And this photo was taken by a good friend of mine, up close to the front line.
I appreciate his efforts and participation and especially the photos he was able to help document these crimes as well as the peoples efforts on this march.
All this crap all went down within a bout an hour. I was sickened and it was hard to concentrate back at work. As I worked, I knew the people outside in the streets were going to get hurt by the Police…there was not much I could do. I worried for them.I wanted so bad to be there to witness and support peaceful non violence protesters. I wanted to be a witness tothe police crime if they HURT anyone.
But I couldnt leave work. It stressed me bad. I hated it!
I was trying to remain compsed and not breakdown, it was a rough day!
I almost checked my self-out for the day …I was defiantly was honestly now feeling sick! However, I lasted until the quitting time at work, of course the protest and standoff were long over with …where upon I, heading quickly to my car.
Read my post on INDY MEDIA
that points out the main stream Corporate Spin......
CH 8 is seemilngly being the fairest and most truthful in reporting this
I had not gone 10 blocks with my sign still in my back window that said IMPEACH BUSH when at a stop light the guy in the lane next to me, gets out knocks on my window, which I roll down and he says:
(He is about 80yr old) “If Bush wasn’t doing this We would have an Atomic bomb dropped on us.” I look up startled….. and say, loudly “Hey it was an Illegal INVASION…and my cousin died in that stinking war” I roll up my window and drive off……man!!! Stupid old Republican I know he is a FOX News watcher.
Within 15 minutes latter I was across town and out of my car, walking with my sign to the overpass on the 84 freeway by somewhere around 29th street. The traffic was slowly moving along under the overpass. I stood up there facing the outbound traffic with the sign.
The sign must have been pretty well noticed, I was worried that it was such a darkening sky and the overpass was kind of high above the cars. (Next time I am going to a lower one in the bright early morning!)
. I had maybe four cars flipping me off
…but lots of HONKS and waves
….YESSSSSSSS! I repeat lots of cars honked and hands waved at my sign!
It felt good to hear the honks, I stayed for about a half hour, darkness came quick!
Well that was exhilarating I am just one guy on an overpass ….just ole Joe Anybody ...doing his best to end the madness!
But damn it felt real good! Somebody has to keep the torch burning and I can help!
Now its after midnight and this day for me has dragged me to some sharp edges.
I have a couple comments then my head will get some needed rest
(I did finally eat) ......
I want to mention a comment I posted before I went out the door to the World Can’t Wait Protest
Here it is: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/10/347034.shtml
Which can be summarized by saying:
I want this so-called lying leader out NOW!
He has broken many Laws and is the cause behind many deaths
He scammed us and lied.
He is violating Geneva And International Human Rights Laws
I will stand up as an AMERICAN and say this
I say this because I love my country and my freedom
I don’t care who organized the event I WANT BUSH OUT NOW
The protesting group that deviated from the main body did so in a brave move.
I say they were brave in that they want one thing like all of us did at that gathering
WE WANT BUSH OUT……those kids or whoever those brave souls were….went to take the bullet for this cause. Was I going to do direct action? …well not like them guys… !
I didn’t want to go to jail today …. these breakaway protesters want the same thing and they wanted the WORLD to take note….even if it meant arrest or as in this case a bullet
I do stand behind them ….so I support them…..They are angry and upset (well so am I)
You see in the Peace Movement……we ask ….we plead …we try to do all we can to and sometimes it has to get more serious …because the general public wont listen unless it is some outrageous or loud new story…and the media even then downplays the whole issue
Well this breakaway group was willing to get the anger and disgust for this Regime on the news……and they were a lot more serious …..they stood face to face with the POLICE
The mainstream media hardly will cover this in fact check this Oregonian link here:
Notice the lies and the NON-coverage …it is appalling
Facts be told the protest march trough downtown, and the end the part I missed when I was back at work …apparently the march stood in the street 20 minutes outside the Oregonian chastising them for their compliance with Bush and helping to purport the Corporate Pro-War news. You see why? They fabricate and Lie!
I latter looked at the main Corporate news sites it is very poorly covered…in fact; it speaks of all this in very misleading untrue fashion. Reports of one small injury! HA!…reports that don’t say anything about the horse’s trampling on girls and innocent people…in fact when I watch video footage from KATU TV they stop the film numerous times to “cut-away” from the Police being VIOLENT…how convenient! Actually, I meant to write “How disgusting!” click on video link on their website
And then a fellow protester with the real story which also sets the record straight blogs in at this link on the Oregonian’s website…..here is his comment which is more truth full than our local newspaper:
Am I mad at a few protesters who want to block traffic? No !
Why are they doing it ? Oh, they are anti war and anti Bush !!? Cool
The dynamics of fighting this Regime will have to cover many facets.
The protest will take on many many, forms …we all want the same thing
There may be Direct Action and it may range across the spectrum from one man sitting in front of traffic to massive thousands blocking the bridges or the Capital.
Whether it is an action I would do or necessary condone is not THE POINT
The point is we need to drive the Bush Regime Out…..The World Can’t Wait
So I approve of all aspects if it serves this “higher moral ground”
RUN BUSH and his Neocons out …The game is not fair and They are cheating…so we the movement up the ante ……we make the world hear us and sooner they will support us for all we are saying is give Peace A Chance….and yes! Some will take a rubber bullet for me and you to save this world……and by Golly I support them …I am proud of them on the Frontline.
One must remember the Portland Police …now those guys “will hurt you or even KILL you.”
They will hurt you for just sitting in the street. They did that today!
And I do not like that one bit. In fact, that very issue needs to change.
There should be a law in this town that the Police cannot hurt innocent unarmed citizens!
They should make it a serious crime to shoot peace marchers.
As dully noted it should be a crime to; shoot at people in crowds that are non-violent.
Why does our city condone this use of force on its citizens? I will be asking my official the very question. I would also like to see if the cut-out scenes from KATU can be used as evidence
….Well its time for this Average Joe to hit the hay.
It will be soon another day …..And I feel like I got my emotional ass kicked
It is tough taking on this Liar Bush and his Henchmen…
Love You All
An excellent commentary by a fellow activist Alex Ansary describes this protest and more VERY IMPORTANT ISSUES……Please watch this complete show!
Right On Alex!
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2801662433794981019 save this link
Also here is some added interesting reading on INDY MEDIA by "catWoman"
By the way Z3 readers on OCT 6
I read this follow up on the WCW website
You can count me in …
the subject is on TORTURE......cool! (sic)
In one week, we are calling for MASS MEETINGS – where thousands across the country must come to be part of summing up what we have accomplished and be part of planning how to go forward, rapidly expanding our capacity. We’ll discuss “how do you drive an illegitimate regime from power?” We have very important plans for what the next ambitious and necessary steps this movement should make.
In the meantime we must not lose an ounce of momentum - immediately getting other people to join us. To keep the profile and message of World Can’t Wait pulsing through the political atmosphere over the next 6 weeks. We are calling on people to:
1) Be out in the streets - be out in the public square. Wear orange. Wear orange armbands. Decorate yourself and the city with orange Emergency crime tape to symbolize those being disappeared and tortured in our name. Pick a busy area in your city and be there at the same time and day for the next 6 weeks, creating a culture of resistance in song and theater, holding speak-outs on the “Your Government” indictments, making exhibits and showing films. We’ll be ready to respond to an October, or November surprise by the Bush Regime.
2) Today is a gigantic step forward in starting the society-wide debate needed for people in their millions to act even more powerfully. So we are calling today for STATE OF EMERGENCY TEACH-INS to take place before the end of October that can carry out emergency education on each of the “Your Government” indictments found in our Call. We are out to wake people up to what is going on, in their name. We will make the case that this regime is guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
So go home with something orange and wear it the rest of the month. Come to the meeting next week and plan to bring your courage and your imagination, bring your resources and your political connections because together we will plan our next steps needed to drive out this Regime before 2008.
Because Bush, because Cheney, because Rumsfeld, because Rice, because Gonzales must all be driven out, they must leave the White House politically repudiated and thoroughly discredited as the war criminals that they are. Anything short of that is unacceptable to the world, to our children, to the future.
THE FUTURE IS UNWRITTEN - WHICH ONE WE GET IS UP TO US
Joe Anybody Loves Everybody