How to Occupy The Pride

Tom McCall Waterfront Park

Tom McCall Waterfront Park (Photo credit: camknows)

 

REVISED on June 8, 2012

Based on valuable feedback and input from the Spokes Council on June 7, we are making some changes.  This will be a “passive” outreach action in conjunction with what would be more of a parade-watching picnic in the park.  We will engage in conversations and encourage people to give thoughts and take actions on various causes of radical queer interests, but we won’t go out on our way to initiate conversations by ourselves.  Bring your favorite Occupy banners or signs for visibility.

And most importantly, this is our Pride too.

Remember: Occupy The Pride is a grass-roots, participatory event, in this “movement of leaders.”  Everyone who takes part in this mini-Occupation (or “parkupation!”) is the right person to be there at the right time, and therefore empowered to help build this event together.

A few things to keep in mind:

  1. We accede to the Occupy Portland community norms.
  2. We are on the City of Portland parks ground.  Technically it is not “along” the parade route, since we will be in the park that is outside the permit area rented by Pride NW (“the cage”), so we anticipate no problem with this provided that normal parks & recreation codes are followed.
  3. This means no tents.  Weather should be decent.
  4. No alcohol, no pot, and no smoking.
  5. Be visible, stay POSITIVE, don’t be obnoxious.
  6. Bring your favorite Occupy signs, banners, etc. if you have them from past Occupations and demonstrations — but bring only positive ones; do not bring signs that are accusatory, targets any specific organization/person, or otherwise negative.  Example: “We are the 99%” is OK, but “Wells Fargo Sucks” isn’t.
  7. Look fabulous and sexy!
  8. Have fun!

These are suggestions:

  • Bring games.  We plan on setting up around 10 a.m. at the Waterfront Park, and there will be some time before the actual parade arrives (we are near the end of the route).
  • We are planning on creating a guerrilla workshop/teach-in area.  You are welcome to present and share your knowledge, skills, etc.
  • A snuggle area! (Many years ago LoveTribe had this inside the festival.)
  • Picnic potluck to share.
  • Spoken word/live (non-amplified) music
  • Something family- and kids-friendly — face painting and such?
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