"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.


The widespread outrage over Wall Street and the company’s financial structure seems to be finding an outlet in the Occupy movement – outgrowths, evidently, of the Occupy Wall Street protests that have gone on for some days now.

Just lately – in the last few days, especially just today – the movement has gone viral and flash, drawing “Occupy” crowds in places all over the country. Most large cities, and quite a few small ones, seem to have events going on. Could be an interesting weekend.

You can find a bunch of them by searching through Facebook. A quick run of searches showed events in Seattle, Portland, Spokane, Boise (OccupyBOI), and Spokane; there could be more. They report holding General Assembly meetings; little more than that seemed to be immediately clear, though reports are flooding through the social media.

Occupy Portland’s website says that “Occupy Portland is a nonviolent movement for accountability in the United States government. At 12PM on October 6th, 2011 we will assemble at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 1020 Southwest Naito Parkway in Portland, OR. We will gather in solidarity with the ongoing protest in New York City, Occupy Wall Street, and the growing number of cities whose people will no longer sit back watching corporate and special interests run their government. We are citizens of the United States, and this country is ours. We will take it back.”

A selection of comment scraps from the Occupy in Portland (to judge from a picture, located on the Willamette waterfront):

“we have more showing for the meeting than NY has for the protest it looks like to me. WELL DONE!!”

“I belong to 107 groups. This, by far, is THE most organized group i’ve ever seen. We should add people from different occupation sites so they can see what we are doing in portland”

“i’m confused, has this already started? everything says it starts oct 6

“This is the first general assembly.. started at 7 down at the waterfront.”

“doesn’t say when it ends…”

“Maybe it won’t? anyone bring sleeping bags? :)”

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