|Cacophonous message (in need of a spell-check)|
The Occupiers released a statement in response to the arrests, saying they "stand in solidarity with people in Oakland, Atlanta, Chicago, and other cities where aggressive police raids and 2,826 arrests have attempted to forcibly disperse peaceful assembly and political protest. The occupation movement condemns police brutality as well as the unjust and growing inequality of wealth, resources, and political influence in the nation and world."
|Portland police still on-hand|
Mayor Adams, it seems, has made the decision to contain the Occupiers and wait them out. A test of resolve, then. So be it.
I asked them: "What needs to happen in order for you to pack up your gear and go? What needs to change?"
"We were talking about that earlier," said Ethan. He didn't exactly shrug as he said it, but none of the three provided a clear answer. I wonder, is there anyone associated with the movement that really could provide an answer? I have my doubts about that.
|Deva and the irrepressible Raya Cooper|
Ethan, Deva, Raya and I had a pretty good chat. They seemed in good spirits. I didn't think to mention it, but I'm grateful to them and to all the Occupiers. Someone needs to take a stand.
On my way out of camp, I went by the kitchen. The Worn-out Shoes were laying down a bluegrass jam. Overhead, heavy raindrops pattered on the tarp, like a chorus of low voices, murmuring assent, urging strength and solidarity.