A defiant Occupy Portland plans to resist a proposed Sunday morning eviction with non-violent action. According to reports, the Occupy Portland community has reached a near 100% consensus to continue occupation of the parks, despite Mayor Sam Adams order to evacuate by 12:01 a.m. Sunday morning.
The Occupy Portland General Assembly is planning to respond to the Mayor’s order of eviction by “gathering the largest crowd Occupy Portland has yet seen, united in peace, united in support for the 99% whose interests have not been served by corporatism, by war, and by the concentration of wealth in the hands of the very few.”
Occupy Portland is planning to conduct a swarm prior to eviction: a mass of people, singing and chanting, circling the encampment Saturday night on foot and bicycle. To help create a buffer zone between the encampment and any police action, a decision was made at the General Assembly to create a “swarm” of people on bikes and foot around Chapman and Lownsdale Squares.
Prior to Saturday night’s “swarm,” Occupy Portland is throwing a Potluck Dinner: a family-friendly event with music and celebration for the entire city. Affinity groups will lead neighborhoods in marches beginning around 2 PM converging on the Occupation from about 5 PM. At least one group is coming from Seattle. There were announcements of support from local and regional groups. The purpose of the Occupy potluck is to bring a significant mass of people together in solidarity with the nonviolent, humanitarian goals of Occupy Portland.
Contrary to some misleading and biased media reporting, Occupy Portland has no intention to resist police with violence. Occupy Portland is a non-violent movement. Any violent action is explicitly rejected by Occupy Portland. Violence is contrary to the stated mission of Occupy Portland, and contrary to the spirit of the Occupy movement.