by cameras in patrol cars.

Remaining supporters marched to the downtown Justice Center in solidarity and the people were released within two hours of being arrested. This is part of a national solidarity effort and day of action to free Private Bradley Manning.

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Free Bradley Manning Protest – 5 Arrested Inside Obama Campaign Facility (Short)

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There are Colombian workers which have been exploited and fired by a Colombian GM manufacturing plant for injuries they recieved while on the job. They have been in a fight against the subsidiary for over a year and now are in a hunger strike. They started the strike on August 1st, and sewed their own mouths shut as a bold statement to GM. This day is a national day of action in which many other countries and cities have staged protests and actions, including in Detroit at the main plant.

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Colombia Solidarity – Flash Mob – Speech

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Solidarity With GM Workers – John Walsh Interview

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Portland held its third “Occupy The Post Office” action on friday. Though numbers were low, groups of former and retired postal workers and activists managed to reach out to the community at three different north and northeast Portland locations. Laurie King, a long time Portland activist and organizer with Portland Jobs With Justice tells us how the closure of Post Offices along with cuts to workers and mail service will affect people. This is part of a broader national campaign to Save Americas Postal Service, and was organized by Portland Communities and Postal Workers United.

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Occupy The Post Office #3 – St. Johns To Piedmont

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ALEC Busters from Peace House Friends joined forces with Portland Jobs With Justice to rally in full HAZMAT dress-up in front of the verizon wireless store downtown. They were there protesting verizons cuts to workers wages, health benefits, and the fact that verizon will not accept a new fair Union contract for its employees. Portland police show up to respond to a call from verizon staff and realize that the street theater action is completely legal and that citizens were just exercising their rights. Ha!

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ALEC Busters Bring Out The S.W.A.T. Team On Verizon

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A large community support group gathered in Gresham to rally and march for solidarity against Anaheim police abuse. This action now follows the last successful rally at the north Portland police precinct and aimed to bring community awareness of police misconduct to the neighbouring city of Gresham, where there are few community support networks. Gresham police were well aware of the march, roaming behind on sidestreets and parking lots.

This action took around 70 activists on a tour of the wasteful municipal expenditures of the city of Gresham, and great speeches were delivered along the way. Cameron Whitten, activists JoAnn Hardesty & Cindy Fisher, and Fred Bryant- father of Keaton Otis, an african-american young man who was controversially killed by police in a moment of panic and reaction by wary officers- spoke with emotion and clarity standing against police violence and misuse of force.

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Solidarity With Anaheim Rally #2 @ Rockwood Police Precinct (Short Version)

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The trailer for the coming second “Stand With The People Of Anaheim” rally to follow the one in north Portland in which over 100 community members assembled, rallyed, marched, and gathered at the north precinct to protest police misconduct in Portland and Anaheim.

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Anaheim Solidarity Rally – Rockwood Police Precinct

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Annette Steele, an elderly 79-year old grandmother residing in northeast Portland recieved notice that her home is being forclosed upon by a lender under the CitiGroup umbrella. Steele has lived in her home for 25 years and was close to paying her home off. A multnomah county circuit court judge ruled in favor of eviction enforceable as of midnight 7/28, and dozens of community supporters and media outlets showed up to hear Annettes’ story. She says she will not be moved and will remain in her home.

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Elderly Grandmother Thwarts Eviction Attempt By CitiGroup Mortgage Lender