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Labor unions join Occupy Movement today

Protesters block Steel Bridge, photo by Israel Bayer

Labor unions led the way in the latest Occupy Portland demonstration, this one challenging police to marching rights over the Steel Bridge. In the end, the peaceful marchers were matched nearly one for one by police in riot gear.

Among the groups displaying banners and signs at the event were the Teamsters, Jobs With Justice, the Service Employees International Union and the Laborers International Union of North America. The marchers, hundreds in strength, began early this morning and are now gathered in Waterfront Park for a rally. Today, “N17,” has been declared an international day of non-violent direct action by the Occupy movement, and plans are to push forward demonstrations at major corporate banks throughout the day. Continue reading

Occupy Portland, Jobs With Justice to bridge Portland, Vancouver

Occupy Portland activists say they will be joining with Jobs With Justice in a joint march across the Interstate 5 bridge tomorrow to “connect struggles on two sides of the river.”

Like similar marches, the event is being billed as Portland and Vancouver Rising in support of union campaigns and in defense of safety net services, including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid programs. Those programs are all under the threat of cuts by the so-called Congressional “Super Committee” in Washington D.C. as it sorts out federal spending. In particular the event is pointing a finger at Wash. Sen. Patty Murray, co-chair of the committee, and demanding those programs be preserved intact. From the Jobs With Justice organizers:

“The times have been changing in the last weeks. The occupations of Wall St., Portland, and other places are highlighting the fact that there are plenty of resources in our society – it is just that the 1% is grabbing all this abundance for themselves. At the very least, we have enough resources for good jobs for all and an enhanced safety net! Join us! This is a great time to come out and help make the changes we need.”

People at Occupy Portland have said they intend to join the march in solidarity with people struggling with unemployment and homelessness. Staging for the march begins at 11 a.m. Here are the details from Jobs With Justice:

Portland meeting place: We will meet at the field just off of Northbound I-5 Exit 308. The field is on the East side of I-5, between the highway and Taco Bell. Parking is available on N. Jantzen Street. and other side streets. The #6 Tri-Met bus stops at N. Jantzen St.

– Esther Short Park is at West 6th and Esther Streets in Downtown Vancouver.

Posted by Joanne Zuhl

 

Individuals on the streets, labor allies protest U.S. Bank in Ashland

More than 60 individuals from Sisters Of The Road, Jobs With Justice,  and Tax Fairness Oregon delivered petitions to U.S. Bank in downtown Ashland this morning around 9 a.m. for their position against Measure’s 66 & 67.

Duke, a formerly homeless individual from Portland holds a Yes On 66 & 67 banner

 

WTO 10-anniversary march in Portland

A few hundred folks gathered today in protest of the World Trade Organization and policies impacting workers around the world.  The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Teamsters, and Jobs With Justice along with a flavorful mix of anti-war, immigrant, homeless and environmental activists gathered underneath the Hawthorne Bridge and marched to Portland State University.

Two union fellas from ILWU Local 4.

Teamster truck that led the march.

The sad irony of the event was that the march gathered under the Hawthorne Bridge, home to about 30 individuals experiencing homelessness. Scott, who says he became homeless because of a disability and lack of health care lives under the bridge. His camp can be seen in the background. Continue reading