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Occupy the Northwest
by medley
Wednesday Oct 5th, 2011 6:25 PM
The Occupy Seattle economic justice vigil is facing a mass arrest scene today in Westlake Park downtown (10/4/2011), while several Occupy actions are getting started in Oregon.

The three general assemblies held in Portland have attracted up to 300 people, while the facebook organizing group now has 10,000 members. The kickoff rally for Portland is scheduled Thursday at noon at the waterfront park by Burnside bridge, and is expected to have many participants. The site of the occupation zone has not been announced but there are rumors that it won't be waterfront park (where the homeless often are shunted) and might be a park block more central to downtown. Additional rallies and events have been planned in Salem and Eugene.
Occupy Seattle has been going on for 5 days. The arrest of people refusing to vacate tents in Westlake plaza is breaking news for Wednesday evening, so I'm going to link to the first good videos coming out on youtube. There should be better information later. At least 24 people have been arrested. Many participants have vowed to return to the park later in the week

This is a pretty good film clip in the middle of the arrest situation. Plenty of downtown workers and onlookers are able to join the scene.

Here's a better edited activist film from this morning

Newspaper/TV station footage with decent camerawork:

Here is the organizing website for Occupy Portland

Expect updates tomorrow at

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by repost
Wednesday Oct 5th, 2011 6:40 PM
300 people marched in Boise today. More to come!

UPDATED: 4:43 pm PDT October 5, 2011
BOISE, Idaho -- More than 300 people withstood an afternoon downpour in Boise Wednesday to show solidarity with demonstrations that started last month outside the New York Stock Exchange.

The outdoor protest was organized by the group Occupy Boise, which is calling for an end of corporate control of government.

The group marched to the Idaho Capitol holding signs that read "End the Fed" and "Restore America to its People" while chanting "we are the 99 percent" - in contrast to the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans.

The initial protests in New York, called Occupy Wall Street, started Sept. 17 and have since spread to other cities.

Occupy Boise said Wednesday's protests in Idaho's capital city would be the first of many public events. A similar protest was planned Wednesday in the northern Idaho city of Moscow.