Occupy Bend

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Portland Mayor Lauds Occupy Bend

Mayor Sam Adams points to Occupy Bend as an example for Portland's next step.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 7:17 PM

On this morning's Think Out Loud on OPB, Portland Mayor Sam Adams was on the program to discuss the next steps for the Occupy Portland movement, which has come under fire for drug and alcohol abuse, among other problems, in recent days.

Adams recently sent an open letter to Occupy Portland, but took questions from Think Out Loud about how the city will deal with the next phase -- whatever it may be -- of Occupy Portland. During that discussion, Adams pointed to Occupy Bend as a good example of how a camp can be removed after a given time limit and transition into another format.

His point makes sense...but only to a degree. First off, the Occupy Portland encampment is an actual occupation whereas the Occupy Bend camp had a two-week limit on it from the very beginning. Also, it goes without saying that Portland has a much different political environment than Bend and has a much larger population.

Check out a recording of the program in its entirety right here.

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Occupy Bend Rally: Photos and Video

A recap of Saturday's Occupy Bend rally and march.

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 6:20 PM

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I didn't know what exactly to expect on Saturday afternoon when I made my way down to the Occupy Bend rally and march. When I arrived about 10 minutes before the scheduled beginning, there were only about 50 people in the square, holding signs and generally just milling about.

But within 20 minutes, the mood had changed, as had the attendance, which had swelled to upwards of 400 by the time the protestors took to the street for a march that culminated back at the Occupy Bend site on Wall Street and Olney (which has since been packed up).

The critics of the Occupy Wall Street movement have decried the loose cluster of causes the group has championed, and some of that was seen on Saturday with signs regarding anti-war sentiment or, as far as I could tell, a few Tea Party-oriented anti-government sentiment. But, by and large, the speeches were focused on the financial inequality that has been the focal point of this movement.

Chris Lawler, who at 23 has been one of the most vocal members of the local Occupy movement, was at the microphone for most of the time, leading chants, but also making an appeal to younger people in Central Oregon, urging them to get out and get involved. He had a point. The crowd was mostly comprised of 50-and-older folks.

Interestingly, I didn't see a single police officer the entire time, which made sense. This was a hardly rowdy crowd. I did, however, spot a less-than-enthused security guard standing at the doors of the nearby Bank of America.

Here are some videos from the event:

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Occupy Bend Rally Hits Downtown on Saturday

The Occupy Bend movement gears up for Saturday's rally.

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 11:39 PM

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  • Occupy Bend Protest

I just got back from checking in on the Occupy Bend camp down on Wall Street.

Things are in full swing as the loosely organized group prepares for its rally and march tomorrow, which begins at noon at Brandis Square (corner of Greenwood and Newport avenues) in accordance with other such protests happening around the country.

Occupy Bend protestor Kyle Jackson was the first person to set up a tent on the piece of land that the city OKed for the protestors and he says he'll be one of the last, if not the last, to leave.

"What we're wondering now is if we have the support to actually occupy [the spot]. We may transition from camping to actually occupying," says Jackson.

The city has said that if the protestors remain beyond tomorrow, they'd be considered trespassers.

Also at the site this afternoon was Meg Brookover, who has been protesting the U.S. involvement in wars for the past five years with the local Code Pink group on Fridays at Brandis Square. Her group will be there tomorrow for the rally.

After the march, protestors will be meeting at the camp to further discuss issues. It's tough to estimate the amount of people who will show up for tomorrow's event, but they're guessing as many as 600 could turn out. Others think it could be closer to 1,000.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Treat for My Fellow Bat-Nerds

Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises is quickly approaching.

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 6:09 PM

AMC Theaters has confirmed rumors that Warner Brothers plans to release a six-minute prologue to Christopher Nolan’s third installment of his Bat-trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. Audiences will get a taste of this highly anticipated film during IMAX presentations of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol which, like the Dark Knight Rises, uses extensive IMAX technology.

AMC also reported that only theaters with 70mm screens (higher resolution) will be fortunate enough to show it, while the digital screens will have to wait for its summer release. At this point, it is unclear which theaters will be getting this special Dark Knight treatment, but since the Old Mill recently opened their IMAX theater, we can cross our fingers.

The Dark Knight rises on July 20, 2012.

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Educate Yourself: Occupy a solution, not just space

Occupy Bend: Don't sound like this guy in NYC.

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 4:51 PM

If you're angry (and you have a right to be), figure out what's going on before you start lobbing muddled accusations. You don't want to come across as ignorant as our buddy here.

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The best is "Where did you read that?" "Online," the kid answers. The interviewer's "Christmas list" observation at the end is pretty great too.

There is plenty to be upset about. Citizens across the West are faced with less benefits, rising unemployment (in Spain, about 46% of those under 25 are unemployed) and will likely face longer working lives than their parents, according to an article in this week's The Economist. The everyman is still feeling the squeeze from the ongoing global financial fizzle, while it seems the bankers and big corporations are back to big yields.

Just know what you're getting into, man.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Occupy Bend Photos and Update

A look at the Occupy Bend camp.

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 11:55 PM

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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.




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