By DAN ABERNATHY
Oregon AFSCME city,
county, health care, social service and retiree members joined 10,000 other
citizens in support of Occupy Portland on Oct. 6. Chanting, "We are the 99
percent," protesters came from a variety of backgrounds and demanded an end to
the overwhelming influence of money and corporations.
"This was one of the
biggest, if not the biggest, rally I've ever attended," said Local 328
President Matt Hilton, whose local represents over 4,000 OHSU employees. "I'm
proud of Portland, I'm proud of all my union brothers and sisters, and I'm
proud of everyone who joined us today in cities all across America. Let's keep
the momentum going!"
Local 328 Vice
President Chinetta Montgomery hopes the protests will inspire more to
"The 'Occupy Portland'
event was a great rally not because of the number of people who showed up
— which was awesome — but because of the number of people who
remembered they have a voice," said Montgomery. "It was great to see so many
people from all the different unions and community groups mobilized! I hope
people continue to feel they can be a direct part of change and stay involved."
Occupy Portland will
continue and AFSCME members will be mobilizing to support and rally with the
24/7 protests. Several locals are expected to vote to endorse Occupy Portland
soon. Please come out with us."
[Editor's note: You
Abernathy directly for updates on future Occupy Portland events.]