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Sunday Blog Roundup & Occupy Portland Part 1


occupy portland camp site

Today, I found out that I am not really cut out to be a beat reporter. I spent about 90 minutes at the Occupy Portland camp site just to check it out.  I was interested in what people thought they were trying to accomplish; however, it was quite tough for me to approach strangers and just start asking questions. It was also difficult for me to build rapport and banter back and forth. I lacked a tape recorder and had a hard time keeping up with the conversation while taking notes with a pen… I really need to build up my communication skills and join Toastmasters soon.

occupy portland camp site

The Occupy Portland protesters rallied and marched on October 6th and since then, have camped out on two city park blocks. I have seen a few clips on the news, but hadn’t had a chance to drop by until today. It was quite a sight, the two parks were full of tents and look a lot different than normal. The campers were mostly younger activists/protesters and as the day went on, I saw more non campers showing up for support and marches. The campers were a bit scruffy and the non campers looked more like middle class America who could go home, clean up, then return to the protest site.


occupy portland camp site

From what I saw, the camp is quite organized with a communal kitchen, 2 first aid tents, info tent, and a media tent. I heard there was a couple of port-a-potties and luckily, there was also a park restroom right there. It was quite impressive really. They seem to have grassroots and local business support with food donations and even the port-a-potties were donated. Many people were volunteering at various tents and things were generally peaceful and orderly. I talked with 4-5 people and will write a longer post on their opinions tomorrow.

Read part 2 – The protesters’ viewpoint.

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  • Niki October 16, 2011, 4:36 am

    Very interesting photos and set up. I look forward to your interviews.

  • 101 Centavos October 16, 2011, 6:54 am

    Not a bad start for a cub reporter. Good photographs, just the facts. Next, we could work on the emotions. What are people *feeling* on the street? What’s the mood? 🙂
    This could be a skills-building project, yes?
    Thanks for the link, by the way.

    • retirebyforty October 17, 2011, 8:59 am

      Thanks for the support. 😉 Next time I’ll try to capture the more visceral part of each protesters.

  • Miss T @ Prairie EcoThrifter October 16, 2011, 12:16 pm

    Very cool. I am keen to hear what you can report.

    Thanks for mention too. I really appreciate it.

  • Forest October 16, 2011, 4:59 pm

    Awesome, congrats for trying to get yourself into the reporting scene :). If you have a smartphone you can record on that most likely. It’ll have a recording / dictaphone app available.

    Looking forward to hearing what they said.

    • retirebyforty October 17, 2011, 9:00 am

      Unfortunately, my phone is pretty dumb. 🙂

  • Little House October 16, 2011, 6:19 pm

    Thanks for including my link! I haven’t really been following the occupy movements, but I have mixed feelings about them. Are they protesting for equality of wealth? If so, isn’t that socialism? Or are they protesting the bailouts to big banks? I guess I just need to learn more about these protests.

  • Matt @ Financial Excellence October 16, 2011, 6:49 pm

    I agree those are good pictures. I am curious what they expect to accomplish, too. I’m having a hard time relating to the “99%” although I’m most definitely not in the “1%”.

  • Roshawn @ Watson Inc October 17, 2011, 9:18 pm

    First, I completely agree with the pictures: awesome! Thanks for posting. Also, I REALLY appreciate the link. I’m about to retweet now 🙂


  • a e may November 2, 2011, 3:20 pm

    The question needs to be asked about the missing gold that is supposed to be in the fort Knox vault, no one has been able to get in the vault to inspect since 1967!!

    If the gold is gone then our paper money is worthless!!


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