12 April, 2009

A NEW WAY FORWARD PROTEST IN PORTLAND


A NEW WAY FORWARD PROTEST IN PORTLAND, 2009
Erik Sørensen

A New Way Forward is made up of national protests that took place all over the country in major cities on April 11, 2009. These are photos from the protest that took place in Portland.
"It's not enough to patch up the current system. We need to restrict the ways that bankers can lobby and serve in the government. We need to prohibit compensation plans that encourages huge short-term risk. We have to break up any bank that's "too big to fail" so that we can have a functional free market.
For more information on the movement, visit www.anewwayforward.org

4 comments:

dw April 13, 2009 at 12:15 AM  

I'm ashamed to be from Oregon seeing this. I just paid my income taxes at 12% of my income, I can only think of one thing: TEA = taxed enough already! To hell with these socialist idiots.

Tom Billings April 13, 2009 at 1:08 AM  

Hmmmmm! Looked like about 150 people. For a city as left wing as "Little Beirut" has been for decades, that's not too impressive. How long did they have to pull it together? I wasn't there, though I live in Portland. I do wish the slide show had proceeded a bit more slowly, so I could try to recognize some friends from the local Mensa Chapter I would expect to be there.

When there was a TEA Party here in Portland, on February 27th, we had about 75 people, with an organizing time of less than 5 days. I haven't done anything towards Portland's next TEA Party, because I got a virus at the first one, and was sick all through March.:-( So much for good intentions.

It will be interesting to see how many come to the 15th of April TEA Party, (at 6:00pm :-), in Pioneer Square) with this longer time to organize. This NWF event should give us a good baseline for seeing which way Portlanders lean on this one. The first TEA Party was little covered in local media, except for a local radio show host who turned up encouraging people, and that doesn't surprise me. We'll see what (if anything) the Oregonian and the TV stations do.

Meanwhile, my biggest decision is about what sign I'll print out and bring. At present, I'm favoring a friend's "Just Say ,.....No!", with a big circular logo of 'United Socialist States of America' , with a big negating slash through it placed just ahead of "No!"

But then there's also her takeoff on the two graphics Glenn Reynolds posted side by side on Instapundit.
It has them, the deficits under Bush, and the projected deficits under Obama on side by side vertical bar graphs, with the title above it: "The Why of TEA".

In Portland I think we can get enough people to understand the pun on "The Way of Tao", at least inside the Mensa Chapter. This whole thing has really split the chapter in the last 12 months, and it only now *may* be starting to heal. Hope this doesn't tear it apart again.

Regards,

Tom Billings

Don't be a Teabagger! April 13, 2009 at 1:55 AM  

Looks like the Teabaggers came to say "hi". Whats wrong--jelious? See Teabaggers have no solutions accept to bitch and moan. On top of that, all these Republican Party shills wish to do is enable Wall Street Bankers and Corporations to continue to bankrupt this country while ripping off our tax dollars. I guess for them, when in doubt through a Teabagger Temper Tantrum or an anti-Obama Hate Rally.

The Portland Times April 14, 2009 at 3:26 PM  

More photos from this protest: http://theportlandtimes.wordpress.com

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