Moving In 2 Party* // the Park Liberation Party downtown [Sunday, Feb 5]

## Sunday Feb 5th @ noon. Chapman Square ##
* OccupyPortland.org says it’s not intended as a re-occupation or setting up tents (see below.)

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via OccupyPortland.org. Feb 3rd, 2012:

This Sunday: Park Liberation Party

The fences around Chapman and Lownsdale Squares have finally been removed! Join Occupy Portland in celebrating the return of the parks to the people.

What: Potluck Picnic in Our Park! Bring food to share, musical instruments, art material and signs reminding the city of your freedom of speech and assembly.

When: This Sunday, Feb 5 at 12 Noon.

Where: Chapman Square at SW 4th and Main st.

Why: Most people agree that there’s a lot wrong with our world. We share your of frustration towards its many injustices and our politicians who don’t work towards the people’s interests. The time has come to say enough, to change this by organizing together, sharing resources, knowledge and ideas.

What better way to do this than in an open, accessible, public space with a history of political protest? The city took away the public’s right to assemble in these parks for more than two months when they fenced them off. Those fences are now down and we must reassert those rights and engage the people of Portland in that dialogue so that we can affect real change together, as a community.

*Please Note: It is not our current intention to re-occupy or set up an encampment.*

Join the facebook invite here.

See the press release here.

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from KATU. Feb 4, 2012:

Occupy Portland plans to ‘liberate’ downtown parks

PORTLAND, Ore. – You may see Occupy Portland protesters back in Chapman and Lownsdale squares this weekend.

The group is planning a ‘liberation’ of the parks from city fencing that came down earlier this week. Friday night, one person briefly set up a tent but it was quickly taken down.

On Thursday, the chain link fencing around the two parks at Southwest 4th and Main in downtown Portland was taken down but Portland Parks & Recreation is still working on restoration.

Some areas will remain blocked off so they can put in new turf. There are a few shoots of grass making an effort to grow but an official re-seeding project has not yet begun. The plan is to start that next month.

The city says occupiers caused $85,000 in damages during their October to November encampment but the Occupy Portland group is refuting that, saying the price tag has been overinflated. The city has defended their cost estimate, saying everything was “fully evaluated and scrutinized.”

Those who want to help the city restore the parks can make a donation to the Restore our Historic Squares fund.

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Occupy @ the Oregon Legislature - Feb 1st // (http://www.portlandoccupier.org/2012/02/04/occupy-the-legislature/)

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from The Republic. Feb 4, 2012:

New tent appears in park once the home of Occupy Portland protesters

PORTLAND, Ore. — A day after chain link fencing was removed from two downtown Portland parks following repairs after last fall’s lengthy Occupy Portland encampment, a new tent has appeared.

The Oregonian reports a small group of people set up a tent late Friday night in one of the parks.

Police Lt. Robert King said his officers would enforce park rules.

Mayor Sam Adams has said he won’t allow protesters to camp at any city park based on his experience that the encampments “become inherently dangerous.”

Mayor Sam Adams has said he won’t allow protesters to camp at any city park based on his experience that the encampments “become inherently dangerous.”

Occupy Portland demonstrators occupied the two parks for more than a month until police evicted them on Nov. 13.

Parks officials said this week that park areas being reseeded in grass remain fenced off. Restrooms are expected to remain closed for repairs for several more months.

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