Clark Merrefield, our intrepid Portland correspondent, files a report from #OccupyPortland:
Protesters affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement marched to Lownsdale Square in Downtown Portland this afternoon. Unofficial estimates from the protestors put their ranks at around 10,000.
Portland’s mayor, Mayor Sam Adams, tweeted earlier this evening he actually welcomed the protesters: “Just popped outside of #PDX City Hall to greet the #OccupyPortland crowd passing on SW Jefferson & thank them for having a peaceful event.” And to the conspiracy theorists in NYC who say Twitter’s blocking #occupywallstreet (which the company has consistently denied), #occupyportland is trending.
[image description: photo of a person in a US military uniform and scarf (covering hir head and face) holding a paper with text; text follows description]
I was deployed to Iraq 4x
5 of my friends are dead
1 of my friends is missing his arm
1 of my friends killed himself
I’ve been blown up 2x by roadside bombs
Hearing fireworks makes me nervous
I don’t sleep at night
All so bankers and war profiteers could get richer
I am the 99%
How is it that an NYPD lieutenant — or someone ranked higher — has essentially been cleared of assaulting protestors with pepper spray simply by having a police spokesperson say that the incident was justified, and that the pepper spray was used in response to “something that was edited out or otherwise not captured in the video” that has since gone viral? Why aren’t the news media asking Mayor Bloomberg or Police Commissioner Kelly exactly what it was those women did that warranted being corralled and assaulted like animals? And who was the cop? There are media here on Tumblr who should be asking these questions.