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i went to the cheney thing at the airport. rode the max from pioneer square. froze my ass off like everybody else.
it was interesting to see the police riding the max line. about 8 multnomah county sheriffs, wearing their new, military style fatigues boarded the train car in east portland. throughout the day the cops were alternately shaking down people they thought were protestors for their tickets and then telling people directions to their pen. it seemed like a capitalistic 2004 version of 1937 germany. ('papers, please...')
i MUCH prefer a protest like the august 22, 2002 visit, where bush, the republican fat cats, and the police were the ones in the pen. that left the entire city for us to do our thing. that was our day. we may not get another one just like it.
meanwhile, cheney, who is so respected that they won't even let him in TOWN, relies on a phalanx of police state muscle to shield him from his admirers from the moment he arrives until the moment he leaves.
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Sorry it hasn't been up till now. But here's the info for the BIG demo tommorrow.
12:30pm- Dance Against Dick! Meet at Pioneer Square. Bring your favorite costume, your favorite instrument, or your boombox and your favorite music. This is going to be a marching dance party to show our disapproval of Dick's visit to Portland and our solidarity to each other. We'll have lots of fun and dancing, as well as a DICK CHENEY PINATA, with prizes for the young and old. We want this to be fun for everyone (except for Dick of course), so please be respectful to everyone.
3:00 pm- Dirty Dancing Against Dick Meet in the South Park Blocks. Same as the 12:30 march, only without the immediate marching or the pinata. It has also been rumored that there will be a second march leaving the South Park Blocks at 4:30 as well.
There is also a protest going on at the Embassy Suites at the air port at 4:30pm which is, I believe, going to be organized by Greenpeace. However, it has seemed to us that it would be less practical to go to Dick Cheney's location to protest. All this will accomplish is to assure that we will efficiently be swept into "free speech" area's, which, as we all know, is simply a chain link fence protected by threat of violent police retaliation. Hope to see you all there. It'll be fun
The Daily Poetry Movement author: Migratory Bird Jan. 11, 1912 Bread and Roses Strike begins in Lawrence , Mass, textile mills. Read the 19th century poems Bread and Roses, Child Labor, The Slaughter of Innocents, The Slave Children of Our Free Land, and take a virtual museum tour of sweatshops, then follow the links to read about modern sweatshops and how to get involved. When Cheyney comes to town they are going to protecting sweatshop goons like Niketown and Gap. But you still have chalk. Let downtown blaze with poetry!
We are the wisest, strongest race:
In Los Angeles, nearly 70% of immigrant garment workers receive below minimum wage. In several Central American countries, women workers are often forced to undergo pregnancy testing or take contraception. In many Asian countries, workers making shoes are exposed to dangerous chemicals. Sweatshops also exist in other manufacturing industries, such as toys, electronics and agriculture. www.corpwatch.org/
Vice President Cheney is coming to town on Tuesday, January 13th for a fundraising dinner at Embassy Suites - Airport. Come join us in telling Mr. Cheney that there is a better way! Oregon is a leader in renewable energy and the Bush administration should be looking to Oregon as an example instead of investing in dirty power.
At this point it is unclear as to where exactly we will be rallying the day of the event. Most likely - for security purposes - there will be a free-speech zone sectioned off somewhere for protesters. As details become available, we will pass them your way.
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should be easy to print two-sided, black and white. Should make quite a statement to show any of the skeptics how evil these people are, and how we can certainly disagree on politics, though how we are all on the same side against them because they want to institute a depoliticized totalitarian police state and relegate democracy to the dumpster. Make paper airplanes and launch them out of the damnable unConstitutional 'free speech zones.' Drop them from planes, drop them from windows, get the message out that none of these internationalist corporate fascists are wanted. [ Flyers ]
On January 13th 2004 Vice pResident Dick Cheney will be in Portland to drum up support in the swing state of Oregon. This will also undoubtedly cause a strain on the city of Portland for "free speech zones" and police "protection".
This will be yet another event where people will be excluded becasue of class related issues. The invitations to this event are $1000 just to be there and $10,000 to have your picture taken with Dick, reinforcing that this government is for the people (with money).
There are grassroots organizing attempts being made to disrupt this visit. It is still unclear where Cheney will be or what time he will be arriving. If you would like to help cover this event with Indymedia please contact us to get involved!
JUNE 02 CHENEY VISIT: Vice pResident Cheney protested, welcomed, in Portland | KBOO STORY ON CHENEY PROTEST
To all of you who haven't heard, Dick Cheney is coming to P-Town on January 13th. It isn't confermed where or when he will be here but that doesn't mean its too early to start planning protests. I strongly urge all of you involved with any organization, club, chruch, political party, etc. who organized previous protests to get to work. Let's show Dick that he isn't welcome.
Vice pResident Dick Cheney's visit to Portland this weekend and was greeted by protesters and hailed by billionaires, on Sunday and Monday, downtown. Monday morning's event was a fundraising breakfast for Senator Gordon Smith that raised over $500,000.
A participant in Sunday's action described his experience: "My teenage son and I had us some fun Sunday afternoon. We protested Invisible Dick.... Not knowing in advance where Uncle Dick would be, the Coalition and other outsiders like us (more than you might think, by the way) showed up at the North Park Blocks around 3:00 p.m. It was a beautiful, warm afternoon. Lucas (my son) had made up his sign: A picture of a sneering Cheney with the caption, 'Where Is The Invisible Dick?' on one side; the other, a picture (PhotoShopped) of W burning the Constitution with Cheney sneering in the background looking on." [ Read more... ]
Some people were quite thrilled that Cheney was in town, most prominently the Billionaires For Bush, who shared instruction with the arriving guests. "Sir Reginald Beefnostril and Cordelia Hasteharvest, rapidly registering that the assembled right wing supporters might have aspirations beyond their fiscal station, admonished them roundly. 'Those holding the $250 tickets to the fundraiser must use the service entrance!' he cried. Cordelia waved her white glove, laden with a 5 carat diamond, and asserted, 'All $250. ticket holders will be asked to don a rubber apron at the conclusion of the breakfast, and will step into the hotel kitchen to assist with the dishwashing. Those who have paid $10,000 or more will proceed to a private salon for photographs with the Vice President. REMEMBER, you only get the access to government that you've paid for!'" [ Read more... ]
A participant pronounced Monday's demonstration as "pathetic", saying " If we would have stuck to the plan , instead of blindly following a few wanna be leaders, we could have done more than just become the laughing stock of the rich republican scum.... And as for all those who are upset because some folks burned your precious american flag, and the media did not applaude you..... i will have you know the media will never EVER have anything to do with changing this corrupt system . They are not on our side." [ Read more... ]
Plans for the protests came together in part on the indymedia newswire, where in-depth discussions of tactics and details took place: [ "Plans for Cheney visit!" ]
The PPRC's weekly rally at Pioneer Courthouse Square on Friday, June 21st, at 5:00 p.m., will focus on the upcoming visit to Portland by Dick Cheney, second-in-command of the Bush Administration. "Cheney magnificently represents the Bush Administration's most disgusting qualities," said spokesperson David Zundel. "Enron's Kenneth Lay was energy advisor to Cheney, illustrating the corporate cronyism of the Bush cabinet, and it was Cheney who early on was outspoken in support of Israel's policy of extra-judicial murder of Palestinians in the occupied territories which has been a key factor in escalating the violence of the region." PPRC spokespersons also drew attention to Cheney's former role as head of Halliburton, the Texas-based oil-supply business. "This guy is at the very center of the corruption that drives the Bush Administration and indeed most policy decisions in Washington, D.C.," said Zundel. "We look forward to the opportunity to demonstrate our opposition to the war-mongering, the attacks on our constitutional rights, and the selling of our democracy to the likes of Enron." The Portland Peaceful Response Coalition will be joining together with other local organizations to protest Cheney's visit on Sunday and Monday. [ Read More ]
A post to the newswire announces that our un-elected and frequently sequestered vice president, Dick Cheney, is coming to Portland. According to the latest information, Cheney will speak at a Young Republicans conference the afternoon of Sunday, June 23rd, and attend a fundraising breakfast for Gordon Smith on the 24th.
Organizers invite all interested activists to a planning meeting this Monday, 7:00 pm, Rm 327, Smith Center (PSU). David Zundel, an organizer of the protest, says: "We will name his crimes. We will name his lies. Come organize." Considering the success of the Bush protest in January, and Portland's reputation as "Little Beirut," organizers are hoping for a large and spirited demo.
Cheney has been receiving more bad publicity lately, even in the barely-alive mainstream press. An editorial in today's Chicago Sun-Times asserts that "Cheney tried to cover up what the administration knew [about 9/11] and when the administration knew it" read more
One anonymous comment on the newswire says: "Nearly six months have past since Bush visited. A lot has happened since then. Revelations of advanced 911 warnings, crooked business at Halburton and Enron, the "coup" attempt in Venezuela and the administration flushing the Bill of Rights down the toilet. Everyone who truly loves this country must be there. 10,000 protesting voices - music for democracy."
Smirking Chimp has a great selection of Cheney-related articles.