occupy portland

Activists to Mayor Adams: Free the Disco Trike or face bike swarm – UPDATED

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 30th, 2012 at 12:44 pm

(Graphic: PDX Bike Swarm)

After Dan Kaufman’s Disco Trike was confiscated by Portland police during protests last Wednesday, activists are now increasing pressure on City Hall to release it.

In a blog post this morning, PDX Bike Swarm claimed that, “the police had no reason to confiscate it and we want it back.” In addition to impounding his trike, Kaufman says police ripped his video camera out of his hand and handcuffed him.

Now PDX Bike Swarm has issued a threat to Mayor Sam Adams:[Read more…]

Citywide ‘swarm’ ride planned to support port blockade

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 8th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Detail from “Bike to Blockade” poster

The ‘bike swarm’ is at it again. Organizers behind the growing movement to use masses of people on bicycles to support the Occupy Portland protests, are planning several “feeder” rides that will end at an action to shut down the Port of Portland.
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The ‘bike swarm’ evolves into a movement of its own

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 23rd, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Bike swarm participants in downtown Portland during the N17 protests.
(Photo: Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian)

The ‘bike swarm’, like the Occupy movement itself, isn’t going anywhere. In fact, it’s getting stronger and smarter.

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Would more bike cops and fewer riot cops lead to peaceful protests?

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 18th, 2011 at 10:08 am

The face of a front-line officer at yesterday’s protest.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Our story about cops on bikes at the Occupy Portland protests yesterday has sparked a dialogue (that’s happening citywide, not just on BikePortland) about the size and style of force the City of Portland is bringing to these events.

In a comment on our story yesterday, former PPB bicycle liaison officer and noted community advocate Robert Pickett explained the reason for riot gear. “Jonathon [sic],” wrote Pickett, “the officers in riot gear are not there to respond to people like you, or most of the protesters at any demonstration. That is one of the reasons why this critique comes so often, I believe — most of the protestors are not there to attack or injure officers, so it is hard for them to understand the need for heavily armored officers.”

Pickett went on to share that police are prepping for the “small minority who mingle among the peaceful protestors.”[Read more…]

Police on bikes meet protestors on bikes: Smiles, dialogue ensues

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 17th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Police officers and supporters of the Occupy protests chat, while police in riot gear arrested protestors inside a bank this afternoon in downtown Portland.
(Photos © J. Maus)

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The ‘bike swarm’ is back: Ride planned to support N17 actions

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 16th, 2011 at 10:04 am

(Photos © J. Maus)

Tomorrow’s ‘N17 – Occupy the Banks‘ actions of civil disobedience throughout downtown Portland can count on an assist from a cadre of people on bikes. A ride dubbed ‘Swarm the Banks‘ will look to play a similar role to the ‘bike swarm’ that made its presence felt at the big standoff at Chapman and Lownsdale Squares this past Sunday.

Here’s a snip from the ride description:[Read more…]

Bikes lend support to historic protest at Occupy Portland (Photos)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 13th, 2011 at 7:14 am

A large group of people on bikes showed up in solidarity with Occupy Portland this morning.
(Photos © J. Maus)

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‘Bicycle swarm’ planned to protect Occupy encampment from police

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 11th, 2011 at 11:56 am

Event flyer

With yesterday’s announcement by Mayor Sam Adams and Police Chief Mike Reese that they will enforce park camping laws beginning 12:01 this Sunday, a showdown between the police and Occupy Portland might be inevitable.

To help create a buffer zone between the encampment and any police action, a decision was made at the General Assembly last night to create a “swarm” of people on bikes and foot around Chapman and Lownsdale Squares. Here’s more from activist and videographer Dan Kaufman: [Read more…]

Ride planned tomorrow in support of Occupy Portland

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 10th, 2011 at 9:59 am

SW Main Street - Occupy Portland-7-6

View of Occupy Portland from
SW Main Street.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Local activist and founder of Crank My Chain! Cycle TV Dan Kaufman is organizing a bike ride from Southeast Portland to show support for Occupy Portland.

Kaufman is encouraging interested folks to “occupy your bicycle” and ride to this Friday’s meeting of the General Assembly that takes place in Terry Schrunk Plaza (across from City Hall). Kaufman’s ride is part of a larger idea/effort he’s putting together dubbed “Occupy Wall Street/Liberate Main Street.”

In a nutshell, Kaufman wants to plug into the Occupy movement in order to spur more citizen activism around transportation justice issues (such as the continued government subsidy of automobiles and influence of Big Oil on our national politics).[Read more…]

Debate over SW Main Street closure continues (Photos) – UPDATED

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 12th, 2011 at 4:35 pm

The street took center stage in the protests today as people openly disagreed with each other about whether or not to continue to “occupy” SW Main Street.
(Photos © J. Maus)

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