Archive for August, 2011

8.26.11 In northeast Portland on 71st and Fremont street there was a roar of chants flowing as IndyMedia filmed in support.  Once again, security was dispatched (to this location for the first time) and they proceeded to monitor the protest from the inside of the store.  There were 4-5 people who decided to not buy a pizza and confronted the management about these issues (sexual harrassment and racial discrimination).  The public show of support was outstanding, and once again many cars drove by honking their horns.  Some even parked and joined the picketing.  We recieved reports that other workers in the area have also been mistreated at their own jobs.  One young man interviewed said he had been recently fired from a deli shop that same day and had endured cruel treatment by the owners of the deli.  According to him, they made homophobic references to him and called him names before and at the time of his discharge.  This protest was filmed by Joe Anybody, and is available to watch on YouTube.

Papa Murphy’s Pizza Protest #5 video:


8.19.11   Report:  In attendance of the Papa Murphy’s Pizza protest, there was a great show of support.  Jobs With Justice attended and showed concern for this issue.  Other organizations following this story include the IWW and Socialist Workers.  The picketing stirred up much emotion and many flyers were handed out letting the public know whats going on.  On this particular protest, it was decided that the movement would continue on to the location at 71st and Fremont (operated by the same owner).  Joe Anybody simultaneously captured footage at this location.  The police were called to both stores over minuscule accusations.  Keep reading my blog and checking my YouTube to catch up on whats happening with this.  There is another picketing planned for friday August 26th, at the NE 15th and Fremont location.