posted on Oct, 11 2011 @ 12:12 PM
First off I wanted to address NEO96. What are you doing to help make our country any better? I see you post a lot of hate on the OWS threads, but
what are you doing to help? The occupy movement is in its infancy. You seem to be very knowledgeable so why not help inform your brothers and sisters
and share your wisdom. If many others agree with your ideas and opinions, we could use them for good. It bothers me deeply when people like you spout
negativity like a plague. It appears you come on the OWS just to make people who support them feel like idiots. In another thread, you called them a
bunch of posers. If you do something positive or at least speak your mind on a positive level, I'm certain you will feel at least a bit happier.
Now I personally have been occupying Portland Oregon from the start, and if you had a chance to come down here I imagine you would be impressed. We
have fed many of the homeless in this town; shared shelter and supplies; welcome all who are traveling from occupation to occupation. In less than a
week we have accomplished so much. We have adopted many of the techniques from NY's occupation, and do our best to improve or make new tactics all
together. Thursday we had a march of 6000-10,000 people. 0 arrest. I have heard of only 3 arrest since then from radicals who are so pissed at the
world for how they have been treated in life that they don't fully understand that we want to have as peaceful of a resolution as possible.
Our camp is filled with over 200 personal tents, as well as specified tents for our established committees. We have a food committee which receives
many donations, and works with Food Not Bombs in providing local, organic, and vegan food to ensure our people have healthy sustainable food. Coffee
is brought in every morning at 4am. We have a medical tent with an abundance of supplies from extra tarps and blankets to earplugs and hot-hands. We
have a Library with donated books, as well as classes every half hour by volunteers who teach a wide variety of things such as yoga, breathing
exercises, economics, poetry, ect... We have a safety committee to patrol our camp and keep the order. Police liasons, greeters, information tent,
sanitation committee, and more are added every day.
The location we chose also has an electric car port, which gives us access to electiricity. We have our own wifi spot now too. Every day we have
general assemblies where everyone is invited to make proposals to further our cause. It is true democracy as everyone, and I mean everyone, has a
voice in the decisions we make as a collective. Our mayor, Sam Adams, has been a godsend. I may not agree with all his agendas, but, he understands
our message that there are many things wrong in this country and people want to be heard in voicing their concerns so long as it is peaceful. The
police are allowed in our camp and have been very cooperative and negotiable. We hope it stays this way.
I realize that we are very fortunate here in Portland and we must continue to set a good example, but it disheartens me when people complain how
disorganized the occupation movement is. We all have to start somewhere. Please educate yourself before making snide comments please. If we want to
see a change in the system, we all need to be more accepting of each other. Everyone here is welcome to come to the occupation and speak your voice,
make new friends, and learn from each other. Together we can make a change for good.