Salmon Street Springs in summer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In contrast to some of the more radical queer actions that are planned by other groups, Occupy The Pride Portland has sought to capture the more mainstream audience that comprises much of the 99 Percent, in the spirit of the Occupy tradition. Based on the level of concerns and even outright oppositions from within the Occupy Portland community, as well as because of the duplication of efforts, we have decided to make this Sunday’s Occupride a markedly low-key event that leads to a bigger event later on. Possibilities are also open to evolve Occupy The Pride Portland into a standing LGBTQIAP affinity group within the larger Occupy Portland and allied movements.
To clarify any confusions, a full listing of Occupy The Pride Portland events:
Saturday, June 16, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: Pride sign-making picnic at the Couch Park (find us near the Couch Park sign at the southeastern corner of the park), NW Glisan Street at NW 19th Avenue. Make signs for Dyke March and/or Occupride. Some cardboards and markers provided; bring anything else you may need.
Sunday, June 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Occupy The Pride Portland – Parade-Watching Picnic and Community Outreach Action at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park between Ash and Pine Streets (on the open parkland between the Pride NW festival and Saturday Market). This is mostly for visibility and presence. We engage in conversation only when people approach us. Bring your favorite Occupy signs or banners, musical instruments, games, picnic stuff to share, etc.
Saturday, June 23, 3 p.m.-6 p.m.: Occupy The Pride Portland – Summer Solstice Community Assembly at Ladd Circle, SE Ladd Avenue at Harrison Street (in the middle of the Ladd’s Addition between Hawthorne and Division). Network, connect and organize for future actions in a less confrontational setting as we also celebrate the arrival of summer! We also thought this would be a great idea as many people could not make it to the Sunday, June 17 Occupride due to other involvements. Moving the main Occupride action to another day would ensure a bigger turnout.
Saturday, July 7, Occupy The Pride Vancouver, Washington (maybe) at Esther Short Park, this would be a low-key visibility and dialogue action like the one on June 17 in Portland.
For your information — Non-Occupride events and actions that we are aware of thus far (listing herein does not imply endorsement, support, or for that matter, objection):
Saturday, June 16, 5:45 p.m.: Occupy Portland’s Sisters In Strength (SIS) members will be joining the Dyke March Portland. Meet the group at the Naito Legacy Fountain at the south end of the Saturday Market.
Saturday, June 16, 11:30 p.m.: “Queers F*ing Queers”, an all-ages, anti-capitalist, anti-assimilationist dance party in the streets. It kicks off from SE 8th and Main. This sounds really awesome, but please be aware that it doesn’t have a permit, and will likely feature a ‘diversity of dance styles’, so there’s a high likelihood of police interference. Stay safe out there, guys! Again, here’s the Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/371415339574877/.
Sunday, June 17, 11:15 a.m.: ‘Crash Pride Bike Ride and March’. Meet up on the South side of SW Park and Burnside at 11:15am on Sunday to protest queer assimilation, nationalism, and militarism. Here’s the event page for more info: http://www.facebook.com/events/323123051100582/.
Sunday, June 17, 1-2 p.m.: Ecstatic Rainbow Dance Walk – from Tiffany Center on SW Morrison at 14th Avenue, to North Park Blocks. A “smart” flash mob in seven colors of the rainbow. Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/363435847037556/
And finally, for all official Pride Northwest events, refer to http://www.pridenw.org