The peaceful occupation of Portland, Oregon, continues. Sunday afternoon, Portland Mayor Sam Adams will join demonstrators as they march with Portland Marathon officials from the Rose Quarter to Chapman Park. The march will follow the route of the Portland Marathon, and is scheduled to begin after the runners have completed the race.
The announcement of Sunday’s march is the culmination of negotiations between Portland Marathon officials and representatives of Occupy Portland. In a win-win decision, the two parties agreed to share space, and march together in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, and the national movement that occupation has spawned.
Saturday evening, the following announcement was posted to the Occupy Portland website:
We have an announcement!
Tomorrow we march! We march with the mayor’s office, the Portland police department and the Portland marathon chief officers! The mayor’s office graciously invited us to join the race, behind the runners at 2:30PM. We follow them from the Rose Quarter, over the Broadway Bridge, along Naito Parkway, West on SW Jefferson to SW 4th to the occupied Chapman Park/camp/headquarters.
The announcement goes on to suggest that Sunday’s march will include a remembrance of John Lennon on the anniversary of his birth:
Together the city will join together in celebration of John Lennon’s birthday, singing the infamous song, “Imagine.”
“Imagine all the people, living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you will join us, and the World will live as One”
The occupation of Portland began last Thursday with a successful, well attended and peaceful march. According to reports, anywhere from 5,000 – 10,000 Oregonians marched from Tom McCall Waterfront Park to Pioneer Courthouse Square, in peaceful solidarity with Occupy Wall Street.
The occupation of Portland is modeled after the occupation currently taking place in the financial district of New York City. Inspired by the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street is an ongoing nonviolent demonstration opposing corporate influence over U.S. politics. Occupy Portland, and numerous other occupations taking place across the country, are ongoing nonviolent demonstrations in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street.
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What do you think about Portland Mayor Sam Adams joining Sunday’s march?
UPDATE: Mayor Sam Adams was ill Sunday and did not take part in the march. Nevertheless, the march was by all acounts a peaceful success.