Source contributor Travis Cowan has been spending some time down at the Occupy Bend camp this week and camp back with these photos.
We're running a full account of his time with those protesting at the site of the former Bulletin in next week's print edition, but here's a quick sample of Cowan's piece...and some of his photos.
Occupy Bend Village, like many of the Occupy movements across the globe, does not have an official leader, but Vic Hesher has been instrumental in its organization since the movement started in Drake Park on Saturday, October 15. While the greatest criticism levied against the Occupy movements has been their apparent lack of focus, Hesher spoke of several key points that the village has agreed on.
“This is not an anarchist model. This is a democratic model. We’re interested in restoring democracy and that is the fundamental element of this worldwide movement,” Hesher said before detailing the five primary points Occupy Bend Village have adopted.
1.) Support for small business.
2.) Separation of consumer banks from speculative banks.
3.) Support for the creation of jobs on a local and national scale.
4.) Increases in both Federal and state-level spending for education.
5.) Reduction of military spending.