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By Helen Silvis of The Skanner News
Published: 17 November 2011


Occupy Portland protesters gathering Oct. 6

THE LATEST: Occupy Portland Shuts Down Banks, Dozens Arrested

The story so far...
Occupy Wall Street started small Sept. 17 when several hundred people gathered in lower Manhattan to protest rising wealth inequality and the behavior of banks. Since then it has become a global protest against the power and influence wielded by financial elites. Occupy Portland joined the national outcry Oct. 6 when about 5000 people gathered at Waterfront Park and marched through the city. That night and for several weeks until they were evicted Nov. 16 the protesters camped in Chapman and Lownsdale squares, right in front of City Hall and the Justice Center. 
On Nov. 17 an Occupy national day of action saw protesters in Portland massing at the Steel Bridge and marching on downtown banks. Police arrested 34 people,  9 inside Wells Fargo bank and used pepper spray on the crowd... 

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Occupy Portland is urging shoppers to avoid buying from large retailers and support local mom and pop stores. Expect to see protesters at malls and downtown Friday Nov. 24. Read the Associated Press story.


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Occupy Protesters Coordinate in Marches Nationwide

Occupy Portland Shuts Down Bank, Dozens Arrested

Occupy Portland closes the Steel Bridge on the day of acton Nov. 17, and moves on to close down Chase Bank in the downtown business district 

Open Letter to Mayor Sam Adams from Occupy Portland

Wealth Inequality

The Guardian: The Data Behind Wealth Inequality

Inequality.org: Get data
The Guardian: Map of protests worldwide

NPR Listen:  Rolling Stone political correspondent Tim Dickinson talks to NPR's Terry Gross about how tax policy makes us more unequal

Occupy Portland Pushed Out of Downtown Parks

Mayor Sam Adams: Occupy Portland Must Leave Camps By Saturday or Be Evicted

Supporters Want Occupy Movement to Address Racial Issues

Portlanders Banking Options: Move your money
United for a Fair America; UFA


Russell Simmons tells Democracy Now's Amy Goodman why he supports laws to get money out of Washington politics

Former Seattle police chief Norm Stamper tells Democracy Now's Amy Goodman why he regrets police actions in Seattle at the World Trade Center protests 10 years ago, and why police should not behave as paramilitary groups.


The New Bottom Line is a national campaign to challenge banks and big finance. on behalf of middle andloweer income people. Locally, Oregon Action belongs to the New Bottom Line coalition. 

Occupy The Hood brings Black and Latino voices to the conversation
Twitter: #OccupyTheHood
Facebook: Occupy The Hood



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