Late Friday afternoon, hundreds of union members and labor supporters gathered in Portland's Directors Park to demonstrate their solidarity with the workers and unions in Wisconsin. Speakers included Adam Sanchez, who'd spent several days in Madison observing the protest first-hand; union leaders from AFSCME, NEA and AFL-CIO; and several workers and activists, including two unemployed laborers. Following the rally, a short march was held.
And I'm not sure, but I think the entire thing was completely ignored by every local media. Please note in comments if there was any coverage.
I spoke with Rep Michael Dembrow following the rally to get his perspective on Oregon's situation. His assessment: Oregon is 'Wisconsin-lite'. Not anything to be smug about.
T.A. Barnhart has been writing at Blue Oregon for nearly 6 years, and is hosting a Kickstarter project to enable him to produce daily video reports from the Legislature during the 2011 session. He would greatly appreciate your support for this unique and valuable effort. He writes regularly at tabarnhart.net. You’ll find more videos, including interviews and excerpts of local progressive events, at his Vimeo page. And he’s on Facebook a lot!