Will Occupy Portland "occupy" Oregon's next legislative session?
The encampment is gone but the movement isn't. Occupy Portland has spent the weeks following the police closure of the downtown encampment engaging Portlanders in a conversation about where the movement goes from here. Like its decentralized fellow Occupy groups, OP isn't sticking to one argument or one solution. Among the areas of action being considered in making the power of the 99 percent felt more strongly in Salem during the legislative session. A forum is taking place on Jan. 8 to provide Portlanders an opportunity to shape the agenda of an OP legislative campaign.
This week, Jo Ann and Dave speak with Occupy Portland members about how to mobilize Occupy Portland in ways that can shape legislative action in Salem and what role a legislative agenda will play in the broader goals of OP. Join the conversation will be Heidi Sackos, a wife, grandmother and semi-retired employment and mental health counselor who was drawn to OP by the movement's ability to "communicate that it saw the same injustices" she had been seeing. Also joining the conversation will be Alex Pio, who has served in a OP in various positions since its inception and sees the movement as key to advancing ecological economics, sustainability and electoral reform. To learn more about what OP is doing, visit their online media outlet, thePortland Occupier, and the OP online calendar page.
Jo Ann Hardesty is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action and past board president of Portland Community Media as well as a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a freelance journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, environmental, labor and peace movements for over 20 years
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